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Monday, November 23, 2009 Jenny, Community Member, asks

Q: Pimple like rash on upper back, arms, chest, neck and face that lasts 2 weeks at a time

I'm 20 years old and from FL, about a year ago I started getting a rash once every couple of months and it usually lasts about 2 weeks each time. It's on my upper back, upper arms, chest, neck and face. It starts out looking like a couple tiny pimples but after a few days its spreads to the other areas...a bunch of tiny little pimples which appear very quickly. They don't itch and they don't hurt and when they are popped puss comes out (very much like a pimple, just a lot smaller). When the 2 or so weeks is up, the rash will disappear just as quickly as it came. Last year I moved to upstate NY and thought it might have been caused by the cold weather but it doesn't seem like that could be it, I've also tried to use acne medications that don't seem to make a difference...I've had mild acne as a teenager and this is totally not the same thing. Also, if I pop them they seem to spread so maybe it could be bacterial? Someone please help me!! I don't have health insurance or else I would just go to a dermatologist!

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lili, Community Member
12/26/09 3:27pm

i don't know if anyone has replied to you yet or if you've figured anything out, but i have something that sounds exactly the same.

 

it started in october, i got a few "zits" on one side of my face and they began to multiply. they lasted about two weeks and then just went away. after i got home from the gym around the same time period, i noticed a pimple like rash under my sports bra line, on my abdomen, and all over my upper back. the description of them is the same, the size of a pin needle, they can be popped, but aren't really zit like in any other aspect.

 

after it went away it came back about a month later and did the same thing.

 

i'm beginning to think it's an allergic reaction to something...detergent is the culprit at the moment but i have to do further investigating.

 

have you found anything out yet??

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kwillaby, Community Member
2/ 4/14 10:12pm

Same thing here.....any answers?? 

 

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KEEP THE FAITH GIRL, Community Member
8/10/12 2:49am

Hi I am a 48 year old woman who lives in CA. I am having the same problem , You described my rash to the T.  FACE, NECK ,CHEST AND SOMETIME MY BACK. YES IF I POP THEM TO CLEAN THEM OUT .IT SEEMES LIKE IT JUST SPREADS IT MORE,

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kwillaby, Community Member
2/ 4/14 9:46pm

I am having the same THING! Anyone ever learn anything? I went to dermatologist but he treated me for acne and it did nothing. I am in the middle of an outbreak now. 

 

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kwillaby, Community Member
2/ 4/14 10:12pm

Did you ever figure out what it was?? I am having the same thing! Been to the dermatologist and treating me for acne with no results.

 

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janedoe, Community Member
3/19/14 3:43am

I am 38, female, and have been dealing with this for about 15 years. I have a very bad outbreak of it right now and no other health issue. Many tiny red pimples and splotches on chest, back, neck, shoulders.  Very unsightly, lasts a couple of weeks about two or three times a year. Have to wear clothes that cover it. So ugly. I have tried washing with Nioxin dandruff shampoo and it kinda worked, but they took it off the market. I try tea tree oil, but it's not helping.

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Gail, Community Member
3/22/14 3:04pm

WOW...I am having the same problem.  They start on my chest and neck, when I "scratch" the tiny pimple head off I seem to have twice as many later that day or the next day.  I have noticed it over the last few years and thought spring time was most common outbreak.  I have never been tested for allergies.

 

I try to remember if I was wearing scarves, or something that would irritate my skin, I haven't switched detergent but sometime perhaps use too much, I have not changed lotion or perfume....and I just threw away my powder and blush brushes.    

 

I have heard certain red dyes in make-up (esp lip gloss) can cause strange reaction....I wonder, is it make-up??? Are there any MEN responding to this post????  Is it female hormones...WTH is it?!?!  Someone tell us. :-)

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By Jenny, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/22/14, First Published: 11/23/09