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Hi doctors. What are difference between medicated toner and clindamycin solution? Which is more effective for pimples, redness & skin discoloration?
Both good: Medicated toners are usually salicylic acid over-the-counter while Clindamycin is a prescribed antibiotic. They can be used together, or you can use Clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide. If the acne's on your trunk, your physician may add a systemic antibiotic for a short time. Glad your acne is being managed. ...Read more
What can remove pimple breakouts, scars and discolorations on my back and on my chest due to hormonal theraphy?
I recently noticed a dark discoloration of a patch of skin on my forehead (no pimple). It doesn't go away with washing. What should I do? Thanks.
Pigmentary changes: Are pretty common. If it spreads or begins to mound up like a mole, a visit to your Primary Care or a Dermatologist is in order. Thanks for trusting HealtTap! ...Read more
I have a small lump on the left side of my skull; no pain, no discoloration, haven't bumped it, no pimple, been there for a few weeks. What can it be?
Cyst: Probably a sceaceous cyst which is benign but can grow large. Its best to see your doctor cysts of this nature are easily removed in the office with just some local and a stitch or two. ...Read more
Hello I have a chapped lower lip with a discoloration. Its always dry and painful with periodic pimples-like substances. What is the cause and cure?
I have a bunch of pimples on my cheek and they look bruise why does this happen and what can I due to reduce the discoloration?
How do I soothe isopropyl alcohol-irritated skin? What will get rid of the discoloration fast? I used it to try to get rid of pimples.
Small patches of redness and pimple like bumps and light brown discoloration on breast. What could this be? Doesn't hurt, I have acne skin probs.
How to get rid of discoloration around neck and on elbows&knees without effecting my skin. (21yr old female) also I have acne spots left after pimples?
Hyperpigmentation: You need to see a dermatologist who can make a recommendation for the treatment. The post acne pigmentation can be treated with peels, topical bleaching agents, topical antioxidants and more importantly, treatment for the acne. The other issue may respond to a moisturizer called LacHydrin (lactic acid) or AmLactin. Additionally it may be a sign of hormone issues, especially if you are overweight. ...Read more
Blood in stool white pimple looking things on anus and descoloration of the skin around the anus. Itches at some times and causes it to smell backther?
While it may be nothing serious. ... There is the possibility that there is an underlying anal infection (abscess). .. Possibly cause by an anal fistula (small connection into the anus).
Try a protective ointment - like anusol - and warm baths with epsom salts.
However, if it persists, do see a proctologist who can properly diagnose your condition.
All the best, peter wilk, md. ...Read more
PIMPLES TO VANISH: If these are acne pimples, you should top eating nuts and peanut butter. Stop chocolate; cut down on dairy products. Wash with neutrogena acne wash or stridex pads, and apply a bpo (benzoyl peroxide) cream or lotion -- something like clearasil -- on the affected areas at night. If it persists, see a dermatologist who may prescribe an oral antibiotic for you. ...Read more
Acne Tx: 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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Leave them Alone: I am sure it does not surprise you that physicians are very upset at patients who pop pimples, squeeze lesions or sores and then expect treatment to fix the scarring and damage done to the skin when all humans know that popping zits is a 'no no' from a physician's perspective. Leave the skin alone. Eat a healthy, high protein diet and your skin should recover. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
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
Salicylic acid 2%: The simplest thing you can do is to keep applying salicylic acid 2% to the lesion. I would recommend at least twice a day and then maybe even three times a day. You may want to add Benzoyl Peroxide Gel at a strength of up to 10% as well although be aware that skin dryness may result in increased flaking. I would also eat a reasonable diet and minimize exposure to skin irritants! Stay safe! ...Read more
Soap & water best,: Possibly also apply some topical triple antibiotic & cover with a small band-aid daily to reduce bacterial concentration & ease/speed healing. Benzoyl peroxide (& other more expensive antibiotics) can be used to kill local bacteria. Localized salicylic acid (relative of aspirin) can be used as an exfoliant to help open blocked pores for black heads before they become an acneform cyst. ...Read more
Gentle healing: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course. ...Read more
Hot compresses: Some acne lesions are large, ugly, and may be painful. You can try to treat it at home by yourself, with hot towel compresses and by rubbing a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel into the spot several times a day. You can buy this without a prescription. If it is not better, and you have a special event to go to, you must visit a dermatologist who can give you an injection of kenalog (triamcinolone) right into the bump. ...Read more
Don't pop pimples: Popping or squeezing pimples can cause more inflammation & possibly lead to scarring. Even more true when a person is taking accutane. Accutane restructures your skin making it more fragile & more prone to scarring for 1-2 years after you finished your course of accutane. If you are getting many painful pimples while on accutane, let your dermatologist know. There are treatments that can help. ...Read more
Acne: Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read more
YOU can't.: A dermatologist can inject it with an anti-inflammatory suspension that will probably (no guarantees) melt it away in a day or so. Don't do what you want to do, which is squeeze it. That will only make it worse. ...Read more
Pimple Info: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course. ...Read more
Cratered acne: Ice-pick scars from acne require deep skin treatment as provided by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Laser treatment may help. There are no topical creams or ablatives that will help. Best treatment is prevention with assiduous use of topical or internal medications provided by your doctor. ...Read more
Pimple Info: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). The body increases blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course. Popping squeezes bad stuff into skin. ...Read more
Simple pimples...: Simple pimples don't hurt. So if you have something on your butt that seems like a pimple but is really hurting, it's likely it is an abscess. It may need to be drained and you may need antibiotics. Take the El over to the medical district and see a doctor there or one in your own neighborhood, but be seen. While waiting, hot compresses to area and wash area with antibacterial soap. ...Read more