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My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if i leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if i leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris bumps are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don't hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat. Cerave sa which is over the counter is an effective treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Have red pimples on upper arm,hips & on side.Itching too.Is it eczema.In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr.What more can I do?

Have red pimples on upper arm,hips & on side.Itching too.Is it eczema.In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr.What more can I do?

Eczema??: If you indeed have eczema it is almost always bilaterally symmetrical. If you have a patch on the right hand side you almost certainly will have an equivalent sized patch on the left hand side. Very commonly it shows up in the flexor creases of the elbows and behind the knees. Dry conditions exacerbate it so get a good moisturizer and smear it on when soaking wet, post shower. Most don't use them ...Read more

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I have a bad acne problem that is all over my body. It's bad on my arm where you draw blood so i can't donate please help?

I have a bad acne problem that is all over my body. It's bad on my arm where you draw blood so i can't donate please help?

Are you sure that : The lesions affecting your arm are acne? I would encourage evaluation by a dermatologist for accurate assessment ; optimum treatment plan. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne on my arms abd shoulders?

How to get rid of acne on my arms abd shoulders?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. A regimen such a topical benzoyl peroxide plus tetracycline 500 2x/day might be sufficient; don't use an antibiotic as sole therapy. If your acne is severe, and you are offered isotretinoin, consider accepting -- it's not for the faint-hearted but most people are extremely pleased with the results. ...Read more

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What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

None: Acne scars are complicated and best addressed with fractional laser treatments or possibly surgical intervention with the help of a plastic surgeon. Topical creams and lotions will have little if any noticeable effect and likely would not be worth your investment unless used in conjunction with a laser treatment series. ...Read more

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How can I put an end to fore arm acne fast?

How can I put an end to fore arm acne fast?

Sorry: Sorry you must see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options ...Read more

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How to tell if I have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?

How to tell if I have keratosis pilaris or arm acne?

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a condition showing keratotic follicular plugging with varying degrees of surrounding erythema in acne there are microcomedones, conedones, inflammatory papules and pustules and nodules. If it is scaly bumps on the outer extensor aspects of the upper arms it is probably keratosis pilaris. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more