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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 bumps on my face that look like pimples but are not and they hurt?

I have bumps on my face that look like pimples but are not and they hurt?

May not be acne: Bumps on the face that hurt may be deeper-than-average acne bumps. A dermatologist can help treat them. If they are not acne, and don't come to the surface and break open to drain themselves, then the dermatologist will also be very helpful. Sometimes the doctor can open a bump to see what is inside. ...Read more

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I have bumps on my face similar to pimples, and the more i pop them, the more they seem to spread. What is it?!

I have bumps on my face similar to pimples, and the more i pop them, the more they seem to spread. What is it?!

Maybe not pimples: It could be molluscum contagiosum, a viral condition similar to warts - and called "contagiosum" for a reason! it could also be a folliculitis due to either bacterial or yeast organisms, which can also be spread by squeezing. The lesson here, obviously, is stop squeezing! and see a dermatologist to find out exactly what it is and get proper treatment for it. ...Read more

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I have 3 bumps on my face looks like pimples but it has puss and blood and hard very painful also have one on my arm what could this be?

I have 3 bumps on my face looks like pimples but it has puss and blood and hard very painful also have one on my arm what could this be?

You have cellulitis.: It sound like you have an infection of the skin called cellulitis. Most infections can be treated easily with a proper antibiotic. However, certain infections, like mrsa, a drug resistant infection may require you to see your doctor and have the drainage cultured. By culturing the drainage, your doctor can chose the right antibiotic to clear the infection. ...Read more

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I have a red bump on my face it is not a pimple, its not sore or anything, its on my upper face a little above my nose. What is it and any treatments?

I have a red bump on my face it is not a pimple, its not sore or anything, its on my upper face a little above my nose. What is it and any treatments?

Bumps: The word bump is in no way descriptive enough to diagnose by internet. I am sorry but, your problem will require examination. Please contact your family physician. ...Read more

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My baby has red bumps all over face and body, they look like pimples. He is 8 weeks old. What could this be?

My baby has red bumps all over face and body, they look like pimples. He is 8 weeks old. What could this be?

Newborn acne: Newborns develop baby acne around 2 weeks of age and it peaks around 6 weeks, usually gone by 12. If your baby is in this age group, it could be newborn acne. Your baby's pores are sensitive to changes in hormone levels(just like during the teen years) - so all those Estrogens they were exposed to during pregnancy are suddently gone - and boom - breakout!no treatment needed - be patient. ...Read more

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Pimple like bumps on face that won't go away are they related to allergies?

Pimple like bumps on face that won't go away are they related to allergies?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Not pimples but tiny bumps on face, what are these?

Not pimples but tiny bumps on face, what are these?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...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