25-Year-Old Pimple

Dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby joins The Doctors to discuss the story of a woman with a 25-year-old pimple. Dr. Kirby explains that this type of pimple is called a dilated pore winer — a giant, solitary black head, usually found on older patients. They occur when the combination of bacteria, sebum and dead skin cells form for a period typically longer than 30 days. The only way to properly treat such a condition is with surgical removal to ensure that no additional bacteria enter the infected area. 

Acne is a skin problem that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog up pores. To treat acne, be sure to keep your skin clean and avoid products that clog your pores. Also, try not to scrub or pick at pimples, as this can make them worse and cause scarring. An over-the-counter acne cream that has benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may also be helpful in treating breakouts. However, you should see a doctor after 30 days if home treatments do not help. 

Learn more about treating acne as Dr. Kirby heads into the crowd to answer audience members' skin care questions.

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Dr. Kirby explains that the normal adult skin cycle is 35 to 57 days. So, when you start an acne medication, it could take up to 12 weeks before you start to see a difference in your skin. "It's the waiting game," he says.

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