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Acne spreading to back and scalp. Taking garlic pills. Is there a permanent remedy?

Hi Doctor, I am 21 years old and I have had acne since I was in middle school. In high school it reached to my back. A few years ago I started getting acne on my scalp as well. The type on my scalp is pus filled bumps and there are a LOT of them. It is very, very painful. I can't sleep at night sometimes. A dermatologist told me it was bacteria but she didn't give me any other information on what it is/ how to treat it. She gave me antibiotics for my acne in general but I had a reaction to it. About 1.5 years ago i stated taking 1000mg garlic pills (twice a day). These work wonders except that when I miss even just one pill one day, all the bumps on my scalp come back and again start going away about a week after continuing the pills. It's great that the pills control the situation, but I don't want to take them forever. Could you please help me find a solution to really get rid of this bacteria on my scalp. I believe it may be necessary to address an internal issue as well, but I'm not sure what (liver, kidneys...?). Thank you.
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to Healthcare Magic.

Acne or pimples generally starts appearing at the age of 13-14 years (that means by the start of our teenage). In most of the cases it almost vanishes by the age of 25 years.

This is basically due to hormones which are the biochemical related to all our pimples activity.

Regarding pimples especially, the hormone testosterone plays the most important role in high oil secretion and increase the size of oil glands. As the pores or ducts of the glands are blocked so it leads to formation of pimples in the from of black heads, white heads and bumps which later on heals with marks, pigmentation and scars.

So till the age of 25 years you would be having pimples and then subsiding by its own.
Follow the suggestions below:
1. Do not pinch, pop or squeeze any area.
2. Do not apply any creamy or oily stuff or moisturizers or any other cosmetics or oil.
3. Try to avoid any home remedies suggested by your friends or family members or otherwise self implicated therapies also.
4. Try avoiding situations of direct continuous exposure to sunlight or heat and humidity for long hours.
5. Kindly do not use any antibiotic as self medication.

For the mean time you can consult a good dermatologist who can understand your problem and then guide you best regarding the same.

Hope these informations will help.

"With good health wishes"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology & STDs)
Answered: Sat, 15 Jun 2013
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