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  1. Hi everyone! Can anyone who knows what their talking about please answer this question: Why do pimples always come in pairs, meaning that if you get one on the left side of your face, you'll almost surely get another in the same place on the right? This makes it seem like the problem can't really be on the surface of the skin, because the chances of the exact same place being infected on both sides are slim, dont you think?
  2. Have you ever had a pimple that just WON'T die? I have had one for almost a year now (April will be our "anniversary"). The only explanation I can find is that I have seriously damaged the follicle/pore to the point that it is locked in an endless cycle of filling with bacteria/sebum/pus, distorting the pore even more, eventually having to be drained further damaging the pore and filling up again. I have tried literally everything and the catch-22 is this: 1. Do nothing--pore fills up and ne
  3. Gotcha Surfer, but once pricked, how do you get the actual gunk to come out if not by pinching?
  4. Here's what I've realized: the best way to avoid scarring and promote healing is to stop squeezing. No big surprise there. The problem is that few of us can stand walking around with a well of sebum oozing from a pore in the middle of our faces...we HAVE to extract it. So here's the ultimate question: What is the LEAST damaging way to remove the whitehead gunk? 1. Hot shower, press gently down around/beside the pimple? (Still leaves a red mark for days) 2. Empsom salts to draw the gunk out? (
  5. I appreciate the concern and suggestions to see the derm, but the derms I have access to are useless. They say: "it's probably a cyst" and "nothing can be done except surgery" and "leave it alone" all of which are uselss pieces of advice. Surgery will scar worse. Time has done nothing but drive me nuts. And knowing what to call it doesn't make it any better... If anyone has any OTHER ideas, please speak now...
  6. Thank you LabGirl--I think I now know what must have happened... After draining a particularly vicious pimple on the end of my nose, I used a styptic pencil to staunch the blood flow. This, plus the other harsh chemicals, I believe, has seriously damaged the interior walls of the pore on the end of my nose. As a result, it will not close, meaning that I am locked in a perpetual cycle of filling and draining for over a year now. Can anyone suggest anything to fix this? I am considering just cut
  7. Let me start out by saying that it may just be the derms in my area, but the advice that a single post on this board generates--particularly from experts like Labgirl--is worth ten times the advice that an office visit gets you... So far, here's what I have: I burst adeep seated pimple on my nose about a year ago. It burst easily and din't hurt much, but it appears to have damaged the pore, to the extent that I am trapped in a continuous cycle of draining sebum, scabbing, picking or having the
  8. I'm no expert but it seems to me that this particular problem (pores filling up with sebum) could be solved by (1) shrinking the pore (2) reducing oil/sebum production (3) dissolving/expelling the sebum that is produced. The consensus seems to be that (1) pores can't be shrunk (2) only Accutane will reduce sebum production (with all of its side effects) and (3) only salycilic or glycolic acid can dissolve sebum. If anyone has anything helpful to add to help those of us in this vicious cycle o
  9. This is quite a lively debate we've stirred up, and I appreciate the interest that people have shown. I'm no expert but it seems to me that this particular problem (pores filling up with sebum) could be solved by (1) shrinking the pore (2) reducing oil/sebum production (3) dissolving/expelling the sebum that is produced. The consensus seems to be that (1) pores can't be shrunk (2) only Accutane will reduce sebum production (with all of its side effects) and (3) only salycilic or glycol
  10. No apology necessary Q--I'm just looking for any help or advice available. If there's SOMETHING that shuts down those pesky sebacious glands, or even slows them down FOR GOD"S SAKE somebody say so! Lab Girl? Acne Boy? Science Guy? Aaaaaanyone?
  11. Dear Q- Yes I have started on Retin-A, and while it's too soon to say, there are some signs that it may be working. If I had to guess I would say that I either had a cyst and never got the sac out or scarred the pore so badly that it never healed. Either way, the thing lives on. I truly believe that my poor skin would heal if it could just get a month or two with no sebum buildup stretching the pore walls and no tampering from me to remove it but unless I can find an anti-sebum agent, I just d
  12. Wow--thank you all for the responses. Now comes the real problem: a true catch-22. A year ago (yes a YEAR), I drained a deep pimple on my nose, and it took FOREVER to heal. It kept scabbing and shedding, leaving a visible hole. I suspect that I damaged/scarred it with generous amounts of OXY-10 and even a styptic pencil when it bled. Over time it gradually reduced in size, but now I have a little red spot that never goes away and fills with this stringy-subum stuff every week or so. I then hav
  13. I really appreciate the insights. This website is more helpful than any derm I've seen yet. It might help if I understood a few fundamental things: 1. Is bacteria essential to making this pasty substance, or can it be just sebum/oils? 2. Does Retin-A really shrink sebacious galnds--I've heard conflicting reports? 3. Is there any other way (short of accutane) to reduce oil production generally? 4. Is there any way to shut down one individual pore altogether? 5. What must it be like fo
  14. I have large pores on my nose, The slightest pressure will cause them to expel "strings" of a whiteish pasty substance. Unlike an infected pimple, these pores are not painful or red or difficult to drain--just disgusting. Does anyone know what this is or have a similar experience? Here's the problem--if the pasty stuff is caused by bacteria, then presumably over-the-counter anti-acne products will help. If, on the other hand, this is just oily buildup, what the heck do you do to get rid of it?
  15. Please help me if you can. I don't know what has happened to me and I'm hoping some of you might. About a year ago (yes a YEAR), I felt a mild swelling under the skin on the tip (yes the TIP) of my nose, so I gently applied pressure and it popped easily. A small amount of a thick, milky substance came out of the pore (apologies for the graphic description). I thought nothing of it and applied 10%bp to the spot expecting it to fade quickly. It didn't. Week after week and then month after month
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