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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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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 »

I have body acne for 10 years. How to treat them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from body acne since ten years. It is present on my upper arms, shoulders, back and buttocks. I have been using Benzoyl peroxide 5 % since six months. But there has been no effect at all.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Benzoyl peroxide alone is not going to work. Please send the photographs of the affected area to find out the grade of acne and to prescribe you the proper treatment.   Read Full »

What could cause pimples in the arms and wrist?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to seek assistance with regard to my concern in skin. There is a pimple appearing in my arms and around my wrists. I am now using a sulfur soap. I am wondering why this happens. If the pimples were healed, it leaves marks that make my arm and wrists dark. I want to have norm...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the photo. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). How long it has been there? What are the symptoms of it? Any other area affected? Any history of hypertension and diabetes? Please send a few more photographs taken from different angles.  Read Full »

What causes sudden clusters of pimples?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up today with three pimples on my left temples. It is not hurting, but just scary to look at. I am due for my periods. Can it be because of that? I do get pimples, but never in bundles. Seeing three of them popping up all at once, is freaking me out.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be a premenstrual flare of acne. I suggest you wash your face twice daily. Use Saslic DS (Salicylic acid topical) face wash in the morning, and Acnedap plus (Dapsone) gel at night. Hope it helps. If you have any other question, please do not hesitate to con...  Read Full »

What causes pus-filled bumps on the scalp?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. I am getting bumps with pus on my scalp. I have already contacted dermatologist but no luck. It has been more than a year I am suffering with this. Please suggest best tablets or shampoo.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need to know a few more things about your health issue. Is there any aggravating or relieving factor? Is itching present? What work do you do? Did you have response to any medication? Please do attach pictures and revert back with the answers to a ...  Read Full »

Why are Clindamycin and Adapalene topicals not working on my pimples?

Query: Hi doctor,Last year I was prescribed Clindamycin topical and Adapalene topical for my facial acne. After a few months, my face was clear, and I stopped using them. I picked the prescriptions back this year when my face got worse (new pimples every day). Not only has it made my skin way worse for the...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you have any history of menstrual disturbance? Do you have PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease)? Please revert with answers. Regards.  Read Full »

I have dark spots on the face from acne. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have oily skin. I have lots of dark spots and acne on my face. Currently, I am using Clincitop gel. My face skin has turned dark and my body color is normal. I have also lost my skin complexion. How should I get rid of this? Please suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send good quality photographs of your face taken under natural light for more detailed opinion.  Read Full »

I am a 38-year-old diabetic lady with acne in the face mask area. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old lady, on diabetic treatment, previously treated for acne a few years ago. For one year with Retin A tablets, currently suffering a limited acne breakout in the area of the face mask and was prescribed mild topical exfoliants with cream for pore purification; it general...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would suggest you the following measures. Use Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 % cream once at nighttime. Open your mask every four hours for 15 minutes. Apply a lot of moisturizer before wearing a mask. Apply minimal cosmetics; otherwise, it can also a...  Read Full »

I have discoloration, acne, and acne scarring on my overall face. Please suggest some treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I have pimples that are going on and off. But for the last two months, they are not going away, and before, they were only like white pus-filled acne, but now I have reddish-brown colored bumps inside the skin with no heads. I also have discoloration and acne scarring on my overall face. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from nodulocystic acne. I suggest taking a capsule of Isotretinoin 30 mg once at night. Use Gel Revize micro (Tretinoin) 0.025 percent, once at night in a very small amount over the whole face and then wash. Use Venusia cream (moisturizer). Use La shie...  Read Full »

Does acne in hand and back with dark areas in the neck, armpit, etc., indicate acanthosis nigricans?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had back and arm acne for more than four years. These acnes come and stay and go, and after that, new acne comes. I used Moisturex cream for it. But nothing happened. Can you please recommend full treatment for this? Like body wash or soap and lotion and other specific creams. My n...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For back acne, I would advise you to consider taking Isotretinoin 30 mg once at night (if not planning for pregnancy) and Onac SR (Sulfur and Resorcinol lotion) lotion once after bath. Do you have dark axilla or groin? Is there a dark area under the breast? Do you have ...  Read Full »

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