Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
120 Doctors are Online

Non-healing pimple, applied salt water. Can benzoyl peroxide be used?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2006
Answered : 520 Questions
I have a pimple near my cheek that won't go away. It's been approximately 8-10 weeks and still hasn't healed. I have never popped or squeezed it. A couple of times the shower spray hit it and it became purplish. I actually saw my doctor several weeks ago and he said to get a pint of hot water and mix a teaspoon of salt in it and press it against the pimple and it would go away eventually. It hasn't worked. Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions on how to promote healing. Thanks.
Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 in Acne
Answered by Dr. Gaurang Krishna 1 hour later

Thanks for posting your query.

Tell me, if the lesion is still raised or is it just a red scar.

If it is flat and you cannot feel it as a raided lesion then, it is only a scar which will fade away with time.

If you can feel it, then it is still active.

It will be helpful if you can provide me with a picture of the lesion which you can attach on the space provided on the right side of the query page.

I will be able to give you a better advice then.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Non-healing pimple, applied salt water. Can benzoyl peroxide be used? 20 hours later
The lesion is raised somwhat.

Here is a link to a picture (just scroll down a little)

Answered by Dr. Gaurang Krishna 13 minutes later
Thanks for the follow up.

Thanks for the picture. The lesion is still active.

Apply a mild steroid cream once daily for a week.

It will help in reducing the inflammation. Then apply adapelene gel daily night for 2 weeks or so.

I strongly recoomend you to see a dermatologist personally before starting the treatment.

wishing you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Non-healing pimple, applied salt water. Can benzoyl peroxide be used? 26 hours later
Thank you for your comments. One more thing - it might be a little while for I can get appointment. Would it be okay to continue to use my benzoyl peroxide on the pimple or should I stop? Thanks again
Answered by Dr. Gaurang Krishna 2 minutes later
Hello again,

You may as well continue using Benzoyl peroxide. It should help in healing in the meantime.

Hope I have answered your query.

Wishing you an early recovery.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor