What are Pustules?




What are Pustules?

When the pores and sebaceous glands are blocked and become inflamed. The sebaceous glands are normally present in those places where the hair is present, but in few areas that do not contain hair. The only exceptions are the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Sebaceous glands secrete sebum, fat-based oil which moisturizes the skin and hair. In absence of sebum, hair becomes brittle and thin and skin becomes leathery and dry. Sebum gives skin its suppleness and makes it water resistant.


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When the sebaceous glands become irritated and secrete a lot of sebum, it floods the follicle and a part of it can turn into a plug. Skin-based bacteria known as P. Acnes that survives naturally in environment along with dead skin cells and dirt can infect the skin of the follicle below the plug.

The place of inflammation becomes a pink or reddened lesion on the skin; at times the lesion can have a white head or cap. It is not recommended to pop or squeeze the lesion unless not being carried out by a doctor as it can cause more infection and scarring.




Pustules are normally called as pimples and are mild form of acne. Usually they vanish within 2-3 days after starting the treatment. If you squeeze or pop the pustules, it can lead to redness, bruising or scabbing of the affected area for another 3-5 days, while also leading to scarring.

On the other hands, pustules are totally curable. If it cannot be treated by over the counter methods or self-esteem decreases due to the outbreaks, then go to a physician or dermatologist.



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