What Is Actually Hiding Inside Your Pimple?

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February 20, 2019 16:15 By Fabiosa

Excess sebum and dead skin cells can accumulate in the pores, causing blockages in the mouth of the hair follicle. This facilitates the formation of comedones, which can develop into pustules or papules, or in simpler words, pimples or acne. They can be inflamed or purulent.

What is hiding in the pores under the skin?

First of all, skin outbreaks are aesthetically not pleasing, so many people try to remove acne on their own. You shouldn’t do it, however, because you can further infect it and aggravate the condition. The consequences can be quite serious, including scarring. First of all, you need to understand what kinds of acne there are and what they are.

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1. Whiteheads and blackheads

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The color depends on how deep acne is: under the skin it stays white, and it darkens when in contact with oxygen.

2. Pustules and papules

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The blocked pore gets inflamed and reddens. Papules are harder and more painful when touched. Pustules are filled with pus.

3. Cysts and nodules

These are the most severe types of acne in terms of inflammation, and they are located deep under the skin.

What to do and what not to do with acne

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With the appearance of inflamed and painful pimples, it is advised to contact a dermato-cosmetologist to receive proper treatment and a range of therapeutic and hygienic recommendations: what products to apply, when, and how (on the affected area or around it too). Also, a healthcare professional should clarify the issues with antibacterial soap, since it can kill useful skin flora that provides protection.

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General recommendations include:

  • there is no need to wash your face more often than twice a day;
  • don’t use exfoliating scrubs frequently as they can irritate the inflamed skin;
  • don’t pop pimples yourself;
  • use mineral makeup, preferably in the form of powder;
  • wipe your phone with an antibacterial tissue, wash your pillowcases, towels, and everything else that often makes contact with your face.

How to prevent acne

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If you struggle with acne, then the first thing to do is to get a medical examination and find the culprit in order to heal not only on the outside but on the inside as well. Another important point is to revise your diet in favor of products with a low glycemic index.

Some cosmetic methods worth considering:

  • moisturizing the skin;
  • using alcohol-free cleansers suitable for your skin type;
  • drinking enough water;
  • avoiding oily face creams;
  • limiting exposure to the sun.

Any treatment prescribed by the doctor will take time and consistency. Be patient and you will get the result you want!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.