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I have acne on my upper arms, and chest. I also shave there. I'm only 16 so what is the reason?

I have acne on my upper arms, and chest. I also shave there. I'm only 16 so what is the reason?

You're a man now: Congratulations on passing this milestone. New joys and responsibilities will come with manhood, and this includes taking charge of your health-care decisions. Acne on the trunk almost always requires prescription-strength systemic rx. Don't ask "why" -- it's who you are right now. Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with your personal physician. Best wishes. ...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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I have acne on my back, chest, upper arms & my face. And i don't know how to get rid of them.

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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I have bumps on my upper arms that look like baby acne. How do I get rid of them?

I have bumps on my upper arms that look like baby acne. How do I get rid of them?

Need a diagnosis: You need to see your skin specialist to first diagnose the problem. There may be many disease presentations that may look like "baby acne" or what you are seeing. Once we know what it is, then we can treat it accordingly. ...Read more

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I used Panoxyl wash for only one wash for back acne and it caused bleaching of parts of my back and upper arms, my color has not come back, been 5 mo.

I used Panoxyl wash for only one wash for back acne and it caused bleaching of parts of my back and upper arms, my color has not come back, been 5 mo.

Well: This may take a very long time for natural skin coloration to return. The skin has been damaged so now just wait and see but be patient. It will take a long while ...Read more

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Tremors In hands, weak upper arms, kinda weak in legs, dizziness, weight loss, vision off, tingling in feet, stiff fingers.Post viral? Got mri, not ms

Tremors In hands, weak upper arms, kinda weak in legs, dizziness, weight loss, vision off, tingling in feet, stiff fingers.Post viral? Got mri, not ms

Please keep: looking for the cause. Lots of possibilities Blood sugar? Neurological? Thyroid? Please stay w/your doc but ask about seeing a specialist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

Ask Dr: Why not ask the dr who is treating you for acne. Also you might want to stop waxing upper arms to let pimples clear up. ...Read more

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I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicule. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair or pores are present.. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving/ hygeine product or friction by clothing. Trauma from hair extraction through waxing may also produce this. ...Read more

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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