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Dr. Marianna Blyumin-Karasik
Dermatology 21 years experience
Dear : Dear mom, it is unusual for chlorine to cause acne. Acne can be be do to many factors including genes, hormones, stress, bacteria and other. Retin-a type lotions help acne by unclogging the pores and drying out some of the oil production. Pills that help acne can vary. They either help with bacteria and inflammation, such as antibiotics; or they help to regulate hormones, such as birth control pills, or they help to diminish activity of the oil glands, such as accutane. All of these medications are prescriptions, so your daughter may need to visit a local dermatologists to discuss which is ideal for her skin type and acne. Combination approach is usually the best. Good luck.
A member asked:
Dr. Marianna Blyumin-Karasik
Dermatology 21 years experience
A : A new lump in that area could be due to many things. It can be an inflamed cyst, ingrown hair or boil, or inflamed lymph node. If the lump is not enlarging, non-tender and you do not have fever and other symptoms you can monitor it at home. You can try warm towel compresses for 15 minutes several times a day. If it enlarges, becomes painful, or you become feverish, you should see a physician. If the lump does not resolve in a week, you should visit physician for evaluation and treatment. Take care, .
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