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Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Yes: Whiteheads and blackheads are one type of acne called comedones. They are caused by oil and dead skin cells which leave a plug below the skin. These are best treated with comedolytics (medications that open up the pores), such as retina, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acids. Other types of acne include inflammatory acne (red pimples) and cystic acne-- these respond best to oral medications. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Remedies for treating acne, pimples or zits?

Remedies for treating acne, pimples or zits?

Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide, hydroxy acids or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. If these regimes are not resulting in improvement after 4-8 weeks, consultation with a dermatologist may be in order. ...Read more

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Could bio oil get rid of acne scars on face?

Could bio oil get rid of acne scars on face?

No: It's shiny and may make them less visible, but it won't touch them in the long-run. I'm really sorry that you ended up with acne scars. This is the 21st century and all acne is manageable with scientific medicine. Today's practitioners use fillers, microsurgery and lasers with fair results. ...Read more

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Skin care; acne on thighs, blackheads , razor bumps. What are good skincare products?

Skin care; acne on thighs, blackheads , razor bumps. What are good skincare products?

Cetaphil: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and moisturizers are fantastic for conditioning the skin without clogging the pores or aggravating inflammation. I recommend this product constantly and have almost always had favorable results. Once the skin is conditioned, it is less likely to be irritated by over the counter acne products that can be used with it. ...Read more

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Large acne with pus on face?

Large acne with pus on face?

Nodular acne?: See a dermatologist ASAP ..you may need some powerful meds including antibiotic to treat before scatting occurs ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Time, time & more : Time is your best friend. Avoiding sun exposure and cigarette smoking are great. Onion bulb extract ( allium cepa) may help as well as honey for some active infections but these later two are controversial. ...Read more

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How can I cover acne, pimples and pimple scars by makeup?

How can I cover acne, pimples and pimple scars by makeup?

Mineral makeup: There are many options out there for makeup and coverup for scars and blemishes. If you have active acne, the best makeup is usually mineral based. These make ups are less likely to clog pores and decrease the risk of infection. Mineral makeups sit on top of the skin and have a decreased likelihood of causing reactions. ...Read more

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How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

Acne treatments: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove acne like deep blackheads, freckles, pimples and oily skin?

What is the best way to remove acne like deep blackheads, freckles, pimples and oily skin?

Retonoic acid: Freckles aren't acne. If you have lots of comedones, your best friend is a topical retinoic acid preparation. You may need additional prescription-strength rx from your personal physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What products work on facial acne scars?

What products work on facial acne scars?

Acne scars: It is a very difficult thing to treat. Please do not expect any miracles. A two prong approach to fix it from outside and inside should be used. You can try the following; dermabrasion or fraxel on the skin. Sculptra or fat injections under the skin. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide remove all types of acne and pimples from the face?

Is benzoyl peroxide remove all types of acne and pimples from the face?

No: It is safe, effective and readily available. Benzoyl peroxide will improve appearance and dry the skin a little, but will not remove all kinds of acne. it will help if used as directed. ...Read more

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Clindoxyl gel for acne and blackheads ?

More acne: Clindoxyl gel is a mixture of benzoyle peroxide and clindamycin. These are two very common topical treatments for acne. They work better on the "pimple" type of lesions. Not the best treatment for blackheads. Medicines like retin a (tretinoin) cream are better for blackheads. ...Read more

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Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Please explain which face washes are good for acne , acne scars and large pores?

Salicylic acid: However, if you have real scars (depressed lesions), it won't be sufficient to clear you. You need to get with your personal physician before things get worse and worse. All acne can be managed, though it cannot be cured until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to lifestyle and only marginally to diet. ...Read more

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Get rid of pimples on face?

Get rid of pimples on face?

Dermatologist: A dermatologist will be best to evaluate and treat you-especially where your face is involved. ...Read more

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Is dermaplaning bad for acne? Will hair grow back blunter? Are blackheads different from acne? Is dermaplaning ok for ppl w blackheads? Dermatology.

Is dermaplaning bad for acne? Will hair grow back blunter? Are blackheads different from acne? Is dermaplaning ok for ppl w blackheads? Dermatology.

Yes, no, yes, maybe: Dermaplaning over active acne is not a good idea; it increases the risk of infection & scarring. Hair grows back normally, since dermaplaning is basically a very close shave. Blackheads are plugged oil glands, and the most basic lesion of acne, but blackheads by themselves are not acne per se. Dermaplaning will probably not make blackheads worse, but it is not a treatment for blackheads either. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Can benzoyl peroxide actually work for acne, pimples, and blackheads?

Yes: Benzoyl peroxide does work for inflammatory lesions. There are so many different concentrations and preparations of benzoyl peroxide available it is hard to recommmend without seeing the patient. It works less well for blackheads and whiteheads. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

Acne tx: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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What should I do to cure pimples n blackheads?

What should I do to cure pimples n blackheads?

See below: This site provides information about acne, self treatment and suggestions for when to see your doctor. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001876/. ...Read more

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Is it good or bad to pop pimples and/blackheads?

Probably not: A good idea as the bacteria can spread and cause further infection and the trauma can cause scarring. Gentle pressure on a blackhead , especially if using retin a (tretinoin) or equivalent medication is probably alright if using tissue between the fingers and very light pressure to avoid trauma and scarring. Ith wise, have them extracted by a professional. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat pimples and blackheads fast!?

What can I do to treat pimples and blackheads fast!?

Squeeze or pop: Squeezing works, but more frequent gentle washing of face with very warm water will reduce the number of pimples (blocked pores). Doxycycline/ tetracycline/ Minocycline seem to soften and dissolve the plugs blocking pores, but you need a prescription from a dermatologist to get them. ...Read more

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Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Yes: Yes, can improve both since it merely abrades the surface of the skin, releasing the entraped materials. ...Read more

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How would you recommend i cure my blackheads/ other pimples?

Scientific Rx: I trust that benzoyl peroxide has not been a complete success. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative (great if lots of blackheads), the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more

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Is it bad for my healthto pop a pimple (blackhead/whitehead)?

Is it bad for my healthto pop a pimple (blackhead/whitehead)?

It can lead to scars: If you absolutely must pop your whitehead, use a hot compress to warm and soften your skin, then push gently on both sides of the pimple while wearing gauze bandages over your fingertips.Pus or clear fluid should come out. Dab on a little antibiotic cream to prevent infection. If your pimple won't pop, leave it alone and try again later, pushing too hard could leave a scar. ...Read more

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What are the best products/methods for blackheads and pimples?

What are the best products/methods for blackheads and pimples?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to help pimples, acne, and blackheads?

What are some natural ways to help pimples, acne, and blackheads?

Retinoic acid: Especially if there are a lot of blackheads, a retinoic acid product that your physician can offer may be your best choice. Herbs and home remedies will fail. But retinoid acid is boosted-up vitamin a -- a great gift from mother nature. Surely this is okay to use if you believe that "natural is better." best wishes. ...Read more

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Which the fastest safest way to remove acne pimples and blackheads?

Which the fastest safest way to remove acne pimples and blackheads?

Professional help: It is best to remove these lesions as part of a skin care program approved by your dermatologist. It is important to treat the cause of the acne with topical and sometimes oral agents to control the outbreak. Removing lesions without therapy does not control the breaking out so it continues to recur. ...Read more

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How to remove pimples/blackheads using normal/common household objects?

Not safe : Most household objects are not sterile and it is not recommended that you manipulate skin with household objects. Please see a physician or a professional aesthetician to clear the pores using sterile equipment such as comedone extractors. ...Read more

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Will blackheads turn to whiteheads?

No: The white head is more under the surface. The black head is open to a pore. The air oxygenates the material to make it darker. ...Read more

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What are the best blackhead/whitehead removal?

What are the best blackhead/whitehead removal?

The best way to: remove them is to see a dermatologist. Don't try to remove them yourself. You will cause more problems with possible infection and/or scarring. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of blackheads and pimple?

Dermatologist eval: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. No heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples / blackheads. Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatologist (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat whiteheads, not blackheads?

What can I do to treat whiteheads, not blackheads?

White Heads: Whiteheads should be extracted by an experienced esthetician or dermatologist. To prevent from forming in the first place, you should use a mild facial cleanser that is oil-free and wash your face at least twice a day. Never squeeze or pick at a pimple as doing so may spread the inflammation and leave an ugly red scar behind. Use a face cream or moisturizer containing salicylic acid or retin a (tretinoin). ...Read more

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How can I remove blackheads and whiteheads on t-zone?

How can I remove blackheads and whiteheads on t-zone?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my blackhead from turning into a pimple?

Acne: Do not try to manipulate in any way. This type of activity can cause the blackhead to become inflamed, thus a pimple is born. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead?

What is the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead?

Color: Certainly, blackhead looks black and whitehead look white, but it's not that simple. Blackhead and white head both are mild/early forms of pimple/acne. Blackhead devolops when the content of pimples, mostly, sebum, expose to air and oxidized. It turns to dark brown or "black" color. Whitehead is when sebum enclosed by epidermis(i.e., not exposing to air) and showing yellow or "white" content. ...Read more

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What are the odds that my whiteheads, blackheads will be gone by 20?

Not a betting doc: I wouldn't bet on them magically going away at any age as acne can last well into adulthood! be proactive and find a doc to get you started on an appropriate management regimen to get it cleared up! think about ancillary treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels as well to help open up pores. Good hygiene on your part is vital as well! ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for the red patch after a pimple or a blackhead ?

What's recommended as a cure for the red patch after a pimple or a blackhead ?

Topical agents: Try using some topical retinoids or azelaic acids to reduce the discoloration that can result from having acne. Hydroquinone may also be effective and is available in a lower strength other the counter. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more