A blemish is any type of mark, spot, discoloration, or flaw that appears on the skin. Blemishes are also called Clogged pores.
An overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands can cause blemishes. Hormonal changes often trigger this overproduction, such as puberty. Excess oil can mingle with dead skin cells, dirt, or bacteria. This results in pimples, pustules, blackheads, and whiteheads to form.
Acne. Acne is a common condition.
Papules. Papules are small skin lesions of varying types.
Nodules. Nodules are a collection of tissue.
Age spots (liver spots) These small, dark spots can form on any area of the body that’s been exposed to the sun.
Viruses. Some blemishes, like cold sores, are caused by viruses, such as HSV-1.
Infections. Certain types of skin infections can cause blemishes to erupt on the skin.
Genetics. Acne may have a genetic link.
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Blemishes can sometimes signal a serious condition that requires a visit to your healthcare provider. Blemishes can also lead to emotional upset, particularly if they become a chronic condition
It’s important to see your doctor for any blemish that:
changes in size or color
has irregular borders
These may be signs of skin cancer.
If your blemishes are caused by a virus, such as cold sores or chickenpox, a doctor can help speed recovery by providing or recommending treatment.
Papules, nodules, and pustules can be painful signs of a skin infection. Your doctor may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics as well as other types of medications, such as topical retinoids.If you have blemishes caused by ingrown hairs that don’t respond to home treatment, your doctor may be able to clean the area, freeing the hair and eliminating the blemish.