Types of Pimples under the Skin and Treatment Types
I remember the ridicule I had to endure during my teen and young adult years because of the papules that dotted my face. The chest was worse and I couldn’t walk shirtless on the beach. I tried numerous gels and creams but as soon as one gel seemed to start working, the papules reappeared with even more viciousness. I thought that I was alone but soon discovered that there are other patients suffering from different types of pimples under the skin. Some even more painful and conspicuous than my papules.
Types of acne under the skin
Whiteheads are a common type of acne and usually inconspicuous. They are characterized by a small bump with a white center and hence their name. They form as a result of the skin secreting excess sebum which clogs hair follicles. Besides sebum, the clogged pore also contains bacteria. Whiteheads are usually painless.
Papules like the one I suffered from are inflamed pimples that are visible to the naked eye. Inflammation usually causes itching and, these pimples won’t usually have any sebum or pus in them.
A larger type of pimple found under the skin is the pustule. These are larger than the papules and are characterized by a large bump with a yellowish center. The yellow coloration is the result of accumulation of pus under the skins surface. These are quite painful.
Nodules are a type of acne that forms deep within the skins surface. They are characterized by inflammation and accumulation of pus on the skins surface. They are also larger than the aforementioned types of pimples that form under the skins surface.
Cysts are an advanced form of nodules and are quite painful. These form as a result of nodular acne going untreated. This results in the accumulated pus seeping deeper into the skin causing further inflammation.
Treating pimples found under the skin
There are a couple of treatment methods available for acne under the skin. The treatment method is usually determined by the type of pimple and, the primary cause. Some of the treatment methods available include the following.
Antibiotics are a common treatment for pimples found under the skin. Such antibiotics contain compounds that combat acne causing bacteria and also help the skin regulate sebum production. Some antibiotics target the oil gland shrinking it such that the acne spots disappear.
Vitamin A supplements commonly referred to as retinoids are another common acne treatment. They are also recommended for the prevention of acne. Vitamin A works on the oil glands by shrinking it. This results in reduced production of sebum.
In severe cases such as nodules, the doctor might opt to draw out the infected fluids from under the skin using a syringe. This not only prevents further inflammation and swelling, it helps get rid of the acne.
Besides conventional treatment methods, my research led me to alternative medicine as a way of treating pimples. These include home based remedies such as vinegar, garlic, citric acid and honey. I cannot vouch for any of these remedies as I haven’t tried any out. If you want to use a home based remedy, it’s advisable to learn more about its safety and possible side effects from a qualified professional.