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Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is used to treat red and pus-filled acne. It removes excess oil and dead skin cells and also kills the causative bacteria underneath the skin. The common side effect is severe drying of the skin, so it is not indicated for people with eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.

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I have severe adult acne for more than ten years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe adult acne, and I am 33 years old. My height is 5 feet 6 inches, and I weigh 253 pounds. I have had this issue for more than 11 years now, and I have tried everything to get rid of it, and nothing helped. I recently found that I had some on my legs and buttocks as well. The ...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. The first thing in the treatment of acne is patience. Patience is a must because it takes time to heal. You are suffering from acne, which has infected with bacteria leading to pus formation. So I sugge...  Read Full »

I have acne on my cheeks, chin, and neck. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been dealing with acne on my cheeks, chin, jawline, and neck for the past four years. I have recently graduated my bachelors and got accepted to medical school. I previously thought the acne was due to stress, but since graduating I have still been having breakouts and tried Benz...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand acne is very frustrating. Many factors play a role in acne, they are, 1. The hormone is the main factor. Here acne is seen mainly on the chin and neck. A most common cause is the polycystic ovarian disease that presents with acne, increased hair on the ...  Read Full »

I have had pimples on my face for the past month. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 28 years old. I have had pimples on my face for the past month that I treated with Benzoyl peroxide. Despite the treatment (which I no longer continue) the spots did not heal and are bright red. I have white skin with numerous nevi. What can I do to help these pimple spots heal? I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do understand your concern. It appears to be atopic eczema. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Apply Mupirocin (antibacterial) cream twice daily for ten days. Take tablet Antoxid HC (beta carotene) once daily after dinner for 30 days. Co...  Read Full »

I am suffering from sweating problem and due to this, flies are around me. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a sweating problem. Due to this problem, flies are around me. I am so shamefully in place. I bath every day two times by soap, and I clean my private parts also. But I do not understand why to create this problem. Even if I do less work, like walking sweat problem ...  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your problem can be due to excess sweat or a particular smell which comes in the sweat of some patients, which is known as bromhidrosis. You can use the following medicines to help you, 1. 5 % Benzoyl peroxide soap, leave the lather for 1...  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 icliniq.com. 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 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How can I treat my chest acne?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old male, and for over two years, I have been dealing with a lot of chest acne. I have been told it is folliculitis. I have gone to three different dermatologists who have just prescribed me Benzoyl peroxide washes, sodium washes, Doxycycline, and a bunch of different cr...  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It looks to me like Pityrosporum folliculitis. Some people call that fungal acne too. Does it itch? Please take the following medications for three weeks. Kindly consult your doctor to discuss the suggestion and take the treatment with cons...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Please suggest a treatment for acne.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been struggling with acne for a while now and have been postponing going to my general physician. I have been very hesitant on what to use and do not ever apply anything apart from a light cleanser on my face. I am not even sure what the term would be for it except the loose term...  Read Full »


Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concern is acne rosacea and sensitive, acne-prone skin. You should avoid the following: Direct exposure to sunlight between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Foods like chocolate and alcohol. Oily and spicy food. Cold items. Getting too emotional. Use Cetaphil DAM moist...  Read Full »

I have big red bumps, which are an aesthetic concern. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticeable big red spots that keep appearing on my face. They are not pimples because you cannot pop them, and they do not get the white tip. I picked one of them, and it bled and then scabbed, which made going out even worse. I have not put on makeup or used anything to cleans...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. It seems you have acne vulgaris based on your descriptions and pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents and adults. It involves pil...  Read Full »

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