Pimples are a common problem for people of all ages, not only because of how they look but because they often cause pain or discomfort. Of all the different types of pimples, itchy pimples are often the most difficult to deal with. The discomfort caused by an itchy pimple can only be relieved by scratching the infected area, often making the irritation much worse. Additionally, what causes pimples to itch is often difficult to determine, complicating treatment.
There are many causes of pimples, one of the most common being bacteria, such as staph, entering and infecting the pores of the skin. This is unlikely the cause of itchiness, as these infections often cause swelling and pain under the skin. The most likely culprit therefore, is dry skin. Skin that is excessively dry can cause pimples by making skin glands overproduce oil to compensate for the skin’s dryness. Often, this results in the excess oils becoming stuck in the pores of the skin, inflaming them. The surface of the skin, however, often remains dry – resulting in a crusty, rash-like quality to the pimples. This is often the kind of pimple breakout that itches.
If dry skin is the cause of the itchy pimples, there are two solutions to the problem which must be taken simultaneously. The first of these solutions is the most difficult, which is not to scratch the infected skin or pop the pimples. When a pimple is popped, this creates tiny openings in the pore, allowing for bacteria on the skin’s surface to penetrate. This will only ensure that the pimple lasts longer and becomes swollen. If an unsightly pimple must be popped, the person must ensure that their hands and face are thoroughly washed to minimize the risk of a bacterial infection. Much like popping a pimple, scratching an itchy pimple could create breaks in the skin, allowing bacteria from the skin surface or from under the fingernails to make the pimple problem worse.
In addition to not scratching or popping, the second critical step to alleviating itchy pimples is simply to moisturize the face. Some people fear that applying moisturizer to infected areas would only exacerbate the problem as the cream would also clog pores, but this is incorrect. An unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin should be applied to the face both morning and evening and immediately after showering. With facial skin properly hydrated, the glands will not receive the signal to overproduce oils and oils should not get backed up in the pores. Moisturizing the face is not only a good way to get rid of existing itchy pimples, but also a preventative measure to avoid them in the first place.
Itchy pimples are a great source of discomfort, but can be prevented and treated easily by keeping the face clean and well-moisturized, especially during the winter dry season. Moisturizing and then applying a coat of concealer over the red area will also ensure that the pimples go unnoticed if the infected person can overcome the urge to scratch them. However, if these simple steps to do not work to alleviate a case of especially itchy, red pimples, the person should consult with a dermatologist, as there could be a more serious underlying cause.