Cold Pimples: Reasons for Their Appearance and Ways to Combat Them
Cold pimples are single purulent rashes that occur during the off-season. They can appear after spending time in a draft or freezing conditions, or due to sudden changes in weather. These pimples typically develop on exposed areas of the skin affected by cold wind, drizzling rain, and frost. However, they are not solely caused by bad weather conditions.
Why do cold pimples appear?
- Your immune system may be weakened.
- You might have been exposed to seasonal viral diseases.
- Frequent exposure to rain, strong winds, and frost.
- Poor hygiene practices, such as touching your skin with dirty hands.
- Frequent stress can weaken your body.
Cold pimples are a common term for rashes that appear during periods of illness or poor health. They can be caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal infections transmitted through contact, or by consuming flour, fatty, and sugary foods. It’s important not to attempt to squeeze cold pimples until they are fully mature and no longer painful to touch. They differ from regular acne due to their severe redness, pain when pressed, and swelling.
What to do if you have cold pimples:
- Treat the symptoms of the underlying illness, such as chills, sore throat, and a runny nose. Drink plenty of warm liquids, avoid overheating, ventilate your living space, and humidify the air.
- Clean your skin thoroughly with warm water and a suitable washing gel. Use a toner for problem skin in the morning and before bedtime. Avoid oily creams. Apply zinc ointment, tea tree oil, or mint toothpaste to the affected areas.
- Avoid sweets, flour products, and other unhealthy foods. Take a vitamin complex and incorporate more vegetables and fruits into your diet.
- Twice daily, use a room-temperature decoction of celandine to cleanse problem areas.
- Protect your skin from wind and frost when going outside in inclement weather. Use a hood, snood, or scarf to cover up and avoid drafts or going out with wet hair.
- Dress appropriately for the weather to prevent getting too cold. When it rains, avoid wearing easily wettable shoes.
It’s important to keep in mind that cold pimples don’t typically resolve quickly. It may take at least 10-14 days for all their manifestations to completely disappear. After the rash subsides, you may notice residual spots on your skin. To address this, consider using whitening creams, scrubs, or clay-based masks to help remove these blemishes.