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What makes picking at your face, create more acne?

What makes picking at your face, create more acne?

"Pop" claim: To my knowledge, there's never been a scientific study done to see if this is true. Since it's very hard not to pick at these things without meaning to do so, it gives people an opportunity to blame you for a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed easily if you can get somebody to get you to a competent physician. You have my sympathy. 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 is my face swollen after picking acne?

Why is my face swollen after picking  acne?

Could be infection: or swelling due to trauma.If persists, have a professional take a look. ...Read more

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I have ice pick acne over my whole face and it is causing me major emotional and mental damage. Help?

I have ice pick acne over my whole face and it is causing me major emotional and mental damage. Help?

Dermatology: A dermatologist can inject these with fillers and perhaps has some other remedy. This will make them less visible but won't make them vanish. I'm sorry that your acne wasn't treated as it should have been. Jet li has ice-pick acne scars that he makes no attempt to hide, but has kept to look tough; other male stars have also kept theirs. Wishing you luck & the right choice. ...Read more

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I used to pick acne and now there are red spots on my face, not indented at all. Do these fade over time? How much time if they do? Anything i can do?

I used to pick acne and now there are red spots on my face, not indented at all. Do these fade over time? How much time if they do? Anything i can do?

Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Normalization may happen faster with good skin care with hypoallergenic washes and moisturizers. ...Read more

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Do natural face mask works for treating ice pick scars, box scars and acne?

Do natural face mask works for treating ice pick scars, box scars and acne?

There are many: different types of natural face masks. Don't know which one you are referring to. In general - chronic scarring would not resolve using face masks. ...Read more

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I have large pores all over the face and acne scars (ice picks) on my cheeks. I also have really oily skin. What can I do about it?

I have large pores all over the face and acne scars (ice picks) on my cheeks. I also have really oily skin. What can I do about it?

Seek dermatologist: It sounds like you would benefit from a prescription regimen such as accurate i combination with a skin care regimen but you should first be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have suffered from acne for a few months now and can't seem to get rid of it. Its just below my temples on both sides of my face. I wash my face both morning and night. I admit I have a problem with picking at my skin and scratching it and popping them.

I have suffered from acne for a few months now and can't seem to get rid of it. Its just below my temples on both sides of my face. I wash my face both morning and night. I admit I have a problem with picking at my skin and scratching it and popping them.

Don't Pop, See Doc: Acne is caused by plugged hair follicle units (excess oil/debris/bacteria) & inflammation; genetically determined. Therapy includes topical/oral meds to control infection/inflammation. Medication-induced irritation/dryness is common. Finding the right balance can be challenging, even w/ mild acne. Your chances at successful treatment are best with regular check-ups; or referral to a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can turmeric face mask mix with lemon juice and honey can treat ice pick scars, box scar, and acne?

Can turmeric face mask mix with lemon juice and honey can treat ice pick scars, box scar, and acne?

No: I am VERY sorry you ended up scars, and even more sorry if this was because you or your family are focused on "natural healing" or (forgive my frankness) phony internet remedies. Acne is easily manageable by scientific medicine. Your scars can be treated by fillers, laser treatment, and/or microsurgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Deep acne scare on face?

Deep acne scare on face?

Options: A dermatologist can make the scars less apparent, though they cannot be made to vanish, using fillers, laser treatment, abrasion or surgery. Before you decide, look at the hollywood leading men who have chosen to keep their acne scars for character (jet li, steven seagal, charlie sheen, tommy lee jones.) it's your call (and you partner's if you have one.) good luck. ...Read more

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Why do people get face acne?

Why do people get face acne?

Complex: It is an interplay between a particular bacterium, the sebaceous glands whose size, shape and function vary with hormonal and other factors, and the thickness of the keratin layer on the outside of the skin which also varies. I begin people with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. This is the 21st century and you have a right to effective treatment. ...Read more

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Uneven bumpy face due to acne?

Uneven bumpy face due to acne?

Acne scars: There's nothing you can do about this on your own. If you want, a dermatologist can treat you with dermabrasion, fillers, microsurgery and/or a laser. I'm sorry you weren't treated when you should have been. Before you make your decision about seeking care, notice that hollywood "tough guys" from tommy lee jones to jet li seem to have deliberately kept theirs for "character." it's your choice. ...Read more

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How to get rid of small acnes on fore head?

How to get rid of small acnes on fore head?

Easy Rx: There's a few home remedies such as vinegar and tea-tree oil but i'd urge you to go directly to the mainstream stuff. If over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't do the trick, a physician's office visit is in order. If it's relatively mild disease and confined to your face, adding topical Clindamycin might be your best option; your physician may suggest others. ...Read more

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Could body acne be treated differently from face acne?

Could body acne be treated differently from face acne?

Hit it HARD: Acne on the trunk won't respond well just to topical agents though they may be useful. You'll probably end up on a systemic antibiotic for a while &/or be offered tretinoin. Acne is a serious, non-lifestyle-related disease and a serious personal and professional liability that requires 21st century medicine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I get acne anywhere else on my body besides my face?

Can I get acne anywhere else on my body besides my face?

Yes, Neck and Back: Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin.
Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy. ...Read more

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My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

My face has black point cause of acne! I wanna get it out my face?

Black dot acne: Those black dots are most likely open comedones, the fancy words for blackheads. These are actually brown, and turn color because enzymes in the skin turn them that color. It is not from being dirty. Gentle washcloth action in the shower, exfoliants like retinol and Retin-A and acne cleanings at your dermatologist's office will help. ...Read more

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I have lot of acnes on my face. with many pores and my skin is very oily. what should I do ?

I have lot of acnes on my face. with many pores and my skin is very oily. what should I do ?

Acne: 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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I have acne but it only prone to right side of face. Couldn't hardly see one on my left side. Why ?

I have acne but it only prone to right side of face. Couldn't hardly see one on my left side. Why ?

Can happen: Occasionally a patient will have abnormal oil glands on one side of the face. This will cause the acne to be on one side of the face. ...Read more

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I'm a teen with acne that is rather mild or less than mild but will i ever be able to have a clean and clear face?

I'm a teen with acne that is rather mild or less than mild but will i ever be able to have a clean and clear face?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Hey I’ve been having difficulties with acne and I’m super insecure about my face, is there any tips or products you recommend ?

Hey I’ve been having difficulties with acne and I’m super insecure about my face, is there any tips or products you recommend ?

OTC and prescription: For acne, if over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide is not helping, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline may be used also. If severe, a dermatologist may consider Accutane, if no chance of getting pregnant. ...Read more

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What types of food produce acnes on face and does eating chilli too often help in the production of acnes. In short how to avoid acnes .

What types of food produce acnes on face and does eating chilli too often help  in the production of acnes. In short how to avoid acnes .

Acne diet: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products or prescription medications including topical cream with or without oral medications. Don't pick! A dermatologist should be able to help you. Dietary modification is unlikely to be of much benefit. ...Read more

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My acne is horrible face and back is where i get it the most. How can I clear it up. And is acne related to medical issues with in the body?

My acne is horrible face and back is where i get it the most. How can I clear it up. And is acne related to medical issues with in the body?

Acne: Acne may be related to pcos. I would see a dermatologist for treatment. If he feels that your acne is endocrine related he might get blood work or send you to a gynecological endocrinologist for a further workup. ...Read more

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I have been using melacare since 2 months but when i stop using it within 2days small acne occur all over my face how can I stop using melacare?

I have been using melacare since 2 months but when i stop using it within 2days small acne occur all over my face how can I stop using melacare?

Melacare: Melacare is sunsensitive. If you use it apply it at night, but make sure you wash it off in the morning. It is also very drying so you may want to spply a moisturizer. ...Read more

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My problem is about my skin there are acnes a few on my face but a lot on my back and my skin is oily. What should I do about this situation? Thanks.

Acne care 4 back: Wash (not scrub) back with soapy water to remove excess oil (but not strip all oil or body will produce much more). Pat dry. Have someone apply acne meds (benzoyl peroxide or Retin-A + topical antibiotic like cleocin). If pimples r large & cystic, see dermatologist for more intense treatment. ...Read more

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I took biotin 10,000but it increase acnes in my face..so how can i reduce them?I've read some reviews of people taking it of that side effect of acnes

I took biotin 10,000but it increase acnes in my face..so how can i reduce them?I've read some reviews of people taking it of that side effect of acnes

Manage your acne: This is famous for making acne flare. I'm wondering why you're taking the biotin -- trying to change your hair? Maybe you'll get a good result, but you'll want to do something about your acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide isn't pleasant but I bet it will help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am having acne on my face?

I am having acne on my face?

Normal: Acne is a normal process that all teens experience. Best first step is develop good facial cleaning habits daily. ...Read more

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


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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