What Is A Papule, And How Can You Get Rid Of It?

Published: 16th April 2010
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There is an almost hundred percent chance that at some point in your life, you have experienced the horrible skin condition known commonly as acne. Acne effects hundreds of millions of people in the United States alone, and there is seemingly no escape from this dreadful skin condition. This article is about a specific type of acne, that is particularly common, but often not treated in the best way.

When acne forms, it is due to a malfunctioning of something called a comedone, which is when a pore becomes plugged. This pore is part of a small unit called a sebaceous unit, which is comprised of a hair follicle, a couple of sebaceous glands, which produce sebum or oil. This oil is necessary for keeping your skin clean and clear. When the top portion of the pore becomes plugged, this little unit is now called a comedone and you have the makings of a pimple.

When puss builds up inside, then a whitehead will from. A blackhead is made when the underside becomes oxidized, and turns black. But what about those big red bumps that are sometimes painful to the touch? Those are called papules, and are a very common form of acne. These can really be painful, especially if they somewhere where you have thin skin, like on your nose.

They are different from whiteheads in that they don't contain any puss. If you have a whitehead, most people will simply "pop" them, and release the pressure, and often times the pimple is gone. Papules don't have any puss on the inside, so popping them will do more harm than good. In fact, popping will likely do much more damage as it can spread the bacteria that is trapped inside that particular papule, which can in turn lead to more papules.

Another reason to avoid popping these (despite how tempting it is) is that you can increase your risk of permanent scarring. By popping this, you aren't actually releasing any puss, you are merely damaging your skin, which of course can lead to scarring, and will likely only make the condition a little bit worse.

The best course of action? Keep the skin as clean as possible, and apply some over the counter astringents or other drying creams. Of course, contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns about these painful red bumps. Naturally the best way to fight these is to keep from getting them in the first place. This means keeping your skin as clean as possible, and avoiding certain foods, as well as keeping your stress level low.


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