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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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Popping pimples make them red? How to calm my skin

Popping pimples make them red? How to calm my skin

Pimples: Don't pop them--it just makes your skin red and can leave scars. See your doctor for a treatment to proven them. ...Read more

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I had a big pimple that I didn't get fully popped a few months ago. I noticed that the skin healed over the leftover puss, leaving a bump on my neck. Now, the bump has become tender. I've been popping it like a pimple every few hours, but can't seem to ev

I had a big pimple that I didn't get fully popped a few months ago. I noticed that the skin healed over the leftover puss, leaving a bump on my neck. Now, the bump has become tender. I've been popping it like a pimple every few hours, but can't seem to ev

Please be seen: That sounds like an infected sebaceous cyst. You will need to see your primary care doctor and he or she can remove it with a simple in office surgery. It will not go away until the cyst sac is removed. I suggest getting in as soon as possible to avoid any further infection risk. ...Read more

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Started as itchy pimple on foot it popped few days later skin began to peel around it month later more bumps keep coming popping, peeling & spreading?

Started as itchy pimple on foot it popped few days later skin began to peel around it month later more bumps keep coming popping, peeling & spreading?

Not a pimple: Your podiatrist or dermatologist will need to see it. It is most likely not a pimple, but either a fungus infection or a type of dermatitis. If the doctor cannot identify it, they can perform a simple procedure in the office to determine what it is. ...Read more

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Can I use BP after popping the pus out of a pimple? Cause it says don't use on broken skin and its bleeding. What else can I use if not?

Can I use BP after popping the pus out of a pimple? Cause it says don't use on broken skin and its bleeding. What else can I use if not?

You can: You can use it but it may sensitize you to it. Which means you could develop an allergy to it. Never the less it will sting more with the skin being open. ...Read more

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OCD ritual is popping my pimples. Can't stop. Got comedone tool to stop using fingers, to not hurt skin. How do I use it? PS - in treatment for OCD.

OCD ritual is popping my pimples. Can't stop. Got comedone tool to stop using fingers, to not hurt skin. How do I use it? PS - in treatment for OCD.

The loop: Of the comedone extractor is pushed gently against the comedone. Don't drag it or push too hard. BUT - you really need to keep working on that compulsion. Take care. ...Read more

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Broke out in facial stress acne. After popping whiteheads cleaned face with 50% rubbing alcohol, now my entire face is red; did I burn my skin?!?!

Broke out in facial stress acne. After popping whiteheads cleaned face with 50% rubbing alcohol, now my entire face is red; did I burn my skin?!?!

No harm done: Next time you suspect something like this will happen, start up with a salicylic acid face wash as tolerated, or topical benzoyl peroxide if you have it. Rubbing alcohol isn't a good idea in this sort of situation -- it hurts your tissue more than it does the bacteria -- soap and water is much better for clearing the debris that gives the bacteria an advantage. Your physician's a resource. ...Read more

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I'm 27, I've got kinda streched and bumped skin on my forehead, due to bad habit of streching it and popping zits for a few months, can it recover?

I'm 27, I've got kinda streched and bumped skin on my forehead, due to bad habit of streching it and popping zits for a few months, can it recover?

Skin? 's: You can see a cosmetic dermatologist. You might think about dermabrasion as one approach. Also, Botox but that involves continuing doctor visits. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of discoloration on my skin from acne? Its from picking and popping zits. Would laser resurfacing get rid of it?

How do I get rid of discoloration on my skin from acne? Its from picking and popping zits. Would laser resurfacing get rid of it?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...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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I suddenly felt a pimple like thing on my butt and then tried to pop it and it just expanded beneath my skin.

I suddenly felt a pimple like thing on my butt and then tried to pop it and it just expanded beneath my skin.

Possible Abscesses: It sounds like you may have some abscesses with with cellulitis. You will likely need antibiotics and possible drainage of the abscesses if they are fully formed. In the meantime analgesia like paracetamol and ibuprofen will help but also running the area under hot water and soap as often as it is convenient should help. You should let a doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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She keeps getting white pimple looking things on her head. They pop on own but seem painful for her. What do you think it is?

She keeps getting white pimple looking things on her head. They pop on own but seem painful for her. What do you think it is?

Hummm,: Without actually seeing it is difficult to say. Possible impetigo? Follow-up with your child's pediatrician for evaluation and treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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Long lasting pimple that when tried to pop squished under skin but NO fluid came out I heard and felt it squish... Is this a problem?

Long lasting pimple that when tried to pop squished under skin but NO fluid came out I heard and felt it squish... Is this a problem?

Do not: Squeeze a pimple. Use either of the available acne treatment and avoid comedonic creams or lotions and see a dermatologist. Gets better with age ...Read more

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A black head looking pimple on my back doesn't pop. After squeezing it it hurts now a little. What do I do?

A black head looking pimple on my back doesn't pop. After squeezing it it hurts now a little. What do I do?

See a Pro: Ask your physician for the name of a good dermatologist, a skin doctor, who can manage this for you. As you have discovered, this isn't a diy problem. Please get help. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Popped pimple: You can try using hot packs to see if you can get it to open up and drain, but you likely have an infection and should be seen. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Abscess?: It sounds like you may have developed an abscess in the area of the pimple. The best treatment for this is to have it drained. Most urgent care clinics can take care of this, as well as primary care offices. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a blind pimple that had no head. It didn't pop and a layer of skin came off and blood just came out. What do I do now ive made worse?

I tried to pop a blind pimple that had no head. It didn't pop and a layer of skin came off and blood just came out. What do I do now ive made worse?

Leave it alone: Keep it clean and don't pop it any further. When you pop a pimple, you may drive infection deeper in the skin or increase the chance of scarring.

Use a acne med and a good sunscreen (irritated skin or acne-medicated skin can be more sensitive to sun damage). ...Read more

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I have a large round pimple that has white stuff under it but it doesn't have a head. It is on the inner part of my thigh I tried to pop it but its deep?

Be careful: Would see a doctor -a surgeon or dermatologist depending on the size of the "pimple". Popping it on your own under non-sterile conditions could potentially lead to an infection. ...Read more

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Had a pimple on my inner thigh. Very large, but under skin. Popped it, but no puss came out. I felt it pop under my skin. Should I worry about this?

Have it checked: By a doctor. There still could be an infection/abscess there, which may need further drainage and/or an oral antibiotic. Please don't try to "pop" it again; you may cause a worsening infection by doing this yourself at home. Warm compresses can be applied meanwhile until you can see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have red pimple like thing around the head of my penes. I try to pop them but its extremely sore and won't pop.

I have red pimple like thing around the head of my penes. I try to pop them but its extremely sore and won't pop.

Leave Alone: If this just appeared, you are sexually active, and have never had in the past then have a doctor examine soon. Could be hsv and needs treatment. ...Read more

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Do I need to see a doctor for an under their skin pimple?? It's big and a hard bump and I made the mistake of trying to pop it (oops)

Do I need to see a doctor for an under their skin pimple?? It's big and a hard bump and I made the mistake of trying to pop it (oops)

May need follow up: Keep area dry and clean, try putting over the counter antibiotic ointment on it. If in the next few days it is not better see a Physician. ...Read more

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Have pimple in my inner thigh that hurts were my underwear line is doesn't have a head to pop it and it just hurts when I try to pop it?

Have pimple in my inner thigh that hurts were my underwear line is doesn't have a head to pop it and it just hurts when I try to pop it?

Boil: A boil is a localized infection in the skin that begins as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm, hard, and more tender. Eventually, the center of the boil softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells from the bloodstream to eradicate the infection. This collection of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus. You need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had a very big bump on my nose I think it was a pimple, it hurt so so bad so I tried to pop it, it wasn't ready so I ended up pilling skin off : (?

I had a very big bump on my nose I think it was a pimple, it hurt so so bad so I tried to pop it, it wasn't ready so I ended up pilling skin off : (?

Nose: You should not squeeze things on your face because it in many instance creates more trauma that causes more swelling. Please try to stop squeezing these areas and see a dermatologist who has aestheticians. ...Read more