Papules and Pustules

Papules or Pustules are blockages of oil glands that have been inflamed. Papules are red pimples. Pustules are pimples with a central collection of white pus at their top. see pictures

Treatment of Papules and/or Pustules
Treatment of Papules and/or Pustules includes the following topical as well as oral medications (individually or in combination as recommended by the dermatologist).
  • Topical warm (NOT HOT) water compresses
  • Topical antibiotics such as Clindamycin (Cleocin T and Clindets), or Erythromycin (Akne-Mycin, A/T/S, Emgel, Erycette, Erygel, Erymax)
  • Topical Retinoids such as Adapalene (Differin), or Retinoic Acid (e.g. Retin A)
  • Topical Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Topical Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide (Benzaclin Gel)
  • Topical Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide (Benzamycin)
  • Topical Azelaic Acid (Azelex)
  • Acne Surgery by a well-trained expert
  • ORAL medications such as:
    • Antibiotics: Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxycycline, or Erythromycin
    • Birth Control Pills (when indicated, in women)



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