Infected pimple. What can you do to treat and avoid it?


We are back to talking about pimples, our archnemesis! But this time, it is an important one. Infected pimples. A little gross, but essential. Did you know that your pimple could get infected? The answer is yes! And none of us wants that now, do we? So let’s have a look at how we can stop this from happening!

What is an infected pimple?

Pimples are usually pretty simple to understand. However, an infected pimple can cause quite a stir. A pimple gets infected when it is left vulnerable and susceptible as an open wound to germs and infection.

What does an infected pimple look like?

Because of the infection, the pimple swells up and appears more prominent than usual. It can appear red, and inflamed, have pus and be painful to touch.

Causes for pimples to get infected

There are many reasons for a pimple to get infected. Some of which we can do our be to avoid. Let’s have a look.

Popping and prodding

The most common reason for a pimple to get infected is if you pop it. This leaves it open and very easy to get infected without its outer protective layer. Touching your pimples with unwashed hands can also transfer bacteria to them and further infect them.

Bacterial infections

·  A bacterial infection called staph can cause boils and infected pimples.

·  Another bacteria, known as Propionibacterium, exist on our skin naturally. However, when your pores get blocked, they can multiply and result in an infection.

Cystic acne

Cystic acne is the worst kind of acne. It can get swollen, inflamed and harrowing.

How to treat an infected pimple

1. The most essential step towards treating an infected pimple is to visit a doctor or dermatologist immediately. They will take care of the infection the way it should be taken care of. For example, they might prescribe ointments, medications and even antibiotics to help the infection go away.

2. The first important thing is to keep the infected area clean. You can use a soft cleanser to do this. Make sure your hands are clean, and use a sterilised cotton swab if there is any pus or discharge. Do not try to pop or burst the pimple otherwise.

3. Sometimes, a clean, warm compress can help drain an infected pimple. Always sterilise and clean everything that you use for this. Do not press the pimple too hard while doing this.

4. You can use benzoyl peroxide to kill the bacteria that are infecting your pimple.

5. Do not touch the pimple. Don’t do it!

6. Do not use makeup on an infected pimple.

7. Try not to wear tight clothes and allow proper ventilation.

8. Try to avoid a build-up of sweat.

9. If the infection is in a dire state, then you might have to get more invasive treatments done through a doctor.

What are the complications of an infected pimple?

An infected pimple can leave you with some nasty scars. If not treated early or adequately enough, the infection can also spread to other pimples and your skin. You might have to go through laser treatments or chemical peels through your dermatologist to remove your scars.

See a doctor!

The moment a pimple gets out of hand, call a doctor right away. Don’t wait for it to get further infected or have other complications. The sooner you treat it, the sooner you can recover from it, hopefully even without a scar. Find a dermatologist that you trust and is good at what they do and keep them up to date on what happens with the infection.

The silver lining

Infected pimples are scary and painful, but don’t worry, you can treat them if you have the right approach to them. Always trust your doctor and do not self-medicate.


1. What home remedies can I use to treat an infected pimple?

We do not recommend the use of any home remedies for this purpose. The best you can do for yourself is to keep the area clean and visit a doctor.

2. How long does it take for an infected pimple to go away?

This would depend on the severity and extent of the infection. It can take six weeks to a few months to treat infected pimples and ensure that they go away.

3. Should you squeeze out puss from a pimple?

The answer is a hard no. Leave that to a doctor as it is their job, and they have the right environment and tools for it.

4. Does ice help with infected pimples?

Ice can only help with superficial symptoms like pain and reducing inflammation.



Namya Naresh

Namya Naresh

An obsessive dreamer, vegetarian foodie and shy singer, Namya spends her time immersed in the world of Literature and Music. She is currently writing her first novel, advocating for mental health, self-love and bringing you your daily dose of skincare with CureSkin!