Pustules are small bumps on the skin that contain fluid or pus. They usually appear as white bumps surrounded by red skin. These bumps look very similar to pimples, but they can grow quite big. Pustules may develop on any part of the body, but they most commonly form on the back, chest, and face.


The most common cause of pustules is acne. Acne develops when the pores of your skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This blockage causes patches of skin to bulge, resulting in a pustule. Pustules may be a form of acne typically caused by hormonal imbalances or hormonal changes in the body.

Pustules may form when your skin becomes inflamed as a result of an allergic reaction to food, environmental allergens, or poisonous insect bites.


You can treat pustules with medication, or skin treatments, if they become bothersome. You should also call your doctor if your pustules are painful or leaking fluid. These may be symptoms of a serious skin infection.

If your pustules aren’t improving with home remedies and OTC treatments, talk to a doctor and ask them about more aggressive treatment options. They may be able to drain your pustules safely or prescribe a stronger medication.

The Adara Cosmedics’ Hydrafacial treatment can target pustules and get rid of them. With the use of salicylic and glycolic acid, the Hydrafacial is the best way to gently clean and clear the skin of pustules.