Nipples. Two little dots, varying in size, colour, and shape for everyone. What we think of as tiny fat pouches on our bodies are also pleasure points. Our nipples are among the most tender areas on our body. So bumps are probably the last thing we would ever want on them. Nonetheless, they are ubiquitous. Bumps on your nipples, or areolae, are common – but ladies, they aren’t usually a cause for concern.
However, there are a few dangerous disorders that might cause them. Pimples are a coagulation of dirt and bacteria that are usually birthed due to either poor hygiene or during convalescence.
So, before we jump into some of the reasons why you might get pimples on your nipples from time to time (or all of the time), a little anatomy lesson is in order; It’s about time to get to know our nipple-not-nipple more…
You may know that our vaginas are made up of myriad parts – but our nipples are also comprised of different parts with different names. Yeah, I may sound like I’m confusing you, but hold up, look at the image below for a clearer picture!
The areola is a circle of darker coloured flesh on your breast (areolae, plural). The nipple, however, is the pointy part that plays the role of a focal point of the area. Pimples occurring on the areola and nipple are both affected by several of the causes listed below.
First, are nipple pimples normal?
The preponderance of nipple lumps and pimples is innocuous. Small, non-painful lumps on the areola are rather normal. Whereas pimples with whiteheads are usually caused by clogged hair follicles and can strike at any time. If you feel a lump or a bump, under a swollen patch of skin and you notice symptoms like discharge, redness, or rashes, it could be a sign of a more serious problem that requires medical attention. Be cautious when the lump becomes uncomfortable or itchy.
So, why is there a pimple on my nipple?
Acne can affect any region of your body, even your nipples. Small whiteheads are the most common form of acne on the nipples. This can happen at any age, but it’s more frequent in women who work out a lot since their skin is constantly in contact with a sweaty sports bra. It’s also typical in the days prior to a woman’s period.
A yeast infection could be the cause of pimples on your nipple that are preceded by a rash. These infections have the potential to spread quickly. Redness and itching are two further indications that you have Mr. Yeast living upon your titties!
Blocked Hair Follicle
Ever have hair on your nippies? Oppps, not nippies, but areola ;p Well, all of us have hair follicles around our areola. These hair follicles can become clogged, causing ingrown hairs or pimples. Hair follicles that become clogged usually heal on their own. An ingrown hair can lead to an outbreak in rare instances.
Areolar glands, also known as Montgomery glands, are tiny bumps on the areola that secrete lubricating oil. These are very prevalent. They are present in everyone, although the size varies. Those are just benign little bastards that cause no harm.
Subareolar abscesses are pus accumulations in the breast tissue. Mastitis, which is associated with breastfeeding, is the most common cause. However, this can also happen to women who aren’t presently breastfeeding. Subareolar abscesses manifest themselves as a sensitive, swelling lump beneath an areolar gland. It’s often excruciating. This may be a symptom of breast cancer in women who aren’t breastfeeding.
Can both men and women have nipple pimples?
Both men and women can have pimples on their nipples. Women are more likely to get pimples as a result of hormonal changes. They’re also more prone to suffer subareolar abscesses and yeast infections during breastfeeding, especially if they have mastitis.
Take note that men are also prone to breast cancer and other issues, such as abscesses. Thus it’s important for them to be aware of any obvious changes that occur with their nipples.
The good thing is that men have substantially less breast tissue than women, so any lump that forms can be located directly beneath or around the nipple, and it’ll be pretty conspicuous.
Just be sure you don’t take matters lightly: around 2,650 males are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, with an estimated 530 men dying from the condition.
Can my clothes affect the pimple on my nipple?
YASS! YASS! YASS! Your everyday attire plays are huge role in affecting any skin-related disease you may have! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and decent cleanliness are the most effective ways to avoid nipple issues.
Ensure a clean and dry atmosphere for your boobies by wearing loose-fitting clothing. Shower as soon as you finish your workout and change out of your sweaty clothes, especially if you’re wearing sports bras. Stay clear of tight bras and never ever share them with anyone!
How do I get rid of these little creatures residing on my titties?
Treatment for nipple bumps is determined by the etiology of the lumps. Acne and pimples can be left alone in many cases. If you have acne on your nipples or chest on a frequent basis, your doctor may offer doxycycline (Vibramycin, Adoxa) as a low-dose antibiotic to effectively clean it up.
Never ever try to pop or pinch them! This may worsen the infection!
Topical antifungal creams can be used to treat yeast infections, which can cause debilitating pain. If you’re nursing, your baby is most likely suffering from an oral yeast infection, known as thrush. Make sure they’re both treated by your pediatrician if you catch yourself with one.
If the pimple or the lump is still present after treatments and meds, notify your doctor immediately and get yourself signed for a mammogram gurl!