Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that occurs when the hair follicles are blocked by oil and debris of dead skin cells causing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, oily skin and scarring.

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How do I tackle acne scars I get during my menstrual cycle?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acne and acne scars everywhere on my face. A lot of scars and acne occur during the time of the menstrual cycle. It has been happening for one year.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Acne vulgaris, also termed acne, appears most commonly during adolescence and may sometimes keep recurring till the late twenties. For some, it may appear during adulthood as well. It is due to the sudden changes in the hormone levels in your body. Diet and climate c...  Read Full »

I am having face acne for the past two years and want to know the best possible treatment. Please help.

Query: Hello, I am concerned regarding my face acne from the past two years. I do not know what is the best way to get rid of my acne. Currently, I am taking vitamin E and collagen supplements. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello,Welcome to per the history provided, they are Acne vulgaris and post-acne spots with scarring. Acne appears most often due to hormonal fluctuations, imbalances, due to genetic reasons, due to wearing masks since the onset of COVID-19, climate changes, or food habits. In case of ...  Read Full »

Can hormonal imbalance cause breakouts before periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old, and I always have breakouts before a week of my periods. I think it is a hormonal imbalance. I get big, red, and painful acne around my jawline and lower cheek, and I have a high testosterone level. I get these kinds of breakouts almost every month for more than a year...  Read Full »

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your symptoms, the diagnosis is acne vulgaris (grade 2). Do not apply Mometasone cream over the face, as it is a steroid cream. Please get an ultrasound of the abdomen and pelvis during the second and third days of the menstrual cycle to rule out PCOD (polycyst...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment option for nodular acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old female and having nodular acne for more than a year. It looks very terrible and painful. In my teen age I had pimples but of moderate type. I have tried every possible treatments such as chemical peel and Isotretinoin. But nothing worked. Currently, I am taking Divya K...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The best medicine for nodulocystic acne is capsule Isotretinoin. This needs to be taken for at least four to five months to have proper response. The dose of Isotretinoin is 20 mg once daily. Before starting the capsule get your b...  Read Full »

My doctor prescribed Spironolactone, and I have started developing small bumps and whiteheads. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently got prescribed Spironolactone and started taking it last week. A few days later, I started developing clusters of very small things like whiteheads and bumps. Should I stop taking this medicine?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the history and images provided by your end (the attachments have been removed to protect the identity of the patient). Acne vulgaris has multiple modes of treatment. As you have already mentioned that you are using Clindamycin as well as Tretinoi...  Read Full »

Why do I have dark spots all over my body?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female with three kids. When I was in my teenage, I developed red bumps which later on turn into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttock, back of my thighs and uppe...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment can be procured online on a telemedicine portal. How long it has been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving fact...  Read Full »

Can I use retinol to clear my cystic acne and comedones?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acne vulgaris. I get cystic acne and have a lot of comedones. I have applied Clindamycin gel and other topical creams on my acne. But after I waxed my face, the acne reappeared and not going away. What should I do? I even started using the Aztec clay mask a few days ago, but I f...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Acne is a going process, and frequent exacerbations are seen due to hormonal changes, periods, stress, fast food, and certain cosmetics. Yes, your lesion at this time may require Isotretinoin (retinoid). Still, ...  Read Full »

I have had pimples and scars on my cheeks and forehead for two months. How to get rid of it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a teenager of average build. I have had pimples and scars on my cheeks and forehead for two months.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It could be acne vulgaris and post-acne hyperpigmentation (PIH) with atrophic scarring. Acne appears most frequently due to hormonal fluctuations, imbalances, genetic reasons, climate changes, food habits, consumption of oily, fried, and s...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old and have been suffering from acne since I got my first period when I was 14. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had acne since I started my menstrual cycle at 14. I am 20 years old now. I have used many different skin care products, but nothing seemed to help. Then, when I think something will work, the acne returns. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I reviewed your query and understand your concern. Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents. In adulthood, it involves pilosebaceous follicles or oil glands and therefore is seen to involve areas where oil glands are dense, lik...  Read Full »

I am a 21-year-old with acne and acne marks all over my face. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had acne since the age of 13, and now I am 21. I consulted a doctor last year, and the acne reduced a little, but now I have marks everywhere. So I am concerned about my skin. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. As per the history provided from your end, it is acne vulgaris. It usually results in the formation of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as well as acne scarring. It occurs for multiple reasons, including longstanding untreated acne, sever...  Read Full »

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