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hard painful pimple like bumps on neck, under chin and along lower jawline take weeks to go away

I keep getting these hard pimple like bumps on my neck and right under my chin also along my lower jawline, they are huge, painful, they never come to a head and take weeks to go away....What is this??? Im 22 and this has been happening for about a year now i need help its so annoying!!

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This is what you call cystic acne, and it sounds hormonal to me since it started in your early 20s and is on your jawline. It could also be in conjunction with not properly rinsing your shampoo and conditioner or facial cleansers that contain soap. Try rinsing your hair then pinning it up and washing your neck and back with a medicated cleanser last. Wash your face last also. I have suffered from this, so I hope my advice helps. I definitely recommend Eradikate and Murad Body Spray. I do not however recommend a Clarisonic for your face as this will not likely penetrate deep enough to cleanse cystic acne and can also spread bacteria around on the sensitive facial skin. I do use my Clarisonic with a salicylic body cleanser on my back (Neutrogena Body Wash). I highly, highly recommend not picking or trying to purge the blockage in the pore. This can cause deep tissue scarring and damage the follicle, leading to more pimples. I know it can be hard to not pick, but please resist the urge. I recommend glycolic facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. I use a brand called Alyria, but just search glycolic on Sephora and you will find a bunch of products. Finally, the ONLY thing that ultimately worked for me was a complete diet overall. I do not consume dairy or soy, as they contain hormones. I also found that caffeine and sugar irritate my cystic acne. I drink 2L of water a day and 1L of green tea and eat very clean. No white carbs or processed foods. It takes a lot of trials with different products and regimes to figure out what will work specifically for you. Good luck!
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The way you describe it sounds like acne to me.  Have you tried treating the pimples locally with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?


In my experience, I recommend using: 


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This is Clinique's 3 step acne solutions kit. I love the clearing moisturizer because it contains a small dose of benzoyl peroxide which will help get rid of the pimples while you wear it during the day as a moisturizer. You can also apply it locally at night.


Also another product I really like is


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Kate Someville's EradiKate. For this you dip a cotton swab all the way to the bottom of the solution and basically dab on locally to the pimples. This contains a high level of sulfur which helps kill the bacteria that causes the acne.


If you see that you're following a cleansing regimen and treating the area but the problem STILL persists then you may want to see a dermatologist. He/She may be able to prescribe something stronger depending on the state of your skin.


Hope this helps and good luck! Smiley Happy


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I simpathize with you first of all, acne sucks. I use the Kate Somerville Eradikate for my face and it works wonders. Fr my back, I use the Murad acne body spray and it clears it up. I do not have the same type of acne but it couldn't hurt to try. The bottle sprays upside down so you can apply it all by yourself. I'd also recommend seeing your dermatologist as he or she will prescribe you something probably ten times better to really clear it up, and may be able to get down to the cause.
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Taken from WebMD:

Typical adolescent acne starts when testosterone levels start to increase during puberty (in both boys and girls), but certain diseases and conditions can also send testosterone and estrogen levels up. These are particularly common in girls and women, and the most common is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS-related acne tends to flare in areas that are usually considered “hormonally sensitive," especially the lower third of the face.

This includes:




Upper neck, especially at the angles of the jaw

People with PCOS tend to get acne that involves more tender knots under the skin, rather than fine surface bumps, and will sometimes report that lesions in that area tend to flare before their menstrual period. They take time to go away. So if you tend to get acne in these places and have noticed irregular periods, it’s a good idea to ask your dermatologist to refer you for PCOS testing.

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Sounds like you need a Clarisonic!

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Thats crazy becuase i have the exact same thing. im 27 and it started about 2 years ago. i have read evreything trying to find out how to get rid of them and what was causeing them and it was alwyas the same things...i notice that if i touch my neck a lot or my little boys lay their head their..or even at night when i lay down after moisturizing my neck is kinda pressed down and touching if you know what i mean..and i know i get them worse so i try to not let anything touch there but even then i still get them. I t may be  "horomone" related being at our age so i dont know. i ve tried the best you can buy and nothing helps them, so next step when i get the money is a Clairisonic and Rx retin -a     ppl say this stuff will clear up anything on your face. so mabe that is something you can try. I know how annoying this thing is so Good Luck!

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I also have this problem, and it can be kinda embarrassing, especially when I wear my hair up!  I have seen a doctor for this, and the only thing that makes any sense is a type of fungal infection-  Sounds weird I know, but I also have athletes foot on my left foot, which gets very itchy at times.  I get smaller versions of those bumps on my foot.  So, basically,  I believe I probably must have itched my foot at some point, then itched/scratched my scalp-  For me, I've noticed they tend to come out when I get sweaty, which also makes sense-  That's what my doctor told me anyway- so always wash your hands!   Hope this helps somebody- good luckSmiley Happy

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Sounds like closed comedones. Could be from a product you're using. Or it could be hormonal, in which case nothing topical will really help. Try using a BHA product. Google will be your friend.

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I started to get cystic acne when I was 22 also. There are so many different factors that could be causing this.

After washing your hair, wash the areas with a medicated wash, Benzoyl Peroxide 5% wash, then follow with a toner.  You may need to look into pharmaceutical grade product to get your acne under control. DDF and Dr. Dennis Gross are some product lines you are going to want to check out, if that doesn't work, look into stronger products (pharmaceutical grade).

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