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I have some itchy bumps on my face. Is this acne?

I have some itchy bumps on my face. Is this acne?

Probably not: Acne is more likely to be sore or tender than itchy. Itchy bumps could represent eczema or some other condition. ...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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I have small red non itchy bumps that go up my abs to my pecs. I think it might be KP, acne, or a rash? I have tried a SA renewing lotion but no luck

I have small red non itchy bumps that go up my abs to my pecs. I think it might be KP, acne, or a rash? I have tried a SA renewing lotion but no luck

Get seen sometime: Acne is something that anybody can recognize and this would be an odd distribution. If you're taking any new medications, discontinue them if you can and get seen now by your physician. Otherwise, your idea that this may be keratosis pilaris sounds good -- you're pretty sophisticated. Talk with your physician at your next annual physical. ...Read more

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I recently discontinued isotretinoin for painful cystic acne. Now i'm breaking out on my forehead with little itchy bumps with long whiteheads. ?

I recently discontinued isotretinoin for painful cystic acne. Now i'm breaking out on my forehead with little itchy bumps with long whiteheads.  ?

See Your Derm: See your dermatologist. You may need a mild retinoid (tretinoin) to keep you from breaking out, at least for a few months. This will likley pass uneventfully. However, there could be another cause for this type of breakout. Your dermatologist can help you with this frustrating flare. ...Read more

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Tiny red itchy bumps on face and neck after running, but takes days at least to go away. They look like little pimples, and i take zyrtec (cetirizine) daily too.

Tiny red itchy bumps on face and neck after running, but takes days at least to go away. They look like little pimples, and i take zyrtec (cetirizine) daily too.

Irritation : This irritation of skin and hair follicles is likely due to profuse sweating. The first step is prompt showering after a run. Also, check to see if any new laundry detergents or soaps are being used. ...Read more

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I have red itchy bumps that look like pimples all over my arms. Some of them are in clusters?

I have red itchy bumps that look like pimples all over my arms. Some of them are in clusters?

Not uncommon: Consider Keratosis Pilaris, a common condition that is difficult to treat but usually resolves in late twenties or early thirties see mayo clinic review http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/definition/con-20025750 ...Read more

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Are there any effective over-the-counter meds. For severe scalp breakouts? (bumps, pimples and itchy rash). I need help asap, this is out of control.

Are there any effective over-the-counter meds. For severe scalp breakouts? (bumps, pimples and itchy rash).  I need help asap, this is out of control.

Yes and no.: For and itch rash of the scalp (the technical name is seborrheic dermatitis), numerous medicated shampoos and lotions are available otc; most contain zinc or tar derivatives. Add bumps and pimples, however, and you probably have a problem in the hair follicles, possibly an infection, and if it's really that "out of control" you should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps that turn to pimples that turn to scabs. Only on stomach. Not a home allergy, as everyone at work (a restaurant) seems to get these bites.

Itchy bumps that turn to pimples that turn to scabs. Only on stomach. Not a home allergy, as everyone at work (a restaurant) seems to get these bites.

Bites: That is a big concern. If that is only happening to the staff you must have the boss close down the restaurant and have a team come in and get rid of the causes of bites. This is even a bigger concern if folks coming in for food and drink also have the bites. MUST BE DONE ASAP!! ...Read more

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I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving/ hygeine product or friction by clothing. Trauma from hair extraction through waxing may also produce this. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more