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Why Pimples Come On Face
Genes and Sun: Some moles appear to genetic factors due to family history. These appear usually in early childhood or in the first few decades of life. Sun also can increase the number of moles by altering dna in the melanocytes in the skin to start a new mole. Using sunscreen and wearing a hat and staying out of the sun can help minimize the size and number of moles a person gets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Part of the illness: Some people become allergic to the bacteria that cause acne. My question to you is why you still have the pimples. If someone is preventing you from getting 21st-century treatment, you're big enough now to phone your physician and ask to be seen. If topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid has not cleared you, we can add something that can. This is the 21st century. Let us help. ...Read more
I keep getting these small whiteheads, almost like blisters on my face around my mouth, on my cheeks and on my chin. They will go away, but come right?
Perioral dermatitis: You may have perioral dermatitis--a cousin to acne that usually only occurs around the mouth. Easily treated with a tetracycline antibiotic for about a month. Go see your doctor for a check and a prescription. One other possibility could be cold sores--usually come, blister, scab then gone in a week. To be sure, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have acne on my chin & forehead and some acne scars on my cheeks. Cheap acne face wash to get rid of it fast?
Many options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics, and oral contraceptives (for women), are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane. ...Read more
Itchy pimple like bumps on chin and face. won't go away. Bumps grow when touched. Red and white blotches on palms. What std could cause this?
If you're worried: about an STD, the blotches on your palm may be a sign of syphilis. Regardless ,you should get tested for all STD's including HIV if you've had unprotected sex. The facial symptoms are likely not STD related except for being an acne outbreak from stressing about the STD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not curable: You must manage your acne until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add some prescription-strength Rx. Since you say you have it only on your face, it's likely that adding a topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin will be sufficient, but if you need something strong, go for it. ...Read more