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Suffering from acne that leave a scar. Living in humid conditions, unhealthy diet. Tried tropical cream that result to dry and itchy skin. What should be done ?

sir I am suffering from acne . It has left marks all over my face. I used to have a very clear skin with minimal skin problems. I am currently stationed in an island where the relative humidity is more than 90%. And I see a direct correlation between my acne and the place. I dont have a very healthy diet too. We have a lot of spicy and oily food. The frequency of occurence of pimples is not much, but the mark left is taking ages to heal. I have also tried topical creams, which has eventually left my skin dry untolerably itchy and increased photosensitivity . They include benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. Please suggest me the way ahead.
Asked On : Fri, 27 Apr 2012
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An over the counter regimen for acne that works quite well:

1. Use a salicylic acid face wash (e.g. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment) to wash your face, gently massaging it in for 1-2 minutes before washing off.

2. Clearasil Stayclear Tinted Acne Cream applied twice a day over the pimples. Be careful not to apply too much. There may be slight redness and flaking of skin, but this is normal. Do not apply on non pimply skin.

3. Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream: This can be applied safely over the entire face (barring around the eyes and mouth) once at night. Apply a think film, do not rub. This will prevent new pimples from coming and must be used daily for 2-3 months.

4. Omega three fatty acid capsules: Take one morning and evening after meals for 2-3 months.

5. An antioxidant containing beta carotene or lycopene taken twice a day daily for 12 weeks.

6. Lastly some general precautions - Do not pick or burst lesions, this causes scarring; do not touch your face unnecessarily; avoid hair oil application; limit sunlight exposure especially between 10 am & 4 pm.

7. A word on diet - though there is no conclusive evidence it is a good idea to cut down on very oily & sweet foods.

Hope this helps!
Answered: Sat, 28 Apr 2012
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