What It Really Means When Your Pimples Itch

If you currently have acne, you're not alone. About 50 million Americans deal with acne every year (via American Academy of Dermatology). Acne is typically caused by clogged pores due to dirt, oil, or dead skin (via Self). If bacteria also get trapped in your pores, the area can become inflamed and fill with pus. Symptoms of acne include raised blemished of varying sizes that can be red, white, or black. Acne is most commonly found on the face, chest, and back.

Along with being painful, acne can sometimes itch. According to Healthline, this can be due to a few different reasons. Clogged pores can cause friction within skin cells and lead to dryness and irritation. Itchy acne can also be caused by allergies, sunlight, and sweat. Skin reactions to using chemicals like benzoyl peroxide to treat acne can also cause it to itch. Although itchy skin can be uncomfortable to deal with, it is important that you do not itch your acne. This can cause scratches on your skin that can lead to scarring and infections. Applying moisturizer to your skin and using an anti-itch cream like calamine lotion can help with the itching.

How to treat acne

There are many ways to treat acne. The best way will depend on the cause of your acne, its severity, and the sensitivity of your skin. People with hormonal acne may find success taking birth control, which works by controlling the hormones that help your body produce sebum (via Scripps). "Certain types of birth control pills can help treat blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cystic acne," said Jonathan Dunn, MD, an OB-GYN at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley. "They can be especially effective in treating stubborn hormonal acne along the jaw, lower face, and neckline when other treatments, such as topical creams and oral antibiotics have not helped." Not all types of birth control are designed to treat acne, so be sure to talk to your doctor before using birth control for blemishes.

According to Byrdie, regularly cleansing and exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to control acne. This skincare routine keeps your pores from getting clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Try to find cleansers designed to treat acne. These usually include ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for additional blemish-fighting power.