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 have a raised spot on the shaft of the penis. Could it be syphilis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a sexually active gay male. I always use condoms for anal sex. I have a spot on the shaft of the penis, which is a little tender to touch. It is raised and smooth with nothing inside. It has been like this for just under a week. Could it be syphilis? I have some acne on my inner t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In syphilis, there is ulceration. An ulcer is painless, round, well-circumscribed and indurated. It is associated with lymph node enlargement. With known history and recurrent episodes, you should get your STD (sexually transmitted diseases) profile done. ...  Read Full »

I get red cysts on my face. Is it acne or rosacea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am 6'1" tall and I weigh 170 pounds. Often, I get red cysts of some sort on my face beneath the skin that take a while to heal. I have oily skin, and get whiteheads as well. I have fluid-filled boil-like lesions on my face. I have been to a few dermatologist...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rosacea is a skin disorder that affects people above 30 years. Other than acne-like lesions, people with rosacea have redness of the face and dry skin associated with burning sensation. They also have redness and irritation in the eyes. The redness of the face is aggr...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from dry skin, itchy red bumps, and acne. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from acne. There are many small red bumps on my face. I have combination skin, but now my skin is extremely dry. The bumps are itchy. Also, I do have hypothyroidism issues. I do drink a lot of water, but nothing helps. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. It looks like you have been using too many remedies for your acne. As a result, you have frequent exacerbations, which could be due to stress, periods, or cosmetics. I suggest you to follow a few things mentioned ...  Read Full »

I took tablets Cyproterone and Ethinyl Estradiol for PCOS and severe acne problems. Does it have serious side effects?

Query: Hi doctor,I have PCOS, and I am suffering from severe acne problems due to it. I took tablet Cyproterone and Ethinyl Estradiol for nine months, which resulted in a significant reduction in acne. It has been a year since I stopped taking the medication, and again acne problems have arisen. Does table...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tablet Cyproterone and Ethinyl Estradiol are for patients with polycystic ovaries having acne and abnormal hair growth. If you are not having any benefit, it may be your body is not responding to it, so it is better to stop it now for some time and check the difference....  Read Full »

My skin was clear until I hit my teenage years, and now I have acne all over my face. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female, and I have had acne for many years now, but I feel insecure about it. My skin was clear until I hit my teenage years. However, now I have pimples on my cheeks and forehead. What can be done? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the information provided by you, and I understand your concern. Acne may be caused due to multiple factors, including genetic susceptibility, hormonal fluctuations, age-related stress, dietary changes, and climate changes. PCOD (polycystic ovarian...  Read Full »

I am facing acne problems from past three years. What could be the cause? kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, It has been some years since I have faced too many acne problems that started in the past two to three years. I had clear skin. Can you suggest a solution?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Acne vulgaris or acne is most commonly seen during the pubertal age group. For young individuals, sudden hormonal fluctuations lead to excess oil or sebum secretion causing acne infections. These are possible reasons for acne, considering y...  Read Full »

Can I use Aziderm cream for my acne, black spots, and scars that have not resolved with homeopathic treatments?

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 »

How to treat acne breakouts that started as tiny bumps on my forehead and started to spread?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female, and I have had severe acne breakouts for a month now, but I still do not have any signs of fading. It is my first time having this kind of breakout because I do not usually have pimples. I do not have any medications prescribed by a doctor, but I am using a faci...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Acne is mainly caused due to hormonal fluctuations, as you are young and hormonal fluctuations are common, leading to changes in sebum secretion causing acne. Other causes like dietary factors, genetic susceptib...  Read Full »

I have lot of acne scars on my face that make me look ugly. Please suggest me treatment for the same.

Query: Hello Doctor,    I am 19 years old. I have lot of acne scars on my face and it looks ugly. Doctor advised me to use contractubex but it is of no use. Please suggest some other treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Contractubex gel is topically applied to reduce scars. It is very effective on various types of scars. Other modes of treating scars include: Fractional laser treatment - a non-invasive technique to remove scars. It is the best option but is slightly expensive. ...  Read Full »

The mole on nose is increasing in size. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a new mole on my nose 5 years back. I obviously never liked it. Initially, it was normal unnoticeably raised black mole. Over time I tried to remove it many times and I think each time I tried to remove it off using my nails it got more bigger. Now it is nearly 2.5 time wider an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. From your history, it looks like the mole you are having has gotten bigger in size by your self-manipulation and trigger. 2. You can meet a dermatologist where he or she will observe the mole under dermoscope, to see the microscopic details of it, to confirm a diagn...  Read Full »

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