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Large Zit Under Skin
Pimple: Whiteheads or cysts under the skin are often treated with extraction , a technique where a dermatologist makes a tiny nick in the skin with a small needle and presses out the sebum with an instrument (comedone extractor). If a cyst is present for a long time it may be surgically removed. See a dermatologist for treatment options based on the size and type of the cyst. ...Read more
Cyst: This is one of those "picture is worth a thousand words" kindof problems. It probably needs to be seen, but it could be a small cyst. If it grows or does not go away, or is bothersome, let your doctor look at it--quickest way to get the answer. ...Read more
LUMPS INSIDE MOUTH: WHAT IS THE QUESTION? DO SEE YOUR PCP. IT COULD BE ANYTHING, BUT I DO NOT THINK IT IS SOMETHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. ...Read more
Pimple or cold sore?: Pimples are common on the lip margin (the vermillion border) and around the mouth. So are cold sores. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell just by looking at one point in time. If there is pain, that might suggest cold sore, and if it does go on to blister, then cold sore it is. However, if it does not go away within a week or two, i would recommend evaluation by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Small, hard, pea sized bump on forehead since 2 weeks. Not painful, itchy or bleeding. Under surface of skin and has purple hue. Cancer?!
Watch for size chang: It can one of several different things. Most such things are pimples and will settle down in 2-3 weeks but watch its size and look for color changes. If it grows in size over the next 2-3 weeks, it should be shown to a doctor(PCP or dermatologist). You need to make sure it is not melanoma which case it will like increase in size in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more
Hard mounds of solid and tender mass under skin surface,can move location. Turned to many blistery pimples that seep.
Skin: hard to tell from your description. Best to see a dermatologist ...Read more
What do you advise if I need help :( . recently I noticed a big single zit/pimple under my skin on my right eyebrow area. help me! what is it guys?
It would be very: difficult to accurately diagnose what a lesion is without at least visualizing it. ...Read more
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
I have a big red zit on my chin. It has been there for over a week now. It does not have a white head or anything to pop. How do I get rid of it?
Hot compresses: This should help. If it stays for another week, get seen. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
I'm about to be 19 and suffer from a lot of zits, please tell me what should I do or its high time that i see a skin specialist?
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Do face masks actually work? I get a huge under-the-skin zit every time I use one. Should I stop all together, or will it overtime help my skin?
STOP: I would recommend stop it for now, or try a different product. They should not create irritation ...Read more
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