Papular Or Pustular Acne

A small red skin bump with a diameter less than 5 mm is called a papule, and when this gets filled with pus, it is called a pustule. Acne can become pustular due to bacterial infection, excess oil production, and excess secretion of male sex hormones. It is also triggered by too much stress, consuming too much sugar, and taking corticosteroids.

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How to get rid of whiteheads on my forehead and pimples with pus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from acne for about seven months now. I never had acne in the past. Suddenly it came now and making me stressed. For the first two months, I have lots of whiteheads (lots) on my forehead, and after some time, it becomes big pimples with pus. I have the urge to pr...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please attach a picture of the lesion for a better understanding. Apply Epiduo (Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide) gel at night for 15 days. Do you have an oily skin type? Do you have any postinflammatory hyperpigmentation marks? Do you have any dark spots? ...  Read Full »

How to treat underarm pimples?

Query: Hello doctor, From the past 2 to 3 years, I frequently get pus-filled pimples. I consulted two different doctors, who told it is probably a gland infection. They suggested medicines for months. When I take the medicines, I do not get any pimples, but they come back as soon as I stop taking them. Fro...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Folliculitis or acne is basically bacterial infection affecting the sebaceous glands. Please send good quality images and revert. What medications were prescribed in the past? I suggest you try applying T-Bact cream (Mupirocin) twice daily. Revert with more information to...  Read Full »

What causes pus-filled bumps on the scalp?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. I am getting bumps with pus on my scalp. I have already contacted dermatologist but no luck. It has been more than a year I am suffering with this. Please suggest best tablets or shampoo.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need to know a few more things about your health issue. Is there any aggravating or relieving factor? Is itching present? What work do you do? Did you have response to any medication? Please do attach pictures and revert back with the answers to a ...  Read Full »

Can change in diet cause weird breakout around the chin?

Query: Hi doctor, Just recently I have noticed some weird breakouts around my chin area. I am not sure when they started. While I do from time to time experience acne, I do not think what I am experiencing on my chin is not an acne breakout. Because there is no white head or black head present. They are no...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and according to me they are papular lesions of acne. They are not blackheads or whiteheads. I would recommend you to continue with the birth control pill besides applying Benzoyl p...  Read Full »

Developed with nodular acne on my left cheek. Is this prescription effective?

Query: Hello, I am a male, 24 years old. I have recently developed with nodular acne on my left cheek and visited a dermatologist. The doctor has prescribed the following for 15 days for pimples: Rejuglow face wash gel. Nilac ointment (twice daily). Minoz 50 tablet¬†(once daily). He has asked me to come af...  Read Full »


Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. Acne treatment depends upon the type of acne lesions. From the treatment provided it seems, you are having pustular (pus filled) or papular (red raised bumps) lesions. In case of nodular acne, lesions are large nodules. For nodular acne we usually prescribe oral isot...  Read Full »

I have small bumps all over my face. How do I get rid of them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have small bumps all over my face. They are very difficult to pop and they do not hurt. They came out of nowhere, and now it is out of control. I do not understand what I can do. I used Proactive cream in the past when I had something similar.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your concern is acne medicamentosa.I suggest the following:Start using Acne-aid face wash twice daily.Apply Epiduo gel (a combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) once daily at bed time on the active acne.Take one capsule of Omega-3 fatty acid capsules daily after ...  Read Full »

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