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HomeAnswersDermatologyclogged skin poresI started using vitamin C on my oily, acne-prone skin after which I developed pus-filled pimples on my face. What to do?

Can vitamin C cause purging and pus-filled pimples on oily-acne prone skin?


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Answered by

Dr. S. Renjana

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At July 19, 2023
Reviewed AtMay 21, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have oily, acne-prone skin. I started using vitamin C and the very next day a lot of pus-filled, red, and painful pimples emerged on my face. I am really confused about whether it is due to purging or the product is not suiting me. What to do?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. S. Renjana


Hope you are doing well.

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understood your concern.

Since you have acne-prone skin, I would like to know if you had any active acne lesions when you started using the topical vitamin C and if you are on any other topical or oral medications for the acne lesions. Usually, topical vitamin C serums do not cause any breakouts but if your skin is already acne-prone and sensitive, then I would suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below.

1. Stop using any topical creams or serums that you are using at present.

2. If possible, send a photograph of your current condition.

3. Always use sunscreen having an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more when you are using any kind of pimples on your face.

4. Do not try to break or puncture your pimples.

Kindly send me a proper and clear photograph so that I can prescribe the appropriate medications for the same.

I hope this has helped you.

Thanks and regards.

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

Dr. S. Renjana
Dr. S. Renjana


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