It is a white colored, circular elevation on the skin,
containing pus. While it usually resembles a whitish colored pimple, a
pustule is red at the base due to inflammation.
A very common occurrence in people suffering from acne, these small
blister-like acne pustules are usually found on the face but can occur
anywhere on the body, especially in the areas of increased sweating,
such as the armpit and groin area. In fact, the occurrence of scalp
pustules is also very common owing to such reasons.
Causes of pustules
Recurring pimples and
pustules are usually the result of acne. Excessive dirt accumulation or
an over production of oil on the skin can clog the facial pores, which
results to such breakouts.
Sweat and dead skin cells are other factors that could increase the occurrence of such pustules and facial acne.
Key symptoms and complications
most immediate and prominent symptom of a pustule is severe itching at
the affected point. Since a pustule is basically a pimple filled with
pus, these form mostly in sweat glands and hair follicles.
Those at sensitive points can even be very painful such as the anal pustules.
combination of bacteria, white blood cells and dead skin cells, these
pustules are clinically said to carry a mixture of inflammatory cells
and liquid, thereby causing extensive itching, apart from causing severe
In some cases, pustule acne is also said to be a
sign of an underlying bacterial infection and should be checked by a
doctor if the condition persists for long periods of time.
In addition, you might also see some red bumps with pustules, which could cause even more itching.
Treatment and Precautions
Some of the precautions and guidelines for pustules treatment
• Keep your face clean, to avoid any pustules on face areas
Avoid touching the pimple, pustule. If you touch them too often, the
inflammatory pustules might break open and leave room for bacteria and
• Keep your finger nails trimmed so that you don’t damage the facial pustules.
• Ensure that you sleep for at least 8 hours a day.
• Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet.
• Avoid greasy oily foods
For the purpose of acne pustule treatment, it is often useful to use
skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
- Applying tea tree oil, twice a day on the affected area can also help.
Emu oil ~ Emu oil has been found to eliminate bad acne including
pustules within days of use. Clean your skin with a natural cleanser
then apply the pure Emu oil as a moisturizer or apply the already made
Emu oil moisturizer.
(yes, you should use a moisturizer, even if you have an oily skin)
In the case of
Rosacea papules and pustules
, you can also use topical creams like the Azelaic cream. However, it is
always better to consult a dermatologist to treat conditions such as