Kindly suggest a treatment for acne breakouts.

Q. How to cure the acne breakouts?

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Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 15, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 04, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have had good skin for all my life. People would even compliment me on it at times. This changed a while ago. I have been involved in bodybuilding for the last year and decided to start taking creatine roughly three months ago. Before that, I did not notice any effect of exercise on my skin, except for some small pimples on my chin area. After a month of creatine usage, I realized that my skin was getting worse with some breakouts all over my face, forehead, and temples and especially my chin and low jawline area. I first removed the protein supplement from my diet thinking it was the cause and only 1-2 weeks later realized upon the research that creatine was the real culprit. I instantly stopped taking it and the only supplement I take now is natural, dairy-free protein powder. Along with the skincare regimen, I follow this every day. I am using a cleanser along with moisturizer twice a day and it has helped almost to clear my forehead and temples. I assumed my breakouts were due to dehydration in the period I was taking creatine, but only noticed slight progress in my chin area. Although, the bumps on my skin now do not feel as tough and dry as they did and do not itch anymore unless I forget to moisturize. I drink lots of water and have just bought a 97 % pure aloe vera gel tube that I am going to apply twice a day. I am afraid that this condition could last a long time after quitting creatine. I am really worried as it is seriously damaging my confidence and overall well-being. Is there anything I need to know or anything I can do on my own to help the healing process? Two weeks ago, I decided to take a break from working out and thought that I noticed some improvement, as in decreased redness but I do not feel too sure about it. But, I would really hate to quit working out.



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Body-building supplements more often cause acne on the face and body. This will gradually improve as you have stopped using the supplements. Chin lesions do take longer to heal, and may take two to three months. Continue taking natural protein supplements and doing work out. Clindamycin lotion may be applied twice daily to the acne and Calamine lotion may also be used in between. Aloe vera lotion has no harm. Usually, antibiotics like Azithromycin, may be added for moderate acne. Topical agents like Benzoyl peroxide gel, retinoids, Clindamycin, or Nadifloxacin may be applied locally. Salicylic acid-based face wash may be used.

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