What is an acne pustule?

Small and red lesions with a white center, called pustules, start as red dots, but turn into inflamed lesions with a white pus-filled center. Many women get these right before their period when hormone levels are high (yes, they can be hormonally driven). The skin produces too many pimple-causing oils, setting the stage for a clogged pore.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

An acne pustule is a type of pimple that begins as a whitehead. Whiteheads develop when oil, dead skin cells, and material clog the skin's pores. Sometimes bacteria get inside the pores and multiply, causing the pore to fill with pus. As the bacteria multiply, they fill up the pore and immune cells gather to fight it off, so the tissue around it expands. The top of an acne pustule can be yellowish white and the base can be red and swollen. The larger the pustule gets, the more inflamed the tissue around it gets.

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