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Okay I'm 18 and I've had the red bumps on my arms, legs, and bottom when you try to pop them white stuff comes out not zits or acne?

Okay I'm 18 and I've had the red bumps on my arms, legs, and bottom when you try to pop them white stuff comes out not zits or acne?

Keratosis pilaris: Or folliculitis. You will get best result from a dermatologist. Antibacterial soaps are worthless. Bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic are worthless and often harmful. Don't fool around. See an expert. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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How do I tell if the strange blemishes on my face typical zits/acne or something more serious?

How do I tell if the strange blemishes on my face typical zits/acne or something more serious?

Professional ID: If you have facial lesions which haven't been identified, evaluation by your physician or a dermatologist can help to distinguish acne vulgaris from a variety of other lesions. At your age, there could be a multitude of causes for skin problems, especially if the appearance is atypical for acne. Take care. ...Read more

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Recently developed multiple pimples on my chest and face. Occurring more rapidly and in greater quantity than usual zits/acne. What could this be?

Recently developed multiple pimples on my chest and face.  Occurring more rapidly and in greater quantity than usual zits/acne.  What could this be?

New soap? fragrance?: If you have started using a new soap, detergent, fabric softener, candles, lotions, etc. that may be doing. Fragrances and aerosols are skin irritants. Otherwise, keep a food diary and see if any food in particular is associated with more pimples. Chocolate and fat causes acne to worsen in only some. Different foods affect others differently. Plenty of fruits and veggies, less fat and protein. ...Read more

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How cam i get rid of zits/acne as quickly as possible?

How cam i get rid of zits/acne as quickly as possible?

What have you tried?: For fast control, at your age, ask your physician whether it's appropriate to start with a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day in addition to whatever topical rx (benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, whatever) seems good. I'm going to assume this is not severe enough for accurane. I was able to go off tetracycline at about age 50. Find if you have some underlying cause for your acne. ...Read more

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Hi my friend has a zit (acne) a big one under his eye. How can he treat it? It is the first time he has something like that. Please help it hurts

Hi my friend has a zit (acne) a big one under his eye. How can he treat it? It is the first time he has something like that.  Please help it hurts

Warm compress: An inflammatory bump on the eyelid is called a hordeolum or chalazion -- the common colloquial term is stye. This may be described as a 'zit' on the eyelid. Warm compresses can help as can a prescription for an antibiotic/steroid ointment. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of zits & acne scars naturally?

Is there a good way to get rid of zits & acne scars naturally?

Healing scars: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

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Jawline bump: enlarged lymphnode or cystic zit? I hav acne&get some but afraid of hiv. 5min protected sex. Oraquik neg @5.5 - after. Its now 7wk? Neg?

Jawline bump: enlarged lymphnode or cystic zit? I hav acne&get some but afraid of hiv. 5min protected sex. Oraquik neg @5.5 - after. Its now 7wk? Neg?

Probably negative...: You are probably negative, but the only way to know is to get retested again. Most lymph nodes usually come and go if you have an infection on the face, such as cystic acne. However, if it doesn't go away after a month or so, it may be worth seeing your medical provider to determine if it is a lymph node or something else.. Based on your protected sexual contact, your HIV risk is already low. ...Read more

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Whey protein causing acne, zits and itches. Is this a common side effect?

Whey protein causing acne, zits and itches. Is this a common side effect?

Not protein. : U consume it every day. It it is due 2 a supplement, I would suspect a steroid additive may B present. Read the label carefully & if U don't understand it, have a dietitian or MD read it 4 U. U must B careful. ...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