How to Treat an Infected Pimple
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t take pimples too seriously. They’re just something that happens, right? Well, not exactly. Pimples are actually caused by a number of factors, and when left untreated, they can lead to a whole host of problems. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways to treat an infected pimple and help you avoid some of the more common complications. From preventing further infection to treating bad scars, read on to learn everything you need to know about pimple care.
Identify the type of infection
If you have a pimple, it is important to identify the type of infection so that you can treat it appropriately. Acne lesions can be classified as comedones, papules, pustules, or cysts. The following are descriptions of each type of acne lesion:
Comedones: Comedones are small, whiteheads that form just below the surface of the skin. They may itch and become red and inflamed. Comedones are usually benign, but they can become cancerous if not treated. To treat comedones, you will need to remove them using a comedone extractor tool or cream.
Papules: Papules are slightly larger than comedones and form on the face, neck, chest, back and other exposed areas. Papules may be raised or have a dome-like shape. They may also have an oily appearance and may blister if scratched. To treat papules, you will need to use a topical medication such as benzoyl peroxide or azelaic acid and/or see your doctor for surgery or laser therapy.
Pustules: Pustules are large purple or black lesions that form on the face, neck and chest. Pustules may rupture and release pus. To treat pustules, you will need to use a topical medication such as antibiotics or cortisone cream .
Cysts: Cysts are solid nodular lesions that form in pockets on the skin surface. Cysts
Treat the infection with over-the-counter medication
If you notice an odd smell coming from your pimple, or if the pimple is swelling and red, it may be time to treat it. Over-the-counter medication like benzoyl peroxide can help clear up a pimple quickly. If the pimple is painful, applying ice or ibuprofen can help reduce the pain. In rare cases, pus may accumulate in a pimple and require antibiotics to clear it up completely.
Apply a topical treatment to the infected pimple
If you have an infected pimple, it’s important to apply a topical treatment as soon as possible to reduce the amount of bacteria present and to help speed up the healing process.
Some of the best topical treatments to use for an infected pimple include:
-Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural antimicrobial agent that can help clear up an infection and promote healthy skin growth. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a small bowl and soak a Q-tip in it for about 10 minutes. Apply the soaked Q-tip to the infected area twice per day.
-Aloe vera: Aloe vera is also a natural antimicrobial agent that can help clear up an infection and promote healthy skin growth. Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the infected area two times per day.
-Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is a chemical compound that works as an antimicrobial agent to kill bacteria and fungus. Add benzoyl peroxide drops to your mixology recipe or washcloth, dip it in boiling water, and apply it to the infected area three times per day.
Use an over-the-counter medication to reduce swelling
If you have a pimple that’s not responding to topical treatments, consider using an over-the-counter medication to reduce swelling. To choose the best over-the-counter medication for your specific situation, consult with your doctor.
Some examples of over-the-counter medications used to reduce swelling include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Both are effective in reducing inflammation and pain, which can help speed the healing process. As with any medication, be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully to avoid side effects.
Consult a doctor if the infection does not improve or if it is severe
If your pimple does not improve or if it is severe, consult a doctor. Treatment options may include antibiotics, topical medications, or surgery.