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Bumpy Skin On Face Not Acne
I have a very uneven, bumpy complexion on my face. I don't get 'regular' acne. I get cysts occasionally. But what should I do to have smooth skin?
I have a small patch of bumpy skin on my face. The bumps are not red, nor do they itch or hurt. Is this just dry skin? Or maybe acne?
Facial lesions: Bumps on the face could be multiple things. Acne will turn red eventually. Eczema (associated with dry skin) can result in bumps that may or may not itch. A fungal infection would gradually spread and may not itch. If the bumps have a small central pit it could be a benign infection called Molluscum that resolves over time. Using steroids like hydrocortisone will worsen a fungal infection.
Easy Rx: There's a few home remedies such as vinegar and tea-tree oil but i'd urge you to go directly to the mainstream stuff. If over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't do the trick, a physician's office visit is in order. If it's relatively mild disease and confined to your face, adding topical Clindamycin might be your best option; your physician may suggest others.See 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: I am going to assume from what you have shared that neither topical Clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide, nor a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day has given you satisfactory results. It's time for you to consider accutane, which is unpleasant and has some risks but which should clear you. Best wishes.
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.).See 1 more doctor answer
Scalp Acne: You are probably referring to so called: scalp acne. Doxycycline has been used with some success only. It happens usualy in males and might resolve after age 40 spontaneously. It could be frustrating especially with males losing hair and acne lesions easily visible. Treatment need few months for effect.See 1 more doctor answer
Retinoids are the: Best but prescription onlyGet a more detailed answer ›
Never: Hey, Nicole, I'm sorry you're dealing with acne and even more sorry that someone has recommended this very foolish home remedy. Some of these "acne treatments" are actually cruel pranks. Manage your acne with topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate. It's not pleasant but it's your best Rx. If this isn't sufficient, your physician can add something stronger that will clear you. Best wishes.
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared junior in two weeks, he will need prescription-strength medicine. Home / folk / "pop" remedies aren't ineffective. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, serious health problem that is a major personal and professional liability. Please do what you must on his behalf.
Twice a day: Twice daily with a clear transparent soap you can see through.See 1 more doctor answer
Salicylic acid: You're asking about cleansers / washes, right? If you need something stronger, don't hesitate to start using topical benzoyl peroxide, or get help from your physician.
Exfoliate: The best non medical remedies would be ski care Daily use of a broad spectrum sun block daily use of a skin cleanser that is non perfumed but that has a low grade salicylic acid (5%) or glycolic acid 5% to exfoliate.
Sorry, can't examine: The lumps on your head. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis is through one on one evaluation with your physician or dermatologist.
Once: Over washing will cause dryness and worsen case.
Salicylic acid: A salicylic acid wash may be perfect for you. If you've actually got acne lesions, topical benzoyl peroxide and/or topical retinoic acid are your best friends. They're not pleasant but they'll probably work. If they don't clear you, your physician can add medication that will. Best wishes.
OILY ACNE: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO USE AN ACNE WASH OR SCRUB TWICE DAILY. . . TRY IT. . . YOU WILL LIKE IT!