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Adapalene is a topical retinoid that is used to treat acne, keratosis, and other skin conditions. The common side effects are stinging, dry skin, peeling, and redness, but is the most tolerated among the three topical retinoids.

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I get pimples whenever I eat spicy hot foods. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. Whenever I eat something spicy like patties or any hot food overnight, I get pimples on my cheeks. They are the red and yellow type and do not fade away easily. Sometimes, I have to compromise on my favorite dishes. Please suggest a remedy.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Pimples occur due to hormonal changes and oily accumulation in the skin. I suggest following these steps: 1. Do not use hair oil or any sticky cream on the face. 2. Avoid oily food, chocolate, and milk products. 3. Avoid dust. 4. Use sunscreens above 30 SPF. 5. ...  Read Full »

Could my acne be caused by hormone changes?

Query: Hello doctor, I had this acne situation for the past three months. I am not sure of the cause. It started from the side jawline till the cheeks, and it got worse. I tried Benzoyl peroxide and it only helps to control but does not get well, and the skin got dried. Is it a hormonal change? What can I...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Acne along the jawline and lower face can indeed be an indicator of hormonal imbalance. Do you have any menstrual irregularities, or facial hair growth or recent weight gain? I would appreciate if you send me the photograph to assess the severity and nature of your a...  Read Full »

I have inflamed papules. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. Two years ago, I started developing mild to moderate acne. My dermatologist suggested I use tablet Doxycycline, Adapalene gel 0.1 %, and Clindamycin Phosphate solution for one month. After the second month, I started developing new inflamed papules. So, my do...  Read Full »

Dr. Barve Vaibhav Saidas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. I suggest you to use Deriva-Cms gel (Adapalene and Clindamycin), Dermadew Aloe lotion, and a photostable gold sunscreen. I hope this helps. Thank you.  Read Full »

How to treat acne in the case of combination-type skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have combination skin on the face with acne. I am not really sure if it can be termed acne. There are these very minute skin bumps. Please see the attached photo. I do not usually get pimples though. What can I do to make my face clearer?  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern is acne vulgaris grade I. Your skin is of mixed type with the T-zone of the face oily and the remaining parts are dry. Start using Papulex (Nicotinamide) face wash twice daily. If your skin gets too dry after face wash, apply Aquasoft FC moisturizer afte...  Read Full »

I have acne issues. Please suggest medications.

Query: Hi doctor, I have sensitive, oily and acne prone skin. My skin is a very fair complexion. I need topical medication for acne that lasts on the face for more two to three months. The acne is often without a white head. They are red and become brown with time. It happens with climatic change, hormonal...  Read Full »

Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you have acne problem. You can continue with Cetaphil-OS cleanser. Also, I suggest Epiduo gel (Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) at night. I would like to know if your periods are regular and any recent stress. Also, it would help if you can lose some w...  Read Full »

I have had boils on my face for the past one month. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. For the past one month, I have got these boils on my face. Ten years ago, I had the same issue and got treated. It is a kind of acne that is what the doctor had diagnosed at that time. At present, I do not take any medications for the same. These are the same...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have lots of closed comedones on your forehead. Yes, it is acne. There are two types of comedones. They are closed comedones nothing but whiteheads and the other are open comedones whi...  Read Full »

I am 17 years old with pimples for the last two weeks, which are getting worse day by day. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 17 years old and suffering from pimples for the last two weeks. It is increasing day by day. So what will I do? Please suggest some medicine. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is essential that you drink 1.05 gallons of water as constipation can cause pimples. Once a regular bowel movement is established, you could apply Oxidoben cream (a combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) at night over the pimples. It will dry them up and shed...  Read Full »

I have pimples that burst open, and I tried removing the pus, but a scab has formed. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pimple that bursts by itself. When it burst, I thought it was best to get all the pus out by squeezing it. I managed to remove as much as I could, but some must have remained because it has since scabbed, with pus pouring out and hardening along with the scab itself. I have h...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Firstly, you need to consult a dermatologist nearby to assess the grade and severity of acne. If acne is mild, topical anti-acne creams, like Clindamycin or Adapalene, will help. Anti-acne creams are started sim...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best cream for pimples.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I have pimples. Before I used Deriva MS gel and Kojitin gel. What should I use for better improvement?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the details provided I suggest to you the following measures. Clindamycin and Nicotinamide gel combination are good for moderate acne. Apply after face wash, and do not go in the sun after putting it. Benzoyl peroxide, take care that you apply only over pimp...  Read Full »

I have dark-colored dry patches around my mouth. Please suggest some medicine.

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from dark colored dry patches around the mouth, which are swollen and very painful. I am only on some cream for acne. Please recommend some medicine for dry patches.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history and clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are suggestive of a perioral variant of acne. Also, long term use of certain creams for acne can make your skin susceptible to such patches at the angles of your lips. Kindly mention the dur...  Read Full »

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