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Want to know why I keep getting spots on my chest?

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Want to know why I keep getting spots on my chest?

Good afternoon, I am Dr Elliot and hope that I can help

Do you have a photo of these spots please?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
My chest doesn’t look so bad at the moment. They come and go. Worse after exercise. No yellow heads just red spots
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
File attached (VM611S6)

Thanks, ***** ***** have you had these for? Do you get any on your face or back?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No not on my face
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I get them on my back. For Aslong as I can remember to be honest
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
To be honest I don’t drink much water. I’m never thirsty to. I don’t know if that’s got anything to do with it

I think this is a form of Acne Vulgaris - normally would affect the face

Do you ever shave the chest area?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No never
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I used to have face acne when I was a teenager/young adult life

Okay thanks, ***** ***** would treat this as per acne, it is a symptomatic management, but one option is a topical antibiotic or an oral antibiotic for about 2 months to see if this will settle. The alternative is use some over the counter acne skin treatments to dry them out, however I think this would not be as effective

https://patient.info/skin-conditions/acne-leaflet

Please see this link for more information, it will mention the face, but the lesions appear like acne lesions

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I did try one antibiotic

What did you try?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Lymecycline

Okay, did it do anything?

I think your next option would be a topical retinoid

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
They did help but surely I can’t spend the rest of my life on them

So if it is acne, people would use them on and off, 2 months on, then maybe again 4-6 months later, but the key is the skin care in between to try to prevent an outbreak and delay needing the antibiotics

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Yh I will have to try skin care. I will order some topical retinoid. I’ve never even heard of the stuff

What you have done so far is the right thing, but I think you will just have to continually treat this

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Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Yh I will try it and see how I get on
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Thanks you

No worries, best of luck