Pimples on the neck are common skin problems that cause itching, redness and pain. They are most commonly caused by allergies or contact dermatitis. Pimples on the neck may also be due to a viral infection such as herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), genital warts, human papillomavirus (HPV) or even bacterial infections like strep throat or cold sores.
The symptoms of pimples on the neck include:
Itching, burning or discomfort at the site where the pimple is located. This itchiness usually occurs when you scratch your neck. You may also have tingling sensations and numbness around the area where you scratched.
How to Get Rid of Pimples On Your Neck?
There are several ways to treat pimples on the neck. Some methods involve using creams, gels or ointments which may not only relieve the itching but also prevent future outbreaks. Other methods require surgery and involve removing the affected area completely. Surgery is generally reserved for severe cases of pimples on the neck and involves cutting out all or part of a portion of the affected area with scalpels or other instruments.
How to Treat a Pimple on Your Neck with Creams, Gels or Ointments
1. Apply a corticosteroid lotion to the affected area.
If you have a minor case of pimples on the neck, you can use over-the-counter corticosteroid lotions which are easily available in any drug store. A common over-the-counter lotion is hydrocortisone.
2. Apply a drying agent to your pimples on the neck.
The main side effect of lotions with hydrocortisone is that they make the skin very dry. To limit this side effect, you can also apply a drying agent such as zinc oxide or petroleum jelly to the affected area. Drying agents work by preventing skin from retaining moisture.
How to Treat Neck Pimples with a Drying Agent
3. Use an anti-fungal medication.
If you have contact dermatitis or if you’ve been exposed to a fungus (like athletes foot), you can use an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream. Anti-fungals work by stopping the growth of yeast. Common anti-fungals include clotrimazole, econazole or miconazole.
What to Expect from Treating Your Pimples on the Neck with a Drying Agent
These treatments should help you get rid of pimples on the neck caused by contact dermatitis. You may have to repeat them if you tend to get frequent bouts of neck acne.
How to Treat Neck Acne with Surgery
If you have severe recurring cases of neck or jawline acne, a dermatologist can help you by removing the affected area. The affected skin is cut out and the incision is stitched back up. The doctor will typically numb the area before performing this procedure. Other treatment options that may be taken into consideration are either laser, chemical or heat therapy. These are generally reserved for extreme cases of acne that do not respond to other treatments.
After the incision has healed, the skin has been removed and there is no more pain or visible scarring, you should be able to get back to your normal life with a few adjustments. The most important thing is that you take extra care of the skin that remains on your neck and jawline. Use sunscreen when exposed to the sun, don’t pick or squeeze any acne that appears in this area and avoid rough contact sports.
This information is not meant to replace the advice of a doctor and isn’t a substitute for medical advice. Global Healing Centre’s programs and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and all medicine or healthcare problems should be discussed with a doctor. If you think you have a medical issue, first seek medical attention, then find a doctor who can advise you on your medical condition.
What Are the Most Effective Treatments for Pimples on the Neck?
The most effective treatments for pimples on the neck are those that prevent future cases of acne. There is no shortage of effective medical and over-the-counter treatments for pimples but what tends to be in short supply is an understanding of what causes them in the first place. Pimples can be brought on by a number of factors including stress, hormones, certain foods and even your sleeping position.
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