Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). It is present in various skin care products, as it an excellent exfoliant. It sheds dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin underneath. It is also used during chemical peeling.

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What are these freckle-like spots on my nose and cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. On my nose and some parts of the cheeks, there are freckle-kind of spots which I thought was alright to have. But, now I noticed that it is increasing from the last few years. What are these? Are these pigmentations or freckles? Can it be removed totally? Wha...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly send me an imageof your condition.   Read Full »

Can I use Rejuglow Gel for skin whitening. I have very tanned skin. Give me suggestions.

Query: Hello, I am a 22 year old, male. I have a very sensitive skin, even after using sunscreens, it is tanned. Suggest me any skin whitening pills.  Read Full »


Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. As such there are no skin whitening pills. Glutathione pills are marketed as skin whitening pill, but its use is not recommended by doctors. It is essential to know how you use your sunscreen. Sunscreens with SPF 30 are good for regular use. Sunscreen should be a...  Read Full »

Can you suggest the best possible treatment for skin discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the best option for skin discoloration? I have had a few laser treatments, but it does not seem to be working. I am not sure if it is sun damage or melasma, but it definitely got much worse after having a baby last year. I had a total skin rejuvenation laser treatment three times....  Read Full »


Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concern is melasma, that is, pigmentation due to photosensitivity. It can be reduced but cannot be removed. All procedures will be temporary. So, never depend on any procedures for removing the pigmentation. We can reduce the pigmentation and can be maintained. I sug...  Read Full »

Can I know whether chemical peels control scars on the skin?

Query: Hi doctor, I did liposuction a few years ago which left me with scars. I did a mistake and used TCA 50% on them. It ruined them and left me with a dark scar. I want to use chemical peel but I do not know which one to use and which brand is good other than that? Right now, I cannot afford laser trea...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chemical peeling is done in mild superficial scarring. Pitted scars and deep scars with severe atrophy will not respond to peeling. A chemical agent like glycolic acid is used to cause a chemical burn and a superficial one is enough to cause regeneration, resurfacin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of acne and acne scars?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking questions on behalf of my son. Due to pandemics, we are not allowed to consult a dermatologist in person. But his skin has changed drastically. He is 16 years old and his face looks old. He has dark spots due to acne scarring and so he decided to use Ambi skincare fade crea...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikash Paudel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne occurs commonly in teenagers. They appear and disappear with age. They occur due to sebum production from the oil glands present in the face. It blocks the oil tract present on the surface of the skin. It gets aggravated by oily cosmetics and bacteria. Treatment de...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options to remove acne and acne spots?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a heavy acne problem all of a sudden. I have been following a face wash routine with Cetaphil and then keep washing my face with water and applying sunscreen. Then in the evening, I wash my face with water and apply aloe vera, and at night I wash my face and apply benzoyl peroxid...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne in women can occur due to underlying hormonal imbalance. I always rule out the hormonal imbalance in female patients with acne as most doctors treat acne and do not address the underlying issue, which is why acne keeps recurring. So do you get your periods regul...  Read Full »

Why does my face texture differ from body?

Query: Hello doctor, My face texture is darker than my body texture. I have tried many face wash, face whitening creams and face packs, but nothing seems to work. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your problem is very common especially in males. This is mainly due to working outside in sun which causes mild to severe tanning which you have (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Skin will become tan or darker due to sunlight. The photo exposed part b...  Read Full »

How does a dermatologist treat dark underarms?

Query: Hi doctor, I have dark underarms with dark spots. I also have a slight dark patch around the neck. Please prescribe me necessary medicines. I do not have thyroid or sugar. I have PCOD, and not under treatment right now.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, I would say it is Acanthosis nigricans. Clinical photographs would have helped. Have you put on weight recently? I suggest applying Glyco-A 12% cream (Glycolic acid) at night over dark area. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her a...  Read Full »

Will Vitamin C help in clearing post acne marks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe hyperpigmentation on my body, specifically around my chest (this may be a result of acne scarring). Is it possible for me to use facial brightening treatments (like Vitamin C) on my body as well? Is there any specific products that work after exfoliation.  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, you can use creams or lotions containing hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, growth factors, vitamin C complex, collagen, retinol complex, squalene, glycolic acid, and azelaic acid for reducing the post-acne pigmentation. For exfoliation, y...  Read Full »

What does coarsened echotexture in liver ultrasound mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a wheatish complexion. Can you please suggest if I can use Kojivit cream for skin lightening?  Read Full »


Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can use Kojivit gel (Kojic acid) safely daily. But, it only removes extra tan from your skin. You can try using a Glycolic acid based face wash for better results of skin lightening. Make sure that you apply sunscreen every 5-6 hours. You can also g...  Read Full »

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