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I tried to pop one and my face is swollen.

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I have acne problems and I tried to pop one and it wouldn't. Then about 5 hours later noticed that that side of my face is a little swollen. Not sure what I should do, please help

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replied April 21st, 2012
Acne and Skin Disorders Answer A34151
Welcome to e health forum.

It is possible that in the process of trying to pop the acne, you might have caused a inflammatory reaction, in the surrounding area.

For the time being, application of cold packs can help relieve the redness and the swelling. Anti inflammatory medications like Advil, can also be taken for the next few days, to help resolution of the inflammation.

Some measures which will help prevent occurrence of acne include -

1. Washing your face twice a day, and avoiding picking at acne at all costs.

2. Some preparations that may be helpful to reduce your acne issues include:

- Topical Retinoids (like Accutane).
- Benzoyl peroxide products (available as soap, washes, lotions, cream and gel forms)
- Salicylic acid products (available as face washes, lotions, gels) which helps keep pores from becoming clogged
- Antibiotics which can be prescribed by your doctor.

You might consult your doctor or a dermatologist who can examine you and provide you proper advice and any prescription medications as needed.

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