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lots weird big pimples on chest, each been there years, no pain, not sure if acne.

So, I have had these chest 'acne' bumps for a long time. Each one grows and stays, not a single one had receeded, at firs they look like normal chest acne, then they grow bigger and bigger, very slowly. Had them for at least 2 years now on chest and back. Face is clear of acne (mostly)
the acne is permanent, never receeds, but are never painful, even when squeezed, no itch, nothing, but they are red. there are around 40, small and large, the largest ones are around 1 cm across, mostly symetrical, some are more oval-like. They are also very raised. The thing is, all dermatologists I have seen have dismissed them as cystic acne, but that is very painful and lasts months top, these feel like long-healed scars, and have lasted for years. I do keloid scar.
-generally, they just feel like keloid scars when poked, no inherint pain/itch
no topical treatment works, and antibiotics have no effect, and no irritation, meaning that no serious bacterial infection.
-jabbed one with a needle and blood came out, not a single bit of pus, (it was more to the side and not direct, so I may have missed pus, but they are not full of it.)
-no proper diagnosis reached, and these things grow progressively, from tiny spots 1 mm across, slowly to larger sizes.
-no alterior symptoms, not likely to be skin cancer.
-is it even acne? but I have yet to recive a proper diagnosis, please help.
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It does sound like cysts to me- do you use any type of cleanser on the area?
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There are a few treatment options your doctor can give you- but you would need to go back to your doctor and work with them to get it-
If they are cysts- this is usually caused by a bacteria.  I know some doctors will prescribe an antibiotic- so check with your doctor on that (and maybe go to another for a second opinion if the first doctor won't help).
Second- you can also get some prescription strength creams or lotions to place on the area- which should help clear it up faster.  
I'd suggest getting back to the doctor and brining these suggestions to them- see what they say.
I tried Retin-A, benzoyl, and tretacycline, all didn't work. These things feel alive, when I poked one (in the previous case) it healed like normal tissue would heal. Until I can get some type of professional 'pricking' of the thing to confirm puss/paste-like puss, these things are almost FLESHY.
and the thing that makes me believe they are something different is because each individual one lasts forever, the largest one has been there for years, no irritation.
nothing, and the old ones almost feel fleshy. No whitehead, and blood rushes into them when I am nervous like normal tissue, and receed back to normal color when I am relaxed.
these are never irritative like normal cysts, they feel like, again, semi-healed scar tissue no irritation whatsoever. and there are 40 of the peppering on my chest, all solid. same on the back too.
-Is this even the result of acne? (I am in mid-teens)
Cysts can be painless and don't always contain pus- I'm not a doctor and I don't have your medical history nor have I seen the spots, so I can't say with 100% certainty that's what it is- but that's what it sounds like it really could be.

It sounds like you have had a few doctors check these out?  Assuming a doctor prescribed you at least the tretacycline- did you have a follow up with them to let them know that the cream wasn't of much help?  Sometimes we have to really push to get things addressed correctly, and it's important to make sure that a doctor knows when something they gave us doesn't work.  
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