An infected pimple occurs when the follicle under your skin’s surface clogs from excess oil, dirt buildup or dead skin cells, which allows bacteria to form and cause the infection. Pimples, or acne, can develop on any area of the skin, but the common areas include the face, chest, shoulders, neck and upper back. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, acne affects approximately 17 million individuals in the United States. Home remedies are available to treat infected pimples, but they are not a substitute for medical treatment. Consult with your health care provider to discuss treatment options or potential risks.
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Apply a mild cleanser to a washcloth and gently scrub the affected area, rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel. Cleansing your skin twice a day helps to reduce the excess oil and dirt from your skin to help reduce or eliminate pimples, as suggested by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Apply benzoyl peroxide to infected pimple. Benzoyl peroxide is available over-the-counter. Follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying the product to your skin. Benzoyl peroxide helps to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne and reduces the fatty acid that irritates pores, according to Dr. James E. Fulton, the founder of Acne Research Institute in California and coauthor of “Dr. Fulton’s Step-by-Step Program for Clearing Acne.”
Put on a thin layer of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera contains natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties that may help reduce the inflammation and eliminate the bacteria. In addition, some products are available that offer a combination of benzoyl peroxide and aloe vera.
Schedule an appointment with your health care provider or a dermatologist if the infected pimple begins to worsen. A doctor may prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat the infected skin area.