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Regular acne creams and scrubs, which are made for surface breakouts, won’t work on these hard pimples. Here are some effective at-home treatments to get rid of blind pimples.

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If you have acne-prone skin, you may have noticed painful lumps on your face that don’t have a “head” like other pimples. These are blind pimples, a type of acne that develops beneath the skin’s surface. It’s usually caused by a cyst or nodule that is formed when sebum (oil), bacteria, and dirt get trapped in your pore. A blind pimple, or cystic acne, appears like a large white area under your skin that may not be noticeable from a distance. But you can feel the lump that’s painful to the touch. The affected area might become red due to inflammation of the surrounding skin.

Since blind pimples are deeply rooted under your skin, they are considered to be the most difficult kind of acne to treat. Regular acne creams, scrubs, and pads, which are made for surface breakouts, won’t work on these hard pimples and may even make everything worse. Blind pimples are different from your typical zits, and so stop trying your regular acne tricks on them. Having said so, blind pimples are not so hard to get rid of as many people think. They can be easily treated with patience and care. We have some effective tips to heal blind pimples under the skin.

Causes of big blind pimples

Why you get blind pimples? This type of acne is often caused by a surge of hormones (cortisol in particular). This is the reason why you notice blind pimples mostly around the menstrual cycle. Your skin’s oil glands react to the hormonal surge by overproducing sebum, which can cause the gland to become engorged, swollen, or hardened. Stress can also cause a surge in acne-causing hormones. So, managing your stress level should be part of your acne treatment.

According to dermatologists, 50 to 80 percent of the time, blind pimples will go away on their own but that could take a few weeks to a few months. But when they last longer, the more likely to leave an atrophic scar, which is like a crater or an ice-pick scar. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to get rid of blind pimples overnight. Never try to squeeze or pop a blind pimple or any acne. Doing so can worsen inflammation, and also cause scarring.

How to get rid of a blind pimple

A cortisone injection is the fastest way to get rid of a blind pimple or cystic pimple. But cortisone shots can be pricey. Everyone wants a cheap, at-home solution. So, here are some best home remedies for blind pimples.

Apply a warm compress

Soaking a clean washcloth in hot water and apply the towel to the affected area. This may help release the pus and heal. Don’t make it too hot as it can burn your skin. Apply the warm compress for 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day.

Wear an acne sticker

Place the acne sticker directly over the blind pimple. This may help remove bacteria, sebum, and dirt from it. Most acne stickers contain salicylic acid, which is an acne-fighting agent. You can find acne stickers at your local drugstore. Use it daily until the blind pimple is gone, but make sure to change it at least once every 24 hours.

Mix antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide

Topical antibiotics like clindamycin and erythromycin can help get rid of acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Use these antibiotics in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide, which will dry out the blind pimple. Apply this combination around the affected area twice a day.

Try tea tree oil

Always dilute tea tree oil with carrier oils such as coconut, jojoba, and olive oil. Apply this diluted mixture twice a day until the blind pimple heals completely. You can also leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning during your usual face-washing routine.

If at-home treatments fail, consult a dermatologist. You should also consider seeing a dermatologist if you get recurring blind pimples on a regular basis.

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How To Treat A Blind Pimple

A blind pimple is a disaster waiting to happen if not treated right (been there, done that)…

Luckily this page has everything you need to know to avoid that fate, plus to get rid of it as fast and as smoothly as possible!

They are “blind pimples” because they have no head. More painful and larger than your average pimple because the inflammation is so deep within the skin, closer to the nerves.

And not only are they painful—they are tough to get rid of!

A little whitehead pimple close to the surface can at least be squeezed, but blind pimples require a different approach…

When Treating a Blind Pimple There are Two Stages to Know About:

1) The early stage: developing as a red sore lump deep in the skin—the best time to treat it!

2) The later stage: if it’s forming a head, the aim is to draw it to a head and treat it on the surface

After you’ve learnt how to treat a blind pimple, find out how to prevent them here. Preventing is definitely better than trying to cure one!

Treatment Requires a Patient and Careful Approach

  • Trying to squeeze one will result in a big, painful mess
  • Drying one out can simply dry out the surrounding skin and cause irritation

It will usually make its way to the surface of the skin and eventually form a head, where it then behaves like a normal white head.

The best treatment for a blind pimple will depend on the stage you’ve found it at

Let’s get to it…

1) The Early Stage—Still Forming

First a deep red spot develops. Its usually painful and you just know something is brewing beneath your skin.

If this is the stage you’ve noticed it, there’s a good chance you can stop it in its tracks, reducing its intensity or making it disappear altogether. So…

As Soon As You Notice One Developing:

  • ICE IT:  This is the single best thing you can do for a deep pimple. It reduces blood flow to the area, inhibits swelling and reduces pain—a great natural skin care tip to keep in your arsenal
  • Persistence is key: ice the spot for 5mins on, 10mins off for at least an hour. Time consuming, but it really does help
  • Increase your water and fresh fruit, breathe deeply and get adequate rest: even if its too late any extra steps to flush out toxins and provide anti-inflammatory action helps
Reduce Inflammation with a Clay Mask

To further reduce inflammation apply a clay mask directly to the spot. This can dramatically reduce redness, pain and life span.

If you can leave it on overnight, even better!

Plus, if the pimple is further along than the beginning stages icing alone may not be able to stop it.

A good clay mask will draw it to the surface of the skin while reducing inflammation. This means a smaller pimple on the surface which is much easier to deal with—win win!

A clay mask applied overnight is a great, easy spot treatment for any type of pimple.

Who doesn’t like waking up to clearer, easier to manage skin?!

2) The Later Stage: Developing a Head

That pimple is still deep, red and painful, but it’s further along and starting to develop a whitehead.

The only way is up from now on, so draw it to the surface and treat it there:

  • Dampen a cotton ball or cloth as hot as you can stand without burning your skin
  • Hold it against the spot for a few minutes, keeping the compress as hot as you can, on and off a few times to draw the pimple out

Once it’s drawn to a head, use your better judgement for the best treatment. Often they are still too tender and inflamed to be squeezed at this stage.

See how to pop a pimple the right way here.

(Always err on the side of caution, usually a blind pimple should never be squeezed as it’s more likely to scar due to the inflammation).

If this is the case – apply ice and/or the clay mask as above and just keep reducing it as much as possible.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Your Blind Pimple?

  • If you’ve successfully drawn it to a head, the white will appear closer to the surface of the skin
  • You can squeeze it—very carefully and only if the inflammation has completely reducedYou can usually tell its ready as it looks like it’s about to pop on its own!

Pimples UNDER the skin, anyone?

Ever had one of those huge, deep, under-the-skin pimples that feel more like a tumor than a zit?

The ones that make part of your face look swollen, hurt like hell and are almost impossible to conceal?

Worse still, the ones that take forever to heal since the pore is clogged so deep below the skin surface that medication just doesn’t work on them?

I got one of these stubborn monsters on my lip line a couple of months back and couldn’t even drain it because the pea-sized bump refused to develop a head. Which became a huge problem, especially since I had a humdinger of a royal event to attend last weekend and did not enjoy the thought of going with swollen, lopsided lips that made me look like a clown.

So, it was time to dig deep and wide, looking for remedies… and here’s what I found by way of drawing out the pimple and making it subside.

Prid’s Drawing Salve

It’s black, greasy and seriously stinky but there is nothing else in the world like this old homeopathic remedy to draw out a pimple or a boil. Along with zit-busting and anti-inflammatory agents like Phenol and Ichthammol (which has a hefty dose of Sulphur), Prid’s Drawing Salve also contains Arnica for bruising, Calendula for healing and Echinacea for its antiseptic qualities.

Basically, you dab it onto the bump at night and cover it with a Band-aid. This “draws the poison,” as they’d say in the old days. I did this for just one night and by morning the inflammation had gone down by about 60% and the pimple had formed a white head. Which I proceeded to pop and drain (yes, I know you are not supposed to squeeze a pimple but sometimes you just have to do it!). Seriously, all this in one night – after suffering for 2 months! And its a steal at $5. 55!

Hot compress

The other thing that can reliably speed the healing time of a subterranean pimple is a hot compress. Dip a washcloth in water that’s as hot as your skin can stand. Fold it up and apply it to the pimple. 

As the outer folds of the washcloth start to cool, refold it so the warmer inside layers are exposed and reapply. After 10-15 minutes, when the washcloth has cooled off, run it under more hot water Keep doing this for as long as you’ve got time. 

The heat will draw bacteria to the surface and soften the pore. That way, the next step – a spot treatment with 2 percent salicylic acid plus a pain reliever like menthol – can penetrate deep down and zap the infection faster than would happen naturally, giving underlying tissues the opportunity to heal sans a scar.

Hot-and-cold compress

Alternate hot compresses (as hot as you can stand without hurting yourself) and icy cold compresses on your pimple every 5-10 minutes until you see it develops a whitehead or begins to harden.  

The hot and cold compresses will expand and contract your pimple, helping to draw out the fluids and bring the infection to the surface.

Hot poultice

A friend of mine swears by this recipe that’s been handed down from her grandmother: Crush half a tablespoon each of onion, garlic and ginger. Mix them together and apply this poultice on the spot, then cover with a Band-Aid. This should bring even the deepest cyst to a head in a few hours.

(PS: I would strongly suggest doing a patch test before putting garlic on your face, especially for those with sensitive skin.)

Tea bag compress

A warm tea bag placed directly over the pimple doesn’t just help bring the pimple to the surface but the tannins within – particularly in black tea – also help reduce inflammation.

For the unconventional

Joey Green, author of Amazing Kitchen Cures recommends a dab of Kiwi White Liquid Shoe Polish to help dry out subterranean pimples and bring them to the surface. He also recommends dabbing on some Preparation H to shrink the spot.

The Hollywood Method

If the pimple is bad enough and hasn’t formed a head, ask your dermatologist whether a cortisone shot is right for you. It stings but is a surefire way to shrink even a massive under-the-skin zit within 24 hours.

How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists

Not everyone has experienced the pain of cystic acne, but if you do suffer from the skin condition, you know how rough a breakout can be. Cystic acne is a specific type of acne that consists of painful underground pimples that can leave severe facial scarring if not treated correctly.

It sounds scary, but don’t worry, I talked to Dr. Ava Shamban, Beverly Hills Dermatologist and Owner of Ava MD and Skin Five and got all the deets on cystic acne causes, treatment, and prevention so you can tackle breakouts like a pro. Whether you just have the occasional underground pimple, or you get clusters of them on the regs, these tips will help you get rid of cystic acne.

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Cystic acne occurs when clogged pores filled with oil and dead skin rupture underneath the skin (hence the name: underground pimple), causing the inflammation to spill out into the surrounding tissue.

Your body forms a cyst around it to stop the inflammation from spreading further. This causes painful nodules that feel almost like a pebble under your skin, says Dr. Shamban.

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Since these pimples live underneath the skin’s surface they don’t form whiteheads or blackheads, so they’re difficult to pop. The effect is a face covered with red bumps, almost like cobblestones.

“Teens, in general tend to get cystic acne on their cheeks and on their temple, like right at the edge of the eyebrow,” Dr. Shamban says.

Unlike normal acne, cystic acne can be super painful because it’s 100% inflammatory, meaning they’re going to be red and irritated. That also means that, if left untreated, the underground pimples can cause pretty bad scarring.

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“Cystic acne is multifactorial,” says Dr. Shamban. So many different things can cause an outbreak, but most likely when you get an underground pimple, it has to do with these five causes:

Genetics: That’s right, just like anything, cystic acne can run in the family. So, if your mom or dad suffered when they were a teen, you might have some painful acne in your future as well. Usually, genetic cystic acne will first appear during puberty and last “anywhere from six to eight years,” says Dr. Shamban.

Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. The bacteria multiplies, causing the inflammation that starts a cystic pimple.

Basically, when your hormones are raging, your cystic acne will get worse. Because of this, you’re more likely to experience a bad breakout during puberty, as well as a few days before each period.

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Stress: When you’re under pressure and your stress level rises, your body responds by producing cortisol, another hormone that over stimulates your oil glands.

Processed Food: Yup, all those Pop-Tarts may be causing those bad breakouts. “The processed food we eat isn’t good for our skin microbiome,” says Dr. Shamban. And while, eating processed foods may not cause you to get cystic acne if you’re used to normal breakouts, it will probably make whatever breakouts you do get a lot worse.

Lack of Sleep: Again, this will just make any acne you have worse, but when you don’t get enough sleep, your body raises your cortisone levels to compensate and this could lead to a breakout.

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As stated above, cystic acne is multifactorial, “so it’s not just enough to change your cleanser and put on some gels,” says Dr. Shamban. You do, however, have a lot of options when treating underground pimples, including behavioral, over-the-counter, and prescription options.

Behavioral: A lot of the causes of cystic acne are behavioral, meaning you’re going to have to change some of your daily actions in order to prevent breakouts. Try eating healthier, getting more sleep, and reducing stress in your life. While a healthy diet won’t necessarily make your acne go away, fueling up on key vitamins and nutrients can help, as can avoiding processed foods and artificial sugar. Eat one serving daily of foods with vitamin B6 (one banana or a bowl of whole-grain cereal) to help even out hormone levels; and beta-carotene (two medium carrots) to give skin a smoother texture. This can be easier said than done (especially when it comes to reducing stress), but the effects on your skin will be worth it.

Over-the-Counter Options: Want to take a crack at treating your cystic acne yourself? Start with a salicylic acid, says Dr. Shamban. This anti-inflammatory will reduce the redness in regular pimples and underground pimples.

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You can also try a cleanser with a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide and a light moisturizer and sunscreen.

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It’s important to remember that people with cystic acne tend to have more sensitive skin. So, “you have to treat the skin gently,” says Dr. Shamban. “It’s not about scrubbing it with brillo pads.”

Before you go to sleep try applying an adapalene gel, a topical retinal which can work on your skin as you catch up on those all important Zzzzs.

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Finally, products like tea tree oil and aloe gel are good OTC options for reducing redness, according to Dr. Shamban.

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Dr. Shamban suggests trying the over-the-counter options for about two months. If they don’t start working in that time, head to the dermatologist.

“If you’re upset about it, then get it taken care of sooner rather than later,” she says. “That’s the thing about skin problems, there are treatments that work.”

Go to the Dermatologist: Your doctor is trained to take care of your acne, so he or she will know what to do to help about the pain and breakouts. They may suggest OTC options that best fit your problem or they could give you some long-term treatments like Epiduo, Aczone, Retin-A or Accutane, a strong oral medication that decreases the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands produce.

A dermatologist might have some short term solutions as well. Meaning, if you get a bad underground pimple right before a big event, like prom or homecoming, don’t panic. See your doctor to have him or her inject the pimple with cortisone, a steroid that reduces inflammation under the skin and shrinks swelling around the infection. Within six hours, the pimple should be gone.

Don’t pick. Picking at zits not only can make them worse, but it can also lead to permanent scarring. If you’re dead set on it, click here for the right way to pop a pimple.

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How to remove pimple that won’t surface

Unless you’ve been lucky, most of us would have had at least one pimple in our lives.

But while pimples are dreadful enough on their own, it is indubitably the painful, hormonal acne that lay underneath the skin, refusing to surface, that is most annoying.

Otherwise known as blind pimples, they are unlike your typical zits and require a little more tender loving care to have them surface and treated. We speak to Dr Teo Wan Lin, dermatologist and founder of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, about what causes them, and the things you can do the next time you get another.

What are blind pimples and what causes them?

According to Dr Teo, blind pimples are colloquial speak for acne that don’t seem to have openings or heads, and are actually white heads known as closed comedones, as opposed to blackheads, which are open comedones.

“The cause of blind pimples are actually a form of acne. And even though there are various appearances of acne bumps ranging from whiteheads, blackheads, cysts and papules, they all have the same underlying set of causes,” she says.

She adds that one has to be genetically susceptible to acne to suffer from it, and that excessive oil production can result in inflammation. This swelling can be worsened by the presence of a particular causative bacteria behind the development of acne.

“Another cause are acne cysts, which are larger and more painful bumps that seem to arise from under the skin and are also without heads. There is a role of secondary bacterial infection in individuals who develop these acne cysts which can also be perceived as blind pimples.”

“However, these almost always start off as whiteheads, which are also considered blind since you do not see a visible tract to the surface. These then get infected by skin bacteria which could be affected in a secondary infection gram negative folliculitis.”

Why can’t I get my pimple to surface?

Unfortunately, a pimple may never even surface as acne is not an external issue, but an internal one.

“The very nature of acne is that it is triggered off by inflammation underneath the skin and is not due to external factors. Every pimple starts with the genetic tendency of the individual to develop mini whiteheads buried under the surface of the skin, which then develop into either white heads or black heads over the course of two weeks to a month before they appear on the skin.

Can I pop a pimple with no head?

It can be reaaaally hard to leave a zit alone. But take it from the professional: don’t touch it.

“Popping any form of pimple is not advised,” warns Dr Teo. She adds that, first of all, your fingers and your fingernails contain bacteria, and that even if you wash your hands, it is an area of broken skin and any form of pressure or squeezing around that area will cause more internal bleeding.

“Methods that are specifically used to treat acne in a dermatologist’s office have nothing to do with extracting or removing a pimple on the surface. Even if you try to extract whatever pimples there are on the surface, there will always be new ones growing under your skin. And before you even see the pimple, it is already under your skin for a good two weeks to a month.”

Will a blind pimple go away by itself?

Sometimes. The dermatologist says that this can happen when the whitehead gets infected with superficial skin bacteria, which forms a pustule. In this instance, the debris is released over a period of time and that’s when you see the pimple surfacing.

How can I treat a blind pimple?

Depending on the severity, there are many treatments and preventative measures you can take to make them go away. Here’s what Dr Teo suggests.

Blind pimple: What it is and how to cure it

Blind pimple: What it is and how to cure it

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A blind pimple is a form of acne that develops underneath the skin’s surface.

This type of acne develops from a combination of sebum (oil), bacteria, and the dirt that gets trapped in your pore.

Although a blind pimple cannot be spotted from a distance, you can feel the lump, and it’s irritating and painful.

Here are some remedies to deal with blind pimples.

Just don’t squeeze a blind pimple

You perhaps hear this piece of advice regarding acne all the time, but it should especially be followed in case of blind pimples.

Since these pimples aren’t on the surface of the skin, they’re quite difficult to pop.

So, trying to squeeze them may worsen inflammation in the area. It may even lead to increased redness, marks, permanent scarring, or worse, an infection.

Warm compresses can be great at knocking off blind pimples.

By drawing the pimple closer to the skin’s surface, they enable the sebum, cells, and bacteria to exit the skin. The heat may also help relieve the pain.

You can easily create a warm compress by soaking a clean washcloth in hot water.

Use this method for 10-15 minutes, three/four times a day.

A gentler and more natural alternative to antibiotics and over-the-counter, chemical-infused treatments, Tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties can help kill the bacteria that may cause blind pimples.

To use Tea tree oil for blind acne, apply some of it over the affected area and leave it on, overnight. Rinse it with a face wash in the morning.

Apply daily until the pimple goes away.

Apply an ice pack; Use raw honey for blind pimples

Ice pack: Applying an ice pack over blind pimples can help fight redness, inflammation, and swelling in the area. Put some ice cubes in a clean towel/plastic bag, and apply over affected area for 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure three/four times a day.

Raw honey: The antimicrobial properties of honey can help eliminate bacteria. Apply some raw honey and leave overnight to see results.

Other general tips to prevent acne and improve skin health

Follow these simple tips to prevent acne:

1) Eat a healthy and balanced diet.

2) Get 7-9 hours of sound sleep each night. Reduce your stress levels.

3) Avoid overexposure to sun.

4) Don’t excessively wash your skin to avoid drying it out. Don’t use a lot of cosmetics.

5) Never sleep with your make-up on. Always stay hydrated.

How to shrink a cystic pimple

We know how frustrating a cyst can be, whether your issue is cystic acne, a sebaceous cyst, or a blind pimple that just won’t come to a head. You probably already know that squeezing or popping these types of lesions can make things a lot worse. Here are some methods you can try at home to help shrink a cystic acne lesion (and our recommendations for professional care).

Types of cysts

  • Blind pimple: under-the-skin bumps that haven’t come to a head

  • Cystic acne: inflamed, nodular type of acne, usually caused by normal skin bacteria

  • Sebaceous cysts: more correctly termed “epidermal cysts,” these may or may not be associated with acne, but they usually develop without a clear explanation

The following methods often work for the 3 kinds of cysts listed above!

How to help get rid of your cystic pimple at home


Hydrocolloid bandages

Hydrocolloid bandages (also called pimple patches, zit stickers, or acne dots) help draw out the white gunk that’s clogging up pores. They help speed up the healing process, too. Some acne patches (like the emergency spot patch by Curology) are super thin, so they’re nearly invisible. So you can cover up your pimple while helping it heal faster.

You can get emergency spot patches delivered straight to your door by adding them to your Curology subscription. If Curology isn’t for you, don’t fret. There are other hydrocolloid bandages out there. You can even find them in the blister care section of your drugstore, though they’re a growing presence in skincare aisles, too!

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2. Hot compress

You can use something soaked in warm water to help soothe your cyst — a green tea bag is a great option. The caffeine of green tea constricts blood vessels directly below the skin’s surface. This can help reduce swelling and even skin tone. However, burning your skin with a piping hot compress will make matters worse — wait for your compress to cool off enough so that it’s still very warm, but not so warm that it feels uncomfortable to hold against your skin.

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3. Cold compress

A cold compress may help decrease inflammation. Don’t put ice directly on your skin — wrap it in a clean, thin, soft cloth or place it in a ziplock bag. A chilled green tea bag is another great option. Press the cold compress against your inflamed spot or cyst for about 20 seconds or so until the skin feels a bit numb. Rest, then repeat for up to 5 minutes.

4. Advil

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil can be taken by mouth as directed to help decrease the swelling and tenderness of your cyst. It’s not a topical treatment but it can make you feel a lot more comfortable!

5. Cortisone

If you need a cyst gone fast, or if your cystic pimple won’t go away, you can visit a healthcare professional for an injection of a diluted cortisone medication called Kenalog. They’ll inject the medication directly into the cyst, shrinking it on the spot.

Custom prescription skincare for cystic pimples

Sometimes, the best offense is a good defense, which is where customized prescription skincare comes in. When you start your free trial of Curology, you’ll be paired with one of our in-house medical providers who will prescribe you a custom cream with a mix of 3 active ingredients to help prevent and treat skin concerns like cystic acne. Your first bottle of custom cream is free, and you can try our other products (like the emergency spot patch) at no extra cost — just pay $4.95 (plus tax) to cover shipping and handling.

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90,000 How to get rid of acne on the scalp

Any acne can be painful, irritating and ugly, including acne on the scalp. If you’re looking to figure out how to get rid of acne on your scalp, Dr. Karla Gustovich from U.S. Dermatology Partners in Plano, Texas. According to Dr. Gustovich, “scalp pimples are not as common as facial pimples or pimples that develop in other areas, such as the testicles, but they can be really painful and more difficult to treat than other common forms of acne.However, by working with a dermatologist for proper care and prevention, patients can maintain the health of their scalp. ”

What is acne on the scalp

Scalp acne, like other forms of acne, occurs when the pores or hair follicles in the scalp become clogged. Although acne can develop on any part of the scalp, these bumps most often occur along the hairline. Without proper care, hair follicles can develop very deeply, which can be painful and more difficult to treat.According to Dr. Gustovich: “If you notice acne on your scalp, you should take action as soon as possible to treat the condition. In the early stages, acne can be treated with simple over-the-counter products, but in more severe stages, you will need to see a dermatologist for more advanced treatment.

Diagnosis and recognition of symptoms

If you have acne on your face or body, you will probably immediately recognize pimples on the scalp.However, some of the other conditions look very similar. Some of the other scalp conditions that may be mistakenly identified as acne include:

  • Scalp psoriasis – Psoriasis causes red, thickened areas of the skin. When psoriasis develops on the scalp, thickened, red, and painful bumps on the skin can be mistaken for acne, especially because hair can make it difficult to see clearly.
  • Atopic dermatitis is a condition also called eczema that causes redness, irritation, dryness, inflammation, or itching of the skin.Since hair covers most of the skin, this condition can be mistaken for acne.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – Common in infants (cradle), this condition causes large oily scales and redness of the skin that is commonly mistaken for dandruff or a symptom of skin acne.

Like pimples on other parts of the body, there are different types of pimples on the scalp, each of which looks and feels differently. If you are dealing with a scalp rash, you may have various types of acne that appear around the hairline or under the hair, including:

  • Whiteheads – Also called closed comedones, whiteheads are what most people call acne.This type of acne closes up by forming a white or flesh-colored bump with clogged pores underneath.
  • Blackheads – Also called open comedones, blackheads are clogged pores that are open to air, which causes melanin in the skin cells to oxidize, creating a dark color.
  • Papules – This type of moderate acne develops when white and black spots damage the surrounding tissue, resulting in swelling and inflammation. The papule does not have a “head” and does not lead to enlargement of the pores.One large, inflamed papule or a cluster of small papules may develop.
  • Pustules – These usually look like larger and inflamed whiteheads or blisters with a pink or red base.
  • Nodules – This type of acne develops deep in the layers of the skin, causing hard, inflamed lumps that can be very tender or painful to the touch. Like papules, nodules occur when the tissue surrounding a pimple is damaged. Unlike papules, which damage tissues on the surface of the skin, nodules cause tissue damage in the deeper layers of the skin.Nodules also have an increased risk of scarring and dark spots on the scalp.
  • Cysts – These can also develop deep in the layers of the skin, but unlike nodules, cysts are soft lumps filled with fluid. They can be very painful, and in most cases, cysts require professional treatment from a dermatologist.

Reasons for the appearance

According to Dr. Gustovich, “the main cause of scalp acne and all forms of acne is clogged pores. The causes of clogged pores are varied. By knowing the underlying causes, patients can change their behavior to prevent or at least minimize further breakouts. As part of your visit to a dermatologist for acne on your scalp, your dermatologist will want to discuss possible root causes of acne on your scalp so that you can avoid them in the future. ”

Acne occurs when dead cells, excess sebum, and naturally occurring bacteria linger in the pores, causing an inflamed bump or pimple.In addition to dead cells, sebum (oil), and naturally occurring bacteria on the skin, fungi, staphylococcus bacteria and other bacteria, viruses or yeast, and hair care products can get under the skin, resulting in more severe or painful breakouts.

Some risk factors that contribute to scalp breakouts include:

  • Not washing your hair often enough, especially after training.
  • Wearing a hat, hairband, or other headgear for an extended period of time causing friction and retention of sweat and oil on the skin.
  • Untreated dandruff can clog pores.
  • Lifestyle factors such as travel and stress are also associated with breakouts due to increased levels of cortisol in the body, resulting in increased oil production.

How to get rid of the problem

Dr. Gustovich says: “Without proper care, acne on the scalp can lead to numerous problems such as infections, scarring and even hair loss, so it is important to work with a dermatologist to plan a treatment.The best way to get rid of scalp acne will depend on the severity. For mild rashes, over-the-counter shampoos or topical treatments are usually effective. For more serious cases or rashes that don’t go away with over-the-counter treatments, it’s time to see a dermatologist for professional treatment. ”

For mild breakouts, your dermatologist will probably recommend using a medicated scalp shampoo or product to start removing excess oil and clearing up scalp rashes.Shampoos and topical treatments for scalp acne usually include active ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, antifungal agents such as ketoconazole or ciclopirox, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. It is generally recommended to use these medicated shampoos or treatments once a day during active breakouts and periodically to prevent future breakouts.

For more severe breakouts, your dermatologist may recommend any number of more advanced, office or prescription treatments, including:

  • Topical antibiotics.
  • Topical steroids.
  • Oral antibiotics.
  • Light therapy.
  • Isotretinoin or other treatments for severe acne.
  • Acne removal.

It is important to work with a dermatologist to develop a treatment plan to make sure you are using an effective solution. It is also important to avoid using multiple treatments at the same time (unless explicitly instructed by your dermatologist). This allows us to determine exactly which products are effective.

How to prevent the occurrence

Your first line of defense against scalp acne is to see a dermatologist for an ongoing skin care plan. Your preventative acne hair care may include:

  • Take action to avoid any foods or behaviors that may have triggered breakthroughs in the past.
  • Choose hair care products that are less likely to clog pores, leaving residues behind.Look for products not on the non-comedogenic list, or talk to your dermatologist about the best products.
  • Wash your hair daily, and remember to wash your hair immediately after exercising or sweating.
  • Exfoliate your scalp once a week using chemical exfoliators such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid to remove dry skin and minimize the risk of clogged pores.
  • Make sure you are getting adequate levels of vitamins A, D, and E, either through food or supplements.These vitamins are essential for healthy skin and hair.

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Acne on the face – causes, treatment, how to get rid of pimples on the chin

Those who have never experienced acne will not understand what difficulties a person with acne and blackheads experiences.All thoughts come down to one thing: how to get rid of acne.

Acne is not just an aesthetic defect, acne and blackheads create psychological discomfort. According to statistics, people who want to get rid of acne are shy, less active and less adaptable in society compared to those who have never needed acne and acne removal. Pimples bring special moral suffering to adolescents. At this age, acne is an additional reason for worry, the child becomes the center of ridicule and teasing of peers.In this case, getting rid of acne becomes a salvation for a teenager.

Is it possible that some acne can become an obstacle to self-realization? Not! If you remove acne on the face in a timely manner.

You need to understand that acne is not just a temporary nuisance. Even a small amount of acne is a manifestation of acne. And acne, like any other, requires professional treatment.

Acne can be a manifestation of various diseases. A professional approach is to find out the cause of acne and acne and then get rid of the patient from acne.Only with the right diagnosis can you find a suitable way to get rid of acne on your face.

Today, there are many methods of getting rid of acne, ranging from folk remedies to ultra-modern methods of laser acne removal. Of course, every method of getting rid of acne comes at a cost. Often people choose the method of acne removal, focusing precisely on the low price, which does not always guarantee quality.

What are acne and blackheads?

Before getting rid of acne, let’s figure out what acne and blackheads are, is there a difference in these terms?

There are no fundamental differences in the concepts of “pimple” and “acne”. It’s just that acne and blackheads is a household name, and the professional term is acne.

The appearance of acne (acne) is associated with inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the skin. Each gland has its own duct through which sebum is removed to the surface of the skin. The result of a blocked duct is acne and blackheads.

Acne is not limited to the face. Acne often spreads to other areas of the skin: neck, back.

Acne and acne are divided into superficial and deep.Superficial acne most often does not leave scars. Deep acne is the formation of inflammatory nodules in deep tissues. Such acne does not have a purulent head.

Acne can be of varying severity: from a few pimples on the face to a large number of blackheads in the deep layers.

Each type of disease requires its own way of getting rid of. The following procedures will help you to remove acne:

  • Facial cleansing – pimples are squeezed out using sterile instruments.
  • Drainage or dry cleaning – prevents acne scars, cleans the nodes.
  • Chemical peeling – getting rid of acne occurs by removing the top layer of the skin with chemicals.
  • Surgical removal of scars – an area of ​​skin with scars is removed, replacing it with skin from other parts of the client’s body.
  • Mesotherapy – injections of various therapeutic agents into the area of ​​the pathological focus or in the immediate vicinity of it.
  • Laser resurfacing of the face – vaporization of the upper layer of the skin using a laser.
  • Acne laser treatment – a complex effect that helps to get rid of acne.

Why does acne appear?

Getting rid of acne begins with finding out the causes of acne. First of all, the appearance of acne is associated with puberty. But acne can be the result of disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system, often getting rid of acne (acne) – “hereditary occupation.” The need to remove acne on the face may appear after severe stress and nervous shocks.

Usually, the occurrence of acne is not associated with the use of certain foods. But if you have stomach problems, then in order to get rid of acne on your face, you should adhere to a certain diet. An exacerbation of acne can be caused by taking certain medications. For example, nutritional supplements and even certain vitamins can cause acne and blackheads. Promotes acne growth and cosmetics. Remember that the low price of cosmetics indicates the same low quality. Oily tonal creams, poor-quality powder cause acne.

Treatment methods

To get rid of acne on the face, you need to remember the removal of blackheads requires a professional comprehensive solution. Trying to get rid of home or folk methods is possible, but ineffective. Removing the pimple on your own (squeezing it out) is not conducive to complete elimination. Getting rid of acne in this way is fraught with infection and germs. The price of a squeezed pimple can be your health.

Of course, getting rid of acne starts with the right cleansers. It should be just professional medical cosmetics. But good cleansers don’t get rid of acne. This is a preliminary job before removing acne.

It is impossible to get rid of acne on the face only with the help of cosmetic products. Masks and creams, of course, improve the condition of the skin, “dry” acne (acne), but will not cope with the main cause. Removing acne is associated with the normalization of the sebaceous glands. Facial cleansing and masks fight the consequence – acne and blackheads, but how such getting rid of acne does not happen.The basis of cleansing is the same ancient mechanism: squeezing out acne and blackheads. However, this method is not possible when removing deep blackheads, which we talked about above.

If acne is a consequence of some other disease, medications prescribed by a professional doctor will help you get rid of acne.

Do not try to get rid of acne yourself. Removing blackheads (acne) is the concern of specialists and professionals. Only qualified dermatologists can save you from acne.

New technologies for getting rid of acne on the face or how to become like in the before and after photos

Each of you has seen before and after pictures of acne treatment. These photos are very life-affirming, they show us that it is possible to get rid of acne. From the photographs, happy people look at us without any signs of blackheads (acne) on their faces. But in the center of our attention is the question: when will this “after” that awaits everyone who is trying to get rid of acne? When will I take our photos, in which there will be no trace of acne (blackheads)?

Other medical centers are unlikely to tell you a specific date when you can get rid of acne on your face completely.The terms will last from several months to six months, and all this time you will cherish the hope of completely getting rid of acne.

Today, the LINLINE clinic is a center for the development of new technologies in the field of acne treatment.

An effective method of getting rid of acne on the face – laser treatment.

Now you will get rid of both acne and post-acne scars. The results of laser acne treatment can be assessed within 10 days. According to our doctors’ estimates, patients notice an improvement of 80% on average after 2–4 therapy sessions.The result of therapy is maintained for at least 6 months. For some patients, 1-2 sessions are enough for a complete victory over acne

If you still have acne scars from the “home” method of removing acne in the past, then laser nanoperforation – a unique technique “LINLINE” will help you.


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90,000 why do they appear, and is it possible to get rid of rashes

Despite the fact that the formations under the hair can be hidden from the eyes of those around them with a stylish hairstyle or fashionable headdress, pimples on their heads themselves cause a lot of troubles associated, first of all, with itching and painful sensations when combing.

In addition, it is impossible to see a comedone or a papule – the condition of the pimple has to be assessed by touch, and this also causes certain psychological discomfort. The described problem is not always cosmetic and may indicate the presence of quite serious diseases in the body.

With this problem, we recommend contacting our private practice clinic, where highly qualified dermatologists will determine the cause of the rash and prescribe the correct course of treatment.You can make an appointment at a convenient time: we work 7 days a week from 09:00 to 21:00.

Internal and external causes of acne on the head

The patient himself can provoke the growth of rashes. The specialists of our clinic attribute such reasons to external ones. A dermatologist usually works with them. Often the following actions of patients lead to the appearance of acne in the hair:

  • insufficient head hygiene – rare washing provokes a blockage of the sebaceous glands, and shaving with dull trimmers and razors causes irritation of the skin, on which rashes may appear;
  • hypothermia – in this case, acne on the back of the head and temples, as the most unprotected areas, also with thin skin, appear first;
  • Incorrect selection and use of cosmetics – shampoos that dry the skin, too frequent staining with aggressive dye formulations violate the water-fat balance of the epidermis of the head, creating an ideal environment for acne.This also includes regular drying with a hairdryer and washing your hair with excess chlorinated water;
  • long-term wearing of hats made of synthetic fabric – in them the skin sweats, the ducts become clogged, and the sebaceous glands begin to actively secrete a secret, after which the appearance of purulent acne on the head is only a matter of time;
  • taking steroid medications.

Internal causes are more serious. In this case, acne on the head can signal about:

  • hormonal disorders.Especially often, as a result of an imbalance of hormones, acne occurs on the head in premenopausal women, during pregnancy and with polycystic ovaries, as well as in adolescents during the so-called hormonal storm. In men, similar symptoms may indicate a failure in the activity of the adrenal glands;
  • incorrect functioning of the digestive tract: for example, acne in the temples suggests that it is time to check the liver and gallbladder, and rashes in the back of the head report abnormalities in the intestinal microflora;
  • weakened immunity, in which, during analyzes in the laboratory of our medical center, whole colonies of staphylococci and streptococci are found in the patient’s body;
  • 90,017 chronic stress;

    90,017 sexually transmitted diseases.

In addition, malnutrition with excessive consumption of processed fats and simple carbohydrates can cause scalp growths.

Diagnostics and treatment

In our clinic “Private Practice” specialists always use a complex treatment of acne in the hair, aimed not only at getting rid of the patient from external manifestations, but also at eliminating internal causes. In order to identify them, first of all, a comprehensive study is assigned, which includes:

  • blood tests – general, for the biochemical formula and for certain types of hormones;
  • scrapings from the scalp;
  • analysis of feces to study the state of intestinal microflora;
  • if necessary – ultrasound of internal organs;
  • STD exclusion studies.

Only after determining the cause of the appearance of acne, the clinic’s specialized specialists – a dermatologist, venereologist, endocrinologist and others – begin to work, jointly developing treatment tactics with both external agents and drugs for internal use.

If you regularly develop rashes on your head, this is a “signal” from the body that something is wrong. Do not start the disease, see a doctor in time and be healthy!

90,000 Are skin problems related to certain products?

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Many people are quitting dairy, sugar and gluten in an effort to get rid of acne.But dietary restrictions are not an option, experts say. And they urge you to stop giving unprofessional advice to people who are already suffering from their problem.

For over 10 years I have been working as a consultant dermatologist in a London clinic, and my regular patients are people with problem skin, especially with acne.

Over the past few years, I have made some disturbing observations. The popularity of a healthy lifestyle and its mandatory component – diet – made me think about the connection between our modern diet and skin diseases.

It is important to add that I work in private clinics in central London. Most of my patients with long-term skin problems are smart, educated, high-income women who care not only about their skin but also about their overall health.

By the time they sit down in the chair in my office, they have already experienced numerous treatments that have not been successful. This is, as a rule, the selection of skin care products, for which patients spend a lot of money, and dietary adjustments.

Nutrition plays an important role in the fight against skin problems. When trying to get rid of acne, patients often give up dairy products, gluten and sugar.

For some, eating restrictions turn into an unhealthy obsession.

They find an excuse not to go out to dinner with friends, refuse a slice of birthday cake lovingly prepared by a family member, never eat outside the home because there is simply no “right” food in a cafe.

I have to work not only with skin problems, but also with real fears of certain products.

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In an effort to get rid of skin problems, patients often give up dairy products, gluten and sugar

But let’s look at the findings of scientific research. Do certain foods really cause acne?

This issue has been discussed for more than a decade and remains quite controversial. It is very difficult to conduct a qualitative study of dietary habits, firstly because it usually relies on the recollections of the respondents, which, of course, may be inaccurate.

Can you remember exactly what you ate last week? And 10 years ago?

It is known for certain about the connection between acne and foods that have a high glycemic index (GI). Hence, sugar can actually play a role. However, I would not recommend completely eliminating sugar, but rather consuming it consciously.

It is necessary not only for the condition of the skin, but also for the health of the whole organism.

The link between dairy products and acne is much less pronounced, although in a very small group of people, dairy products can cause a rash.

For reasons not fully understood, low-fat dairy products are more harmful than high-fat dairy products.

UK and US acne guidelines do not recommend the elimination of dairy products from the diet. I know many vegans who have failed to get rid of acne despite not consuming dairy products at all.

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Some patients develop such a fear of certain foods that they refuse a piece of homemade cake at a family birthday

I also have many examples when patients completely refuse a certain group products, but skin problems still do not disappear.

The opinion that food is the only reason is wrong. Unfortunately, acne is a complex hormonal and genetic problem.

Even worse than an unreasonable rejection of certain foods, in my opinion, is the habit of shaming a person for his way of eating.

Some people are somehow confident that they have the right to give advice that no one asked them, or to judge others for the way they eat. It was so with me too.

A stranger on the street might tell you that you have acne because you are eating ice cream on a hot summer day.

A caring relative will advise you to put aside the chocolate, since you obviously have chocolate pimples. And someone will write under your photo with a slice of pizza on social networks – “no wonder you have acne.”

We live in a world of information overload. Now everyone has their own voice and the ability to express their opinion. But how do you distinguish scientifically sound advice from quack speculation?

If you are desperate trying to heal your skin, and its appearance is destroying your self-esteem, you will probably turn to the Internet.But the problem is that not all recommendations are suitable for everyone, and there is a lot of conflicting evidence – sometimes even in medical sources.

And if one method helped someone, it does not mean that it will solve your problem as well. We all have different heredity, environment, intestinal and skin microflora.

Acne has been linked to a number of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, social isolation and negative body perception.

When a person who is already suffering from a problem is advised to limit their diet, this can lead to serious consequences.But this often happens on social media, where various naturopathic bloggers or other alternative medicine representatives promise to cure the root cause of the problem.

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When a person who is already suffering from a problem is advised to limit food, this can lead to serious consequences.

No one denies that proper nutrition is important for the skin. Diet plays a complex role in skin health and skin health. But this does not mean that you can give a person unsolicited and scientifically unfounded advice or, even worse, shame.

This creates an unhealthy atmosphere of guilt for people who are already suffering a lot.

Patients complain that such comments affect their mental state or lead to eating disorders.

Many people are constantly worried about their diet and will think twice before eating something sweet in public.

My fellow nutritionists and psychologists tell us that this problem is very common, and they face it every day in their practice.

What to do? If you suffer from acne and are faced with such an attitude of people around, it is important to see a specialist.

Also, if you notice that a loved one has begun to restrict himself to food because of skin problems, immediately advise him to consult a doctor.

Nutrition in acne should be discussed not only with a dermatologist, but also with a therapist and nutritionist. And in the course of treatment, also consult a psychologist.

Food is never “good” or “bad” – these are too abstract definitions.A healthy skin diet means developing a habit of always eating regularly and in a balanced way, and it is not at all about the bag of candy you ate today.

Dr. Anjali Macht o is a consultant dermatologist at a London clinic and is the author of The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide To Good Skin.

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5 Important Questions About Acne

Acne is the most common and one of the most mysterious skin diseases. The main mystery: can you get rid of acne once and for all?

Elena Morozova, Ph.MD, dermatovenerologist at the Clinic of Skin and Venereal Diseases, M.V. I.M.Sechenov.

What is the cause of acne?

The phenomenon has been studied for many years and today experts have been able to identify several factors responsible for the development of the disease. Genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance – these reasons are well known to us. But experts call several more important factors: this is the overactiveness of the sebaceous glands, which causes excessive secretion of sebum, and an increase in the amount of propionbacterium acne, which aggravates hyperkeratosis.He, in turn, becomes one of the causes of blockage of the ducts of the sebaceous glands.

The appearance of rashes on the skin can also be triggered by a violation of diet, stress, and improper care.

Aggressive cosmetics, including comedogenic cosmetics, block pores and create favorable conditions for exacerbating acne. The process begins with the fact that dead skin cells remain on the surface and accumulate in the pores, clogging them.The result is an oxygen-free space – an ideal breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria. They multiply vigorously, the pores of the skin enlarge, and inflammation begins.

Only young people get sick?

Acne most often develops in girls under 25 years of age. But even with age, the disease does not give up. Moreover, over the years, acne “ideas” have become more and more inventive. Purulent nodes, painful phlegmonous acne, deep scars and even ruts appear. It makes no sense to fight acne with improvised products bought on the advice of a friend, Instagram or even a pharmacist.There is no guarantee that grandmother’s recipes proven over the years will help.

Acne is a personalized disease, that is, everyone has a different course, therefore, the treatment should be individual. Self-medication will aggravate the process and delay it for several years. Only systemic therapy, which is prescribed by the doctor, will help to solve the problem, and he also monitors the result and course of the disease.

How quickly can acne be cured?

The treatment is quite long, because acne is accompanied by periods of remission and exacerbation.You can finally cope with it in at least six months, or even eight months. The fact is that the cycle of renewal of skin cells is 28 – 32 days. During this time, we will not understand how effective the treatment is, at least three layers of skin cells need to be renewed during therapy. If you neglect this condition, you can get a post-acne symptom complex – a large number of rashes, age spots, atrophic and hypertrophic scars, milia (horny cysts of the upper layer of the skin).

Do folk remedies help for acne?

Despite the fact that there are certain clinical guidelines that guide the entire medical world, therapy depends on the form, degree and severity of acne.Simply put, it is strictly individual. With moderate severity, a predominantly systemic approach is used: a course of oral antibiotics and external agents – creams – which may contain tetracycline antibiotics.

A form of dermatological chatter that is no-no, and is still in use, is irrelevant and ineffective. The talker contains alcohol, and it is known to dry the skin, change the acid-base balance and increase the secretion of subcutaneous fat, which further provokes inflammation.

Can antibiotics be dispensed with?

In severe cases, treatment may be required from different specialists: not only from a dermatologist, but also from an endocrinologist, gynecologist. Treatment can also include low-dose forms of antibiotics, they are prescribed in such dosages that allow the therapy to be prolonged by several months and to achieve an anti-inflammatory effect, not an antibacterial one. Depending on the results, the doctor may combine antibiotics with other medications.

The gold standard for topical acne treatment is a combination of retinol (a form of vitamin A) and the antimicrobial basiron, which is not actually an antibiotic, but when it interacts with the skin, it creates free oxygen, which kills P. acnes, bacteria, since it can only live in an oxygen-free environment.

In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antiparasitic drugs. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed at the discretion of the physician.And only after it – a competent course of probiotics, bacteriophages to restore the intestinal microflora. Taking probiotics and antibiotics together is not effective!

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90,000 What to do if acne appears on the head and it does not go away?

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Good afternoon! The last few months I have been very worried about pimples, which have appeared in large numbers on the head (hair). I thought the main reason was the shampoo or the product I use to wash my hair. But even after changing them, acne did not go away. I take a shower every two days and always wash my head, so it’s not because of the messy hair. I also did the shortest possible hairstyle.It worked at first, but after a few days the pimples started to appear again. Could the food you eat be the problem? What treatments can you recommend?


Polina Reztsova

Acne occurs due to inflammation of the hair follicle, and therefore your condition is scientifically called “scalp folliculitis”. And it is with such a pathology that patients often complain of itching.

Why these rashes appear is still not fully known to science. But there is an assumption that this is a reaction of the hair follicle to the presence of microorganisms – bacteria, yeast, mites. This does not mean that you are contagious: usually microorganisms are components of the normal microflora of the skin.

Eating habits have nothing to do with your condition. Most likely, it is the wrong scalp care. You may be using high alkalinity shampoos or too much styling products.

For treatment, a neutral shampoo is primarily used to restore the barrier properties of the scalp. Or a shampoo with an antifungal component, if it is suspected that folliculitis has arisen due to the action of fungal flora.

But it is important to consult with a dermatologist at a full-time appointment, so that he determines that you really have this disease. Usually, a simple examination is sufficient, but in controversial cases, it may be necessary to examine the contents of the pustules or take a piece of skin for histological examination.If the diagnosis is confirmed, and the shampoos do not help, then you may be prescribed the following:

  • Antibiotics for topical use or in tablets.
  • Topical anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Antihistamines in tablets.
  • Retinoids in capsules.

But there are other, similar diseases:

  • Mycosis of the scalp (ringworm) – occurs due to alien fungal flora.Therapy consists of taking antifungal drugs and measures that are designed to reduce the infectiousness of the patient. This is a disinfecting treatment of underwear and bed linen, examination of all family members and pets.
  • Abscess folliculitis is a rather rare pyoinflammatory disease of the scalp, in which large cysts and nodes appear on it. This disease requires careful selection of therapy, and treatment can take years.

Therefore, do not heal the rash on your own.It is better to consult a doctor who will make an accurate diagnosis and select the appropriate treatment method.

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Red pimples on the face of a newborn: symptoms, causes and treatment

A rash on the face of a newborn is a common occurrence that is considered a sign of the baby’s adaptation to the environment. In most cases, the rashes go away on their own and require only competent care without the use of drugs.How to distinguish harmless red pimples from dermatological diseases and allergies? How to understand that the rash will go away on its own, and what signs are a reason to see a doctor?

Allergic rash in newborn

Allergy in infants is an unfavorable immune response of a child’s body to a potentially dangerous substance. Most often, an allergic rash occurs against the background of a nursing mother eating foods that can act as an irritant. This group includes:

  • cow’s milk;
  • soy [1] and egg white;
  • fish;
  • strawberries;
  • nuts.

The first sign of a developing allergic rash is peeling. Pathological foci with dry skin on the face of a newborn are formed symmetrically, localized on the cheeks and on the forehead.
It is necessary to consult a doctor if the appearance of a rash affects the general condition of the baby. Irritability, restless sleep, gastrointestinal disturbances, fever and vomiting are dangerous symptoms that should be treated immediately under the supervision of a pediatrician.

Neonatal acne

Neonatal acne may appear in the first weeks of a child’s life in the forehead, nose and cheeks. In appearance, they resemble pimples with purulent heads, characteristic of a teenage rash. It is assumed that the cause of acne is increased production of sebum , which clogs the ducts of the sebaceous glands and provokes an inflammatory reaction.
The pathogenesis of the appearance of small pimples in newborns is also associated with the formation of the hormonal system.The body gets rid of the transplacental influence of the mother’s androgens [2], adrenal hormones are more intensively produced, which affect the condition of the skin.
Neonatal acne does not require treatment [9] – standard daily care with the use of delicate soaps or baby cosmetics is sufficient. In most cases, pimples that appear on the face disappear on their own by 4 months of age.

Prickly heat

Prickly heat is a skin lesion that is associated with hyperfunction of the sweat glands and irritation of the excretory ducts .The disease can develop due to improper skin care of newborns, with prolonged stay in hot rooms and the wrong choice of clothing (the child is heavily wrapped).
Miliaria resembles an allergic rash, but differs from it in localization. Signs of allergies most often appear on the skin of the child’s face, and with prickly heat, rashes form all over the body – most often in natural folds, on the neck, lower abdomen and in the upper chest.
What prickly heat looks like:

  • Small vesicles with transparent contents, prone to burning and itching;
  • in difficult cases – reddish nodules with an inflamed rim;
  • for extensive skin lesions – weeping areas.

By itself, prickly heat is not dangerous to the health of the child. But damage to the skin is fraught with the addition of a bacterial or fungal infection. In this case, purulent processes develop, the skin becomes edematous, a putrid odor appears. Red pimples with prickly heat cause discomfort in the child – he becomes moody and irritable, refuses to eat and does not sleep well.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Not only red pimples may appear on the skin of a newborn, but also yellowish scales. These are signs of seborrheic dermatitis – a disease associated with increased sebum secretion. Scales are formed in the first month of life on areas of the body with a large accumulation of sebaceous glands – on the scalp, upper third of the back, on the face, chest and in the area of ​​the auricles. Seborrheic dermatitis is sometimes referred to as “milky crusts”, which may be associated with the use of inappropriate cosmetics for the care of babies’ skin.
In fact, the disease is caused by a high content of maternal hormones in the blood or by a change in the biochemical composition of lipids on the skin surface [4].

In most cases, childhood seborrheic dermatitis resolves on its own. Parents need only to take care of proper care , but diligently removing crusts is not recommended – you risk damaging delicate skin and causing infection. Better to use specially formulated products such as Shampoo-foam for “milk crusts” for newborns. It facilitates the removal of scales in 90% of cases , and in 95% of babies soothes the scalp [5.2]. The product contains 99% of ingredients of natural origin. The shampoo is fragrance free and made with a tear-free formula.
In the presence of thick, dense scales, which are located not only on the scalp, but also in other areas, a good helper will be Cream for “milk crusts” , which helps to completely remove “milk crusts” in an average of 7 days [5.3].

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a disease of an allergic nature, which is accompanied by chronic inflammation of the skin. The reasons for the uncontrolled allergic reaction in infants are:

  • food allergens – animal protein, soy products, some types of vegetables;
  • airborne allergens – household dust, pollen, pet hair, tobacco smoke, etc.;
  • pathogenic microflora – fungi, viruses, bacteria.

Erythematous-squamous form of atopic dermatitis with signs of an acute inflammatory reaction is most often diagnosed in newborns:

  • skin flushing;
  • peeling;
  • flat small papules.

Red spots are localized on the arms and legs in the folds , on the lateral surfaces of the neck, on the back of the hands and on the cheeks.
Children with atopic dermatitis are advised to regularly cleanse and moisturize their skin [6]. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed only for extensive skin lesions that worsen the baby’s quality of life – in this case, you should consult a pediatrician.

For daily care it is recommended to use STELATOPIA Emollient Cream .Studies [5.1] have shown that emollient:

  • In 90% of cases it reduces the increased dryness of the skin [5.1] and reduces the likelihood of clinical signs of AD by 51% [10]
  • Soothes itching in 91% of cases [5.1]
  • Reduces the severity of inflammation after 32 hours [11]

Diaper dermatitis

This disease is better known as diaper rash and is accompanied by skin inflammation in the diaper zone in infants.The rash appears as a result of prolonged contact of the body with wet diapers – the skin becomes excessively moist and defenseless against damaging factors (chemical, physical, infectious). The situation is aggravated by the simultaneous effect on the skin of children’s feces, which remain in the diaper or in the diaper.

Diaper dermatitis is not localized on the face – pimples in newborns appear on the lower abdomen, on the convex surfaces of the thighs and buttocks.

For non-drug treatment of pathology are shown air baths [7], bathing in a decoction of string and celandine [8] and thorough hygienic procedures. For the prevention of diaper dermatitis and redness, it is recommended to use Diaper cream 1 2 3.

Useful properties of the product:

  • reduces redness and irritation by 80% from the first application [5];
  • does not interfere with skin breathing;
  • reduces the risk of exacerbations by 74% [5];
  • protects, regenerates and soothes inflamed skin.

A number of dermatological diseases of newborns develop as a result of improper care, therefore, parents should pay special attention to children’s hygiene, and if the baby’s condition worsens, immediately consult a doctor.


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