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How to treat acne on forehead and cheeks that appeared during my teenage?

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Published At January 24, 2023
Reviewed AtJanuary 25, 2023

Patient's 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.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 disease) is also one of the reasons among young women due to hormonal fluctuations, which also cause menstrual irregularities, unwanted facial hair growth, weight gain, hair loss, etc. They may appear on and off depending on the above trigger factors. As you grow older, they will stabilize. The below medications will help manage them. I suggest you take the following medications:

1. Cera Ve SA (Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, and Sodium Methylcocoyl Taurate) facial cleanser to be used twice daily. Apply a sufficient quantity, massage, and gentle circular motions for one minute and wash off. Continue usage for two months.

2. Peroclin 2.5% gel (Clindamycin and Benzoyl peroxide gel) to be used in the morning after cleaning and drying the face. Apply a small quantity on the acne spots only.

3. Actreat gel (Clindamycin Nicotinamide gel) to be applied at night daily after using the face wash.

4. Glycolic acid chemical peels may be used at a dermatologist's clinic to help with textural skin.

5. Avoid oily and fried food, sweets, red meat, milk, and dairy products.

6. Consume more fruits, vegetables, fiber, and at least 12 glasses of water daily.

7. Gynaecology consultation in case of menstrual irregularities or other symptoms to rule out PCOD.

Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them and take medications with their consent. I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty


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