What are pustules?

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

The 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.

A 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 cosmetic issues.

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 further infection.

• Keep your finger nails trimmed so that you don’t damage the facial pustules.

• Never go to sleep with make-up on or with any traces of dirt left on your face. Use a natural toner , cleanser and moisturizer.

• 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 these.

By Jasmin PAnnu

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