By Christina Schnell

At some point, everyone gets pimples. Genetics, skin care habits and cleansing products all affect the frequency and severity of pimples. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a pimple occurs when the naturally-occurring bacteria on your skin surface mixes with oil and clogs the pore. Dead skin cells and bacteria rise to the top of the closed pore in a puss-like mixture, creating a whitehead. Treating puss-filled acne isn't difficult, but it does require specific steps to avoid aggravating or scarring your skin.

how to treat a pimple with puss
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how to treat a pimple with puss

Step 1

Wash your face using a gentle, antibacterial soap twice a day and after profuse sweating. Removing excess dirt and oil from your face allows the acne treatment reach your pimple.

Step 2

Pat your face dry using a clean towel. Rubbing towels against your face aggravates skin. Avoid using towels stored on a towel rack in the bathroom. The moisture and heat of the bathroom makes absorbent materials, like towels, a breeding ground for bacteria.

Step 3

Wait 15 minutes before applying the acne treatment. The waiting period lets your skin dry but not accumulate a layer of bacteria and oil.

Step 4

Dab your acne medication directly onto the pimple using a cotton swab. Use a topical over-the-counter ointment that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps unclog pores by removing the dead skin cells causing your puss-filled pimple.

Step 5

Repeat steps one through five for three to four weeks or until your pimple heals.