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Nodular Acne

Nodular acne is characterized by large pimples, generally the size of a pencil eraser. It is extremely painful and may last for months at a time. Read to know more.
BeautiSecrets Staff
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin caused by number of factors. These include overproduction of sebum and keratin, buildup of bacteria in the skin, etc. Nodular acne is the most severe form of acne vulgaris and needs to be treated with care.
What is Nodular Acne?
This type of acne is formed well underneath the skin and is characterized by large hard bumps. The bumps are much larger than lesions on skin and can be quite painful. It is important that you do not attempt to squeeze them, as it can affect the skin and the condition may last longer than it normally would. It can also occur on areas such as the back and chest.
Causes
All of us are aware that acne is caused as a result of blocking of skin pores. When excessive sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands present under the surface of the skin, the sebum is unable to travel across the length of the hair shaft and reach the skin's surface. This excess sebum gets trapped within its pore causing acne. When blocking of skin pores takes place in deeper layers, it results in the formation of nodular acne. The other contributing factors are bacteria buildup and shedding of dead skin cells that irritate the hair follicles on the skin. The hair follicles become plugged with dead skin and bacteria leading to this skin disease.
Treatment
Treating such acne in its early stages is the best way to go about it. Topical creams are successful in treating mild-to-moderate forms of acne, but this particular skin disease needs to be treated with an aggressive therapy. Dermatologists may prescribe oral antibiotics to fend off bacteria and reduce inflammation. Laser acne treatment may also be used in severe cases.
Home Remedies
An important tip for any home remedy is to clean your face with warm water before you use any treatment method.
Mint leaves: Apply fresh mint juice all over the face every night after cleansing it. Normally only one application is sufficient, but in case it is not as effective, you can apply it again in the morning. Mint is anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce the swelling associated with severe acne.
Apple cider vinegar: Dilute apple cider vinegar in the proportion of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts of water. Apply the solution with clean cotton on the affected area at night and rinse it the next morning.
Tea tree oil: Apply tea tree oil with a cotton swab on the affected area before going to bed and rinse it well the next morning with warm water.
Honey and cinnamon mixture: Mix 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply the paste on the affected area before going to bed and wash with warm water in the morning.
When you are dealing with nodular acne, it is important to understand that it is different from pimples and lesions. Also, do not touch, squeeze, or pop the acne, as this can take longer for them to heal, leaving behind prominent scars. At the same time, proper skin care is also important to get rid of the problem forever.
Disclaimer: This BeautiSecrets article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.