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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,096 doctors shared insights

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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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

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