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#1 parkeravilio

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 02:40 PM

Does anyone know how long it takes for a pimple to show up once the poor becomes clogged? Someone told me that it can take up to two weeks before you see the bump/redness. This seems like too long! But I can't find anything on the internet that says how long the lapse is between when the pore gets blocked and when the pimple becomes obvious. I'm curious about both kinds - the deep pimples that form nodules and take a week or more to heal, and the superficial ones that disappear in two days. Anyone know or have a link that would help? Thanks!

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 02:48 PM

QUOTE(parkeravilio @ Jan 17 2006, 03:40 PM) View Post

Does anyone know how long it takes for a pimple to show up once the poor becomes clogged? Someone told me that it can take up to two weeks before you see the bump/redness. This seems like too long! But I can't find anything on the internet that says how long the lapse is between when the pore gets blocked and when the pimple becomes obvious. I'm curious about both kinds - the deep pimples that form nodules and take a week or more to heal, and the superficial ones that disappear in two days. Anyone know or have a link that would help? Thanks!



Usually about 8-12 weeks, even for the superficial ones. This is why most acne treatments won't clear you up for at least a couple months (BP may clear you faster, but only really kills the bacteria and doesn't address the clogged pores).
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 03:17 PM

Wow, I never thought it would be so long. Thank you for your reply.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 07:47 PM

if pimples are caused my clogged pores why not just use a medication or a washer that will clean the pores. makes perfect sense so therefore if we did this in the first place = no pimples yayy
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:55 PM

u make the product that will do that, and i will gladly use it

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 01:30 AM

It's called salicylic acid.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 05:06 AM

The 8-12 week info is totally incorrect.

Pimples take roughly 2 weeks to form. It's a proven dermatological fact.
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Posted 18 January 2006 - 06:37 AM

think 76 just kills all the posts with his cleverly sarcastic comments..

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 10:57 AM

QUOTE(Chris1982 @ Jan 18 2006, 06:06 AM) View Post

The 8-12 week info is totally incorrect.

Pimples take roughly 2 weeks to form. It's a proven dermatological fact.



It can take two weeks for a comedo to become a pimple, but a microcomedo (the beginning of all acne lesions) takes about 8-12 weeks to become a comedo that completely blocks a sebaceous duct....it takes about two weeks for the comedo to become inflamed....Any acne treatment that is meant to prevent pores from clogging (Salicylic Acid, Glycolic acid, or retinoids, ect) wil take about 2-3 months to show results
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 02:35 AM

LabGirl81 does that mean that it could be quite normal to still be purging on Retin-A at the 3 month mark, because it's still getting rid of anything which was forming at the time (12 wks ago)? Cause that sure would be good news in the sense that I'm not a freak after all and maybe this will actually stop soon. I can't help think it's never gonna stop.

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 08:05 PM

Well i dont believe that it takes that long for all of them. My dentist wiped petro. jelly over over my mouth because my lips became really dry. It got all over the area under my nose (which had no pimples whatsoever) and the next day i had a cluster.
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Posted 04 March 2006 - 01:27 AM

I have noticed that since I started doing B5 and taking vitC, B-complex, Zinc and a multi vitamin. Any active spots I get form quickly and then go away quickly. I'd say 4-6 day turnaround at worst.

That's not to say the pimple didn't start a couple days before it started to show up, but still, all in all, things have been turning around a lot faster on my current regimen.

Another thing about this regimen is that pimples haven't been getting to full bloom either. They'll start to form, then start to die before they come to a head or get infected. So all in all, it's a great improvement.


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Posted 04 March 2006 - 03:22 PM

I've always heard a lot of people say that acne takes up to 3 weeks to form, but whether this is true or not, I.m not sure about. I came off benzamycin and onto isotrex and I started breaking out within a week.
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Posted 05 March 2006 - 12:59 PM

I think it totally depends on the quality of a pimple. Like I can see a small whitehead form and totally disappear in like a week and then there are these bithces that will stay for weeks and months.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 10:17 PM

I'm guessing cleaning out the pores will never be fully effective.
Even if you manage to completely clean your pores, it won't take very long for the acne bacteria to be re-introduced to those sames pores.
So, you would have to be cleaning out your pores like every 5 minutes to stay acne free forever teehee.

I suggest a more permanent result like accutane.

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:24 PM

Well, she doesn't need accutane if she has just mild acne.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:01 PM

So it really takes months for a pimple to fully come to the surface? dang

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 08:04 PM

THats BS...for the ones that have no real cause u can think of, maybe 2-3 weeks. But most of the time if something touches my face (hair gel, hands on accident, etc.) i get a pimple as soon as a couple hours later...

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE(Ant24 @ Mar 20 2006, 03:04 AM) View Post

THats BS...for the ones that have no real cause u can think of, maybe 2-3 weeks. But most of the time if something touches my face (hair gel, hands on accident, etc.) i get a pimple as soon as a couple hours later...



But notice that you wouldn't get it everywhere. I can touch my cheeks all day long and I wouldn't get it there, and on the other hand, I can irritate other areas of my skin easily.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE(cyanide2600 @ Mar 7 2006, 08:01 PM) View Post

So it really takes months for a pimple to fully come to the surface? dang


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