Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why are my pimples hard?

hard nodule pimples Q: Why are my pimples hard?
A: Well, these hard and lumpy lesions are called nodule pimples. They can be very painful and they stay on for months and, if left untreated. Never squeeze them or as they may cause the nodules to linger even longer and you will have permanent scarring.

The three key factors which cause pimple are: overproduction of sebum (the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria), bacteria and shedding of dead skin cells that irritate hair follicles in the skin. The follicles of hair in the skin are connected to the sebaceous glands--glands that produce sebum. So, when the body produces excess sebum, the hair follicles are clogged with sebum and dead skills inside, thus causes nodular pimples.

So, how to treat these hard ugly lumpy nodule pimples?

In the mean time, wash the affected area clean and refrain from squeezing them. And consult your dermatologist immediately.

The three treatments of nodule pimples which most doctors would usually recommend are:

1. Oral Prescriptions With Isotretinoin
Hard nocule pimples can be treated with an oral medication called isotretinoin. This is to fight off bacteria and reduce inflammation. The most common brand used for severe nodule pimples treatment is Accutane.

Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It says to reduce the amount of sebum, and also helps your skin renew itself more quickly. One setback is it comes with adverse effects which include hair loss, headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and even as serious as gastrointestinal problems and thinner skin that is easy to bruise.

Remember women who are pregnant or who intend to become pregnant cannot take Accutane because it can cause harm to the fetus.

2. Cortisone Injections
For those who have kust one or two nodule lesions, then you can them injected with cortisone to kill the bacteria and hasten healing. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication.

A cortisone injection can be painful. So usually the doctor would use a local anesthetic to numb the area before the shot. As cortisone is naturally produced in the body, so there shouldn't be any risk of allergy. But other side effects are temporary pain, and hypopigmentation or white spot at the site of injection for those with dark skinned.

3.Chemical Peel Treatment
This treatment involves applying a chemical onto the skin which causes blistering on the skin surface. The blisters will start to peel off over a period of two to three days, revealing a new skin. Chemical peel is said to be more effective for those with mild nodular pimples.

Nodular pimples affect deep in your skin which can lead to permanent scarring. So my advice is don't pop or squeeze your nodule pimples, but instead seek a dermatologist.

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