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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Zit And A Pimple

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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


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What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually much larger, it starts as one hair follicle but then the bacterial infection spreads to a much larger area (the size of a nickel to the size of an egg). Boils need medical attention. They need to be lanced and you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Best way to pop a pimple or zit on a chest?

Best way to pop a pimple or zit on a chest?

Do not "pop": Best to not squeeze due to possible spread of infection and permanent scarring. Moist hot compresses often draw to head. I would seek dermatologist to provide good antiacne skin care program for areas. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

Help! need to know if there's such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

If caused by stress: If you are nervous as a result of any kind of stress, you might get zits or pimples if you are prone to it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of pimples (zits)?

How can I get rid of pimples (zits)?

Zits: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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I have these pimples/zits on or in my armpit. What should I do about that?

I have these pimples/zits on or in my armpit. What  should I do about that?

ARMPIT PIMPLES: IT COULD BE A CONDITION CALLED HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA. HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THIS? YOU PCP WILL PROBABLY REFER YOU TO A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

Please tell me if there is such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

If stress related: Pimples or zits may occur if someone who is prone to it is going through any kind of stress. If you are nervous as a result of being stressed out, then you might get pimples. ...Read more

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Does it matter what foods i eat when trying to avoid pimples and zits?

Does it matter what foods i eat when trying to avoid pimples and zits?

Basically no: Acne is unrelated to lifestyle and hygiene and only minimally to diet. Dairy is supposed to more of a risk than chocolate. You're also approaching your problem wrong. You need to be using a topical acne-fighting agent such as a salicylic acid wash or topical benzoyl peroxide. If these do not keep you clear, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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I have a zit/ pimple by my privet area it's not bad but i don't know what it is it's been there for a wile does it go away by it self?

I have a zit/ pimple by my privet area it's not bad but i don't know what it is it's been there for a wile does it go away by it self?

It depends: If it's in the hairy areas, it could be just a "zit" and should go away. There are other types of skin cysts and moles that can occur there that won't go away. If it's tender or sore, it might be an infected cyst. Also, some sexually transmitted diseases (genital warts, for example) can show up as little bumps. See your doctor to be sure, so you can stop worrying about it. ...Read more