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Acne

Acne vulgaris on the back

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When talking about how we switch on to the opposite sex during puberty, comedian Eddie Izzard once said: “You think, ‘I want to get off with people, so I’d better look my best. Then Mother Nature says, ‘No! You will look the worst you’ll ever look in your life!’”

The common skin condition, acne, is often to blame, with around 80% of teenagers afflicted with some degree of acne between the ages of 13 and 18 years (although, a minority of cases may also start in adulthood). Commonly occurring on the face, arms, back and chest, acne occurs in puberty because of changes to hormone levels, which cause the sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum that blocks the hair follicles and causes spots ranging from blackheads to painful red nodules. Acne can often correct itself, but there are also a number of over-the-counter and prescription treatments available.

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Asking on behalf of my partner. He has what looks like acne on his face it mainly affects the cheek area but he also has it slightly on his chin it looks like white lumps under the skin and when you squeeze it a white/yellow sort of creamy substance comes out and it smells very cheesy and it never ends you can squeeze the same bit and it just keeps coming. Anybody have a clue what it is or how it can be helped. Thanks in advance.





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hi, im nearly 16 and i think i have acne on my vagina (if thats possible?). I get lots of different spots, some of which have already left scars. I havent had an intimate boyfriend yet and im too nervous too because of how it looks. Im too nergous to speak to my parents about it or to see my GP because he kind of scares me. ive improved my hygiene as much as possible, having 2 showers a day, making sure i dry myself properly, initially i tried sudo cream and various others and nothing is helping, i just dont want any more scars. Please help!!!!





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Could be Hidradenitis Suppurativa (or acne inversa) which can affect that region. See here for more details http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/conditions/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ Only way to know for sure is to go to the doctor or dermatologist really! Good luck

When you shave down there, your skin can have red bumps appear due to irritation. Which will dissappear eventually. If not due to a shave, then it is likely to be ingrown hairs I promise its not acne x

Hi I have been lucky to have fortunate skin all my life. Recently I've been suffering from spots above both my eyebrows and in between . They have stayed their for a good 2 months and was wondering what his could be or how I can get rid of it ? Thanks





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Hello I was wondering is it possible to speak with Dr Pixie McKenna in regards to my skin acne scarring I'm from cork and have tried everything and my own gp won't do anything else for me she might be able to give me some further advice on what's available in cork to me I would be so grateful for help





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It all started a few years ago, I started breaking out with these bumps under the skin on my face(forehead) I would rub/touch them, they would burst, a clear sticky liquid would come out. My skin would crack, scab over. The scab would be orange in color and hard. They would get well, then a little later week or two, they would come back. At first one at a time, Now, I get them all over the face, along the hair line by ear, forehead, nose(around nostrils) and chin. They don't look like acne to me, when I think of acne, I am thinking white heads. What is this?? Am I the only one. I thought that it was makeup, but I have changed brands several times since going through this and it stops for a minute, then here we go again. I no longer use make up and I moisturize and cleanse twice a day. I have even went private and was told it was acne, but it doesn't seem that way. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME, I DON"T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Thank you in advance for everything





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Hi, I'm male, 35 and I think I should be past the teenage skin stage now. I have always had terrible acne around my chin, neck and sides of my face that I can put up with but recently I have been getting a new evil kind of spot. They are like hard boils, on the back of my head/neck and on my forehead, real big beasts too that are mega sore and won't burst. I can't put up with these and it's a few weeks till my doc's appointment to hopefully get referred to a dermatologist, any suggestions?





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Hi I am 34 I haven't had spots since I was a teenager I have recently been going through a stressful time with anxiety. I have been getting spots in my scalp all over my face behind my ears in my ears my back neck chest in my eyebrows there very sore my scalp is very flaky also. I have new ones every morning and it's really getting me down. I have had to change my pill from marvelon to the mini pill first carazette then to levonorgestrel. I have now had to come off these completely cause I have migraine vertigo. I have been off them for 10 weeks and my skin is even worse all round my jaw line also. I thought it was stress related put I feel much better than I was. We have a jack Russell I thought I may be allergic to although I have been rounds dogs all my life and never had this although are dog now has allergies too. I am going to my gp soon to have my bloods checked and see if he will refer me too a dermatologist as I'm at my wits end I'm miserable snappy and very short fused all the time I'm so conscious of my skin and it's really getting me down to the point where I just want to be on my own and out of site. Can someone please help me as All a seem to get is fobbed off.





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Hi I'm 15 and have terribly sensitive skin. I can't use most laundry detergents and softeners. Because my skin is so sensitive I have really bad acne. I've tried facial masks and creams but nothing seems to clear it up on my face, neck, and back. When I pop them the seed comes out but it closes again and a clear or light bloody liquid comes out. I drink plenty of water and do everything I possibly can at my age but it never gets better. I've been called many names like pizza face or crater face. It's made me a little self conscious about it. But it's just something I can't help even though I want to.





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Hi i am 20 years old and i have this ugly embarrasing problem. I grow this pimple like sores around my vagina, not inside the vagina but otside. I also get it on my thighs. I started to get them when i was 15 and now im tired. It has gotten so bad that it is now affecting my sex life. I am embarrassed to have sex with lights on. Please help me.





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Hi my name is Claydon I have an usual skin disorder on my face where I get big hard solid lumps that later turn into big pockets of puss that are really sensitive to touch but when popped and healed I am left with a whole in my face. It seems that my pours are dying and my face is overalls oliy, I have suffered with this around 10 years I have been to doctors dermatologist specialists and nothing can be done! Please can you help with this





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This I think is a cyst

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Acne is a chronic skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. The symptoms of acne can be mild, moderate or severe. Read More »

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