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I have these hard bumps under my facial skin, pimple like that appear and re-appear in the same area. They are not like my usual pimples tgh?

Cystic acne + others: Age makes a difference. Presuming you are in teens or early 20's, the most likely cause is cystic acne. These are deep acne lesions that must not be squeezed and often cause scarring--must see dermatologist. Other possibilities are angioedema (caused by an allergen, a food, a medication), bug bite, sebaceous cysts (ice, us. Resolve) small abscess (red, hot, tender--need antibiotic &/or drainage. ...Read more

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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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Small, colorless, pimple size bump on arm under skin. Can be picked off but just bleeds. What could this be?

Small, colorless, pimple size bump on arm under skin. Can be picked off but just bleeds. What could this be?

Skin tag: The skin in the armpits and in the groin is notorious for developing small benign growths called acrochordons or skin tags. Some people are prone to develop them, others only rarely. Could be a mole without pigment, too, but skin tags are quite common. ...Read more

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For so many years I had this very small bump on the back of my neck it feels like a pimple almost but it's under the skin. Has not changed. ?

For so many years I had this very small bump on the back of my neck it feels like a pimple almost but it's under the skin. Has not changed. ?

Stable skin lesion : Bumps under or within the skin have various causes. The most common are dermal nevus and cyst. In general, lesions that are unchanged for years are harmless. Be more concerned if the bump enlarges, crusts or bleeds. Diagnosis is often easy for a trained doctor but sometimes the lesion has to be surgically removed as a precaution. ...Read more

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At the top right of my spine I have a small moveable bump under my skin. It doesn't seem like a pimple under the skin, and I wonder what it could be?

Need more: The spine extends from the base of your skull all the way to your coccyx (tailbone). Where ,in your mind, is the top? Is it close to the middle/ An inch away? More? Is it tender. How j\large is it? Try the coin method-like a penny or dime? Like quarter? Larger? Is it red? Is it hard or soft? ...Read more

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Noticed ~5 small pimple size bumps on bottom, right side. Says little to no itch-color skin tone to some pink. Bumps 1 to 2 inches apart in a zig zag?

Noticed ~5 small pimple size bumps on bottom, right side. Says little to no itch-color skin tone to some pink. Bumps 1 to 2 inches apart in a zig zag?

Watch/wait: Hi Aaron850. Assume you are calling about a child..with the info you have given I would say watch and wait...could be early signs of a staph infection, or a viral process, or even just cold weather dry skin response. You might want to schedule with one of the docs via HealhTap for a consult including a picture, or see the childs own practitioner. ...Read more

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There's a pimple like bump on my inner thigh. I popped it the other day, puss came out. It feels like there's a bump inside my skin and it pops inside?

Please see your: doctor. There may be an abscess (infection under the skin) still present, or a cyst that may need further treatment. Meanwhile apply warm compresses several times per day, until you can be seen. ...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