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What causes pimples?

What causes pimples?

Nature: Acne pimples occur when the immune system detects the clump (comedone) of skin cells blocking a pore, trapping oils inside the skin, and also trapping some bacteria. The bacteria and oils leak into the skin, causing a reaction in which the immune system sends white blood cells in to push all of the stuff out of the body. After the pimple ruptures, it heals but imperfectly, leaving little scars. ...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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What actually causes pimples?

What actually causes pimples?

Inflammation: Combinwtion of clogged pores with sebum and inflammatory cells and bacteria.Ca whitehead is the earliest lesion followed by a blackhead where sebum is exposed to air. Pimples, pustules and cysts are inflammed and vary in size and depth. ...Read more

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What could cause my acne?

What could cause my acne?

Your changing body: I hope you welcome the changes that turn you from a child into an adult. The chemical chaos often produces an environment in which the oils and bacteria that cause acne flourish. Thankfully, all acne is manageable today, and it's wrong for anyone to deny you the cheap, effective treatments that are available. ...Read more

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What can cause pimples on my chest?

What can cause pimples on my chest?

Acne: Usually this is acne; less often, a heat rash or other illness. Don't try to figure out what is causing acne -- it's unrelated to lifestyle, diet, sex, or hygiene. Simply treat it. When it' s on the trunk, usually a systemic antibiotic will be required at least briefly in addition to topical Rx. ...Read more

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What could cause acne conglobata?

What could cause acne conglobata?

Acne Conglobata: This is an extremely severe and deforming scar forming type of acne. It is thought to be genetic and related to hyperkeratosis state. There are extensive formation of nodulocystic Acne that lead to hypertrophic scarring. This is not a type of acne that can be treated with antibiotics or skin care. This is one of the rare indications for Accutane. Your dermatologist will need to monitor you closely ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

See below: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recognizing infection. Effective acne treatments target these causes: benzoyl peroxide & antibiotics kill bacteria, retinoids decrease oil, salicyclic acid & retinoids unclog pores, oral contraceptives target hormones. ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Various causes: Acne is based in hair follicles. Secretion of oil glands, dead skin cells and a bacteria( proprionobacterium acnes) within a hair follicle trigger a cascade of signals in your body that leads to inflammation: ie. The red bumps and pus bumps of acne. Hormone levels and stress can contribute to acne and possibly dairy, but greasy foods and chocolate have not been proven to make acne worse. ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Hormones, diet?: Androgens ("male hormones" such as testosterone) are clearly implicated in causing acne. There is good circumstantial evidence that high glycemic index diet plays a role, too. Hunter/gatherer people rarely have problems with acne until adopting high glycemic index "western" diets. Hormones in dairy may be another source. ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Hormones: Despite pop claims, cleanliness, diet, and fitness have little real impact. Around puberty, hormones thicken the outermost layer of the skin, enlarge the sebaceous glands, and invite the acne bacteria to live and cause trouble there. All acne can be controlled nowadays; one possibility for an 18 year old lady is the oral contraceptive pill if you can take and want it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of acne causes raised red bumps?

Please tell me what type of acne causes raised red bumps?

Cystic acne: Acne comes from many causes ususally exacerbated during puberty blocked pores with sebum and secondary infections cause the bumps astringents and cleaning the skin helps one may need antibiotic creams inaddition to cleansing the skin. ...Read more

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What causes back acne?

Hormones: When present in a young lady, it may be worthwhile checking for excess androgens. All acne can be managed nowadays. When it's on the trunk, a systemic antibiotic is usually required. Or if the oral contraceptive pill is right for you, this may clear everything up. ...Read more

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What foods can cause acne breakouts and what could I do to prevent it?

What foods can cause acne breakouts and what could I do to prevent it?

Myth: Controlled tests show diet has little to do with acne. With today's rx's, even in a dysfunctional health care system, all acne should be manageable. If your problem is intermittent, a systemic antibiotic begun when a breakout seems imminent may be the cornerstone of effective treatment, perhaps with a topical agent. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are boils? What causes them?

What are boils? What causes them?

Skin infections: Usually caused by bacteria that gets up underneath the skin and causes an abscess (localized infection). These generally resolve on their own or require antibiotics. ...Read more

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What causes pubic lice and what causes rid of them?

What causes pubic lice and what causes rid of them?

By contact: Contact with somebody else with lice. There are many creams or oral treatment for it. I think the most effective medication is ivermectin. ...Read more

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What causes rid of acne cysts?

What causes rid of acne cysts?

Serious Rx: Cystic acne usually requires a combination of topical treatment such as benzoyl peroxide and systemic rx prescribed by your physician. If it's very severe, you may need a dermatology referral for isotretinoin. ...Read more

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What causes rid if acne on your chest?

What causes rid if acne on your chest?

Systemic Rx: I trust this is real acne; especially in an older person, a drug eruption & other skin problems must be considered. Real acne on the trunk usually requires a systemic antibiotic. Your physician can confirm the diagnosis & help. ...Read more

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What can cause acne, in other words what causes it?

What can cause acne, in other words what causes it?

Not lifestyle: Acne is a combination of poorly-understood genetics, male hormones that make the sebaceous glands undergo hyperplasia, a bacterium, and extra keratin on the skin. The key is that you know it is not a lifestyle or hygiene related problem, and diet and fitness have little impact. All acne can be managed today as a chronic disease. ...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