Q. What treatment will you suggest for recurring acne?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 15, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am having acne since a week. I used Clindamycin gel but it is not effective. I have attached my photos. My acne goes and comes. Also tell me which face wash, moisturizer and sunscreen to use? Kindly suggest treatment for my acne.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachments removed to protect patient identity).

I would recommend you to use Salicylic acid face wash twice daily and apply Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 percent gel twice daily on the affected areas. Along with this take a course of antibiotic tablet Azithromycin 500 mg daily before lunch or dinner for three consecutive days in a week for six weeks.

Use Face Guard sunscreen gel and silk moisturizing cream as sunscreen and moisturizer respectively.

Besides this keep your face dry, avoid applying oily cream or moisturizers and avoid oiling of scalp.

Use cosmetics labeled as noncomedogenic and reduce the intake of sugary foods.

Continue the above mentioned guidelines for six weeks.

The Probable causes:

Seborrhea or hormonal disturbance.

Probable diagnosis:

Acne vulgaris.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after six weeks to a dermatologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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Hello doctor,

Why I always get acne on my forehead? How to control acne after acne gets cleared?

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Acne on forehead is because of increased sebum production on the forehead.

Intensity of sebum production varies from person to person at various sites like cheeks, forehead, chin, etc.

Acne on forehead is sometimes associated with dandruff. In that case use Ketoconazole shampoo twice weekly.

For maintenance of acne continue with Benzoyl peroxide gel once daily on the areas most affected and then gradually reduce to thrice weekly, twice weekly and once weekly.

Also continue with the face wash.

Even the Azithromycin tablet has to be used for a long time for clearance of acne. It varies from person to person but usually takes between 4-6 months.

For further information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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