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My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?

My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?

See dermatologist: This may be a reaction to something applied to it, maybe not infection. DOES IT ITCH?? Throw away the neosporin. It is not only useless against infection, it is one of the most common things people are allergic to. ...Read more

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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Infected hair follicles, pustules and acnes are ruining my life. im losing hope to have a girlfriend. Is there anyway to stop this?

Infected hair follicles, pustules and acnes are ruining my life. im losing hope to have a girlfriend. Is there anyway to stop this?

Skin conditions: At this point, my best advice would be to work with a dermatologist to clear this up. Take care. ...Read more

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Hello. about 8 days before I had hard full body massage. during massage my pimples/acne bleeding. did I infected by HIV. Thank you.

Hello. about 8 days before I had hard full body massage. during massage my pimples/acne bleeding. did I infected by HIV. Thank you.

Not likely: I highly doubt that you got infected with HIV from the massage and the pimples bleeding even if the person massaging you had HIV. However, you should still get tested for HIV and STDs if you are sexually active. Everyone should! Be well. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks and noticed my acne getting out of hand and it looked infected so I put a bit of hydrogen peroxide on my face , and noticed white spots?

I'm 38 weeks and noticed my acne getting out of hand and it looked infected so I put a bit of hydrogen peroxide on my face , and noticed white spots?

Acne: The hormones in pregnancy make acne much worse for a lot of women. There are many over the counter acne facial washes and topical medications that may help. Hydrogen peroxide is not one of them that will help. After delivery you should see improvement as the hormones return to normal levels. A dermatologist post partum can offer other treatments as well. ...Read more

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PI IBS-D after 6mos. Cdiff infect. Eat lttle; nausea, lots of D/pain. On Levsin (hyoscyamine) etc. Hair fall out \cystic acne on jaw/neck- is it related?

PI IBS-D after 6mos. Cdiff infect. Eat lttle; nausea, lots of D/pain. On Levsin (hyoscyamine) etc. Hair fall out \cystic acne on jaw/neck- is it related?

Irritable bowel: IBS or irritable bowel syndrome can be a miserable illness. Hopefully you have a GI doc who can help guide you along. You may be malnourished from all the diarrhea/pain/malabsorption you've suffered through. That could certainly affect hair growth and affect the immune system (weakening it) allowing acne to form. Raw almonds are good for healthy hair. Keep hands away from face to reduce acne. ...Read more

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Infected pimples on chin that wont go away?

Infected pimples on chin that wont go away?

Acne: It is more likely to get larger, tender, draining pimples that may become infected if they are picked, popped or scratched. I would recommend seeing your doctor to get some medications--topical or oral--to improve and control your acne. ...Read more

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Can being infected by Herpes cause an outbreak of regular pimples and such? I got a severe outbreak on all locations I usually have pimples.

Can being infected by Herpes cause an outbreak of regular pimples and such? I got a severe outbreak on all locations I usually have pimples.

Herpes can spread: If you have a cold sore (Herpes Simplex infection), it is quite possible to see it spread to other break out areas around the face. However, this is not very likely. But, if it is as you say, that your have a severe herpes outbreak in areas where you get pimples, you will need to see a physician to get more aggressive treatment. This will need more attention that just OTC products. ...Read more

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What can I treat pimples on my legs when they get infected?

What can I treat pimples on my legs when they get infected?

Phisoderm: Once called surgical soap. Apply over affected areas, let dry then rinse off. Do not shave your legs with multiblade razors. Although they make your legs feel extra smooth and sexy, the hair is pulled and cut, retracts below the skin surface, the cut hair can carryl bacteria past the immune barrier that is skins normal function. Then the gland at the base of the hair gets infected--> boil! ...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