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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Overview)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, pustule, blackhead, whitehead, carbuncle.


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What is the cause of facial pimples?

What is the cause of facial pimples?

Many: Hormone, mostly male hormone, is the main contributor, particularly in teens and young adults. Stress, irregular daily activities, working/studying too hard/too long may stir up hormone/immune system (causing "imbalance") and consequently develop pimples. Hot and humid environment may induce pimples. Drug like steroid may cause it. Pregnancy may do, too.

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Dr. Marsha Davis
1,671 Doctors shared insights

Facial Pimples (Overview)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, pustule, blackhead, whitehead, carbuncle.


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How do I get rid of facial pimples fast?

How do I get rid of facial pimples fast?

Prescription: If this is common acne, I have had excellent results in most cases with topical clindamycin, cheap and safe. For tougher cases, systemic tetracycline (don't use if pregnant) or Erythromycin usually works. For severe acne, the most effective medications work but are dangerous enough to require specialty dermatologist consultation. Good luck -- being a teen is tough enough even without acne.

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How to prevent pimples or acne (facial)? What are the remedies to be used in order to prevent pimples /acne?

How to prevent pimples or acne (facial)? What are the remedies to be used in order to prevent pimples /acne?

Easy to Rx: For maintenance while you're pimple-free, often an oral antibiotic such as tetracycline or Erythromycin in a low dose is sufficient. Personal hygiene has nothing to do with acne, and no home remedy works. Your physician may offer you a topical medication instead or in addition.

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How do I get rid of my facial pimples?

How do I get rid of my facial pimples?

Rx meds: The over-the-counter stuff works poorly. Different people respond in different ways; I've had great success giving folks topical clindamycin, with or without a retinoic acid derivative -- cheap and effective. For harder cases, systemic antibiotics that you can take -- tetracycline kept me reasonably clear for 25 years. Dermatologists have lasers & accutane. You can be helped. Good luck.

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What is the cause of facial pimples?

Many: Hormone, mostly male hormone, is the main contributor, particularly in teens and young adults. Stress, irregular daily activities, working/studying too hard/too long may stir up hormone/immune system (causing "imbalance") and consequently develop pimples. Hot and humid environment may induce pimples. Drug like steroid may cause it. Pregnancy may do, too.

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How do I treat facial pimples. Thank u?

How do I treat facial pimples. Thank u?

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.

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Can facial pimples be a sign of too much chocolate?

Can facial pimples be a sign of too much chocolate?

No: That is an old wives tale but a good diet is important for healthy skin!

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What are some cheap and quick ways to stop having facial pimples?

What are some cheap and quick ways to stop having facial pimples?

Rx meds are best: A woman or older man may want to seek an underlying medical cause for troublesome acne. Otherwise, I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative in it. If this isn't adequate, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline or erythromycin, depending on what you can take, helps. Dermatologists have Accutane and lasers. All acne can be managed -- good luck.

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What is the cause of facial pimples, those that we see on so many people?

What is the cause of facial pimples, those that we see on so many people?

Complex: It's a complex interplay of a strain of bacteria, increased keratin on the skin surface, and extra sebum production. The androgenic hormones that cause the latter two tend to be higher in men, both both sexes have an increase around puberty. Today, no one should have to endure bad acne; medications can manage almost all cases.

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What should I do for my facial pimples and my darkening colour because of sun?

What should I do for my facial pimples and my darkening colour because of sun?

Many options.: Begin with benzoyl peroxide. It's effective and well tolerated for most people, and will help lighten the dark spots. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, add a second product with a different active ingredient, such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or sulfur. If still a problem, see a dermatologist. Prevent further sun changes by applying sunscreen every day.

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I'd like to know, what is the best way to get ride of the facial pimples or on your back? Thanks

I'd like to know, what is the best way to get ride of the facial pimples or on your back? Thanks

Wash: With benzoyl peroxide was at least 5% one daily. This is a good otc start. If it doesn't start to help in 2-3 weeks see your doctor. They can rx other medication.

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Any natural ways to rid facial pimples?

Any natural ways to rid facial pimples?

Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.

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Can facial pimples be a sign of old syphilis?

Can facial pimples be a sign of old syphilis?

No: Secondary syphilis has many different appearances, but pustules aren't among them. If you are concerned you may have syphilis (and few of us haven't put ourselves at risk!), a syphilis serology from your physician's office can either reassure you or get you on the path to a cure that can save your life. I admire your proactive approach and candor -- good luck.

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Looking for cheapest ways to rid facial pimples?

Looking for cheapest ways to rid facial pimples?

See a dermatologist: Acne is not an infection. Acne is not an important factor in acne. Treatment varies with different cases. Be prepared to tell the dr about any birth control, meds, vitamins, pregnancy, menstrual periods, skin products. Meanwhile, try the lowest strength benzoyl peroxide. Careful, it bleaches fabrics.

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Does acne/alot of facial pimples go away after 18?

Does acne/alot of facial pimples go away after 18?

Depends: Some do, some don't. I can't predict. I don't have that magic ball on the wall. It is different for every person. Sometimes it will go away then mysteriously come back again for no unforeseen reason! Sorry I can't give you a better answer.

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Does acne and facial pimples go away after you are 18?

Does acne and facial pimples go away after you are 18?

Maybe: I needed to take systemic tetracycline until I was in my mid-40's. The important thing is that no youngster nowadays needs to have bad acne. There are a variety of approaches; I start with topical clindamycin, try a systemic antibiotic that the person can take if this fails. For the toughest cases, dermatologists have Accutane and lasers. Good luck -- and good health.

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How do I get rid of my facial pimples?

Rx meds: The over-the-counter stuff works poorly. Different people respond in different ways; I've had great success giving folks topical clindamycin, with or without a retinoic acid derivative -- cheap and effective. For harder cases, systemic antibiotics that you can take -- tetracycline kept me reasonably clear for 25 years. Dermatologists have lasers & accutane. You can be helped. Good luck.

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How do I get rid of facial pimples fast?

Prescription: If this is common acne, I have had excellent results in most cases with topical clindamycin, cheap and safe. For tougher cases, systemic tetracycline (don't use if pregnant) or Erythromycin usually works. For severe acne, the most effective medications work but are dangerous enough to require specialty dermatologist consultation. Good luck -- being a teen is tough enough even without acne.

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What should I do to get rid of facial pimples?

What should I do to get rid of facial pimples?

?: Pimples may mean many different diagnoses. For 34 year old acne may not be the right one therefore you need to show it to your doctor. Good hygien, not overheating it, cleaning dust and sweat promptly is always a good idea.

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