Q. I am getting acne once I stop the acne treatment. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 08, 2019 and last reviewed on: Jul 09, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am having acne since I was 14 years old. In the beginning, I did not want to see a dermatologist because I thought it is hormonal, but the acne was not stopping from popping up on my face and making my face look full of spots and acne. So I visited a dermatologist when I was 16, the doctor gave me two ointments and a tablet.

The treatment continued for six to seven months, and my acne was gone and did not pop up for the next year. After this, I started having acne again just like before, so I revisited the doctor and asked him why is it so? He answered that it could happen because of some changes in diet and prescribed me the same tablet and the ointment for two more months. For the two months, I took all the medicine, and there was no acne for one month after the two-month medication. Now acne is coming back on my face. Why is this happening?

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Family Physician General Practitioner


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There are many causes of recurrent acne, the food, and dietary type is a factor as too much oil, and less fiber diet can cause acne breakouts. So if you are constipated and are already acne prone, this could have exacerbated the acne. If these are not the cause, then it is essential to check if your menstrual periods are regular as irregularity in the monthly cycle as in polycystic ovarian syndrome is accompanied by stubborn acne. If you are overweight or have facial hair, you must get checked out by an endocrinologist or a gynecologist for the polycystic ovarian syndrome. I hope this helps.

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