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I have small pimples under my facial skin (more on forehead). Sometimes they dissappear and sometimes they get worse. Please tell me what to do?

I have small pimples under my facial skin (more on forehead). Sometimes they dissappear and sometimes they get worse.  Please tell me what to do?

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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I get small pimples under my facial skin due to allergic reaction to somrthing i can't figure out. Don't want to take antiallergies everyday. Help!

I get small pimples under my facial skin due to allergic reaction to somrthing i can't figure out. Don't want to take antiallergies everyday. Help!

See a doctor: You should go see a doctor so they can perform and allergy test to try and figure out what is causing the allergic reaction and what steps you can take from there :] also they would be able to tell you if the pimples were actually due to an allergic reaction or something different. ...Read more

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Small pimple-like bump under skin. What could it be?

Small pimple-like bump under skin. What could it be?

Cyst: This is one of those "picture is worth a thousand words" kindof problems. It probably needs to be seen, but it could be a small cyst. If it grows or does not go away, or is bothersome, let your doctor look at it--quickest way to get the answer. ...Read more

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For so many years I had this very small bump on the back of my neck it feels like a pimple almost but it's under the skin. Has not changed. ?

For so many years I had this very small bump on the back of my neck it feels like a pimple almost but it's under the skin. Has not changed. ?

Stable skin lesion : Bumps under or within the skin have various causes. The most common are dermal nevus and cyst. In general, lesions that are unchanged for years are harmless. Be more concerned if the bump enlarges, crusts or bleeds. Diagnosis is often easy for a trained doctor but sometimes the lesion has to be surgically removed as a precaution. ...Read more

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At the top right of my spine I have a small moveable bump under my skin. It doesn't seem like a pimple under the skin, and I wonder what it could be?

Need more: The spine extends from the base of your skull all the way to your coccyx (tailbone). Where ,in your mind, is the top? Is it close to the middle/ An inch away? More? Is it tender. How j\large is it? Try the coin method-like a penny or dime? Like quarter? Larger? Is it red? Is it hard or soft? ...Read more

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I have a small pimple/bump (painless) under my chin, it is under the skin and won't go away. Is it a cyst?

I have a small pimple/bump (painless) under my chin, it is under the skin and won't go away. Is it a cyst?

Maybe, likely not: Many small bumps, especially in hair covered areas, can be caused by pimples or ingrown hairs that never reach the surface of the skin. Most of these will go away on their own in a few months. ...Read more

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I was biten by something on my hand it looks like a small cluster of pimples it itch and its hard under the skin?

I was  biten by something on my hand it looks like a small cluster of pimples it itch and its hard under the skin?

Allergic reaction: It is the allergic reaction to the bite, you may take benadryl (diphenhydramine) and apply hydrocortisone ointment on this area. The itch and swelling should go away in 2-3 days. If you get more pimples or any other problem then see your doctor. ...Read more

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A pimple on my breast has left a small hard lump under the skin. I had mammogram and ultrasound last month which was clear, should I be worried?

A pimple on my breast has left a small hard lump under the skin. I  had mammogram and ultrasound last month which was clear, should I be worried?

Pimples and Boils: Hi!, pimples and boils are caused by blocked and infected hair follicles. They are essentially small abscesses. When the body can't fight an infection it builds a wall around it called a granuloma. It will go away with time, heat may help. If it doesn't go away, make sure to have it re-examined by your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more