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25 Grossest Zit Popping Videos Of All Time

Even though pretty much every single dermatologist and skincare expert on the planet says that you shouldn’t pick at your zits, literally everyone does. Everyone! It’s just a fact of life.

But of course, it’s Women’s Health‘s duty to remind you that zit popping can do some serious damage to your skin, especially if you don’t do it the right way. We’re talking infections, scarring, dark spots…you catch our drift.

Yes. Buzzkill alert. But here’s the deal: “Popping anything causes your skin to physically break apart, making it more susceptible to infection and an even bigger problem than what was originally there in the first place,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City.

So you’ve got two options when it comes to zit popping. Option one: You can let the life of your blackhead, whitehead, or cyst (a bump that should literally never be popped under any circumstance) play out naturally. In most cases, your body will heal itself and you won’t be left with scars or intense dark marks. Option two: You can seek the help of a skincare professional (either an esthetician or dermatologist) to do the dirty work for you. Trust me, they’re well trained for the job and your skin will be better for it.

If you’re feeling the urge to pick, pop, and prod your delicate skin, here’s an idea for you… Enjoy these so-nasty-you-can’t-look-away pimple popping videos that Women’s Health has unscientifically ranked for your viewing pleasure instead. They will scratch your zit-popping itch without sacrificing your glow-y skin. Watching these videos is almost as good as doing it yourself.

25. The super juicy one

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Beware! When you watch this video, you’re *definitely* going to be in the splash zone. That said, if you like a good, explosive pop, this cheek-cyst removal is going to absolutely make your day!

24. The one that goes deep

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While this blackhead looks “non-intimidating,” Dr. Pimple Popper’s fans can’t help but commenting on how deep it is as the dermatologist goes to town with her comedone extractor tool.

23. The one with the beard pimples

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Beard! Pimples! This video has ingrown hairs galore. The best part? They’re all on one person’s beard, and they comprise of super long hairs as well as shaved down, shorter ingrown plucks. Please enjoy all the glorious, veeery satisfying pops this video has to offer.

22. The ‘let me get those’ kind of blackheads

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Dr. Pimple Popper is at it again with a cluster of ‘let me get those’ li’l blackheads. Sure, these little seeds look super small, but once she takes her tools to the pores you’ll see that there’s a lot of ~stuff~ hiding underneath the surface.

21. The huge iceberg in the cheek

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Okay so, this iceberg-like cyst is pretty darn graphic. If you’ve got a strong stomach and a love for super intense popping vids, you’re going to love this cheek-focused extraction from the one and only Dr. Pimple Popper.

20. The one with cystic acne oozing from the ear

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A steady stream of curdled up grime oozes out of a cyst in someone’s ear in this shocking IGTV video that is equal parts satisfying yet absolutely gnarly to watch. The heavy squeezing is a necessary evil to unearth the congested pores, but it’s the amount of puss that is being unearthed that made us shiver.

19. The one with the enthusiastic firefighter

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A retired firefighter gets the Dr. Pimple Popper treatment in this ridiculously satisfying video of her extracting a sea of blackheads concentrated on his forehead. The patient was so delighted to have his heavily congested pores purged that he joked he would do a handstand before the zit popping began.

18. The ultra-satisfying slow-motion video

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Don’t let the soothing spa music fool you. This zoomed-in clip shows every bit of grime and gunk—that resembles cottage cheese—exploding in slow-motion from a cyst. Sorry in advance if this also ruins cottage cheese for you.

17. The one so colossal the doctor needs scissors

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Dr. Pimple Popper encounters a massive whitehead on a patient that is so large that she dubbed it “an eye on the chest!” The “eye” was so gigantic the doctor needed a pair of scissors and tweezers to extract the whitehead fully, and we could not look away.

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16. The one that’s “shooting out like a volcano” from her underarm

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Ingrown hair is a pain, especially when a cluster of them result in clogged pores in a client’s underarms. After esthetician Jada Kennedy squeezes out the extra-long pus from her client’s underarm, even she is in shock when an ingrown hair also pops out with the oil and dirt trapped under the skin.

15. The one featuring the biggest blackhead I’ve ever seen

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Apparently this is a dilated pore, and damn it’s a doozy watching it get popped.

14. The one that shows you exactly how pore strips work

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That close-up is disgusting, but mesmerizing. Thanks for being here for me and my T-zone, pore strips.

13. The woman who pops her own husband’s zit

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Wow. Talk about relationship goals…

12. The explosive knee zit

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I never knew knee pimples were a thing and now I can’t un-know it or un-see this video.

11. The inner-ear blackhead

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How do blackheads inside the ear even happen? This is deeply upsetting.

10. The one that never ends

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Where does all this gunk come from? How does it even fit in your pore? Please make it stop!

9. The epic blackhead cluster

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It’s like a constellation…of blackheads. And damn, it is glorious when they all come out.

8. The one where ALL of the blackheads come out

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OMG I wish I could do this to my nose. DAMN!


The one that horrifies literally everyone involved

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Tag yourself, I’m the woman screaming with disgust in the background of this video.

6. The gushing waterfall

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Talk about a splash zone! Good thing no one else was standing there.

5. The juicy whitehead

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Some things in life just need a little bit of a push. That includes this totally “stuffed” whitehead.

4. The blackhead that is literally as big as a nipple

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No, it’s not a third nipple. It’s a pimple. Yup. Good luck sleeping tonight.

3. The one that looks like pasta

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You may never look at a plate of gnocchi the same way again. Sorry!

2. The inflamed blackhead

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This is the most-watched video on Dr. Pimple Popper’s page (75 million views!) and it is a wild ride. Probably don’t want to eat lunch before viewing.

1. The one that looks like cheese

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I’m so sorry, everyone. Truly.

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9 Causes for Bumps on Back | What You Need to Know

Malignant causes

In general, any growth is the result of cells dividing and growing uncontrollably. Sometimes there is a genetic mutation in DNA or a specific protein or failure in an important checkpoint. These abnormal cells accumulate to form a noticeable lump. A lump (also known as a tumor) can be benign; however, if this lump grows and invades the body, it is considered malignant. A back bump may be the result of a growth in the back itself or the result of a cancerous process spreading from another organ/body part. This process is known as metastasis.

Skin cyst

A cyst is a small sac or lump, filled with fluid, air, fat, or other material, that begins to grow somewhere in the body for no apparent reason. A skin cyst is one that forms just beneath the skin.

It’s believed that skin cysts form around trapped keratin cells – the cells that form the relatively tough outer layer of the skin.

These cysts are not contagious.

Anyone can get a skin cyst, but they are most common in those who are over age 18, have acne, or have injured the skin.

Symptoms include the appearance of a small, rounded lump under the skin. Cysts are normally painless unless infected, when they will be reddened and sore and contain pus.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination. A small cyst can be left alone, though if it is unsightly or large enough to interfere with movement it can be removed in a simple procedure done in a doctor’s office. An infected cyst must be treated so that the infection does not spread.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump

Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst: skin-colored armpit bump

Urgency: Wait and watch


Lipoma is a word that translates as “fatty tumor,” but a lipoma is not cancer. It is simply a growth of fat between the muscle layer and the skin above it.

The exact cause is not known. The condition does run in families and is associated with other unusual syndromes such as adiposis dolorosa, which is similar. Lipomas most often appear after age 40.

Symptoms include a soft, easily moveable lump beneath the skin, about two inches across. A lipoma is painless unless its growth is irritating the nerves around it. They are most often found on the back, neck, and abdomen, and sometimes the arms and upper legs.

It is a good idea to have any new or unusual growth checked by a medical provider, just to make certain it is benign.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, biopsy, and imaging such as ultrasound or CT scan.

Most of the time, treatment is not necessary unless the lipoma is unsightly or is interfering with other structures. It can be removed through surgery or liposuction.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, small groin lump

Symptoms that always occur with lipoma: skin-colored groin bump

Urgency: Wait and watch

Skin abscess

A skin abscess is a large pocket of pus that has formed just beneath the skin. It is caused by bacteria getting under the skin, usually through a small cut or scratch, and beginning to multiply. The body fights the invasion with white blood cells, which kill some of the infected tissue but form pus within the cavity that remains.

Symptoms include a large, red, swollen, painful lump of pus anywhere on the body beneath the skin. There may be fever, chills, and body aches from the infection.

If not treated, there is the risk of an abscess enlarging, spreading, and causing serious illness.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

A small abscess may heal on its own, through the body’s immune system. But some will need to be drained or lanced in a medical provider’s office so that the pus can be cleaned out. Antibiotics are usually prescribed.

Keeping the skin clean, and using only clean clothes and towels, will help to make sure that the abscess does not recur.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash

Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess: rash with bumps or blisters

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: facial skin changes, pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painless facial bump, growing facial lump

Urgency: Primary care doctor


Warts, also called common warts or verrucae, are small, rough, rounded growths on the top layer of the skin. They may appear alone or in clusters. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious through direct contact. They may spread from one place on the body to another simply through touch.

Boil (furuncle)

A furuncle, also called a boil, is infection of a hair follicle. The infection forms under the skin at the root of the hair and may occur anywhere on the body.

The infection is caused by bacteria, most often Staphylococcus aureus or “staph.” Irritation caused by clothes or anything else rubbing the skin can cause the skin to break down and allow bacteria to enter.

Staph bacteria are found everywhere. Frequent and thorough handwashing, and otherwise maintaining cleanliness, will help to prevent its spread.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system; diabetes; and other skin infections.

Symptoms include a single bump under the skin that is swollen, painful, and red, and contains pus.

It is important to treat the boil, since infection can spread into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes fluid sample from the boil.

Treatment may involve incision and drainage of the infection, followed by creams to apply to the site of the boil and/or a course of antibiotic medicine.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump, constant skin changes

Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle): pink or red facial bump

Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle): fever

Urgency: Self-treatment


Pimples are also called comedones, spots, blemishes, or “zits. ” Medically, they are small skin eruptions filled with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.

Pimples often first start appearing at puberty, when hormones increase the production of oil in the skin and sometimes clog the pores.

Most susceptible are teenagers from about ages 13 to 17.

Symptoms include blocked pores that may appear flat and black on the surface, because the oil darkens when exposed to the air; blocked pores that appear white on the surface because they have closed over with dead skin cells; or swollen, yellow-white, pus-filled blisters surrounded by reddened skin.

Outbreaks of pimples on the skin can interfere with quality of life, making the person self-conscious about their appearance and causing pain and discomfort in the skin. A medical provider can help to manage the condition, sometimes through referral to a dermatologist.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment involves improving diet; keeping the skin, hair, washcloths, and towels very clean; and using over-the-counter acne remedies.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump

Symptoms that always occur with pimple: pink or red facial bump

Urgency: Self-treatment


Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or “ugly looking.”

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: brown-colored skin changes, atypical features of a facial bump, black-colored skin changes, growing facial lump, large facial lump

Symptoms that always occur with melanoma: atypical features of a facial bump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Cherry angioma

Cherry angiomas are small, red, harmless skin findings that occur commonly in older adults. They are clumps of overgrown cells derived from the inside of blood vessels, or vascular endothelium. Cherry angiomas most commonly start appearing around age 40 and some estimates suggest that the major…

How to Stop Getting Acne on Your Neck

Though an oft-neglected area of one’s skincare routine, our necks see the same unfortunate issues our faces do—acne included. “Anyone who gets acne on their face can get it on their neck,” explains Heidi Waldorf, MD, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “In the sebaceous gland, cells get stickier and don’t turn over correctly, and oil glands make oil that is thicker and bacteria proliferate.” In other words, clogged pores lead to pimples, even on the neck.

Hormonal acne may also manifest itself in the neck area and, while it’s not at all uncommon, that doesn’t make it any less irritating. In fact, breakouts on the neck can be even more of a nuisance than those on the face—and they’re a lot harder to cover up with makeup, due to sweat and clothing rubbing against the area. Fortunately, it is possible to treat—and prevent—neck acne.

Meet the Expert

Heidi Waldorf, MD, is the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and an associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai University. She is an expert in the field of skin rejuvenation and practices at Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics.

We spoke with Waldorf for her expert take on the various types of neck acne, causes. Keep reading to see how to treat it.

Types of Neck Acne

Pustules: Bumps that are red, tender, and usually filled with pus.

• Papules: A solid elevation of the skin, often occurring in clusters (similar to a rash) and often noticed around the hairline and on the neck.

Nodules: Deep, painful lumps that develop deep within the skin. Nodules sometimes require medical intervention and can’t always be treated with over-the-counter products.

• Hormonal cystic acne: Breakouts of often painful cysts, which come about due to a hormonal imbalance. These can occur during pregnancy or the menstruation cycle.

Causes and Prevention of Neck Acne

Overproduction of oil: The first thing to know about neck acne is that it’s caused by the same things that cause facial acne. Though acne on the neck can affect anyone who sees breakouts on their face, Waldorf notes that dermatologists tend to see neck acne a lot in men’s beard areas “and in women with hirsutism (male pattern hair) who overpluck that area and irritate the follicles. Those women create the acne,” she says. 

Comedogenic (i.e. pore-clogging) products: The overproduction of oil can be exacerbated by people neglecting to tend to their necks. “People forget to treat the neck like the face,” says Waldorf, “and makeup, sunscreen, moisturizer, and sweat mix and move about—even if it is all noncomedogenic. ” Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those free of fragrances and excess oil.

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Failure to wash off your makeup: Even if you are opting for noncomedogenic products, they can still wreak havoc on your skin if not washed off at night or after hitting the gym. “So after exercising and before bed, include the neck area in your cleanup,” says Waldorf. “Even a pre-moistened makeup remover towelette will do the job. And for the back of the neck, make sure that hair products—leave-in conditioner or gels or pomades are removed from the skin of the neck.” 

Aggressive treatment or exfoliation: Treating breakouts is a slippery slope, and too much of a good thing is possible. Aggressive exfoliation, or trying too many products (especially those containing harsh ingredients, such as glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide) might exacerbate a breakout, making the problem even worse.

Stress: While stress alone usually isn’t the cause of acne, it certainly doesn’t help. In fact, a 2007 study of adolescents found that psychological stress is associated with increased sebum production. In other words: more stress, more problems.


Reach for products containing acne-fighting ingredients.

Waldorf says that any acne therapy you are utilizing on your face should be extended to the neck area. That means utilizing ingredients that fight acne, such as sulfur, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. “Treat neck acne the same way as acne on the face,” she says. “Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the most common ingredients found in over-the-counter cleansers and medications. Just remember that benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabric, so let it dry before clothing touches it.”

These acne-fighting ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties and work to prevent comedones (i.e. blackheads and papules) from forming and can actually destroy acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin. In other words, they offer a one-two punch: drying up current breakouts and preventing future pimples from forming. Because they are so drying, however, both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can lead to red, flaky skin—so be sure to use a daily moisturizer in conjunction.

Clean your clothes regularly.

Because the neck so often comes in contact with your clothing, an unwashed shirt (or an item of clothing in a non-breathable fabric like polyester and rayon) could be the culprit of a breakout. Those who exercise frequently should turn to moisture-wicking clothes, which repel sweat from the body, rather than sticking to the skin. Similarly, a breakout could be the result of an allergy to a detergent. Reach for those marketed for sensitive skin, free from dyes and fragrance, and avoid fabric softeners, which contain a lot of additives that might cause breakouts.

Other common items—sheets, pillowcases, even cellphones—should be cleaned frequently, as well, as they tend to accumulate dirt, oil, and debris. Those with breakout-prone and sensitive skin should aim to wash their pillowcases once per week (though every three days is ideal).

Try laser hair removal.

If breakouts are being noticed along the hairline on the back of the neck, they might be related to ingrown hairs. Folliculitis—which mimics an acne breakout—often occurs around the neck (or anywhere on the body that contains hair follicles). Waldorf says, “Consider laser hair removal in a dermatologist’s office so that any inflammation that comes up from ingrown hairs can be treated at the same time.”

Not only does the procedure work to remove the hair follicle in the targeted area, but it also closes the skin pore, so infection (and breakouts) are reduced, as a result. Hair removal appears to be especially helpful in targeting breakouts among those who suffer from acne on the neck. In fact, a 2012 study found that those who underwent laser hair removal saw a “significant improvement” in acne keloidalis nuchae, a type of acne that occurs on the scalp and neck.

Visit a professional.

If you’ve exhausted most of your options, and your neck breakouts are not improving, “see your dermatologist,” advises Waldorf. Not only can a dermatologist help determine the root cause of the problem, but they can also prescribe either a topical or oral treatment for acne, such as a prescription-strength retinoid or a pill like Spironolactone.

While antibiotics are most often reserved for those with severe acne and shouldn’t be used long-term (as that can lead to antibiotic resistance), they can make a marked improvement in the skin. Recently, though, doctors have begun relying on a combination of therapies, mixing antibiotic treatment with topical creams and laser therapies. A study published in 2019 in the journal Dermatologic Clinics by a group of Rutgers University scientists found that oral antibiotics can aid in reducing acne-causing resistant bacteria strains.

Keep your skin clean by removing makeup effectively.

As Waldorf notes above, some breakouts could simply be the result of failing to wash off all your makeup before or after a workout or before going to bed. Here are the all-natural makeup remover wipes we love (that also happen to feature—and help—adorable polar bears) along with other helpful products for clearing sweat and oil from pores. 

Josie Maran
Bear Naked Wipes


Josie Maran’s wipes are gentle enough for everyday use, fortified with argan oil (Maran’s signature) and a slew of other good-for-you ingredients, like chamomile, aloe vera, and cucumber. They’re also biodegradable, making them an eco-friendly choice, and they help support the environment. A portion of the proceeds from every package sold goes toward protecting endangered polar bears.

Kate Somerville
Oil Free Moisturizer


It might seem counterintuitive, but keeping the skin moist may be integral in warding off breakouts. Kate Somerville’s moisturizer is oil-free, so it keeps skin hydrated without clogging pores. It’s also fragrance-free and therefore safe for sensitive skin.

Clarifying Cleanser


Two types of salicylic acid in this cleanser work to treat breakouts and clean pores, even after the product is washed off. The gel-based product also contains green tea extract, which promises to soothe skin.

Peter Thomas Roth
Therapeutic Sulfur Masque


Maximum-strength sulfur works to dry up oil and acne breakouts while bentonite clay and kaolin are meant to absorb excess oil on the skin. It’s not too drying, though, thanks to aloe vera and can be used two to three times per week or as needed.

Peace Out
Acne Healing Dots


These little stickers contain salicylic acid to clear pores as well as vitamin A and aloe vera to soothe skin. After cleansing and drying skin, just place one of the stickers over a pimple and wear overnight. After removing, the blemish will be noticeably smaller.

Paula’s Choice
Acne Body Spray


A convenient spray bottle allows for easy access of hard-to-reach areas like the back of the neck. The alcohol- and fragrance-free formula contains a trio of acne-fighters: salicylic acid, lauric acid, and licorice root. The spray can be used daily on clean skin.

The Ordinary
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution


Seven percent glycolic acid helps increase cell turnover, combatting dullness and offering mild exfoliation—so the remnants of old breakouts go away and your new skin can shine. With continued use, the product helps keep the skin clear of breakouts. Be warned, though: It’s intended for nightly use and should only be applied once per day.

A How to Guide of Do’s and Don’ts When Popping a Pimple

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You wake up, roll out of bed, and make your way into the bathroom, only to discover that somehow your face has grown an unsightly, white-tipped pimple. But beyond the negative impact that pimples can have on the way you look, they can be downright uncomfortable as well. Swollen, puffy, and sore, these miserable little pustules can come out of nowhere and completely ruin your day. And even though real beauty has almost nothing to do with appearance (despite what movies, television, fashion magazines, and advertisements may claim), having a massive zit (or zits) taking up all of the best real estate on your face has a way of negatively impacting a person’s self-esteem.

What Is a Pimple?


Although pimples may seem as though they just magically and horrifically appear out of thin air, the reality is that pimples follow a very specific lifecycle. You see, across the entire surface of your body, you have tiny openings in your skin called ‘pores.’ There are two kinds of pores, and they serve different (but similar) functions. Sweat gland pores produce perspiration across the surface of the body to help regulate internal temperatures, while sebaceous gland pores produce a different mixture of liquid fats and proteins called sebum, which coats the skin in a protective layer known as hydrolipidic film that helps waterproof and protect it from bacteria. Sebaceous glands also house hair follicles, which help guide the sebum oil to the surface. Unfortunately, sebum doesn’t always make it all of the way out. Sometimes, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface become trapped down inside the pore and mix with bacteria and sebum to create a ‘plug. ’ New sebum is unable to leave the pore, and when this happens, the clogged pore begins to swell. Clogged pores can produce several different kinds of pimples and skin irritations, but we’re going to focus on pimples—whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads are clogged pores that have almost completely closed. The trapped plug then pushes against the closed opening, filling with pus, and creating the light-colored tip that gives whiteheads their names. Blackheads are clogged pores whose openings remain open to the outside air. The plug oxidizes, hardens, and turns dark in color. Blackhead pimples don’t generally become as swollen as whiteheads do.

Pimples carry with them a certain stigma of uncleanliness, but the fact is that most acne outbreaks are a product of hormonal changes within the body, rather than as a result of poor hygiene. And while the hormonal changes that play a large part in pimple formation are most prevalent in teenages, acne among adults is also common.

So, when faced with the appearance of a new and terrible pimple on the one part of your body most likely to be seen by everyone you meet, what do you do?

Do you pop it?

Of course you pop it.

However, you probably shouldn’t.

The Dangers of Pimple Popping

There are a number of potential problems that come from popping pimples. For one thing, it’s usually not a very sanitary process, and can introduce new bacteria to already damaged tissue, possibly leading to infection. For another thing, any ejected pus, sebum, bacteria, or grime can easily find its way down into other pores, leading to further breakouts.

At the same time, the act of popping is very destructive, and can damage sensitive tissue in ways that the pimple itself would not have, and if done incorrectly, the sebum plug may be only partially removed, or worse, forced further down into the pore where it can cause even worse damage. Likewise, popped pimples have a tendency to leave scars behind after healing. The real kicker is that once a pimple has been popped, the pore itself remains irritated and swollen, and due to the additional damage that comes as a result of being forcefully popped, it will likely remain so for even longer than it would have if you had left the pimple alone.

The point we’re trying to make is this: Don’t pop your pimples. If you have a single pimple every now and then, leave it be and let it run its course (most pimples will fade and disappear within 3–7 days). If you suffer from constant, uncomfortable acne, then reexamine your cleansing process and see a dermatologist who can help you create a targeted, personalized plan.

How to Pop a Pimple the Right Way


Despite the cautions of the previous section, we understand that there are simply times when you won’t feel like leaving the house with a marble-sized lump poking out from your cheek, and no matter how much we warn you not to, you’re going to pop it. So, in an effort to minimize the damage, we’d like to share with you our step-by-step pimple popping process (this guide is for dealing with whitehead pimples; for information on how to get rid of blackheads, click here):

  1. Pick the right pimples. Not all pimples are created equal. Pimples that are far below the surface should never be popped, because you’ll likely do a lot of damage to the tissue between the plug and the surface. Wait until a pimple has a firm, white head before you attempt a pop.
  2. Wash your hands and face. One of the biggest threats that comes from popping pimples is the potential of introducing bacteria to the site. Before you tackle any of your poppable zits, gently (but thoroughly) wash your entire face and hands with antibacterial soap. Certain scrubbing devices that use soft silicone brushes can help clear away any residual bacteria or grime, leaving your face clean and ready for the next step. Use warm water when washing your hands, and be sure to clean underneath your fingernails. You may also wish to wear latex gloves, for added protection.
  3. Sterilize a needle. Although it may be tempting to pop the pimple by squeezing it, it is much safer to lance it with a needle, provided that the pimple is close to the surface. Locate a thin needle, and then sterilize it. Do this by carefully washing the needle with soap and water (to remove any small bits of dirt that might have accumulate on it), and then filling a small cup with rubbing alcohol or bleach. Dip the needle into the solution, and then gently allow any excess chemical to drip off of it, being careful not to get any on your clothing or skin.
  4. Lance the pimple. Position the needle parallel to the surface of your skin, with the point directed at the tip of the whitehead. Gently pierce the tip of the center of the pimple, being careful not to push it through the opposite side of the pimple. This shouldn’t cause any pain, as the skin covering the tip of the pimple should already be dead. If you do experience any pain, this means that the pimple is not yet close enough to the surface to be popped. discontinue your attempt and allow the pimple to go away on its own.
  5. Remove the needle. Slowly pull the needle out from the pimple. In many cases, the pressure from the swollen pimple will automatically begin to push out the pus. Have a small bit of tissue on hand to catch any ejected pus before it can touch the surface of your skin.
  6. Finish it off. Using two clean cotton swabs, apply a small amount of pressure to either side of the white tip of the zit. Move the cotton swabs a few times so that you are not applying too much pressure to one single area. The remaining pus should be pushed out from the pimple. Continue with this process until only a clear fluid is being released from the pimple. If the pus doesn’t come out easily, discontinue your attempt.
  7. Clean up. After you’ve popped the pimple, wash your face and hands a second time with antibacterial soap, and then apply a small amount of alcohol to the remains of the blemish—this will help keep bacteria from repopulating it.

Popping on the go

We really can’t stress this enough: Quickly popping a pimple without taking the proper precautions can easily lead to scarring, breakouts, and infection. If you absolutely must pop a pimple quickly, cover your fingers with tissue paper, and be careful not to put too much pressure on the area around the pimple for any prolonged period of time. Instead, move your fingers to different spots as you squeeze to minimize damage. That having been said, squeezing a pimple in order to pop it will damage your skin, so we don’t recommend it under any circumstances.


Post-Pop Recovery

Whether you did it the right way or not, once you’ve popped the pimple, you have a few steps that you need to take to ensure that you leave your face in the right condition to heal properly. Here are some tips to help you get back on the right track:

  • Clean everything thoroughly. We partially covered this in the last section, but allow us to reiterate that cleanup is a vital part of the popping process. Not only should you thoroughly clean the area directly around the popped pimple with antibacterial soap, but you should clean the rest of your face as well. Also wash your hands, to remove any bacteria or pus that may have gotten on them. Don’t forget to wash the needle as well, even if you plan on disposing of it.
  • Apply some acne product to the pimple. You may find that some pimples have a tendency to come back after being popped. You can decrease the chances of this happening by applying some acne product directly to the popped pimple. Be sure that the product contains salicylic acid as the active ingredient, as this can be used to break apart any remaining sebum that might still be down in the pore.
  • Reduce the swelling. Even if the sebum core has been extracted, many pimples remain painfully swollen. You can help relieve this swelling by wrapping an ice cube in a paper towel, and applying the makeshift ice pack directly to the swollen area. Additionally, the gel inside of an ibuprofen gel capsule, or a paste made from crushed aspirin and water, can be applied to the site for similar results.
  • Preventing scars. If you’ve followed the proper procedure for popping pimples, you shouldn’t have to worry about developing bad scars. However, you can further decrease the likelihood of scarring by applying a small dab of honey, lemon juice, or aloe vera gel to the pimple. Click here for more information on how to deal with acne scars.

Pimple Prevention



As has been stated above, the biggest cause of pimples isn’t hygienic; it’s hormonal. That having been said, there are still a number of steps that you can take to minimize your chances of suffering from an outbreak.

  • Wash regularly, and wash right. Sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria are the three main ingredients necessary for producing a pimple. And while your production of sebum may be completely out of your hands, regular washing of your face and hands can really cut down on the amount of dead skin cells and bacteria that find their way into your pores. When washing, be sure that you follow the proper skin cleansing routine. Gentle exfoliation, such as with the LUNA 2 facial cleansing and anti-aging device, can also help break up and remove possible buildup before it can take root.
  • Change your diet. Evidence suggests that diets low in sugar, alcohol, dairy (except greek yogurt), and processed foods, but that are rich in leafy greens, antioxidants, zinc, and polyphenols can help reduce the severity and duration of acne. And, as important as it is to regulate the food that we take into our bodies, certain foods can be just as detrimental to skin health just by touching our bodies. Specifically, greasy or fatty foods that get on the skin of our faces while we eat can contribute to pore clogging.
  • Use moisturizer. Although a lot of approaches to treating acne rely on drying out the skin, you should be careful not to neglect moisturizing. Overly dry skin is likely to become inflamed, and can lead to more intense acne breakouts. Gentle, oil-free moisturizers can help keep your skin healthy, and may prevent pimples. However, be aware that everyone’s skin is different, and while some may benefit from moisturizing, others might not; controlling oily skin is an issue that often requires unique solutions.

A Safer Alternative to Popping

Although your first instinct when discovering a new whitehead may be to pinch it into oblivion, take a step back and really consider the situation. There are a number of other ways to deal with unsightly pimples that are much less dangerous to the overall health of your skin.

For emergency breakouts that threaten to lower your confidence, there is the ESPADA. Using professional-strength blue LED light, ESPADA targets and destroys acne-causing bacteria – no popping required. T-Sonic pulsations boost the effects of the blue light and help facilitate healing, for a pimple-clearing experience that’s just as gratifying as popping. Plus, its medical-grade silicone coating is antibacterial, so you never have to worry about spreading bacteria from spot to spot. With visible results after just one 30-second treatment, this handy little device will end your pimple-popping days for good.

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How to treat deep, painful pimples

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2018)8 Do’s and Don’ts from Dermatologists

If you’ve ever gone to bed with clear skin and woken up with a massive, painful pimple on your face, you’re not alone. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. Although acne comes in many forms, including blackheads and whiteheads, the most severe type of acne is a pimple that develops deep in the skin, causing a red, swollen and painful bump. Fortunately, say dermatologists, there are ways to tackle this type of acne at home to alleviate pain and reduce the pimple’s size, swelling and redness.

“Although there are no overnight or immediate cures for acne, you don’t have to stand by and suffer either,” says board-certified dermatologist Meghan Feely, MD, FAAD, who works in private practice in New York and New Jersey and is an attending physician at Mount Sinai’s department of dermatology. “Make sure you use noncomedogenic and oil-free cosmetics, cleansers and sunscreens, and never try to scrub away a pimple, as this can further irritate it and make it worse.”

To treat a deep, painful pimple at home, Dr. Feely recommends the following tips:

  • DO wash your skin before treating it. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser, and be gentle to your skin while washing.

  • DO apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. As soon as you notice the blemish, wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply it to the area for five to 10 minutes. Repeat this two more times, with 10-minute breaks between icing.

  • DO apply a product that contains 2 percent benzoyl peroxide to the pimple. Available at your local drugstore, this treatment will help kill the bacteria that causes acne. Make sure you apply a very thin layer, as using too much can irritate your skin. While using this product, keep in mind that benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics. Avoid letting the medication come into contact with your clothing, and consider using white sheets and towels while using it.

  • DO apply a warm compress once a whitehead begins to form. To make a warm compress, soak a clean washcloth in hot water; make sure the water isn’t too hot to avoid burning your skin. Then, apply the warm compress to the pimple for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this three to four times daily until the pimple releases pus and heals.

  • DON’T pop, squeeze or pick at the blemish. Doing so can make acne more noticeable and increase your risk of infection, discoloration and scarring.

  • DON’T apply toothpaste to the area. Toothpaste contains several ingredients that can clog your pores and irritate your skin, such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, alcohol and menthol.

  • DON’T apply homemade treatments found online. There is plenty of advice online promoting “natural” remedies for acne, however just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin. Even if a natural ingredient is good for your skin, it could be combined with another ingredient that could be harmful.

  • DO visit a board-certified dermatologist to help treat the pimple and prevent future breakouts. If you need an urgent fix, a dermatologist can provide a cortisone injection, which can help the pimple go away in a few hours to days instead of days to weeks. Your dermatologist can also recommend treatments to help prevent future breakouts, such as a retinoid or antibiotics.

“Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated, even severe acne,” Dr. Feely says. “However, not everyone’s acne can be treated the same way. If you have a lot of acne, or if your acne isn’t responding to over-the-counter acne medications after four to six weeks, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”

These tips are demonstrated in “How to Treat a Deep, Painful Pimple,” a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.

About the AAD

Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), Instagram (@AADskin1), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).

7 Unexpected Things Having Acne On Your Back Says About Your Health Habits

Facial acne happens to almost everyone, and is finally getting it’s due as nothing to be ashamed of. But acne on your back — which is often more serious, and sometimes painful — hasn’t exactly gotten it’s time in the spotlight yet. And that’s not great, since bacne could be an indicator of how things are going with other aspects of your health. Luckily, dermatologists know the causes of back acne, and are here to help.

It helps to know that bacne is quite different than the acne that shows up on your face. “Acne is the consistent clogging of pores with dead skin, excess oil, and potentially dirt that gives bacteria the opportunity to grow,” Dr. David Greuner of NYC Surgical Associates tells Bustle. “The difference between acne on your back and acne on your face is that your back has larger pores, making it easier for them to be clogged. This is also the reason why pimples that develop on your back are sometimes larger in comparison to ones on your face. Using specific bacne products can help combat its potential aggressive behavior.” So if you’re feeling like what’s showing up on your back is way trickier than what you’ve encountered on your face, it’s not in your head.

Plus, the location doesn’t help much either. “Because it’s on your back you may not notice it until it’s gotten angry and uncomfortable,” dermatologist dermatologist Dr. Suzanne Friedler tells Bustle. But even so, figuring out the cause of this bacne is important. It can help prevent further breakouts, of course, but it can also keep you more aware of how your health is doing, in general.

Here are seven unexpected things having bacne might say about your health, according to experts.


Skin Issues May Be In Your Genes

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If you have bacne, it might be a sign that you’re genetically predisposed to skin problems. Beginning to figure this out can help you plan out skincare and lifestyle changes to keep your skin healthier.

“Sometimes, acne is not your fault since it is genetic, and people can be more prone to having certain activities cause breakouts,” Dr. Greuner says. You’ll have to work with your dermatologist to figure out whether your diet or skincare routine have any potential triggers, but at least you’ll know that you’re not doing anything “wrong” to cause this skin issue. Plus, the club of people who’ve been outspoken about dealing with acne recently has been pretty star-studded. If Lili Reinhardt can stand up to acne-shamers, maybe you can too. So wear that backless top.


Tight Clothing Could Be Causing Skin Issues

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Tight clothing can cause all sorts of health problems, from UTIs to — you guessed it — bacne. “Tight clothing can also hurt your chances of achieving clear skin as it can irritate the surface and makes it difficult for the skin to breathe, therefore promoting clogging. ” Dr. Greuner says.

Taking inventory of what you’ve been wearing when you get breakouts can help you better understand your health. If you stop wearing tight tops for a week, and your bacne subsides, it is a good indicator that your bacne isn’t a sign of a more serious underlying problem.

And if you absolutely don’t want to give up on your favorite looks, remember that breathability is key. “[Fabrics that don’t breathe] prevent evaporation of sweat and prevent air from getting to the area encouraging the bacteria to further grow,” Dr. Susan Bard, MD of Manhattan Dermatology Specialists tells Bustle. Once you’ve adjusted your wardrobe choices, you can more properly assess how your skin is doing in general.


You May Not Be Washing Your Sheets Enough

You spend a lot of your life in bed. So it’s worth it to do what you can to make it a sanctuary, not a health hazard. Unfortunately though, bacne often starts between the sheets.

“Your bed sheets can be a base for bacteria, and can also have dirt and oil stick to them over time, so this makes washing your sheets that much more important,” Dr. Greuner says. If you find that cleaning your sheets, or getting a new set, has cleared up your back, you might also find that other health problems clear up, too. Everything from eczema, to infections, to allergies can clear up when you make this change.


You Might Be Staying In Work Out Clothes Too Long

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It’s very tempting to go from barre class straight to brunch. But maybe schedule an extra thirty minutes for a shower and outfit change.

“Staying too long in sweaty clothes allows time for bacteria to multiply on the skin … Make sure you get out of sweaty clothes quickly,” Dr. Friedler says. Your sweaty clothes could also be causing skin rashes, yeast infections, and a weakened immune system, so it really is of the utmost importance for your health to make this change.


It Could Be Your Hormones

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Hormones, whether naturally occurring or supplemented by medication, are a major culprit of acne all over. Your back, unfortunately, is not immune. So if you have stubborn back acne that doesn’t change with sheets being washed or clothes being changed, you might need to see a doctor about hormone levels.

“If someone is on anabolic steroids or testosterone supplements, that can increase their skin’s oil production and lead to severe breakouts on the back, chest, and on the face. Hormonal imbalances such as seen with polycystic ovaries can also affect the skin in the same way,” Dr. Friedler says. Hormone issues are incredibly common, so don’t freak out just yet. Your dermatologist will likely be able to help find you a treatment that works.


It May Be Your Meds

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Like a lot of health problems, your medicines (or supplements) could be interacting with your body to cause this issue. And bacne could be a sign that your body isn’t loving what you’re putting into it.

“Often times [bacne] can be triggered by certain medication or supplements (ie. muscle bulking protein powders)” Dr. Bard says. So, like always, when you go to the doctor, it’s important to mention all medications and supplements you take — not just the prescribed ones. A simple switch of brands or ingredients might even clear up your bacne.


It Could Be Friction’s Fault

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There’s a thing called “acne mechanica” that could be causing your bacne woes, family doctor and former ER doctor Daliah Wachs, M.D., tells Bustle. And, no, it’s not acne for robots.

“Acne mechanica [is] mechanical rubbing … that can induce gland stimulation, leading to acne,” Dr. Wachs says. This means that backpacks, sports gear, and other accessories, could be causing you all this trouble. If you think this is the culprit, it could be a sign that your body is asking you to switch up your workout routines, or minimize daily heavy-lifting. You can work with your dermatologist to find a change-up that works best for you.

In general, bacne is pretty preventable and treatable, and doesn’t have to mean something serious is going on with your overall health. The first step is to try to treat it with some simple store-bought elixirs. “Using an antibacterial soap, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid wash are all great for preventing or treating bacne,” Dr. Friedler says. If your bacne doesn’t respond to typical treatments, or is particularly bothersome, it’s time to see a dermatologist. That’s when your bacne might be indicating something more. It’s just another little way our bodies ask us for help.

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae in Adults: Condition, Treatments, and Pictures – Overview


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Acne keloidalis nuchae, also known as keloidal folliculitis or nuchal keloidal acne, is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed bumps and scars on the back of the neck.

Although it is not related to common acne (acne vulgaris), acne keloidalis nuchae initially appears as acne-like lesions of inflamed hair follicles (folliculitis) on the nape of the neck (nuchal area) and, without treatment, can result in large scars (keloids).

Who’s at risk?

Acne keloidalis nuchae is most commonly found in young adult men of African or, less commonly, Latino or Asian descent. It is very uncommon in women. In addition, acne keloidalis nuchae is very rarely seen in people prior to puberty or after middle age.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common locations of acne keloidalis nuchae include:

  • Back of the neck (posterior neck)
  • Lower back of the scalp (occipital scalp)

Initially, lesions of acne keloidalis nuchae appear as red or pus-filled bumps, which may be tender or itchy. Over time, these inflamed bumps develop into small scars. Without treatment, the small scars can coalesce into large, thick scars, or keloids. Areas of widespread scarring may be associated with hair loss. Rarely, advanced acne keloidalis nuchae lesions can develop deep pockets of pus with connections to the surface of the skin, and a foul-smelling discharge may ooze from these sinus tracts.

Self-Care Guidelines

People who develop acne keloidalis nuchae should focus on avoiding irritation to the area in order to prevent the formation of additional lesions:

  • Wash the area gently with non-irritating cleansers (no hard scrubbing!).
  • Avoid head wear (such as sports helmets) and shirt collars that rub against the back of your neck.
  • Avoid closely shaving of the back of your neck.
  • For itchy lesions, try an over-the-counter cortisone cream.

Generally, persons with acne keloidalis nuchae should see their primary care doctor or a dermatologist for treatment in order to prevent progression of the condition.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you suspect you have acne keloidalis nuchae, you should seek help from your primary care provider or a dermatologist in order to prevent the possible formation of large scars and permanent hair loss to the involved areas.

Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe

The prognosis of acne keloidalis nuchae is good if treatment is started early.

Topical creams, lotions, or gels may include:

  • A retinoid cream such as tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene.
  • A prescription-strength steroid or cortisone preparation.
  • An antibiotic such as clindamycin.

Oral medications may include:

  • Antibiotic pills.
  • A short course of steroids, such as prednisone (for severe or advanced cases only).

Procedures to reduce inflammation and reduce or remove scar tissue include:

  • Steroid injections directly into the inflamed bumps or scars.
  • Surgical excision of single bumps or larger scars.
  • Laser destruction.
  • Liquid nitrogen (freezing or cryotherapy).

Trusted Links

MedlinePlus: AcneClinical Information and Differential Diagnosis of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae


Bolognia, Jean L. , ed. Dermatology, pp.562-564, 1041-1042. New York: Mosby, 2003.

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed, pp. 648-650. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

90,000 reasons for the appearance and methods of treatment in the MEDSI clinic in St. Petersburg


Acne disease (acne, pimples) is skin changes associated with inflammation and disruption of the sebaceous glands. Acne most often occurs on the face, as well as the upper back, chest, where there are most of the sebaceous glands (the so-called seborrheic zones).

There are many pores on the surface of the skin. These are the mouths of the hair follicles – the sheaths that surround the hair of the skin.The ducts of the sebaceous glands located under the skin open into the follicles. The figures below show the structure of a typical sebaceous gland.

The structure of the hair follicle: the mouth of the hair follicle (pore), opening to the surface of the skin, sebaceous gland. The secretion of the sebaceous gland envelops the hair and comes out to the surface of the skin.

Causes of acne (acne, blackheads and acne)

Acne is a complex disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. When the follicles of the sebaceous hair ducts are clogged with a “plug” from a mixture of sebum and dead skin scales, acne develops (another name is comedones).

If the follicles are open, the plugs look like blackheads on the face and are called open comedones.

Comedones are also closed, (do not communicate with the surface of the skin). These comedones are called whiteheads, or whiteheads.

The production of sebum under the plug of the closed sebaceous-hair duct continues and is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria (propionic acne bacteria), which usually live peacefully and quietly in the sebaceous glands. The rapid growth of the bacterial population leads to the development of inflammation, which can manifest on the skin from small pimples to huge purulent pimples.

Numerous studies show that the root cause of acne is hyperfunction of the sebaceous glands.

What leads to this?

The most common cause of acne is naturally age-related changes in hormonal balance (“hormonal surge”). Adolescent acne is caused by steroid hormones, the main of which are androgens, male sex hormones that are produced not only in young people, but also in girls. Androgen levels rise sharply during puberty.Under their action, in the course of complex chemical reactions in the skin, there is a sharp increase in the number of sebocytes – secretory cells of the sebaceous gland. In fact, the number of “workers” in the sebum factory is increasing.

By provoking acne in adolescents, hormones not only increase the amount of sebum, but also change its composition, making it viscous and dense. Sebum is usually runny and acne problems do not occur even with problematic oily skin.

This is how plugs form in the ducts of the hair follicles.These are the reasons for the formation of acne. First, microcomedones are formed, of which open and closed comedones are formed. Comedone plugs block the outlet of fat and waste products of the sebaceous glands.

Having received such an excess of food, the propionic acne bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) begin to actively multiply. These bacteria always live in the mouths of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Normally, they do not manifest themselves in any way and only in isolated cases can they cause acne and inflammation.

The waste products of these bacteria have a strong irritant effect on contact with surrounding tissues. This is how inflammation develops. An ever-expanding hair follicle can rupture and form ulcers.

There are four factors, the combined action of which are the causes of acne:

  • Hyperandrogenemia stimulates the sebaceous glands
  • Follicular hyperkeratosis. The outer layer of human skin is called the stratum corneum.The constant renewal of the skin is precisely due to the sloughing of the keratinized, dead skin plates of this layer. A similar process takes place in hair follicles
  • Follicular hyperkeratosis is an overdevelopment of the stratum corneum of the follicles, which is the cause of the appearance of acne, since not only sebum is needed for the formation of a comedone plug, but also desquamated skin scales
  • Excessive secretion of fat by the sebaceous glands and follicular hyperkeratosis lead to the accumulation of sebum in the sebaceous gland, leading to an increase in its volume, as a result of which aseptic (bacteria-free) inflammation begins in the gland
  • Reproduction of Propionibacterium acnes, propionic bacteria acne.It is worth noting that acne bacteria live in the mouth of the sebaceous glands and in absolutely healthy people, along with such representatives of the skin microflora as Propionibacterium granulosum, Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria, Malassezia fungi and tiny Demodex mites (Demodex). All these “living creatures” are extremely rare causes of acne in healthy people. But when the sebaceous gland is clogged with a horny plug and hyperproduction of sebum, favorable conditions are created for the reproduction of all this “normal” microflora and a purulent pimple appears

What are the internal causes of acne?

The relationship of testosterone – acne is inherited.We genetically inherit hormones and skin reactions. Therefore, the main cause of acne at the age of 18 is also called a hereditary factor.

The likelihood of teenage pimples is higher in children of parents who have or are suffering from acne. And you should expect the development of a serious form of teenage acne if both parents suffered from the problem.

Of course, other causes of acne also contribute to the answer to the question of why acne occurs.

Premenstrual acne

Since an increase in the level of steroid hormones is also observed in the last phase of the menstrual cycle, about 70% of women associate the appearance of acne with menstruation.One or two pimples before menstruation are observed even by women who do not suffer from acne. Those who are familiar with acne often notice purulent acne before menstruation – about a week before the start. Usually on the chin.

“Hormonal” acne

Increased testosterone, acne and acne at age 18 are normal. But acne after 30 years is a serious reason to examine your health in detail. As a rule, these are hormonal acne, which are associated with a violation of the production of sex hormones.

Gynecological diseases and acne in women are inextricably linked. They provoke hormonal disorders, for example, with polycystic ovaries.

Hormonal acne can be triggered by some conditions associated with a sharp change in hormonal status. For example, acne during pregnancy or after an abortion.

Endocrine glands and pimples are inextricably linked: diseases of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, male and female genital organs affect acne. So, with hyperandrogenism (increased production of male hormones – androgens in women), acne is also a very common disease.Therefore, in the intrigues of the causes of acne in adults, it is not enough just to visit a dermatologist. Consultation of an endocrinologist is required, and for women – a gynecologist and a series of laboratory tests.

Hyperkeratosis as a cause of acne

Hyperkeratosis is an increase in the upper, stratum corneum, layer of the skin. Lack of vitamin A, occupational intoxication, prolonged pressure or friction of the skin, exposure to oil products (for example, lubricating oil) are the main causes of hyperkeratosis.Hyperkeratosis of the sebaceous glands also develops under the influence of hormones. It is he who is the cause of acne, and indirectly – the cause of acne.

Cosmetics and acne: comedogenic cosmetics as causes of acne

Acne and cosmetics are often also linked. Look at your creams, lotions, powders, blush, sunscreens … Perhaps acne and makeup are related.

As a rule, the connection between cosmetics and acne is poorly understood, especially since the initial number of comedones and acne on the skin is insignificant.

Acne-provoking cosmetics contain lanolin and its derivatives, squalene, sulfur, D and C red pigments (used to give a red hue and are extremely comedogenic). Mineral and vegetable oils are found in acne-aggravating cosmetics. Typically, for acne, cosmetics are used to mask blemishes and acne, aggravating the course of acne. A vicious circle is formed.

Heat and humid climates – external causes of acne

If you suffered from teenage acne in your youth, you need to know that the humid tropics during the hot period can also cause acne and exacerbate long-standing acne in a very severe form.

Professional activity with toxic substances as an external cause of acne.

Many professions still require contact with various chemicals such as chlorine and oil, which are the direct causes of acne.

Among other things, substances such as lubricating oils and tar lead to the development of hyperkeratosis of the skin and sebaceous glands – the immediate cause of acne and the cause of acne.

Are tanning beds and acne related? Can I sunbathe with acne? Does Ultraviolet Light Cure Acne?

Yes, ultraviolet light “heals” acne, having some ability to disinfect, and tan hides the cyanotic-red marks of acne. However, high doses of UV light have the opposite effect. By weakening the immune system, increasing the production of sebum and worsening the sloughing of the stratum corneum in the ducts of the sebaceous glands, UVA causes exacerbation of acne and an increase in the number of acne.It often happens that, returning from a vacation in hot countries, people suffering from acne get an exacerbation of the disease, although everything was fine during the vacation.

The same result can be obtained after visiting the solarium.

Squeezing pimples – the cause of new pimples

Many unhappy acne owners try to squeeze pimples – to open boils on their own in order to get rid of acne and inflammation. It is impossible to squeeze acne and squeeze out acne, since this action itself is the cause of acne: this is how the infection gets into the deep layers of the epidermis and dermis, aggravating the inflammation, and the infection in the process of squeezing out acne is transmitted from the inflamed elements of acne to non-inflamed ones, in turn, infecting and inflaming them.

Frequent touching of the face leads to similar consequences. Of course, you can squeeze out a pimple if you aim to get a dozen new ones at once instead of one. To get rid of acne, contact a specialist. Dermatology and cosmetology already possess sufficiently effective and safe methods of acne treatment.

Acne also appears on areas that are subject to friction (often acne occurs on the neck under shirt collars in men), compression (for example, by a telephone receiver) or other mechanical stress, as well as on the buttocks.

You can also not use a scrub and clean your face if there are inflamed acne elements on the skin.

Medicated acne

Sometimes for the treatment of certain diseases, patients are prescribed oral glucocorticosteroid hormones. Against the background of such treatment, the appearance of acne is often observed.

After the abolition of oral contraceptives, many women also experience moderate acne rash. But they usually do not require serious treatment and go away on their own after 2-3 months.Proper skin care and short-term topical therapy are often sufficient to resolve this problem.

Excessive cleanliness is another reason why acne appears

Do not be surprised, acne is not associated with poor hygiene !!! Blackheads are oxidized sebum, not dirt.

The causes of acne lie deep inside, and you can wash your face at least 20 times a day without seeing any positive changes. On the contrary, washing too often can itself cause acne, drying out the skin, making it less resistant to infection and thus exacerbating acne.

People suffering from this disease often experience psychological problems, problems of social adaptation.

Treatment of acne (acne)

When treating acne, you can influence all links of pathogenesis:

  • Elevated blood androgen levels in women can be corrected by prescribing contraceptives. This method takes place in patients with proven hyperandrogenism. In men, this method of treatment is not acceptable
  • Sebum overproduction can be affected by drugs that suppress it.These drugs include retinoids. They are available externally and for oral administration
  • Follicular hyperkeratosis can be affected by various exfoliating agents such as salicylic acid and retinoids
  • Overly activated skin microflora, which provokes inflammation, can be influenced by antiseptics, which are now quite abundant in pharmacies, and antibacterial preparations. Antibiotics are available both in external forms and for oral administration, however, in the latter case, long-term administration is required, up to several months, and does not always lead to stable remission.The selection of therapy for the treatment of acne occurs individually, depending on the severity of the disease. With a mild severity of acne, an adequate selection of external therapeutic agents and care products is sufficient

With severe forms of acne, with moderate forms of acne resistant to external therapy, as well as with all forms, after which cicatricial changes are observed, truly effective is the purpose of ROACKUTAN. This is often the only chance to permanently get rid of acne, which is especially important for patients with psychological problems.

What is Roaccutane (Isotretinoin)?

This synthetic derivative of vitamin A, when taken orally, acts on all links in the pathogenesis of acne: inhibits the activity of the sebaceous glands (histologically confirmed reduction in their size) and reduces the formation of sebum, also inhibits the growth of bacteria, reduces hyperkeratosis of epithelial cells of the hair follicle and sebaceous gland, which lead to blockage of ducts and the formation of COMEDONS.

What happens when you take Roaccutane?

When the activity of the sebaceous glands is suppressed, the human skin literally becomes drier, more or less pronounced peeling appears, which can be successfully dealt with with the help of the selection of special external agents.After a few weeks of taking the drug, the number of acne breakouts is significantly reduced.

How long should you take Roaccutane?

The average course of treatment is 4-5 months. It depends on the total therapeutic dose of the drug, which the doctor calculates taking into account the patient’s body weight.

Are relapses of the disease possible after the end of the course of treatment?

Complete disappearance of acne can be achieved after 12-24 weeks of taking the drug, in 85% of cases the effect of taking the drug is persistent and the person gets rid of this problem forever.It is extremely rare to prescribe a shorter repeated course no earlier than 8 weeks after the previous one.

What are the contraindications: pregnancy and lactation, liver and kidney disease, hypervitaminosis A, marked violation of fat metabolism, hypersensitivity to the drug.

Side effects: dry skin, mucous membranes, lips, mucous membranes of the eyes, increased sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet irradiation.

LABORATORY CAN DETECT: reversible increase in liver enzymes, increased cholesterol and triglycerides.

Roaccutane is categorically contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation due to its strong teratogenic effect. Roaccutane can only be prescribed by doctors. Before prescribing the drug, the doctor should familiarize in detail with the principle of action of the drug, prescribe the necessary tests.

When taking the drug, it is necessary to strictly follow all recommendations and the required dosage, as well as monitor blood tests according to the scheme prescribed by the doctor.

To reduce the symptoms of discomfort due to dry skin and mucous membranes, it is necessary to use products specially selected by your doctor.Sun UV protection is also a prerequisite.

Women of childbearing age, 1 month before the start of treatment, the entire period of treatment, as well as 3 months after the end of the course of treatment, must take hormonal contraceptives and take a monthly pregnancy test.

Thus, the doctor will select for you the optimal, well-tolerated dosage of the drug with the most pronounced therapeutic effect on the skin.

Acne – causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in Astrakhan | Diseases


  • Inflammation of hair follicles due to the interaction of hormones, sebum and bacteria

Provoking factors

  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy or menstrual cycle
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Certain drugs
  • Certain products applied to the skin
  • High humidity and increased sweating


  • Blackheads (open comedones)
  • Whiteheads (closed comedones)
  • Acne (inflamed closed comedones)
  • Hard bumps that rise above the level of the skin (papules)
  • Superficial bumps containing pus (pustules)
  • Pus-containing dense bumps in the depths of the skin (nodules)
  • Large pockets containing pus (cysts)
  • Large, deep pockets containing pus (abscesses)

People with mild acne develop only a small number (less than 20) of non-inflamed blackheads or whiteheads, or a moderate amount of small pimples with mild irritation.In addition, pustules resembling pimples with yellowish heads may occur.

Acne appears as small flesh-colored bumps with a black head. Whiteheads have a similar appearance, but without a black head. Acne is mildly uncomfortable and has a white head with slight redness around it.

Patients with moderate acne have more blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and pustules.

Patients with severe acne either develop very large numbers of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and pustules, or develop a cystic (deep) form of acne.In cystic acne, patients have 5 or more cysts, which are large, painful, pus-filled red nodules that can coalesce under the skin to form large abscesses with discharge.

In severe acne, cysts and abscesses often rupture, leaving scars after they heal.

Globular acne (conglobata) is the most severe form of acne, which leads to severe scarring and other complications caused by abscesses.Severe acne can occur on the arms, abdomen, buttocks, and even the scalp.

Acne fulminant and facial pyoderma (rosacea fulminant) are two possibly related and rare types of severe acne that occur suddenly.

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Why do acne appear and how to get rid of them?

Acne on the face and body is not just a cosmetic defect.This is a sign of a dermatological disease. Contrary to misconception, it is not only adolescents during puberty that are subject to it. We will figure out where blackheads come from, whether it is possible to prevent their appearance and how to remove blackheads, if any.

What is acne

Acne is a rash that appears on the skin. These are symptoms of a condition called acne. The reasons for this phenomenon are skin inflammation, accompanied by blockage of the sebaceous ducts. However, acne often has deeper physiological problems.

Acne in dermatology is called comedones, of which two types are known. Blackheads are open comedones. The greasy secret thickens and darkens. There are different points of view on the reason for the change in its color:

  • chemical reaction – oxidation of sebum;
  • external pollution;
  • exposure to melanin.

Closed comedones do not have an outlet, although they cannot be called completely subcutaneous. They are characterized by a white color and a softer (sometimes liquid) consistency.

Acne appears on the back, chest and face. The T-region is particularly affected: chin, nose and forehead.

The symptoms of rosacea, although colloquially called rosacea, are not. They are caused by the expansion of blood vessels on the skin of the face – this is not associated with blockage of the sebaceous glands.

Classification of acne

Dermatologists distinguish three forms of the disease. They correspond to the characteristic varieties of eels:

  • Mild form – comedonal formations.These are the black dots themselves.
  • Moderate form – papular-pustular formations. Pus appears in the blocked pore, nodules form.
  • Severe form – subcutaneous formations. Getting rid of them is the most difficult thing, and without proper treatment, scars can remain on the skin.

Classify the forms of the disease and the degree of spread. With a first-degree lesion, acne is observed on one or two areas of the face. With the second, comedones pass to the body, single papules appear.In the third, the rash is represented mainly by papules and pustules. The fourth degree is characterized by painful subcutaneous nodules and scars.

Reasons for the appearance of

Skin inflammation with such unpleasant symptoms is caused by two groups of factors: dermatological and endocrinological. The first is associated with an excessive increase in male hormones androgens (especially testosterone). Therefore, acne on the face and body appears:

  • during puberty;
  • before menstruation;
  • during pregnancy;
  • 90,037 after abortion;

  • for diseases accompanied by hyperandrogenism (for example, polycystic ovary syndrome).

Dermatological causes include hyperkeratosis (abnormal acceleration of the division of the skin’s horny cells) and hypersecretion of the sebaceous glands. Cosmetics with a dense texture can clog pores.

You can provoke the emergence of new blackheads if you get rid of old ones by squeezing. The resulting wound gets an infection that causes inflammation of the skin. The rash spreads quickly over a large area.

Ways to get rid of acne

Acne is just a symptom, so just getting rid of the rash is not enough.First of all, complex treatment of the disease that gave rise to them is required. Most often this is a hormonal correction. If the nature of acne is dermatological, the following measures will help:

  • elimination of hyperkeratosis;
  • Normalization of the process of exfoliation of the stratum corneum of the epidermis;
  • Suppression of increased sebum production;
  • medicated skin sanitation (including antibacterial treatment) in order to remove inflammation;
  • Correction of the structure of the upper layer of the epidermis to remove scars.

It is useful to change the usual daily skin and body care regimen, as acne indicates its low effectiveness. You may have to give up your usual cosmetics.

Remedies for acne

Get rid of acne by different means and methods. They are selected personally, taking into account the patient’s history: his age, hormonal levels, the presence or absence of dysbiosis, the need for vitamins.

Acne is often accompanied by a change in the ratio of beneficial and harmful microflora in the body – dysbiosis.Therefore, patients often have intestinal problems that also need to be treated.

A medication complex to get rid of blackheads may include:

  • antiseptic preparations;
  • antibiotics for external and internal use;
  • systemic retinoids;
  • drugs that normalize testosterone levels;
  • metabolism;
  • vitamins.

Physiotherapy is also effective as an additional direction of treatment and elimination of cosmetic defects.Such methods are actively used: cryotherapy, phonophoresis, mesotherapy. Scars are removed with circular dermabrasion.

Facial skin care rules

If the skin is prone to comedogenic formation, you need to take care of it more carefully. The main task is to calm the sebaceous glands and prevent clogging of the pores. For this you need:

  • Ensure adequate cleaning. Standard washing is not enough to get rid of excess grease. It is necessary to wipe problem areas (nose, forehead, chin) with lotion or micellar water at least twice a day.
  • Apply the correct cream. A moisturizer containing keratolytic (exfoliating) and antibacterial ingredients is suitable.
  • Refuse from alcohol-containing products. They give the desired drying effect the first time after application. But in the future, they disrupt the balance of microflora and remove the necessary fluid.

Although acne on the nose or other areas of the face looks unattractive, you should not try to remove it yourself. It is important to get rid of the habit of popping pimples to avoid infection and aggravate the problem.

Rules for the care of the skin of the chest and back

Acne appears on the back and chest as often as on the face. It is not so striking, but it requires equally responsible skin care. If she is prone to oily content, it is worth increasing the frequency of bath procedures. It is advisable to take a shower twice a day – in the morning and before bedtime.

In the absence of rashes, it is better to clean the back with a washcloth or sponge of medium hardness. During an exacerbation, it is better to prefer milder options in order to avoid microtraumas.

After cleansing from excess fat, sweat and dead particles of the epidermis, you can proceed to special products:

  • scrubs to exfoliate excess stratum corneum;
  • thermal water for humidification;
  • 90,037 mild peels;

  • creams enriched with vitamins A and E.

In case of acne, it is recommended to remove synthetics and wear natural fabrics. It is better to choose loose clothes: tight and pressing contributes to the clogging of the follicles.

How to get rid of blackheads quickly

This question often torments people for whom flawless appearance is fundamental. Pimples that suddenly appear before an important event (date, interview, photography) become a serious annoying factor for them that must be promptly eliminated.

Dermatologists keep repeating: squeezing acne is unacceptable. It will still not work to get rid of an unwanted defect. An unpleasant wound will appear at the site of the pimple.If an infection gets into it, the appearance will suffer even more.

At home, you can only remove inflammation in order to reduce the tubercle and speed up its healing:

  • spot use sos-products for problem skin;
  • Make a mask with tea tree or aloe extract.

Do not try to get rid of blackheads with tinctures or non-specialized products. This can cause allergies or even more redness.

Is it possible to get rid of acne on the face forever

Normally, after puberty, this problem should not arise. No one has been able to completely eliminate the risk of acne. Periodically, any person may lose hormonal balance or accelerate the production of the sebaceous glands. But it happens sporadically.

Acne is generally considered a lingering problem caused by endocrine disease or hyperkeratosis. It cannot be solved by itself. But if the cause is eliminated, get rid of the unpleasant consequence.

The only group of people for whom the task is practically insoluble are those with a genetic nature of acne. Careful skin care and prevention of endocrine diseases can help reduce the extent of the damage.

90,000 Why rashes appear on their backs

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40-50 million Americans develop skin rashes at some point in their lives. Acne tends to appear during puberty, but for some people, skin rashes may remind of themselves even before the age of 30.

The severity of acne can vary from a few spots to larger clusters of lesions. As well as on the back, acne can appear on the face, neck. If acne is left untreated, it can leave dark spots and scars on the skin. Oily skin, blackheads, red spots, yellow pus-filled pimples and scars are all characteristic of back rashes.

When the level of hormones in the blood rises, it leads to excess sebum production. At the same time, dead skin cells that are not properly removed from the skin clog up the follicles.The combination of these processes leads to the accumulation of sebum and the formation of acne. Every person has the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes , on their skin, and for many this does not cause any problems. However, excess sebum formation and accumulation in acne-prone individuals creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to inflammation and the formation of purulent or red skin rashes.

Back acne may be caused by wearing non-breathable clothing.To reduce the risk of skin rashes, you can try the following tips:

  • take a shower after intense sweating;
  • Avoid applying products that irritate the skin to the skin;
  • Do not squeeze out skin rashes;
  • Use non-abrasive skin cleansers;
  • Avoid sunburn and tanning beds as damaged skin is more prone to acne.

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, there is little evidence that any specific foods, such as chocolate or fast food, can cause acne.The American Academy of Dermatology, however, points to research showing that certain carbohydrates, including white bread and potato chips, raise blood glucose levels, which is a potential stimulus for acne.

There are many treatments for acne. Topical treatments are usually used for mild to moderate acne. Experts from the American Academy of Dermatology recommend in this case the use of products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

In case of severe acne lesions, additional oral administration of antibiotics, hormonal drugs, isotretinoin may be required. In addition, there are a number of treatments available to reduce back acne, such as laser and other light therapy, drainage and extraction.

Based on materials from www.medicalnewstoday.com

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Back acne: causes and treatment

Causes of acne on the back:

– irritation from clothes
Often it is clothes made of low-quality synthetic materials that cause this problem. Especially in winter, when the skin on the back hardly breathes.

– insufficient skin cleansing
Neglect of hygiene is also bad for the health of the skin on the back.

– digestive problems
The skin removes toxins outside, which is reflected in the excessive greasiness of the skin.

– endocrine system disorders
Hormones can also provoke excessive skin greasiness and blockage of the sebaceous glands.

– various infections
In particular, chronic tonsillitis and genital infections can provoke this trouble.

– age
At the age of 12 to 24, acne on the back is the cause of the rapid activity of sex hormones.

How to cure back acne?

If the problem really has reached a large scale, do not self-medicate. Go to the doctor and get the necessary tests . Then the cause of inflammation on the skin of the back and shoulders will be clear.

Purchase a stiff natural bristle washcloth and massage it. Thus, the skin will get rid of dirt, dead cells of the epidermis and the secretion of the sebaceous glands.

Another good way is to diet. Eliminate sweet, fatty, fried, and spicy foods. Fill your diet with vegetables and fruits, cereals, dairy products and lean boiled meat and fish.

Wipe clean with potassium permanganate solution. The antiseptic effect of this product will help kill acne-causing bacteria and dry them out.

It is also useful to carry out a professional mechanical cleaning of the back by a dermatologist or cosmetologist. Several cleansing sessions, combined with dietary nutrition, will help get rid of this problem over time.

90,000 Back acne in men and women: causes and treatments

The cause of acne and acne on the back in women is an imbalance in sex hormones. To determine the exact cause, you need to take a blood test for sex hormones: LH, FSH, prolactin, testosterone, progesterone, androstenedione, free testosterone, estradiol. Based on the results of the analysis, it will be possible to choose the optimal treatment.

Good afternoon! Large acne on the back and face has been plagued for many years.At first, I thought that this is due to the transitional age and they will disappear, but they still do not go away. How can you get rid of this problem, what is the treatment for back acne in men?

You have a manifestation of acne. It is associated with androgens, the male sex hormones. To prevent acne on the back from bothering you, you need to make an appointment with a dermatologist, who will select the optimal remedy and suitable treatment.

Good afternoon. I’m a guy and I’m 15 years old. For more than a year now, acne on the back has been troubling.Now their number has increased. I used Clerasil, but no result. Acne appeared in the temples and forehead. How should they be treated? I feel uncomfortable, embarrassed to remain without a shirt, even at sea.

This is a consequence of androgen. The disease manifests itself due to the increased sensitivity of the cells of the sebaceous glands to male sex hormones.