Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition that affects adolescents and teens. It causes pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules on the skin of the face, shoulder, back, neck, chest, and arms. Resorcinol, Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, Tretinoin, or Azelaic acid are used to treat acne depending on its severity.

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How to get rid of acne and acne scars?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking questions on behalf of my son. Due to pandemics, we are not allowed to consult a dermatologist in person. But his skin has changed drastically. He is 16 years old and his face looks old. He has dark spots due to acne scarring and so he decided to use Ambi skincare fade crea...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikash Paudel

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne occurs commonly in teenagers. They appear and disappear with age. They occur due to sebum production from the oil glands present in the face. It blocks the oil tract present on the surface of the skin. It gets aggravated by oily cosmetics and bacteria. Treatment de...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options to remove acne and acne spots?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a heavy acne problem all of a sudden. I have been following a face wash routine with Cetaphil and then keep washing my face with water and applying sunscreen. Then in the evening, I wash my face with water and apply aloe vera, and at night I wash my face and apply benzoyl peroxid...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne in women can occur due to underlying hormonal imbalance. I always rule out the hormonal imbalance in female patients with acne as most doctors treat acne and do not address the underlying issue, which is why acne keeps recurring. So do you get your periods regul...  Read Full »

Why am I having itchy acne spots for more than a week?

Query: Hi doctor, I started having itchy acne spots for a week in clusters with slightly raised and red skin. I am not sure if this is folliculitis or an acne condition. I had folliculitis a few times, and I was prescribed Flucloxacillin. And now I am prescribed three months of Doxycycline. I have attache...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sudden onset of red raised bumps with itching may be associated with allergy. Did you have any fever or sore throat before the onset of the lesions? Do these bumps discharge a watery substance on scratching?  Read Full »

Why have I started to have lots of acne on my face, particularly on my forehead?

Query: Hi doctor,I use to have clear skin. Since moving to a new place, I start to have lots of acne on my face, particularly on my forehead. I thought that it would disappear soon but it has got worse. I did some research and assumed that it has caused due to drinking cow's milk. Even after stopping it, i...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikash Paudel

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne has a multifactorial etiology. Acne soap does not help you if you have grade 2 acne or other types. You need to take oral and topical medications. For mild grade, you can take topical Clindamycin or Retinoid acid derivative. For higher grades of acne, you need ...  Read Full »

Can Benzoyl peroxide be used for a longer time for acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from acne for five years. I took Accutane for two months and stopped it recently due to side effects. My acne again started to come back after a month. Now, I am following a diet with no sugar or fast food and fewer dairy products. Also, I am using Benzoyl peroxide face was...  Read Full »


Dr. Ganeshkumar Suresh Satpute

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can use Benzoyl peroxide continuously until you have any side effects like itching, rash and dryness of skin. Also, you should stop immediately once you know that you are pregnant or you can stop once you are planning to get pregnant. IIt does not have any effect on ...  Read Full »

I have a skin problem behind my ear due to my specs. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a problem with my specs. There was a skin problem behind my ear where the specs rest. The injury is reddish black in color. One month ago, I had the same type of problem on my nose, the point where the specs touch my left side of the nose. Now, I am using contact lenses. After 20 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is basically frictional dermatitis, which has left behind pigmentation. Do not use Fusiwal-M cream (Mometasone furoate and Fusidic acid) as there is no inflammation. It will take time for pigmentation to resolve. I suggest Kojiglo gel (Kojic acid and vitamin C) or Mel...  Read Full »

What causes face itching and pimples?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recently (like a month) started to get acne and pimples on my face, and my face itches a lot throughout the day for no reason. I do not have any rashes or anything. It just randomly itches, and I have been trying to get rid of acne by taking Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) pills. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have would have sent a photo, it would have been easier to diagnose whether you are suffering from acne or something else. Acne is quite common at your age, and many people suffer from it, but it is not as itchy as you are describing it but if you are so sure tha...  Read Full »

I have a clear yellow substance that crusts over my skin pores. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have suffered from acne since I was in high school and have used over-the-counter creams such as Benzoyl peroxide. The sides of my nose produce a clear yellow substance that crusts over my pores. When I clean the area and the crust is removed, it then produces the liquid again. I have h...  Read Full »


Dr. Chaitra Prakash

Cosmetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could possibly be an infection of the sebaceous gland. Please provide a picture of your problem. Revert with the pictures to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist  Read Full »

Do antibiotics help in treating acne?

Query: Hi doctor, Why do antibiotics clear acne? Is bacteria the cause of acne? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query. Yes, acne is caused by a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, but beside this other factors also play in forming acne. Change in keratinization pattern in pilosebaceous unit, which leads to a keratinous material to cause blocking of sebum secre...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my acne and dark spots?

Query: Hi doctor,I have acne and acne marks on my cheeks for a year. Please help me to get clear skin. I am not taking medications currently. But I have tried using Clindamycin phosphate and Nicotinamide gel. It did not help me.   Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your statement and pictures suggest that you have acne and acne marks (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You can try using Retino-A (Tretinoin) cream. Apply it to the affected area twice daily. Use Hydroquinone cream on the ...  Read Full »

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