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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


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What could the cause be for a 9 year old child to have little whitehead bumps on his face?

What could the cause be for a 9 year old child to have little whitehead bumps on his face?

Milia: Milk bumps most likely. Avoid trying to open them. They will likely pass. While a resident, i was trained to "ask the grandmother" if you don't know the rash. There is a lot of truth here. ...Read more

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I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! they are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If i squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

I have acne on the underside of my right breast. My doc. Said they are cysts. Not! they are blackheads & whiteheads in the hair pores. If i squeese them, they empty just like on a face, some of them get large & purple. What causes this?

There : There are several possibilities. I wonder if you might have hidradenitis suppurativa: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818 the main things i would think about would be acne, folliculitis, cysts, or hidradenitis. If it has been present since childhood nevus comedonicus would be possible. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for clearing your face of whiteheads?

Are there any home remedies for clearing your face of whiteheads?

Benzol peroxides: There are multiple benzoyl peroxide washes and topicals that are over the counter that should help. If that is not successful you may need a topical retinoid from your dermatologist. Don't wait too long for help as acne scars the face. ...Read more

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Can whiteheads be stubborn? The ones on my face have been there since months!

Yes: Whiteheads certainly can be stubborn. Its also possible that you have milia, which are tiny little cysts that look like whiteheads which definitely can be stubborn. Seeing a dermatologist for medication or removal of these (relatively simple, in office) may be worthwhile. ...Read more

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White bumps on face with soft fluid inside. Are these whiteheads?

White bumps on face with soft fluid inside. Are these whiteheads?

Probably : In all likelihood it probably is, particularly if there are no significant areas of redness or fever which if present would suggest you would be best served with a visit to your physician. Having said that in all likelihood this is a presentation of acne and would likely be well addressed with over-the-counter acne preparations containing benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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What is the whitehead like on my babys face and how can I get rid of it?

What is the whitehead like on my babys face and how can I get rid of it?

Probably milium: These are likely milia. They are very common in newborns and caused by sebum (sweat lubricant) buildup in the hair follicles. They usually disappear on their own over a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Also, if you don't pop a whitehead, will that leave a scar on your face once it's gone?

Also, if you don't pop a whitehead, will that leave a scar on your face once it's gone?

Possibly: First, if the scar is red or swollen, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream to calm the skin. You can also do laser therapy or filler therapy, within one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase new collagen formation to help fill in acne scars. Wear plenty of sunscreen, sun makes the scars worse. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more

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I am taking swanson's ovarian glandular - recently have broken out in tiny whiteheads all over my face?? help???

I am taking swanson's ovarian glandular - recently have broken out in tiny whiteheads all over my face?? help???

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see what the problem is. The rash may or may not be related to the ground up cow ovaries that one is taking. Trying to eat animal hormones? All bets are off when a person starts eating fresh, freeze-dried, or ground up animal ovaries or testicles. Nobody really knows for sure what's in that stuff, what the effects could be, or what the side effects could be. ...Read more

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I have pimple and whitehead inmy face , which facewash and cream I used in face?

I have pimple and whitehead inmy face , which facewash and cream I used in face?

Acne: The first thing to start with is a good benzoyl peroxide scrub and cleanser. Do not use anything to block your pores. Drink lots of water. Avoid greasy foods and chocolate. Understand that acne is an ongoing problem. ...Read more

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Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Are whiteheads and blackheads on the face acne?

Yes: White heads and black heads are typically called closed and open comedomes. It is a type of acne and can typically be treated with topical keratolytics like tretinoin or salicylic acid. ...Read more

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Would that be okay to use face wash containing salicylic acid in it for whiteheads prone skin?

Would that be okay to use face wash containing salicylic acid in it for whiteheads prone skin?

Yes: Facial products containing salicylic acid are over-the-counter and sold in stores everywhere. They are often used to treat acne. Once a day face-washing with a salicylic acid product is ok, but washing too often or scrubbing too vigorously may lead to irritated, reddened facial skin. Acne is a hormonal problem that leads to certain bacteria growing in oil glands. Acne is not caused by dirty skin. ...Read more

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I have more whiteheads and some blackheads in my face. These are there from last 25 years. Any remedy?

I have more whiteheads  and some blackheads in my face. These are there from last 25 years. Any remedy?

First get a clean : out, extracting those comedones will help topicals work better and see dermatologist for prescriptions including retinoids ...Read more

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My face breaks out alot, i get alot of whiteheads and i have alot of dark scars in my face.. i also have some holes in my face and i need help.

My face breaks out alot, i get alot of whiteheads and i have alot of dark scars in my face.. i also have some holes in my face and i need help.

Manage it: Forgive my frankness. If you are getting scarring from acne, you are going to need to have it managed by a dermatologist. You will probably need isotretinoin or you'll end up with your face mutilated and a real liability. If your parents prefer "natural healing", you have my sympathy but you're old enough to call your physician on your own. You aren't causing your acne. Be brave and act now. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Whiteheads (Definition)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is ...Read more