Acne pustular


What Is Acne Pustular?

Acne pustular is a type of acne which occurs when pus-filled bumps develop on the surface of the skin. The pustules are inflamed and can range in size from small papules to much larger lesions. Acne pustular may affect any part of the body, though is most common on the face, shoulders, chest and back.

Causes of Acne Pustular

Acne pustular develops when a breakout happens quickly after a pore is clogged with oil, sweat, bacteria, and dead skin cells or impacted sebum. When the bacteria become trapped and irritated, they cause the pore to become inflamed and fill with pus.

Signs & Symptoms of Acne Pustular

  • Red, swollen, tender bumps on the skin that are filled with pus
  • Whiteheads, yellowhead lesions and crater-like pimples
  • Painful skin that may feel hot to the touch
  • Skin crusting and lesion drainage

Treatment for Acne Pustular

The most common treatments for acne pustular include topical creams and antibiotics, such as tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, and erythromycin. Acne pustular can also be successfully treated with oral antibiotics for a more serious case. It is important to speak to a dermatologist to determine which medication is best for you. Additionally, there are many at-home remedies for acne pustules that can help reduce inflammation and the severity of the breakout.