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17yrs. Brown skin. Everytime go out I do get signif darker and get tiny pimples along cheeks and shoulder/arms. Worried abt color loss + pimples. Help?

17yrs. Brown skin. Everytime go out I do get signif darker and get tiny pimples along cheeks and shoulder/arms. Worried abt color loss + pimples. Help?

Photosensitivity: From your description, it sounds like he may have photosensitivity which essentially means sensitivity to sun exposure. This comes from susceptible patients who have exposure to UV light. I recommend an evaluation by a rheumatologist. ...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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I have pimple like bumps on the back of my upper arms and thighs. They are not itching. What could be?

I have pimple like bumps on the back of my upper arms and thighs. They are not itching. What could be?

Pimples: Usually pimple-like bumps on the arms and legs are caused by a condition such as keratosis pilaris and moisturizers with Lactic Acid may help. ...Read more

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How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

Ask Dr: Why not ask the dr who is treating you for acne. Also you might want to stop waxing upper arms to let pimples clear up. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter have whiteheads on her upper arms? How I can get rid of that?

My 4 year old daughter have whiteheads on her upper arms? How I can get rid of that?

Whiteheads: On the arms sounds more like keratosis pilaris (dry skin). Use moisturizer, skin cleansers or apricot scrubs. Or leave them alone. Self limiting but, takes time to go away. They are harmless. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on my arms like pimples but not. From my elbows to shoulder what is this from. Coffee or dairy.

I have red bumps on my arms like pimples but not. From my elbows to shoulder what is this from. Coffee or dairy.

Chicken skin?: May be keratosis pilaris.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/definition/con-20025750

Should check with a dermatologist to make sure. ...Read more

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I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicule. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair or pores are present.. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like rash (not red skin just bumps) under both upper arms, only itches when tshirt brushes up against it and doesn't hurt?

I have a pimple like rash (not red skin just bumps) under both upper arms, only itches when tshirt brushes up against it and doesn't hurt?

Pimple like: Rash - sounds benign. Just observe for now. Do take a picture for documentation. In meantime, cover it with a bandaid to avoid getting irritated by your clothing. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving/ hygeine product or friction by clothing. Trauma from hair extraction through waxing may also produce this. ...Read more

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I've found sore red lump/pimple on the top of my shoulder on my back, never had this before and it hurts when I move my arm or neck what is this?

I've found sore red lump/pimple on the top of my shoulder on my back, never had this before and it hurts when I move my arm or neck what is this?

Ruptured cyst: Could be an epidermoid cyst. These can rupture under the skin and cause a large area of swelling and redness. These can be removed relatively easily, unless they have been drained previously, in which case they can be scarred and adhere to the surrounding tissue. Frequently, if they are very inflamed, the area will improve with oral antibiotics (rx). ...Read more

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I have 5 "pimple/bite/abscess" in my left arm pit, the 4th @ the lower shoulder, and 5th on my jaw line near left ear, not sure what it is?

I have 5 "pimple/bite/abscess" in my left arm pit, the 4th @ the lower shoulder, and 5th on my jaw line near left ear, not sure what it is?

More info needed: Hi AMeritt,
Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. It is difficult to say exactly what the cause of your symptoms are without more information but the areas you mentioned are typical for development of certain types of cysts due to the type of glands that are there. If this is a recurrent issue or if it looks like there is infection in that area: redness, severe pain - I would recommend formal eval ...Read more

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My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if I leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if I leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris bumps are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don't hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat. Cerave sa which is over the counter is an effective treatment. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a hard pimple on upper arm?

How to get rid of a hard pimple on upper arm?

? keratosis pilaris: Or dermatofibroma? Or cyst? It could be any number of things. Gentle exfoliation may help but if it doesn't improve within 4 weeks, you may want to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis or treatment. ...Read more

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Have red pimples on upper arm, hips & on side. Itching too. Is it eczema. In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr. What more can I do?

Have red pimples on upper arm, hips & on side. Itching too. Is it eczema. In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr. What more can I do?

Eczema??: If you indeed have eczema it is almost always bilaterally symmetrical. If you have a patch on the right hand side you almost certainly will have an equivalent sized patch on the left hand side. Very commonly it shows up in the flexor creases of the elbows and behind the knees. Dry conditions exacerbate it so get a good moisturizer and smear it on when soaking wet, post shower. Most don't use them ...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