Did you know that your skin is the largest external organ that you have? And did you know that it’s also your first line of defense against anything that can invade your body?
This is the reason why all sorts of problems concerning the skin may strike, most especially if you do not take good care of it. One of the issues that you may face is the formation of papules.
So what are papules? Basically, they are small bumps on your skin. They tend to be red or pink, although at times they may also be purple or brown. Most of the times, papules are itchy.
However, papules are not filled with fluid, which means that nothing will come out when you try to pop or squeeze them, which you should not do no matter what!
Papules also do not have pus in them. This is exactly what sets them apart from pustules, which are bumps on the skin that are filled with pus. Gross!
Another thing about papules is they tend to go away on their own, sometimes even without treatment. On the other hand, pustules can worsen and cause bigger problems especially when they become infected.
This does not mean, however, that papules cannot become infected. Since they tend to feel itchy at times, you may be compelled to scratch — don’t. Otherwise, an infection may strike!
So what causes papules to form? Basically, they are just whiteheads that are inflamed. While they they may occur on any part of the body, papules are commonly seen on the neck, arms and even the face.
When papules strike, do not panic. There are a number of home remedies that can make them go away in no time. Some of the best solutions for papules include:
Grab a slice of tomato and gently rub it on those unsightly papules — its juice can help lessen inflammation as well as speed up the healing process. Allow the juice to stay in place for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Another superb home remedy for papules is ripe papaya. Using a fork, mash a small piece of this tropical fruit. Massage on the skin and wash off with water thoroughly after 15 to 20 minutes.
Armed with a fork, mash some strawberries and apply on your papules. Allow the red-colored mush with skin-healing properties to stay in place for approximately 10 minutes. Afterwards, thoroughly remove with water.
Do you love snacking on oranges? Don’t throw away the peel if you have papules. Using a mortar and pestle, pound it and add a few drops of water. Leave the resulting paste on those papules. After 15 minutes, rinse it off.
With the help of a coffee grinder, ground some oatmeal. Add a little honey and apply the paste your papules. Wash off with cold water after about 20 minutes. Similarly, you may soak in bathwater with a cup of ground oatmeal in it.
You may also mince a fresh cabbage leaf and then add a little extra virgin olive oil to it. Apply on your papules and let it stay there for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off with water thoroughly.
Thanks to its soothing and antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can help make papules go away quickly. Several minutes before taking a shower or bath, massage coconut oil on problem areas of the body.
Last but not least, make sure that you drink plenty of water every single day. Doing so will help in flushing out toxins and other impurities in the body, thus accelerating the healing of those papules.