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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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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 am suffering from acne on my face and back. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 32-year-old brother has acne problem on the face and upper back since the last 15 years. He does not smoke or drink.  Read Full »

Dr. Varinder Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, he is suffering from acne vulgaris. As it is spreading to the upper back, it is problematic. Here are some tips for facial hygiene which he can follow: Use a mild soap and avoid medicated ones. While washing the face, the skin of the face ...  Read Full »

I suffer from pimples and face breakouts. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am in good health but my skin on the face breaks out, and I have not gone without at least one pimple for about three years now. My breakouts happen out of nowhere, and they stay for a long time. It hurts a lot and decreases my self-confidence. Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern.With the description and given photo (attachments have been removed to protect patient privacy), it seems you have hormonal acne or acne vulgaris.Kindly let me know if you have any menstrual irregularities.Acne vulgaris is a common skin prob...  Read Full »

Is it safe if I use a cold cream with Epiduo for dry skin?

Query: Hi doctor, Currently, I am using Epiduo (Adapalene + Benzoyl peroxide) gel for acne treatment. My doctor advised me not to use any other beauty product. Because of winter, my skin is becoming dry now. So, can I use any cold cream along with Epiduo? If yes, which one can I use? It has controlled acne...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have noted your complaints. In such a situation, the following strategy works efficiently. Wash your face frequently with plain water. This will not only help the early resolution of pimples but also help hydrate the skin. You might consider using a slightly lesser ...  Read Full »

I have acne scars after picking pus-filled acne. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I just need help diagnosing my acne. It is like a white pus, but it is deep under a layer of skin on my left cheek. It can only be seen when I purposely stretch out that skin. Anyway, I picked at it a lot to try to get the pus out but the pus always comes back even when I clean my face...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Post acne scars are three types: box scar, icepick (pin point scars), and rolling scars. Pinpoint scars are difficult to treat while box scars are easy. No creams or tablets can help you out with scars. The best technique is CO2 fractional la...  Read Full »

I feel like my acne is being pinched whenever I am stressed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have mild to severe acne. Two days ago I put salicylic acid astringent on it and let the cotton ball sit for a few minutes. Afterward, the following two days, whenever I was stressed, the acne felt like it was being pinched, feeling similar to a headache except it only lasted for a few ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi. Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. I examined your pictures (attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). With your descriptions and given picture, it seems you have mild acne at present. Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents and in adul...  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 turned into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and the same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttocks, back of my thighs, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. How long has it been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving factors? Any area spared? How long have you been breastfeeding?   Read Full »

Is it possible to get weird breakout around chin due to change in diet?

Query: Hi doctor,Just recently I have noticed some weird breakouts around my chin area. I am not sure when they started. While I do from time to time experience acne, I do not think what I am experiencing on my chin is not an acne breakout. Because there is no white head or black head present. They are not...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi Welcome to I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and according to me, they are papular lesions of acne. They are not blackheads or whiteheads. I would recommend you to continue with the birth control pill besides applying Benzoyl ...  Read Full »

What could be done for small bumps present on the face?

Query: Hello doctor, I have small bumps all over my face. They are very difficult to pop and they do not hurt. They came out of nowhere, and now it is out of control. I do not understand what I can do. I used Proactive cream in the past when I had something similar.  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello,Welcome to concern is acne medicamentosa. I suggest the following:Start using Acne-aid face wash twice daily.Apply Epiduo gel (a combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) once daily at bed time on the active acne.Take one capsule of Omega-3 fatty acid capsules daily after...  Read Full »

I had a sudden flare-up of pimples on my cheeks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had this sudden flare-up on my right cheek with big and small pimples altogether. It mostly faded, leaving hyperpigmentation. But now I have multiple small pimples under the skin. What should I use? I cleanse my face with a water gel from a glycerine-based moisturizer and use glycolic...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am very sorry about your medical condition. Do not worry. I am here to take care of you. Regarding your symptoms of repeated pimples on the face despite treatment, I propose you have developed resistant acne vulgaris. No, it is not caused by those creams you are appl...  Read Full »

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