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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


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Please help! what is the quickest way to get rid of large zits that are deep under the skin?

Please help! what is the quickest way to get rid of large zits that are deep under the skin?

Cystic acne: Deeper acne or cystic acne may be treated with intralesional corticosteroid injections performed by a dermatologist. These treatments are particularly effective when the cysts are red and tender (inflamed). Prescription Retin-A type creams are indicated for cystic acne. Talk to your dermatologist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Large hard lump under chin nopain zit like dont pop tender skin underneath?

See your doctor.: This could be an enlarged lymph node or a cyst. Your doctor should be able to tell you and recommend the proper treatment (or observation). ...Read more

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I have zits on my head please help?

I have zits on my head please help?

Acne: Wash w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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Have odd zit on face that suddenly appeared. Painful; if I try to pop it, skin around sinks becomes dark, wont pop. Only one. What is this?

Have odd zit on face that suddenly appeared. Painful; if I try to pop it, skin around sinks becomes dark, wont pop. Only one. What is this?

ZIT: It may not be acne and even if it is you should NEVER pop it. It may be a cherry hemangioma. But since there is no picture, diagnosis based on your description is not possible. Consult your dermatologist and do not manipulate the lesion. ...Read more

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I have white puss filled zit things on head and face. What are they?

I have white puss filled zit things on head and face. What are they?

Probably an achne: Acne at age 36 is unusual but can occur at any age. One needs to also check for white-heads which also looks like "puss filled zit" things. Proper hygine and healthy diet can also help with eliminating these unwanted problems. ...Read more

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I had a zit.. Squeezed it now there is a hard bump under my skin from where i squeezes it..

I had a zit.. Squeezed it now there is a hard bump under my skin from where i squeezes it..

Zit: This is exactly why we advised everyone not to do what you did. You likely pushed the infection deep in to tissue. I would advise that if becomes tender or red, see your doctor for antibiotic. If it does't resolve soon, may need to be extracted. ...Read more

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I have a zit on my chin and it hasn't come to a head yet. How can I make it not so noticeable?

I have a zit on my chin and it hasn't come to a head yet. How can I make it not so noticeable?

Benzoyl peroxide: Look for over the counter benzoyl peroxide cream-when applied to a pimple it will help it to dry up more quickly. You may be able to find it in skin concealer color, but if not, you can apply a small amount of foundation over the cream. ...Read more

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I have 2 bumps on the back of my lower head. Came out of nowhere. They hurt a little when I press into them. I recently had a huge zit in that area.

I have 2 bumps on the back of my lower head. Came out of nowhere. They hurt a little when I press into them. I recently had a huge zit in that area.

Few things possible: They could be acne, ingrown hairs or even abscesses depending on their size. The best thing is a physical examination and evaluation by you doctor or even a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is this lump on my head? Feels like a zit?

What is this lump on my head? Feels like a zit?

Can't see it: If it is an acne bump start washing your face while in the shower with a face brush and salicylic acid wash. If this does not resolve see your doctor for prescription topicals and possibly laser skin care to control your acne. We have excellent technology to control inflamed oil glands, clogged pores, blemishes, and scars. Acne may come from increased stress, lack of sleep or hormone changes. ...Read more

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I pulled a zit off like i pulled the head off then squezzed its on my temple is that ok or can i damge my temple?

I pulled a zit off like i pulled the head off then squezzed its on my temple is that ok or can i damge my temple?

Generally heals: warm compresses, may bring these to a head and pop! Squeezing can spread the germs in the skin layer. Sterile prep and sterile needle to pop sometimes. ...Read more

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I have oily skin, blackheads, and zits. Suggestions?

I have oily skin, blackheads, and zits. Suggestions?

Options: 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. ...Read more

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Can hair dye cause zits on my head?

Can hair dye cause zits on my head?

Possibly.: Hair dyes can lead to both skin irritation (contact dermatitis) & allergic reactions. This is largely because some dyes contain parphenylendiamine. The skin that was in contact with the dye may become dry, red, swollen, blistered, cracked or pustules are sometimes seen. An allergic reaction may lead to generalized itching, facial/ scalp swelling or in some severe cases to anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can the skin around a zit get infected from popping it?

Can the skin around a zit get infected from popping it?

Very rarely: Zits actually represent the body's response to a superficial skin infection. The whitehead is pus and is composed of white blood cells and bacteria. Popping the pimple drains the pus. Rarely, bacteria can translocate to the local blood or lymphatics and cause a more serious infection but this usually only happens in people with severely altered immune systems. ...Read more

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Popped a zit and now it's bleeding under the skin. Suggestions?

Popped a zit and now it's bleeding under the skin. Suggestions?

Pop! Goes the Measle: Yeah. Leave it alone. You squeezed too hard or with too much pressure with your nails. Now it just has to heal. It may collect some more pus but you'll have to be extra careful getting rid of that. Put some antibacterial ointment on it and give it several days to heal. The blood should resorb. Be careful next time. If a zit won't pop with gentle pressure wait 'till it "matures" more to try again. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the skin around a zit to get infected from popping/trying to pop a zit?

Is it possible for the skin around a zit to get infected from popping/trying to pop a zit?

Yes: If you squeeze a pimple and instead of getting the pus to come out it ruptures into your subcutaneous tissues it can cause a cellulitis or abscess and in some circumstances an even more serious infection of cavernous sinus thrombosis. ...Read more