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A 36-year-old member asked:

how come i have a huge pimple on my back?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Natural Process: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If it is huge-: is it a pimple or a cyst?

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I address my back pimples?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Acne: Blackheads are best treated with a prescription, tretinoin (retin-a). These do not represent dirt, so all of the cleansing and scrubbing in the world will not resolve them.
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A member asked:

I have a pimple turning blue on my back... What should I do?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
YOU SHOULD HAVE IT: Looked at by a physician please.
A female asked:

What causes pimples to breakout on my back?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Acne : Commonly called "backne" oftentimes acne effects the face but also the chest and back the treatment is topical benzoyl peroxide , retinoids and antibiotics amongst others.
India
A 19-year-old female asked:

How can I cure pimples on my back? Sweat pimples and other types of pimples.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Heat rash vs acne: If there are blackheads, this is probably acne. This may respond to the oral contraceptive pill if you can take it and want to; otherwise if it is on the back, a topical antibiotic plus benzoyl peroxide but you may need to go to a systemic antibiotic. A heat rash (i.e., no blackheads) is better managed by simple measures involving washing, clothing, and others your physician can explain. Good luck.
A 26-year-old male asked:

I have a pimples like spots on my back side and now its growing to my shoulders.What could be this ?

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Dr. Monique Cohn
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne: Acne is not only found on the face, but can also be on other areas of the body like the chest, stomach, back and buttocks. Another possibility would be folliculitis, which is an inflammation that occurs in the hair follicle and causes acne-like bumps.

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