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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Is oily face more prone to acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a teenager and I noticed that my face and hair typically gather quite a bit of oil and thus my face can develop quite a bit of acne. Is there any recommendations or a way to send a photo? Below my chin has quite a bit as well as the right side of my chin. These are my main areas ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a few acne on the cheek and neck. But about the neck and chin lesions, these are not the only acne. As I noticed you have some kind of rashes also over these areas...  Read Full »

I get pimples on face, back and chest due to PCOS. Kindly help to solve this problem.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from acne on my face, back, and front chest area. Last year it was only on my face because of PCOS, but this time it grew more in my back and front. Please help me to treat it as soon as possible as it is very stressful. I am currently on Krimson 35, and I have done an ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. As you mentioned, you have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which is the underlying cause of acne. As you are taking Krimson (Ethinylestradiol), that will really help control the initial flare of acne that you a...  Read Full »

What should I do to get rid of acne and dandruff problem completely?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acne and dandruff problem and I consulted you in January. This time I notice patches and uneven skin toning. Still, I have pimples on my face. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. B. T. Priya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are in the age group of getting acne. Oil glands are active. Do not meddle with it. Drink a lot of water. Before periods acne will increase. For pimples, apply Clindac A gel (Clindamycin) on the acne spots for two weeks. Then change to Deriva CMS (Adapalene and Cl...  Read Full »

Can fractional laser remove acne scars?

Query: Hi doctor, I have mild to moderate acne. My dermatologist prescribed Isotretinoin 20 mg on alternate days, but I am experiencing hair fall. Also, he prescribed an antibiotic Septra. I took the tablets for only two days. I am reluctant to take these drugs due to its side effect. Please suggest an alt...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not take Septra for acne (combination of Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim). Isotretinoin is not safe if you are planning a pregnancy. Otherwise, there is no risk. There are alternatives available like Minocycline and Doxycycline. I suggest a capsule Doxy 100 mg twice...  Read Full »

What does lean PCOS mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting acne for a few months. Two years back, I skipped a period. Then, my periods are regular, but the cycle is usually delayed by four to five days and sometimes more than that. My period lasts for 3 days rather than 5 to 7 days. I consulted a gynecologist and underwent ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). According to the ultrasound report, it is PCOS only (polycystic ovarian syndrome). All other tests ordered are normal. To confirm this by hormonal correlation, you need to get your FSH (folli...  Read Full »

How to stop breakouts?

Query: Good day! During this pandemic my skin condition worsen and I had alot of breakouts especially on my cheeks and chin. I used vitamin c for 6mos. and I stopped a month ago because I thought that was also the cause of my breakouts. Since I saw video that "active ingredients" may also contribute to bre...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi i welcome you on icliniq I have seen your query and concern Firstly you need to consult a dermatologist nearby to assess the grade and severity of acne. • If acne is mild then, topical anti-acne creams like clindamycin, adapalene, etc, will help. If acne is severe then, oral medicines like ...  Read Full »

How to reduce acne and acne scars?

Query: Please tell me how to reduce acne and acne scars. Im 23, have oily skin and get acne every month one week before my periods. My acne is mild and not the severe one. I have tried so much but can't get over it. I drink lots of water, don't have any digestion issues and get regular periods. Tried: Ac...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, I understand acne can be really bothersome and some times difficult to get rid of. I would love to provide satisfactory treatment. My first advice is stop using neem , aloe vera cider vinegar etc as first we need to control your acne first. Applying these creams and gel may sometimes have ...  Read Full »

How long does a Tretinoin purge last?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using Tretinoin for the past five months and for about 2.5 months in I began to experience purging. However, at the time I did not know that it was purging, I just assumed that my skin was breaking out again because of the Tretinoin. So I decided to stop using it. I have been off of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you mentioned in the history also, yes, Tretinoin users experience skin purging. But it occurs for the initial few weeks only and it improves on its own with treatment continuation. Flare of acne, dryness, and irritation occurs for a few weeks. It should have su...  Read Full »

What causes breakouts of acne in face?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I never had acne, however, I started getting acne around my cheeks last January 2019. I thought it might be my contraceptive pill so I stopped taking that but that did not change. I was playing around with skincare products which I also thought made it worse so I s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the case. First, you need to understand acne is common and you may experience frequent exacerbation due to stress or hormones. Yes, in your case oral contraceptives are inviting factors as they cause hormonal imbalance. And later it got aggravated b...  Read Full »

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

Query: I have heavy acne problem all of a sudden. I have been following a routine of face wash with cetaphil and then keep washing my face with water and apply 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 peroxide spot treatment...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Don't worry I'll help you with all your concerns. First of all acne in women can occur due to underlying hormonal imbalance. I always rule out hormonal imbalance in female patients with acne as most of the doctors just treat acne and do not address the underlying issue and that's why acne kee...  Read Full »

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