How do I deal with pus in pimples?

Pus in pimples can be treated by thoroughly cleansing the face with a gentle face wash, applying warm compresses to pimples, and avoiding touching pimples with unwashed hands. Pus in pimples is caused by bacterial infection and in severe cases oral antibiotics should be prescribed. Acne often causes pus in pimples, and in addition to pus, acne symptoms can include swelling, redness, and pain.

Certain types of pimples are called cystic pimples and can be difficult to treat. Cystic pimples occur deep within the surface of the skin, and often need to be evaluated and treated by a dermatologist with prescription medication. In addition to antibiotics, cortisone injections are sometimes needed to reduce inflammation, pain, and redness, and to promote healing.

Fluctuations in hormones can sometimes be responsible for pus in pimples. Many women experience breakouts just before the start of their menstrual periods, and menopausal women are also at risk of developing acne, characterized by pus in the pimples. Other factors that influence pimples include diet, genetics, skin type, and stress. Additionally, hygiene practices and skin sensitivity to cosmetics can also play a role in the development of pus-filled pimples.

At the start of a new pimple, a warm compress should be applied to the area. The moist heat will draw the pus to the surface of the skin, allowing it to gently express itself. Although deep or cystic pimples are generally not recommended to be squeezed, those that are superficial can be gently squeezed to express the pus in the pimple. However, if blood is expressed instead of pus, no further attempts should be made.

An over-the-counter acne preparation can help dry out pimples and reduce oil production. Sometimes, however, these preparations can be especially drying to the skin and cause itching, flaking, and redness. If swelling or worsening of symptoms occurs, the product should be discontinued and a dermatologist should be notified. It is important to note that if pus develops in pimples near the eyes, the area should not be disturbed, as pus can enter the eye and cause infection.

To cover the pus in pimples, a cosmetic concealer can be applied to the area. Hypoallergenic concealers are often recommended to prevent further skin aggravation, and in addition, a green-tinted concealer usually works to counter redness and inflammation. Tinted concealers can be purchased at department stores, pharmacies, online cosmetics stores, and some supermarket chains.

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