What Are Sweat Pimples and What’s the Best Way to Treat (and Prevent) Them

What are Sweat Pimples?

Sweat pustules or sweat pimple are small red bumps that appear on your skin. They may occur anywhere on your body but they usually appear around the armpits, groin area, thighs and buttocks. They are not contagious. Sweat pustule may cause itching and irritation of the affected areas causing itchy sores and blisters. These conditions can lead to severe pain which may even result in blistering. If left untreated, these conditions can become infected and spread through contact with other people.

How do I Get Rid of Sweat Pimples?

There are various methods to treat sweat pimples such as:

1. Exfoliating – exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin thereby reducing the appearance of the pimple.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide – hydrogen peroxide is used to kill bacteria and fungi.

It kills the germs that cause pimples to form and also helps prevent future pimples from forming.

3. Salicylic Acid – salicylic acid is used to reduce inflammation caused by sweat pustules and pimples.

It reduces the size of the pimple, heals it faster and prevents scarring after treatment.

4. Retin-A – retin-A is a topical ointment used to treat pimples and acne.

It reduces the size of the pimples, heals them faster and prevents future pimples from forming.

5. Antibiotics – topical antibiotics are sometimes used to treat pimples caused by bacteria.

They kill the bacteria that cause the pimples and also prevent future pimples from forming.

6. Essenses – certain skin essences can also help treat pimples.

7. Ice Cubes – applying ice cubes to the affected area helps reduce the size of the pimple, reduces pain and prevents future pimples from forming.

8. Warm Compresses – applying warm compresses to the affected area helps reduce the size of the pimples and reduces pain.

9. Chemical Peel – a chemical peel is used to remove the top layer of your skin.

It has a mild peeling effect that helps get rid of pimples, scars, blackheads and whiteheads.

10. Exfoliating Peel – an exfoliating peel is used to remove the top layer of your skin. It has a stronger peeling effect that helps get rid of pimples, scars, blackheads and whiteheads.

11. Honey Mask – applying honey mask to the affected area helps kill bacteria causing pimples and also prevents future pimples from forming.

12. Ice Cubes and Compresses – applying ice cubes to the affected area helps reduce the size of the pimples, reduces pain and prevents future pimples from forming.

13. Topical Treatment Creams – topical treatment creams helps to get rid of pimples by killing bacteria causing them.

14. Hydrocortisone – hydrocortisone is a topical ointment that helps to reduce swelling and redness caused by pimples.

15. Witch Hazel – witch hazel is a natural astringent that helps to tighten your pores and reduce pimples.

16. Alpha Hydroxy Acid – alpha hydroxy acids help to exfoliate the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. It also helps to remove blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

17. Antibacterial Soap – antibacterial soaps help to kill bacteria that cause pimples.

18. Antibiotics – sometimes pimples are caused by bacteria and may require a course of antibiotics to cure.

19. Benzoyl Peroxide – benzoyl peroxide is an over the counter topical cream that helps to get rid of pimples.

20. Birth Control Pills – birth control pills can help regulate hormonal acne breakouts.

21. Bleaching Creams – bleaching creams helps to lighten the dark spots left behind after pimples heals.

How to Get Rid of Acne and Pimples

Below you will find a list of all the methods that you can use to get rid of your acne and pimples. By no means is this a complete list, there are many other methods that you can use to get rid of pimples and it would be impossible to list them all in this article. These are simply some of the more common and effective ones. If you have a particular problem that isn’t addressed in this article, feel free to use the search feature on this website to find what you’re looking for.

Diet: First thing you can do is change your diet. Certain foods have a tendency to cause acne and by simply eliminating them from your diet you can prevent future breakouts. Some of the foods that you should eliminate are listed below.




Aged Cheeses


Red Meats


High Fat Foods

Fried Foods

High Glycemic Foods

If changing your diet doesn’t work, then you can try taking supplements or getting cosmetic surgery.

Supplements: There are several supplements that can be taken orally that will help reduce the size and severity of pimples.

Vitamins A, C, and E – all three of these vitamins help prevent skin damage that leads to pimples. They also help facilitate the healing process of already existing acne. Vitamin A naturally slows down oil production in your body.

Zinc – zinc helps your immune system fight off bacteria that clog pores and cause pimples.

Beta Carotene – similar to vitamin A, it helps slow oil production and also heals damaged skin.

Antioxidants – antioxidants are helpful for healing scars left behind by pimples and for preventing new ones from forming. Some common antioxidants that you can take are listed below.

Vitamin C – helps wounds heal faster and also boosts your immune system.

Green Tea – contains a powerful antioxidant called catechin.

Garlic – the antioxidants and other nutrients found in garlic help prevent acne and heal scars left behind by pimples.

Other Beneficial Supplements:

Calcium – helps bones and teeth grow strong.

Multivitamins – provides your body with a variety of beneficial nutrients that support your overall health.

Collagen – provides your skin with the support it needs to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Cosmetic Surgery: Cosmetic surgery or dermatological surgery is commonly used to treat severe acne. It can be used on its own or in combination with other treatments. Some of the procedures that may be performed are listed below.

Picking at pimples can lead to permanent scars so this should never be done by anyone. It is also a good idea to never pop pimples that have whiteheads because this introduces bacteria into the open wound. Blackheads can be popped though because they are superficial and only under the top layer of your skin.

Whiteheads: These are commonly caused by excessive production of oil but can also be caused by a buildup of dead skin cells. Whiteheads can be removed by using an extraction tool or by visiting a dermatologist who can remove it with a laser. After the whitehead is removed, the area should be cleaned with an antibacterial soap and left to heal.

Blackheads: Blackheads form when a pore is filled with dead skin cells and oil but isn’t wide enough for the air to reach all the oil in the pore. Blackheads can be removed by exfoliating the area or visiting a dermatologist for a cortisone injection. The pore will eventually widen and the blackhead will exit naturally so no further action should be necessary.

Papules: Small red bumps that commonly appear in groups are called papules. They can appear anywhere on the face and often times they are itchy or painful to the touch. They can be removed with an exfoliating tool or a cortisone injection. They will eventually fade away but it can take up to six weeks for them to disappear completely.

Pustules: Whiteheads that contain yellow pus filled with dead skin cells are called pustules. They can be popped easily with a needle by someone who is experienced with this procedure but caution should always be taken when performing this task.

Nodules: Large, painful red lumps under the skin are called nodules. They can be caused by an allergic reaction to hair dye or another external source. The most effective way to get rid of a nodule is to visit a dermatologist who may give a cortisone shot, remove it with a laser or perform a biopsy.

Crusting: The stage of healing after a pimple has been popped is called the crusting stage. The area will appear dry and white as scar tissue is forming under the top layer of your skin. It may be itchy or painful to the touch. You should always avoid touching or picking at a scab because this can lead to infection or permanent scarring. Crusting generally lasts for about one to two weeks.

When picking at a pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your fingers under your skin which can result in an infection. Picking at a pimple can also cause the body to overproduce oil as a way of protecting the skin and this can lead to more acne.

When do you know when to see a Doctor?

When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor for any of the following reasons:

1. You have a fever over 102 degrees.

2. Your acne covers a large portion of your body, not just your face and chest.

3. Your acne is red and tender to the touch.

4. You see a lump under your skin.

5. You experience a loss of appetite, tiredness, or black outs.

6. Your acne does not show signs of improvement after 3 months of home treatment or if it worsens.

7. You experience pain when eating, changes in bowel or bladder habits, numbness or tingling, or shortness of breath.

8. You have any of the following symptoms:

*jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)

*skin darkening


*unusual bruising or bleeding

Research shows that 85% of people with acne are dissatisfied with their appearance, even if they do not have severe acne. It is important to seek help for your acne because it can cause severe emotional distress including depression and anxiety disorders.

People with acne also have a tendency to avoid social activities that involve close contact with others. These activities can include anything from intimate relationships to making new friends at school or work.

Acne can also lead to problems in your professional life as many people are unwilling to hire an individual with severe acne because they believe it makes the company look unprofessional to have employees with visible skin disorders. Even if they are hired, individuals with severe acne often find it difficult to hold down a job because of the stress and embarrassment caused by their appearance.

Research has shown that people with acne have lower levels of self esteem and higher levels of depression than people without acne. They also are more likely to experience problems with school or employment and are less likely to attend college or hold a full time job.

Fortunately, most cases of acne can be cured or improved with the right treatment. The first step to treating your acne is consulting a dermatologist who can diagnose the type of acne you have and recommend an appropriate treatment. It is important to treat your acne early because if left untreated, it can lead to problems later in life such as permanent skin scarring or developments of unwanted facial hair.

What you need to know about acne.

Acne is caused by changes in hormone levels, which cause the lining of the hair follicles to become too thick. Sebum, a natural oil, can’t drain out of the pore, and bacteria multiply in the sticky oil. The pore closes up and forms a white plug, which bursts open, allowing sebum and waste material to ooze to the skin’s surface. Bacteria eat the dead skin cells and sebum, which causes irritation and inflammation of the duct.

Acne appears when puberty begins. Male hormones, known as androgens, play a key role in the development of acne. Acne is present in nearly all teenagers who have androgenic hormone levels that differ significantly from those of adults.

Most people can treat mild acne with products that you can buy without a prescription. Some of these products are medicated lotions, creams, gels, pads, or washes. For more severe cases of acne, doctors may prescribe prescription medications such as antibiotics or steroids.

If you have a severe case of acne, it is important that you do not pick or squeeze your pimples as this can lead to permanent scarring.

Home remedies for Acven

There are many home remedies for acven that can help reduce the pain and swelling caused by pimples as well as help you get a good night’s sleep.

– Drink 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder in a cup of water for relief from the pain caused by acne.

– Apply tomato or potato slices to the affected areas.

– Apply Aloe Vera gel directly to the affected areas.

– Apply a paste of sandalwood and rosewater to the affected areas.

– Place a slice of apple over the zit until it falls off, leaving behind a small hole where the white head should come out from.

– Eat an apple a day to prevent excessive oil production, which can cause pimples.

Medicinal treatments

There are several types of medicines that can be prescribed by your dermatologist or general physician after examining your skin. These medicines should only be used when your acne doesn’t improve with over the counter treatments.

– Tretinoin (Retin A): is a form of vitamin A that helps with the turnover of skin cells. Retin-A helps with wrinkles, as well as mild to moderate acne. It also helps fade dark spots left behind by old acne lesions.

– Benzoyl Peroxide: kills the bacteria that cause pimples and helps with inflammation/redness. It also helps with the removal of dead skin cells which helps prevent clogged pores. It may cause dryness, peeling, and stinging.

– Antibiotics: kill the bacteria that cause acne. Common antibiotics for acne include Erythromycin and Tetracycline. These medications often cause negative reactions like headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, heatrash-like rashes, and itching. Serious adverse effects include irregular heartbeat, seizures, and liver damage.

– Hormone Modulators: helps prevent the release of too much oil from the sebaceous glands. Examples include Spironolactone and Aldactone. They are usually only prescribed if you also suffer from enlarged ovarian or testosterone glands.

– Other: There are many other types of medicine that can be prescribed to help clear up your acne. These include Isotretinoin (Accutane), Antazoline, Cyproterone, Doxentine, Finasteride, and Leflunomide.

Knowledge is power. Now you are armed with knowledge of how to prevent acne and what to do when it pops up!


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