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I've noticed a few breakouts popping up around my mouth. Can kissing a bearded man cause acne? Thanks!

I've noticed a few breakouts popping up around my mouth. Can kissing a bearded man cause acne? Thanks!

No: Don't try to figure out why you are getting acne. It is never helpful. Be glad you have a relationship -- I am happy for you. Use topical benzoyl peroxide twice a day or else retinitis acid or a salicylic acid wash. Eventually you will outgrow it -- I was able to stop using medicines when I was 50. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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Why do I only get acne around my mouth and nowhere else?

Why do I only get acne around my mouth and nowhere else?

Perioral Dermatitis: Its likely that you have perioral dermatitis instead. This usually gives you red bumps that resemble acne. Your dermatologist will be able to help you will this. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for my acne around the mouth?

Can you give me suggestions for my acne around the mouth?

Easy Rx: A salicylic acid wash as tolerated will probably be enough to manage this if it is so limited. ...Read more

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Could the dry skin around my mouth be causing acne?

Could the dry skin around my mouth be causing acne?

Not likey: Dry skin around your mouth can be from cold air, allergies to toothpaste, cheap metals in fake jewlery, nail polish and more. Acne comes from inflamed oil glands from hormone changes, stress, lack of sleep, genetics and more. See you doctor to get the correct therapy for both issues. ...Read more

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I have a red patch of dry/acne looking skin around my lips/chin area. The patch has spread. (never comes to a head, only clear fluid) SPREADING: (?

I have a red patch of dry/acne looking skin around my lips/chin area. The patch has spread. (never comes to a head, only clear fluid) SPREADING: (?

Rash: This rash would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment. ...Read more

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Acne keeps growing around my mouth area. What can I use to get rid of it?

Acne keeps growing around my mouth area. What can I use to get rid of it?

Avoid irritants: Be careful with whiteneing brightening products. Same for misturisers. See a dermatologist for proper control. ...Read more

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I always get bad acne around my mouth and chin. What is the best way to get rid of irritating acne?

I always get bad acne around my mouth and chin. What is the best way to get rid of irritating acne?

Sequence: Benzoyl peroxide is the best over-the-counter remedy; I've had success with adding prescribed topical Clindamycin and replacing benzoyl peroxide with a retinoic acid derivative if lots of blackheads. Next step if needed is a systemic antibiotic that's right for the person or the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can & wants to take it. Dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read more

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I have been having acne around my mouth and back of my neck, its so much annoying, what's the reason?

I have been having acne around my mouth and back of my neck, its so much annoying, what's the reason?

Are you sure it's: acne? If you've tried acne medicine and it's not helping, it may be a contact rash from something you're using on your skin or clothing. You should consider going to your doctor or a dermatologist to make the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I get acne mostly around my mouth and cheeks. Also have acne scarring. What do you recommend to control breakouts, and help remove acne scarring?

I get acne mostly around my mouth and cheeks. Also have acne scarring. What do you recommend to control breakouts, and help remove acne scarring?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Let the red and brown marks left after acne fade on their own. Depressed scars will require treatment using the special equipment of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How to cure large sore acne around my mouth?

How to cure large sore acne around my mouth?

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 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. ...Read more

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I have acne around my mouth and chin that is sensitive and won't go away and blackheads all over my face. I have red dots on the side of my mouth too.

I have acne around my mouth and chin that is sensitive and won't go away and blackheads all over my face. I have red dots on the side of my mouth too.

Perioral Dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis is a facial rash that causes bumps to develop around the mouth.
The condition is most commonly seen in young women (90% of cases), but it can affect men as well.
Treatment is with prescription oral antibiotics like Solodyn (minocycline) or Doryx and topicals like Ziana or Epiduo. ...Read more

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I keep having bad acne just around my lips and below my nose. What could this be? History of acne, but at 27 now just around the mouth.

I keep having bad acne just around my lips and below my nose. What could this be? History of acne, but at 27 now just around the mouth.

Perioral Dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis (pod) is a chronic papulopustular and eczematous facial dermatitis. It mostly occurs in women and children.The clinical and histologic features of the perioral dermatitis lesions resemble those of rosacea. Patients require systemic and/or topical treatment, an evaluation of the underlying factors, and reassurance. ...Read more

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Since getting on the pill my face has broke out around my mouth. More like a rash then acne. Starting to itch. No new face products used. What to do?

Since getting on the pill my face has broke out around my mouth. More like a rash then acne. Starting to itch. No new face products used. What to do?

BCP and acne: Certain birth control pills can cause acne. However what I wonder about is your age related to taking those pills, and I believe your doctor should see you to make the judgment on what’s going on with your face why you are taking BCPs after menopause, which I assume has occurred or is approaching. So your doctor soon as you can. ...Read more

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Hi, I have awful acne that is very sensitive and won't go away, I also have red spots on my chin and around my mouth, nothing works, what should I do?

Get it manged: You're using benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Stop the witch hazel. You're one of the 50% of young people who will need a physician's prescription-strength Rx. You're old enough to consent for the oral contraceptive pill, a topical or systemic antibiotic, spironolacton, or Isotretinoin should you require the latter medication. ...Read more

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I feel my acne has gotten worse & gets deeper like patchy scabs /sores & it's dry around my mouth and ears & I was proscribed 100mg & it's been 1m

I feel my acne has gotten worse & gets deeper like patchy scabs /sores & it's dry around my mouth and ears & I was proscribed 100mg & it's been 1m

Acne: All acne is hormonal (androgenic). Antibiotics will not prevent or improve acne or comedone formation, it only treats the secondary bacterial infection. You may need to speak to your dermatologist or PCP about hormonal eval and treatment including BCP and Spironolactone along with intensive hands-on medical extractions to minimize scarring and pigmentation. Find a specialist to help you. ...Read more

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I am using neutrogena's acne free face wash with 2% salicylic acid. My face is okay with that but skin around my mouth becomes too dry. Why is that so?

I am using neutrogena's acne free face wash with 2% salicylic acid. My face is okay with that but skin around my mouth becomes too dry. Why is that so?

Add A Moisturizer: Irritation, dryness, redness are frequent side-effects of many topical acne meds. It is important to use an oil & alcohol-free skin moisturizer twice daily after washing your face. Finding the right balance of medication can be challenging even with mild acne. Can also try using Sal. Acid every other day. If irritation continues or acne not responding, see your doctor for tolerable treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have a problem with yellowish sore like acne on my scalp, nose and around my mouth its been 3 years now. Please help me. Thanks?

I have a problem with yellowish sore like acne on my scalp, nose and around my mouth its been 3 years now. Please help me. Thanks?

3 years is a while: A person with 3 years of rash or other skin lesions on the face can be evaluated by a dermatologist to see what is going on. A primary care doctor can also evaluate, looking at the entire patient to see if there is some disorder that happens to show up as a face rash. Treatments from the dermatologist should be helpful. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on my face around my mouth. I'm pretty sure its not acne, but I took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and its not helping?

I have red bumps on my face around my mouth. I'm pretty sure its not acne, but I took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and its not helping?

Rosacea: Could be perioral dermatitis or rosacea. If it is one of these conditions it is treated with low dose antibiotics or topical medication. You should see your dermatologist for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello! Around a year ago, some red pimples started appearing around my mouth, on my chin, forehead and around my nose. I'm 24 now and I never had acne?

Hello! Around a year ago, some red pimples started appearing around my mouth, on my chin, forehead and around my nose. I'm 24 now and I never had acne?

It's possible: There are many possibilities. Try to wash your skin with a mild moisturizing soap 2 to 3 times daily. There are problems such as PCOS (a complex hormonal problem) that can cause this type of rash. If careful skin cleansing does not resolve the rash, see a primary care doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have sensitive severe acne that is on my chin and around my mouth as well as red spots, benzoyl peroxide only makes it worse, what should I do?

I have sensitive severe acne that is on my chin and around my mouth as well as red spots, benzoyl peroxide only makes it worse, what should I do?

See a dermatologist: You can be helped. You should be helped. See a PRO, that is a dermatologist. There are several treatments, often used in combinations. Call now. Acne is not your fault. It is not related to food, stress, hygiene. It is a matter of genetics and hormones. Your whole life will open up as your face heals. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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