Ask a Dermatology Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Hi I am Dr Kasparis, Consultant dermatologistr please call me Christos. I am sorry to hear about your acne problem. Before I give you my advice can I ask a couple of things. Do you sometimes get sore lumpy spots under the skin? What treatments have you had so far, any thing prescribed? Finally can you upload some photos ideally from different skin areas and I will get back to you with my opinion.
Thank you that's very useful.
You certainly have acne which is very common and very treatable. Causes are multiple but it comes down to genetic and hormonal factors. there is nothing really in your diet that by changing will make a huge difference. I would say you have moderate inflammatory acne, this means that the main skin problem is inflamed oil glads under your skin. This type responds really well to an antibiotic by mouth together with a cream to use at night. Although in lockdown, many GP surgeries offer telephone consultations and can issue prescriptions. You can always mention you have already had a consultation with a Dermatologist. My recommended plan would be:
1. Lymecycline 408 mg once daily for 3 months, this is a commonly prescribed and effective antiobiotic for acne (as lomng as you have no allergy to tetracyclines)-on prescription only
2. Differin 0.1% cream to use on the face at night, this works by reducing the sebum (oil) production from your glands.This is on prescription only. It is not suitable to apply on the body and it can dry the skin so you may also need to moisturize with a good cream such as cetaphil cream.
This plan would really get things under control and perhaps clear your skin completely. If for whatever reason you can't see or speak to your GP for a prescription, you can start an over the counter cream called acnecide 5% gel to use on the face. It is weak but will have some effect until you can start proper treatment. Please don't spend any money on other creams over the counter as they would likely have a limited effect on your acne. If you feel you may have PCOS that can sometimes drive acne, speak to your GP to have a blood test and an ultrasound scan.
Let me know if this helps
This is a useful read from the British association of Dermatologists on acne
Not a problem , my pleasure. You are absolutely right there too much information out there which is too confusing. I am confident this will work for you.
If you are satisfied please leave your rating , you can always come back and ask me something.
All the best with your treatment. Christos
Let me know if you need anything else. Please don't forget to leave your rating as this is the only way I can receive credit for my opinion. You don't get charged extra if you do. Many thanks!