Whatever you do, do not, we repeat do not research “different types of pimples”, unless you want to be hit by visuals that will make you lose your breakfast! We did the research to spare you the pain. With our guide to tackling common problems like whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and cysts, you can be sure you’re picture perfect for those wedding or Diwali photos, resplendent in all your finery with nary a blemish in sight:
Blackheads & Whiteheads
Blackheads and whiteheads are made up of sebum, skin cell build-up and bacteria. Thorough cleansing should be a daily ritual; using a gentle chemical exfoliant can also help combat the problem, Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant is ideal for this step. However, if you’re prone to regular breakouts then ensure that all the products you use are non-comedogenic, read more about the term in our piece here. Clay masks can also help combat blackheads, we especially love Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask by Korean brand Innisfree.
Papules are those tiny raised bumps on your skin. When they group in clusters, they form a rash - think dermatitis - allergic reactions or eczema. To distinguish between a rash and garden variety acne, keep a look out for those lone red bumps swollen with inflammation. Treat papules with drying lotions or the tried and tested Benzoyl Peroxide, available at your local chemist.
A pustule is what immediately comes to your mind when you think of a pimple. These are zits that have formed a white, pus-filled bubble on your skin’s surface. They are the kind of pimples even your beautician will say you can pop. This is because they should pop easily and are unlikely to leave a scar. Try a warm towel on the pustule, holding it on the spot and drawing up the infection to the surface. Allow it to pop gently, on its own, don’t try and squeeze them for this is when blemishes occur. If it refuses to open, use a pimple patch; we love MaskerAide’s Anti-blemish Clear Spot for its paraben and pigment free formula that is extremely gentle on your skin.
Much worse than regular pimples, cysts lie deep beneath the surface and are often caused by hormonal imbalances. They usually occur when your pores are blocked, leading to infection. Extremely painful and slow to heal, your best bet is to keep the area clean with a gentle cleanser (we love Body Shop’s Vitamin E Enriched Cleanser), using a chemical exfoliant regularly or consult a dermatologist if they refuse to budge!
If you’ve undergone the ravages of pimples and are battling the blemishes and scars that accompany it, we recommend Innisfree’s Perfect 9 Repair Cream to keep your skin nourished and healthy.
**Please note that while we are committed to bringing you articles that are rigorously researched, the advice provided here cannot substitute a doctor’s recommendations. The material here is for informational purposes only and should be employed judiciously.