Dealing with a blood-filled pimple

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A blood-filled pimple is caused by picking or popping a regular one. The forced trauma on the skin not only drives out the pus but also blood where the skin or pimple is irritated or infected.

It is important to note that pimples develop any time in life in both men and women. They can manifest on any part of the body and oftentimes difficult to get rid of. Pimples form when the skin pores are blocked and ends up clogged with bacteria. This can occur from sweating or entry of dirt into the pores from scratching.

In addition, teenagers and women might develop a pimple every now and then due to hormonal changes within the body.

Management of a blood-filled pimple

It is best to leave a blood-filled pimple alone. Do not disturb it by picking or pressing on it. Wait for its head to come up on its own. Make sure that the site where the blood has filled is clean as possible using a mild cleanser at least 2 times in a day since this will also help limit further breakouts.

If the individual picks on and pops his/her pimples, the increased bleeding can cause the formation of scabs which adds up to scarring.

In case the individual continues to develop acne that results to blood-filled pimples, the doctor might suggest a prescription medication.

  • Retinoids – these are vitamin A based lotions or creams that are applied on the affected areas to prevent the blockage of the pores.
  • Antibiotics – a variant in liquid form might be prescribed that is applied on the skin to assist in the repair and prevention of a blood-filled pimple.
  • Oral contraceptives – for young girls and women

Is there potential for scarring?

If the individual picks on and pops his/her pimples, the increased bleeding can cause the formation of scabs which adds up to scarring.

What is the outlook?

A blood-filled pimple might take 2 days up to a week to completely clear up. The pimples might arise any time there are hormonal changes, cleansers and soaps or even lifestyle.

A pimple filled with blood is not considered serious and will not result to any long-term damage to the skin unless the individual repeatedly picks on it which can lead to scarring.

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