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Dear Dish-It: I Have A Pimple On My Back

Dear Dish-It,

I'm 9 years old and I have a pimple on my back!! I dunno why - it just popped up out of nowhere ... please help me!

Pretty Girl

Dear Pretty Girl,

Blackheads and pimples don't only happen on your face. In fact, pimples can pop up on your back, chest, neck, shoulders and upper arms. Don't worry - lots of people get body acne! It's totally normal!

What Causes Back & Body Acne?

The same things that cause facial acne can cause body acne: overactive oil glands, too many dead skin cells and certain acne-causing bacteria. Your back is prone to pimples common place, besides your face, for a breakout because it tends to sweat more than other parts of your body and because, if you wear a lot of tight clothes or a backpack, it may get irritated from too much friction or rubbing. That's why it's best to wear looser shirts and carry your bag in your hand or across your shoulder while you're trying to heal body or back acne.

Sweat can also irritate body acne. To minimize irritation, shower as soon as possible after exercising. Don't scrub your skin - you want to avoid rubbing or friction. Cleanse your skin in the shower with something gentle, preferably a salicylic acid wash, and use a soft washcloth.

Treatments For Body Acne

Since you only have one pimple, your body acne is VERY mild. All you need to do is keep your skin clean; ask your parents if they will help you choose a salicylic acid wash at the drugstore, and pick up some pads containing benzoyl peroxide>/b> or salicylic acid to wipe over affected areas daily. You might also want to try a lotion containing an alpha hydroxy acid, like glycolic or lactic acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are really effective at giving your skin a deep cleaning. None of these treatments require a prescription - you'll find tons of products containing these ingredients in the regular skin-care aisle.

While using a bunch of these treatments at once (like a salicylic acid wash plus a benzoyl peroxide pad or lotion) on your back is fine (the skin on your back is thicker and tougher than the skin on your face, so it can usually handle more powerful treatments. However, if you ever break out on your neck, use these products slowly and carefully, as the skin on your neck is quite sensitive. And, of course, if you excessive irritation, dryness or peeling on any area of your body, scale back or stop using the treatment product and talk to your doctor.

So don't worry about the pimple on your back! It's totally normal - lots of people have the same issue. All it takes is a bit of time and some proper care with the right products to heal. In fact, just cleaning your skin daily in the shower with regular soap and water works for most people - no special washes or lotions required!

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KayKayZ
KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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Error101
Error101 posted in Friends:
Okay so I have this friend and I don't like the type of person she is and I wouldn't be friends with her but her mom takes me to gymnastics every week.  I  had her over to spend the night and she lied about everything to me.  She kept telling me that she used to think I was weird and she didn't like me and it kind of hurt my feelings...  I would never tell someone that even if it was true.  She cusses and is a bad influence and she lies a ton.  There are a ton of bad qualities about her, and very few good ones.  I can't be mean to her because she is how I get to gymnastics but I don't really want to be her friend.  What should I do?  :(
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