Acne boils are commonly called skin abscesses. They form because of a localized
skin infection. The infection occurs deep in the skin and can lead to various skin
problems if it's not treated soon enough.
There are many different reasons why acne boils can form on your skin. One of the
main reasons they form is because of ingrown hair. Foreign material can also become
lodged in the skin and lead to their formation.
Another common reason that acne boils form are because of blocked sweat glands. After
becoming blocked, the sweat glands may be infected with bacteria. You may also develop
boils if you have a cut or scrape on your skin that isn't treated properly.
Acne boils are very easy to spot.
In their initial stages, the area they infect will have a red color and be quite
tender. The area will become harder after a few days though. The body will respond
to the infection by sending white blood cells to the area.
When the white blood cells arrive, they will mix with proteins and bacteria and form
pus. Eventually, acne boils form a head that allows pus to drain through the surface
of the skin. If they don't drain by themselves, then a doctor may have to open them
Many people choose to treat acne boils at home. It's vital that you begin treating
them as soon as you notice their formation. As mentioned earlier, you may develop
various skin complications if you fail to do so.
The most common way to treat acne boils is to apply heat to the affected area. Heat
increases blood circulation so the body will send white blood cells to fight the
infection. You can easily apply heat using hot packs or hot soaks.
Smaller acne boils usually drain away on their own. However, the larger boils may
not do so. In these cases, a doctor may need to lance the boil and drain it. It's
possible that there are several heads inside larger boils that will all need to be
Since acne boils are frequently accompanied by bacterial infections, it may be necessary
for people with them to take antibiotics too. These aren't available over the counter,
so you would need a prescription from your doctor. Some people with boils don't
have to bother with taking antibiotics.
The best way to prevent acne boils is to use antibacterial face wash on a regular
basis. This way, you won't have to worry about bacteria accumulating on your skin.
This means that the hair follicles won't become infected even if they get blocked.
Some people have problems with acne boils on a recurrent basis. This can be dealt
with a variety of ways. One method involves taking antibiotics over a long-term
basis in order to keep the boils from coming back. If overproduction of the sweat
glands is a problem, then they may need to be surgically resected. These two methods
usually work to help prevent them from forming in the future.