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Hot towel on outbreak?

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What's up everyone? I'm currenty on accutane and antibiotics and stuff for the severe acne i have all over my chest and shoulders and some on my back and I was wondering if maybe it would be beneficial to also once a day put a hot towel on everything to maybe draw what I can out and also to relieve some pressure/pain? Let me know!

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I dont think it could hurt!

There is actually some evidence that heat (and cold) can help make a pimple go away.

The reason is because it helps kill the bacteria that inside the pimple.

I have a ZENO which applies heat directly to the pimple to destroy the bacteria inside.A hot towel,would probably do the same thing!

I have also used a ice cube against pimples before to help with swelling.

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I would say that a hot towel is a definate no-no. I would go for ice instead.

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I think the Zeno is different, because it is spot treating unlike a hot towel. I think a hot towel may aggravate the skin and cause new pimples? I vote for ice too.

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My former dermatologist suggested using hot/wet compresses on cystic lesions.

The theory behind it was that it helped to expand the capillaries to the infected site and helped the antiobiotics do their job more effectively.

For regular pimples, it causes them to get a raised head (whitehead) which are easy to drain.

When I used to have acne breakouts, I used these hot/wet compresses with success.

Hope you can, too.

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