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Papules are comedones that become inflamed, forming small red or pink bumps on the skin. This type of pimple may be sensitive to the touch. Picking or squeezing can make the inflammation worse and may lead to scarring. A large number of papules may indicate moderate to severe acne.
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Cysts are large, pus-filled lesions that look similar to boils. Like nodules, cysts can be painful and should be treated by a dermatologist since they also can scar. People who develop nodules and cysts are usually considered to have a more severe form of acne.
Body bumps are one of the most common concerns I hear from patients. Sometimes it can be hard for people to tell if it’s acne or keratosis pilaris — but skin type and location of the bumps are two key things dermatologists look for. I created my two SLMD Skincare body regimens — Body Acne System and Body Smoothing System — to provide everyone with effective treatments.
Because whiteheads and other types of body acne are related to oil and dead cells, choosing an oil-soluble exfoliant will more effectively clean out pores. Dr. Lee favors salicylic acid for the job — find it in SLMD Skincare Salicylic Acid Body Spray.
Nodules are large, inflamed bumps that feel firm to the touch. They develop deep within the skin and are often painful. Nodules should be treated by a dermatologist since they can scar. Over-the-counter treatments may not be powerful enough to clear them up, but prescription drugs can be effective.
This duo is also available in the best-selling Body Smoothing System.
Which brings us to the key difference between whiteheads and keratosis pilaris:
Follow up with an exfoliating moisturizer like SLMD Skincare Glycolic Acid Body Lotion, which also contains shea butter to lock in soothing moisture.
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Breakouts that occur in areas with high concentrations of oil glands.
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Pustules are another kind of inflamed pimple. They resemble a whitehead with a red ring around the bump. The bump is typically filled with white or yellow pus. Avoid picking or squeezing pustules. Picking can cause scars or dark spots to develop on the skin.
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