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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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After squeezing a pimple and within 24 hours it's still red. What should I do? It's an emergency.

After squeezing a pimple and within 24 hours it's still red. What should I do? It's an emergency.

Pimple: The best thing to do right now is to put some neosporin or acne treatment on it and leave it be. If you keep aggravating it, it will continue to get redder and it will take longer to heal. Keep the area clean and allow your body to do what it does best. ...Read more

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How is the acne scar created? By squeezing a pimple or how are those scars created? I have just 4 small ones, I don't know how did I get them?

How is the acne scar created? By squeezing a pimple or how are those scars created? I have just 4 small ones, I don't know how did I get them?

Unfortunate: Unfortunately it may be dependent on many factors including how severe you acne is/was, how sensitive your skin is and other factors, whether or not you pinch or not. You may talk to a dermatologist to see what options there are to treat the scars if they bother you ...Read more

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I ve got too many pimples n scars on my face .. Gt a bad habit of squeezing my pimples .. Also GT t - zone oily skin .. Any remedy for all these ?

I ve got too many pimples n scars on my face .. Gt a bad habit of squeezing my pimples .. Also GT t - zone oily skin .. Any remedy for all these ?

Pimples and picking: First of all, stop squeezing them. You are contributing greatly to the scarring and inflammation on your face. That said, one way to approach all of these simultaneously would be to first have a peel containing salicylic acid, then begin a doctor recommended treatment for mixed skin acne (there are many available). After the flare has settled perhaps try tca peels or laser fractional ablation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how you remove a pimple after squeezing it several times?

Can you tell me how you remove a pimple after squeezing it several times?

Sounds like a cyst: Sounds more like a cyst. Probably needs to be injected with intra-lesional cortisone or surgically removed by your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of face pimples besides squeezing?

How to get rid of face pimples besides squeezing?

21st century Rx: You deserve to be free of acne if that is your wish. I start with topical Clindamycin plus either benzoyl peroxide if there are few blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are many. The oral contraceptive pill can clear up acne if a woman can and want to use it. Failing, a systemic antibiotic right for the person usually works, and dermatologists have the big guns today. ...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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For a month Had hard&large pea size bump/pimple on my outer vaginal lip at the top. It's very pink&looks like it wants to burst but hard!no squeezing?

 For a month Had hard&large pea size bump/pimple on my outer vaginal lip at the top. It's very pink&looks like it wants to burst but hard!no squeezing?

Cyst or abscess: correct. don't pick it or break it. without seeing it would be difficult to diagnose. it could be a cyst or a pus collection called an abscess. important questions to know would be is it draining, is it red, warm and painful? is it hard and not moveable? please go get it evaluated in person. ...Read more

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Hello. My dad is overweight and has these pimple looking bumps on his lower belly. He is constantly squeezing puss out of them. Are they harmful?

Hello. My dad is overweight and has these pimple looking bumps on his lower belly. He is constantly squeezing puss out of them. Are they harmful?

Folliculitis: The hairy part of the "overlap" area can easily develop small abscesses in the air root/oil glands. For most these are just an irritant.Occasionally they can become a larger infection of the strain of germ is more aggressive. ...Read more

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Scratch on face hello, i scratched my face by squeezing and rubbing an ingrown pimple with a warm face cloth. I have been applying neosporin, viatmin e and now maderma and still have a dark mark on my face. It has been 2 weeks now. Please help.

Scratch on face hello, 

i  scratched my face by squeezing and rubbing an ingrown pimple with a warm face cloth.  I have been applying neosporin, viatmin e and now maderma and still have a dark mark on my face.  It has been 2 weeks now.

 Please help.

Leave It Alone: Sometimes less is more. It started because you irritated it and now continues to be irritated because you can't leave it alone. Don't do anything for the next few weeks and it will probably get better on its own. Sometimes we do too much trying to help the body do what it does best on its own. ...Read more

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I found a pale small lump on my scalp it doesn't hurt at all I tried squeezing it but its not a pimple and Im wondering if its a mole? Should I worry

I found a pale small lump on my scalp it doesn't hurt at all I tried squeezing it but its not a pimple and Im wondering if its a mole? Should I  worry

Dermatology consult: This can represent several things most benign. It is always best to have a professional look at the lesion. It most likely is a simple sebaceous cyst even an eczematous lesion but never the less have it looked at. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple on my chin. It was hard and when I popped it only clear liquid came out. So I kept squeezing it and now its turned into a raised red rash - almost like a chemical burn.?

I tried to pop a pimple on my chin. It was hard and when I popped it only clear liquid came out. So I kept squeezing it and now its turned into a raised red rash - almost like a chemical burn.?

Possible impetigo: Acne rosacea or "adult" acne is red bumps that don't come to a head and a clear liquidy stuff can be expressed with squeezing. So that's what it sounds like what you started with. But it sounds like your aggressive squeezing has caused an infection and that will need to be treated by a doctor with prescription antibiotic. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm a 14 year old female. I have combination skin.I breakout monthly. I have super sensitive and acne prone skin. I have dark spots from pimples on my chin and forehead (from squeezing them! woops) and a lot of blackheads on my nose. How can i get rid

Hi. I'm a 14 year old female. I have combination skin.I breakout monthly. I have super sensitive and acne prone skin. I have dark spots from pimples on my chin and forehead (from squeezing them! woops) and a lot of blackheads on my nose. How can i get rid

Dermatologist: Please see an experienced dermatologist for your skin problems, and stay away from black heads, to avoid scarring, acne is a problem but can be treated, needs continuous care, follow up with your dermatologist and patience, good luck ...Read more

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What is this small red yet clear pimple that appers to not have anything to squeeze out on my face?

What is this small red yet clear pimple that appers to not have anything to squeeze out on my face?

Get it evaluated : This is concerning and should be seen by a dermatologist. Many patients have a variant of basal cell skin cancer called paulo-cystic that looks like a fluid filled blister that they try to pop without success. ...Read more

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I have a spot on my lower back that doesn't hurt but its like a pimple and u can squeeze puss out. Should i be worried about it?

Skin lesion: If u can express pus from lesion, best to have it checked & treated. With so MRSA now in the community, it's best not to take chances. See doc; give good history: how long it's been there, bleeding? Pus? Pain? Redness? Fever? Insect bite prior to appearance? ...Read more

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I have a stye that popped this morning, it still looks like a pimple. Should I squeeze it to continue to help with the drainage?

I have a stye that popped this morning, it still looks like a pimple.  Should I squeeze it to continue to help with the drainage?

Hordeolum: If you have a hordeolum externum which has spontaneously ruptured, use lid hygiene four times a day with baby shampoo and cotton balls, and use a hot compress for 10 minutes on/off. If you have ocular pain or blurry vision, conjunctivitis (redness in the whites of your eyes) see Ophthalmology. Antibiotic drops for a week are indicated w/ocular symptoms. Consult me with picture ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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