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can whitehead disappear itself?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, sometimes: a whitehead is a collection of sebum or sticky oil in an oil gland whose openening is blocked. Sometimes the plug enlarges enough to rupture through the thin skin layer. However, it often ruptures more internally which causes inflammation, which is a red Paulette or pimple. Retin A (tretinoin) type products help to exfoliate the skin and helpful for those with acne with mostly comedones.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Which foods cause zits?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Mostly none: It is a common misconception that foods causes acne. In most patients, chips, caffeine, fried foods, and chocolate do not cause acne. New studies have shown that a small group of patients may benefit from a low "glycemic diet"-- less processed sugars such as sodas, candy.. Excessive intake of dairy products may exacerbate acne, due to growth hormones given to cows. Instead drink organic milk.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Should I pop my zits?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
No: No, definitely not. Though popping a pimple may make it less noticeable temporarily, you can cause it to stay around longer. By squeezing pimples, you can actually push bacteria further into the skin, increasing the swelling and redness. In fact, more damage can be done to the skin by picking and squeezing than by the acne process itself. Picking and squeezing almost always leads to scarring.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What easily available bar soap is least likely to cause breakouts on your back & shoulders?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Lever 2000: Lever 2000 has antibacterial properties and does not cause allergies. Safeguard is irritating for some people and benzoyl peroxide cause irritation in about 5 per cent of people who use it.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Does any one know a home remedy for zits?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hygeine: Acne is tough! i recommend a good antibacterial soap with a drying agent (benzoyl peroxide) .Sunshine helps as does keeping your hands and hair off your face.Diet has not been proved to help but i still recommend avoidance of chocolate and fried/greasy foods.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to make my zits go away very quickly?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. But even the "big guns" that only a dermatologist can prescribe do not make the currently acid lesions vanish for a week or two. Good luck.

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