I suffer from persistent acne problems?




Question: I suffer from persistent acne problems. I am a male 34 years old and have had acne problems since I was 16 years old. My acne is mostly on my face and a lot is found on my upper back. To the point I am ashamed of it. What can I do to make it go away?

Answer: Hi. I have received and read your question. You are suffering from acne vulgaris but since it is now showing up on your upper back and has become a problem you need to deal with this. Proper hygiene and washing is the first step that needs to be taken.

  1. Use a mild soap and avoid scented, medicated soap.
  2. While washing the face, the skin of the face must not be scrubbed roughly. It should be sponged gently.
  3. Wash your face three or four times a day with plain water – soap is to be used only twice a day.
  4. Avoid exposure to dust, dirt or oily cosmetics.
  5. I would also recommend to avoid fatty foods.
  6. Do not squeeze the acne as it may leave a scar permanently.

As far as treatment is concerned you should consult a dermatologist. Possible medication that will be recommended by your doctor may include:

Doxycycline 100 mg two times a day. Ibuprofen 400 mg two times for five days. Isotretinoin once a day for 15 days. Retino-A (Tretinoin) locally at night.

Regards

Dr. Deepak Patel