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pimples above my lip line

Hello doctor,

I've been suffering from acne for number of years now and I have a quick question. I normally don't get pimples below my nose or above my lip but recently I've been getting some. Is there anything I can do to help prevent them? Obviously they are ugly to look at and i don't want people to think i have a cold sore or anything.. and it takes a while for the pimple to come to a head so i just have a big red bump until it does. I've tried everything from salicylic acid to green tea hoping that i can prevent them from forming.

i've missed school because of this so please tell me what i can do to help? Thank you. I've attached pictures.

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There are a number of topical (external) medicine a doctor can prescribe, such as clindamycin, erythromycin, and sulfur.  These can be supplemented with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide washes and gels.  Whatever you do, don't squeeze pimples that come, because that makes them last longer.  A single visit with a skin doctor is probably a good idea.  By the way, there's no good way to explain why this has started happening just now above your lip, but that's as common a place as any for acne.


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