Comedones occur as small flesh-colored bumps. It forms when excess oil and dead skin cells block the oil-producing glands in the skin. It makes the affected pores bulge outward to form comedones. Blackheads and whiteheads are the standard forms of comedonal acne. Applying acne products, gentle cleansers, and moisturizers can help to cure it.

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What are the small painless bubbles on the arm?

Query: Hello doctor, I have these small painless bubbles on my arm for a long time now (almost two years). First, there were not much but now they are spreading all over my arm slowly. It makes me uncomfortable in wearing short sleeve clothes. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These are comedo or blackheads (attachment removed to protect patient identity), are small bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair follicles. These bumps are due to the production of too much body oil, the buildup of the acne bacteria, irritation of the hair...  Read Full »

Green bump on the penis that has two black bumps on it. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, Green bump on the penis that has two black bumps on it, along with another black bump to the left. What do I do and what can I do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are comedones (blackheads). They are formed from clogged follicle of a particular area. They are not to be afraid of. So do not worry about them. One thing to remember is to not squeeze or push them because it will make them worse. There are creams that can exfoliat...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old male and have a small skin-colored bumps on my forehead, especially around my hairline, for the past year. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old male and have had small skin-colored bumps on my forehead, especially around my hairline, for the past one year. They are aggravated as soon as I wash my face during the winter. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I reviewed your pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is micro-comedonal acne. Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, pilo-hair, and sebaceous-oil-producing gland. These pilosebaceous glands are densely ...  Read Full »

How do I cure the small bumps on my forehead, nose, and chin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I have small bumps on my forehead, nose, and chin. When I researched my skin condition online, closed comedones are the name of my skin issue. I have used multiple skincare products, but none of them seems to work for me. Right now, I do not know what to do. What sho...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Comedones appear due to humidity, lifestyle, diet, and hormonal fluctuations mostly seen during teenage. Kindly include an image as it will be easier to advise you based on your skin type. As of now, to lessen the appearance of the tiny bumps, I would suggest, 1. S...  Read Full »

How can these boils on my face be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. For the past one month, I have got these boils on my face. Ten years ago, I had the same issue and got treated. It is a kind of acne that is what the doctor had diagnosed at that time. At present, I do not take any medications for the same.These are the sam...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) You have lots of closed comedones on your forehead. Yes, it is acne. There are two types of comedones. They are closed comedones nothing but whiteheads and the other are open comedones wh...  Read Full »

I have many bumps that are joining together and growing big. How to get rid of them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have many mole types of bumps joining up together. They have a waxy look and sometimes there is a yellow keratin-like fluid coming out of them. It is above my lip and no it is not cold sores. It has been growing over the last year. How can I remove it as it is getting big? They are b...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The differential diagnoses are: Closed comedones. Molluscum contagiosum. Milia. The treatment for all the above is needling and curettage. In the case of mo...  Read Full »

10-year-old has white spots on cheeks. What has caused it?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10-year-old son has white spots on his cheeks. They have been around for the last couple of years. Some appear to look like blackheads. I do not know how to treat them. Or if this is milia or keratosis. They are only on his cheeks and some tiny spots under his eye. But chin and for...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The white colored papules are indeed milia. The others are comedones. Comedones are part of acne vulgaris.  Read Full »

What could be the reason behind the buildup of pores on my face and cheeks for the past three months?

Query: Hello doctor, Over the past three months, I have had a bad build-up of pores on both sides of my face and cheeks. I have never suffered with the same problem before. I want to know what is best for this.   Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi Welcome to I understand your concern. You seem to have grade one to two comedonal acne. I would suggest you the following medications: Adapalene-Benzoyl Peroxide gel application on acne once at night in a tiny amount without rubbing it. Benzoyl peroxide face wash. Consult your...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some home remedies for the acnes in my chest and back.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had acne on my chest and back for several months. It does not become worse, and also it does not improve either. How do I get rid of it at home?Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Priya B. T

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). People in your age group are prone to getting acne as your oil glands, and sebaceous glands are active under hormonal influence. More than acne, I could see stretch marks...  Read Full »

Do antibiotics help in treating acne?

Query: Hi doctor, Why do antibiotics clear acne? Is bacteria the cause of acne? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. Yes, acne is caused by a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, but beside this other factors also play in forming acne. Change in keratinization pattern in pilosebaceous unit, which leads to a keratinous material to cause blocking of sebum secre...  Read Full »

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