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I had probably never gotten any pimples on my cheeks until a year ago when I started university. It seems like I tend to get a couple of those hard, under the skin pimples on my cheeks every month. My cheeks seem to be my only problem area AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY. I hate hate hateeeee it because I feel like this is the most noticable part of my face. I think I've read that acne on the cheeks is related to hormones? Does anyone know if that is true? And whats the best way to get rid of them if that is the reason? =(

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if they are hard and don't have anything inside [white stuff] you can exfoliate your cheeks

if they are flesh colored tiny bumps like what i have right now

..i don't know

i'm trying the regimem here

it's working a bit but i've only started

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The cheeks are definitely the most prone areas to getting those 'hard to heal' blemishes. This is because the cheeks are usually the most dry. When you start perspiring check the difference between your cheeks and forehead.

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Oh my goodness. Same story. I never had bad acne and then my first year of college I got awful acne on my cheeks. Sore, painful, left scars. My cheeks are my only problem area too. I've gotten mine semi under control with dan's regimen and NOT PICKING. that's the biggest thing I can recommend, because I'm a nervous picker and my made mine so much worse that way. If one of my spots is bad, I put either polysporin and a bandaide on it or trim a Johnson & Johnson Advanced Healing Adhesive Pad to fit over the spot. Either option helps when it comes to hiding with makeup.

In my case, I have mine narrowed down to

-stress/changing hormones due to a change in lifestyle

-not being able to eat as healthily as i do at home.

-the water where my college is.

Anyway, I found it most helpful to get a solid regimen and stick with it and not irritate my skin anymore. I also ice the hard bumps, but try not to pick at them. Icing and not irritating them is the only way I've found to get rid of them, but it still takes a few weeks. ):

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Hey beckyg, yeah I think I'm going to go with the polysporin + bandaid for the night.. I'm trying SO hard not to pick at it because I have a habit of doing so.. I dont think I've ever been able to leave the ones on my cheeks alone, but I'm determined not to mess up my face this time because I had a badddddd experience last time I picked :|

Ugh I dont know if I can wait that long for it too go away ahhh but Im going to try my best not to touch it.

Also I thought that maybe it does have to do with stress, but then why would my acne continue to be that bad while I'm off school in the summer time? I really dont understand what triggered it.

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It doesn't matter. From what I see in your avatar, you're a very beautiful girl. Actually you look like Nicole Scherzinger in that picture.

Btw, don't pick your face. Just don't... And try Acidophilus, 2-3 capsules/day. It can't harm you. Google it.

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I get acne on my cheeks too, my forehead is extremely clear and I rarely get anything on my nose. it's my cheeks that are a constant problem for me. I have a ton of red marks from my last flare.

My dermatologist said that as long as i'm really good about NOT picking my red marks might be able to fade completely and not scar, so please be really good about that!

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damn, my cheeks are the only spot I ever worry about getting breakouts.. I am so tempted to pick at this one I have but I know I shouldn't cuz it will probably leave me with a ugly scab which is worse ughh plus with being on retin a it seems like it takes my skin longer than usual to heal :|

Also thanks privilege but acne makes me feel like crap anyways.. and I dont think I want to take any pills but I'll look it up anyways..

I put tea tree oil on it during the day yesterday and at night I put polysporin and a band aid and nothing happened. I've also been icing it. Now its hard, and red, and you can see a bump on the surface now but no head yet. Should I use a hot compress to see if it comes to a head :|

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i'm like that too. my forehead, nose, and chin are perfect but my cheeks and some of my jaw line always seem to be a problem!

i typically get whiteheads though that come to a head within a day or two. i used to be able to pop them and be done with it but now that tazorac has made my face so much more sensitive i'm nursing too new excessivley dried out scars -__-

that's all right now though, so i think something is working

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Ok I found this in the "Accepting questions for esthetician interview" thread which is pinned at the top of this message board section, which is interesting:

Esthetician's reply to your question

The oil glands mature at a different times in your life. The first place they mature is the "T - zone" where teenagers typically get acne. Then it goes across your face wave as the oil glands mature in the cheeks and lastly along the jawline. This is why older women tend to get acne in the lower jawline/chin area only.

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I've tried a hot compress on mine and I've found that it's most effective to ice, ice, ice continually.

What is your regimen now? I'm sorry if you've already posted it and i missed it.

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Hi:)

I have the same problem as you guys do. When I was younger, I used to get many pimples in my forehead and nose. Now my cheeks are the worst! I have dark marks and underskin pimples. Those hurt so bad and I hate the feeling of casually touching my face and discovering a new painful buried thing under my skin. I started seeing a skin specialist and he recommended to ice my face every chance I get. I do it about 4 times a day. He also said that sunblock sometimes contains things that worsen acne, so I stopped using it and i wear baseball hats when I am in the sun... So, ice does work compared with hot compresses :)

(I am in college too and my acne is increasingly bad.)

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Hey do you guys ice to help with any swelling or do you think it helps in preventing acne?

Yea so yesterday I iced all day and it may have made the tiniest difference but I'm not too sure.. I kind of see a head now but I cant pop it now because I have stuff to do today and don't want to look like a mess but it is calling my nameeeeeee lol.

And my regimen now is I just use oxy pads to clean my face in the morning and night and use Retin a at night.. it really dries out my skin so I found it's better not to wash my face so often and only do with water when I shower.

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Well, what the specialist told me is that ice "kills" the bacteria and neutralizes whatever it is that is clogging the pores... I have been icing my face for one week now and I changes already. The bumps are improving and they don't hurt. The most important thing is that I feel that my face is clean :) Oh, I was on Retin-A and it was horrible for me... So just let the ice do its thing and you shall see some results.

Good luck :)

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Hey thanks for the replies, and I actually really want to get off retin a even though it has improved my skin tons, I can't deal with my skin being sooo dry anymore ugh. I am definitely going to start icing more often though, thanks for the tips :)

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I am having the same problem here too, there was one time when i had 4 within a week, but now it has been dying down and i only have 1 at the moment..

I honestly never tried icing it because i can never find any ice cubes at home :P

but what has worked for me is just sticking with the regimen. I usually try to incorporate salycic acid or AHA to help peel off the layers and renew my skin so the deep pimple's head will eventually rise. And after that i will take a tweezer and lightly pluck out a tiny opening from the head, this way it won't really irritate the skin when u just gently push at the sides to make all that nasty stuff gush out :P

and if the retin a works for you, then just stick with it. I figured that using olive oil or jojoba oil massages after or before cleansing really helps with ur skin's moisture, now my skin's not flaky at all even with Dan's Regimen :P

Another suggestion is also taking ibuprofen which reduces inflammation.

But anyway, this is all the advice i can give from my own experience and i hope it helps!

Oh! and the most important part is not hating ur acne/skin, be positive and not care about it/pay much attention to it and eventually it goes away before you know it =)

I only have one left and i hope it will go away before my interview, but luckily my will power to not pick it is not making a volcanic mess so i'm good :D

Oh and one more thing, egg white masks mixed with grinded generic aspirin tablets and honey may help ease the inflammation as well. Basically as long as the mask has aspirin in it ;P

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Wow I think this is the first time I didnt pick at my face.. it was a harddd week lol.. Today it was alot better than yesterday, I think the bump is starting to go down, and a layer of skin came off this morning so I guess it's drying out. These egg masks sound interesting and I want to try it out but I just never knew exactly how to do it.

Thanks for the responses :)

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well if you ever do, do it at night make sure it's well mixed and you don't use the yolk :P and also try not to get it to touch your hair at all because it can dry up like hair gel.

I usually apply it after cleansing to strip off all the oil and dead skin

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Ok thanks, I'll probably try it out soon..

So basically I popped that suckerr last night lol.. Anyways I've always picked at my face because I want to get these things off me asap but this time I actually waited until it was ready, and today it's flat!! I'm so glad I finally got that crap out and its just a bit red now. Usually when I pick too early I end up scabbing and the I have to wait for that to heal and then fall off etc and I just prolong the healing time. So all I have to say is WAIT UNTIL ITS READY before you try to pop a pimple. It's hard but it heals better.

Oh also I felt another one coming up on my cheek but I put tea tree oil on it and I cant feel it no more :D

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Im really liking the sea salt compress. Mix one tablespoon of sea salt with three tablespoons of water, apply it to a cotton ball or paper towel and then apply it to your face for ten to fifteen minutes.

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