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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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I get one or two big pimples above my upper lip every few months. I do not have acne anywhere else. How can I prevent these?

I get one or two big pimples above my upper lip every few months. I do not have acne anywhere else. How can I prevent these?

Herpes simplex?: If these are painful and recur in the same place, they are probably herpes simplex. Your physician knows of medicine that can stop them. ...Read more

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All day was great till at around 9 pm I go to the bathroom look in the mirror & I have a tiny red dot on my upper lip. It's not acne or cold sore. ?

All day was great till at around 9 pm I go to the bathroom look in the mirror & I have a tiny red dot on my upper lip. It's not acne or cold sore. ?

Sounds like angioma: sounds like a tiny blood vessel, usually due to trauma. I would see dermatologist if you are worried, and laser will get rid of it. But you can make other ones but they are nothing to worry about. Hope that helps ...Read more

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How do I get rid of acne scars and acne on my face as well as a bump on my upper lip that I never had before? Help plzz..

How do I get rid of acne scars and acne on my face as well as a bump on my upper lip that I never had before? Help plzz..

Get serious about Rx: You're an adult now and you need to insist on scientific management of your acne. I'm sorry it was neglected when you were a teen, and your scars can be made less noticeable only by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The lump also needs to be seen. Topical benzoyl peroxide, plus whatever else prescription-strength is required; your family physician can advise you. ...Read more

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Bump on border of upper lip.have acne,oily skin,never cold sore b4.didnt notice tingling b4 it appeared.popped it cuz there was a whitehead.is pimple?

Bump on border of upper lip.have acne,oily skin,never cold sore b4.didnt notice tingling b4 it appeared.popped it cuz there was a whitehead.is pimple?

Maybe: There are oil glands on the edges of the lips. That means one can get plugged oil glands and occasionally a pimple there. Plugged oil glands may come 1-3 at a time. After the stuff comes out, it should heal up fine. Herpes cold sores are often a cluster of 3-10 tiny bumps, and don't contain pus or oil. Cold sores break easily, can ooze a bit, as if the surface got scraped away, and they crust up. ...Read more

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I constantly have a red/dry "mustache" on my upper lip. I use benzoyl peroxide and moisturizer daily for acne. What can I do to calm redness?

I constantly have a red/dry "mustache" on my upper lip. I use benzoyl peroxide and moisturizer daily for acne. What can I do to calm redness?

Benzoyl peroxide: Can cause the constant redness so if you are using it on your upper lip try stopping. Also try shea butter. Consider seeing an acupuncturist as well to calm the extra heat in your system...Steroids would help but do not like to use them on face. ...Read more

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I have 6 small pimples above my upper lip. They start to fade away but reappear within a few days, they have white tips,are painful. What can I do?

I have 6 small pimples above my upper lip. They start to fade away but reappear within a few days, they have white tips,are painful.  What can I do?

Benzoyl peroxide: It is common for teenagers to get some acne. Try over the counter benzoyl peroxide treatment to try to get rid of it. Apply it to dry skin about 15 minutes after washing. It may take a few weeks to clear up. Also see this Mayo clinic site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/basics/treatment/con-20020580 ...Read more

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I have red bumps on my upper lip. They don't ooze like pimples, they just bleed!

I have red bumps on my upper lip. They don't ooze like pimples, they just bleed!

Rule out...: Osler-weber-rendu, if you have had them your entire life. If not, or if these do not match the description you'll read online, please forgive me -- just my idea. ...Read more

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I am 22 weeks pregnant and woke up with white pimples on my upper lip- I have never had a cold sore before so is this a pregnancy symptom?

Fordyce Spots: Fordyce spots on the lips or mouth take the form of small (around 1–2mm in diameter) yellow-white spots in the oral area – on and near the lips and around the mouth. Fordyce spots appear on the lips when ectopic sebaceous glands become too full with oil or pus, resulting in the appearance of yellow or white spots, most commonly at the border of the lips - known as sebaceous hyperplasia. ...Read more

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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


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