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 confirm whether the pimple on my lips is a normal acne or cold sore?

Query: Hello doctor, I have what looks like a pimple on my lip. I am worried it might be a cold sore. My partner and I never had this before, but I am afraid.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is a normal acne. Do not worry about it. It will disappear in a few days. It is due to not maintaining proper hygiene on the face or due to hormonal changes in the body. As you mentioned, you and your partner do not have, do not worry. Please apply Adapalene 0.1 % w...  Read Full »

Which topical medication best suits acne and acne marks?

Query: Hello doctor,I had acne. It has gone now, but it left some marks. What should I do to clear it? And what should I use on the active acne?  Read Full »

Dr. Arunima Dhabal

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the image you have uploaded (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Currently, you have quite a few active acne lesions, along with some spots from the previous acne. So I will suggest you take an oral antibiotic course for a month to reduce ...  Read Full »

How to have a clear face without acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. I am suffering from acne. I used to get acne when I was in high school, but there was nothing unusual and it was never a problem. Around two years back, I started getting lots of acne and it is continuing till now. Most of the acne develops on the cheeks. The acne ap...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Microbiologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have examined your photograph (attachments removed to protect patient identity) and noted your details. I see a lot of patients with history and appearance matching that of yours and they all report very good results with the following action plan. Frequent washing of ...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor, I have acne and acne marks on my cheeks for about a year now. Please help me get clear skin. I am no current medications, but I have used Clindamycin phosphate and Nicotinamide gel before, that did not help.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your statement and pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) show that you suffer acne and acne marks. You can use the following medication as follows- 1. Retino-A Tretinoin cream. Apply locally on your affected area twic...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a cosmetic treatment to clear acne scars.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. For the last six months, I am facing mild to moderate acne, which has resulted in scarring. Please provide your opinion as to which cosmetic treatment should I opt. Though I have consulted a cosmetologist, I am a bit reluctant to go for these procedures due to its poten...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi

Dermatologist, Venereologist, Cosmetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For acne, in your age group, it is always important to rule out PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). To find that out, you need to tell me whether you have irregular periods. How many days does your period date shift from the expected date? Do you get any hair gro...  Read Full »

How to get rid of fungal acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have fungal acne on and around my mouth. What to do to treat fungal acne?  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Photograph of face shows (attachment removed to protect patient identity) red raised acne located perioraly and no comedones. It looks like an allergic reaction to any skincare products or OTC steroid containing cream. Please mention if you have any itching or sensi...  Read Full »

Does the intake of Isotretinoin result in increased facial hair?

Query: Hi doctor, I am female of 25 years old. My weight is 58 kg and height is 5'3". I am suffering from acne problem for the past 5 years. I tried many antibiotics. Now, I am on Isotretinoin for more than a month and it has really cleared my acne. But, my facial hair has increased. Will it become worse i...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Isotretinoin has no effect on facial hair. An increase in the facial hair can be attributed to either hormonal abnormality or topical steroid abuse. Isotretinoin must be continued in tapering doses for at least six months. You need to go for a hormonal evaluation...  Read Full »

How to cure red bumps present on my forehead and eyebrows?

Query: I have red bumps on my forehead and 2 red bumps in between my eyebrows, and a pimple of my nose. I really want to get rid of it quickly , and I've tried all the creams I could find.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, welcome to icliniq, Red bumps can be due to acne or due to allergies, Please send a clear photograph of your skin lesions. In the meantime, you should be patient, as taking stress would result in more breakouts. Please know that healing process can be slow, and depends on the skin condition. I...  Read Full »

What causes brown spots and scars on my face?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of brown spots on my face I was wondering if you knew anything that reduced it completely? I also have some scars on my face, I was wondering if you knew anything that can get rid of them. I use to have a very clear face I got acne for a couple of months this year. Thank ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aisvareea

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Good day to you. I can see that the dark spots and scar are as a result of acne. Oily skin requires a regular face wash twice daily with a mild cleanser and in between day time wash you face with simple cold water. Dark spots can be treated with Tretinoin cream 0.5 % at night daily to the p...  Read Full »

Is acne, hair fall, facial hair, and back pain symptoms of PCOS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female who weighs about 95 kg. I want to ask you my doubt regarding PCOS. Symptoms like acne, hair fall, facial and breast hairs, sometimes clots in periods, though my periods are regular and with pains. At times I have severe lower back pain before periods and feel...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for reaching out. Let me provide you some information regarding the symptoms related to PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Not all symptoms occur in all women with PCOS. Some women may experience only one or two of these symptoms. Irregular or absent periods me...  Read Full »

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