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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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I am an 18-year-old boy with lot of pimples and dark spots on my face. Please suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy. I have a lot of pimples and dark spots on my face. I have had this complaint since the age of 11. I have used the cream Melablu in the past, but it caused itching and rashes, especially in winter. I have not used any skin care products in the last six to seven...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you out. I have reviewed your pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). As per the history and image provided, it is acne vulgaris and post-acne hyperpigmentation or PIH. Acne appears most often d...  Read Full »

I have been prescribed a medicated cream for acne; should I apply it before or after moisturizing?

Query: Hi doctor, My dermatologist recently prescribed me Retin A cream for acne, and her instructions state that I should apply it after my moisturizer. However, it is stated online that you must apply before. So, should I apply Retin A after or before moisturizing?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Retin A (Tretinoin) cream would make a face dry. The intensity of the dryness depends on the concentration of Tretinoin. Therefore, you will require moisturizer. I suggest you apply it thinly to pimples on the face at night. Begin with two ...  Read Full »

Is Azelaic acid cream helpful for acne, black spots, and scars?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had acne problems for six months and started homeopathy treatment. It has helped a bit but left some black spots and mild scars. And often, pimples also reappear. I have stopped all. In addition, sometimes, I apply Salicylic acid gel over the pimples. So can I use Aziderm crea...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Acne often leads to scarring and hyperpigmentation, called atrophic scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. They occur most often due to frequent picking of acne, long-standing untreated acne, long-standi...  Read Full »

I recently developed pus filled acne and blackheads on my forehead. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I woke up the other morning with what looked like new acne and blackheads on my forehead. As the day went on, the spots got bigger and started spreading. They filled up with fluid n busted open where a bloody waxy, oily pus oozed out of them. As I tried squeezing on them to get all the fl...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your case. I suggest you apply Clindamycin gel two times daily on any pimple you have or pus-filled lesion. Remember to apply only on lesions. Add anti-acne face wash. Your ear problem looks to be a separate one but always...  Read Full »

My mother had acne during her teenage. Will I also have them?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 12-year-old female turning 13 soon. I have acne. There is nothing too wrong, but I do want clear skin. I have tried and am still using clear and clean night relaxing deep cleaning face wash (daily use), clear pore oil-eliminating astringent from neutrogena(daily use), and an oil-f...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. After going through the information provided from your end, it appears as acne vulgaris. As you mentioned, acne is most often transmitted genetically from the family. Besides the hormonal causes, acne is prevalent ...  Read Full »

I have acne with whiteheads, inflammation, and redness on my face. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have acne with a white head, and some develop into pustules. Also, I had inflammation and redness on my face. I was diagnosed with acne vulgaris last year. I went through the treatment for a year. Still, when I did not observe much improvement, I quit seeking treatment and used acne gua...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Going through the history provided from your end, it is acne vulgaris with post-inflammatory pigmentation. It is essential to understand the various causes of acne and the triggers that lead to the formation of acne. Acne vulgaris is caused d...  Read Full »

I have acne and other issues around my nose. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have acne, pigmented dark circles, whiteheads, blackheads, and redness around my nose. I am 16 years old, 60 kg, height 5 feet 10 inches, and currently, I am not using any medications. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history provided, it may be acne vulgaris grade 1 with periorbital melanosis (dark circles). Black and white heads characterize acne, and redness usually appears due to multiple factors, including hormonal changes, climate changes, ...  Read Full »

I had cystic acne that has spread into red spots on popping. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am facing a great depression here. I had cystic acne on my right cheek, which I popped, then spread into red spots for the past two months. I do not know whether these spots are scars or something else. Can you please help me out with it?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Treatment of acne depends on the grade of acne. Cystic acne requires oral Isotretinoin capsules (strength of Isotretinoin depends on your body weight and the number of cysts) or injection of Triamcinolone into the cyst. For an accurate diagnos...  Read Full »

How to treat acne, dark circles, eyebags and hyperpigmentation around mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fungal acne or textured skin, dark circles, eyebags, and hyperpigmentation around the mouth. I have dry and sensitive skin. Please suggest a skincare routine for me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your brief history, I do understand that you are having pigmentary changes on your face with dark circles and few areas of sensitive skin. Although, I did not understand what you meant by fungal acne. A good skincare routine includes, thorough washing of the fa...  Read Full »

My friend has two new pimples that resemble a HPV wart. How to know if it is a natural pimple?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend has two new pimples that appeared last week and it seems like warts from HPV. Kindly suggest if this is an HPV wart or is it a natural pimple. Also, can she use make-up on the eye like eyeliner considering that this might transmit the HPV infection to the other eye? What are th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is epidermal nevi and not a wart. I suggest your friend follow the below-mentioned instructions. Avoid scratching and rubbing of lesions. Avoid going out in sun. Use an umbrella, sunglasses, hats, and cotton white clothes covering both limbs. Use photostable sunscree...  Read Full »

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