Acne Pustules – Not Something to be Sneezed At or Squeezed At

Acne, at any age, is a devastating condition. There are several common types of acne, but among the more severe are pustules. This type of acne is often found in clusters on the skin and can affect your entire body, from your face, neck or back. Acne pustules can be painful, embarrassing, difficult to get rid of on your own and hard to treat.

Pustules are medium-sized, round bumps that are characterized by a white or yellow dot in the middle, which is an indication of pus in the pimple. There may also be a red area around the pustule due to the infection under the skin.

Tempted to squeeze? Eager to pop?

  • That is the initial reaction and desire of most people who have acne, but that is definitely not what should be done. Squeezing and popping leaves an open wound on your face which can easily become infected with bacteria, leading to the continuation of the acne and eventually, scarring. Squeezing also pushes the infection farther down under the skin, leading to more pustules and infection. Unfortunately, touching, squeezing and popping can quickly get out of hand.

If your acne pustules are a consistent and serious problem, a visit to Dr. Bertolino is definitely the best solution. 

Over-the-counter products rarely have the strength that is needed to completely clear up the problem, although the most useful DIY treatments contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Dr. Bertolino can come up with a combination of products to not only treat your pustules, but also help make your skin soft and moisturized.


  • Do not squeeze or pop a pustule, as you can easily make one acne pustule turn into three.
  • Try not to touch your face during the day, as that transfers germs, bacteria and dirt.
  • Make sure to wash your face daily with a doctor-recommended cleanser.

Dr. Bertolino and the highly trained team of professionals at Smooth Solutions understand how acne affects your life. Call for a treatment consultation, today (716) 633-6100.

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