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Does dandruff cause acne on the cheeks and little bumps on the forehead?

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Published At May 15, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 25, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years old, and I have acne on my cheeks and little lumps on my forehead. Is my dandruff contributing to the problem? Kindly help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

Dandruff can be due to multiple reasons including hormonal changes, and dietary factors including oily and fried food, sweets, red meat, milk, and dairy products. It can also be due to climate change, the use of a helmet, inadequate water consumption, and sweating. Dandruff can also cause acne on the forehead. Acne otherwise may also be due to hormonal changes, a family history that can be transmitted genetically, dietary factors, medications, skin products, etc.

I suggest you follow the suggestions listed below.

  1. Scalpe plus shampoo (Ketoconazole) is to be used once every three days. Apply three drops of the shampoo mixed in one-third cup of water (the cup used for bathing), apply on the scalp, massage for one minute, leave for five minutes, and wash off. Continue for three months.
  2. Aha glow S foaming face wash (aloe extract, salicylic acid) to be used as a face wash. Apply and massage in gentle circular motions for one minute and wash off. Use twice daily.
  3. Peroclin gel 2.5 % (Benzoyl peroxide and Clindamycin) to be used on pimples daily in the morning for three to six months.
  4. Cleargel AP gel (Clindamycin) to be used on alternate nights on pimples. Use only a very small quantity of the gel and apply a very thin layer on the acne spots only. Start by using alternate days for six weeks, then use every night for 12 weeks.
  5. Avoid oily and fried food, sweets, red meat, milk, and dairy products.
  6. Consume more fruits, vegetables, fiber. Drink at least 12 glasses of water a day.

Dandruff and acne may be on and off. As you age, chances of acne would reduce. Make sure to use the medications to manage the conditions currently.

I hope I have answered your question.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


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

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty


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