A question from Nigeria about acne.

Hi Doctor, This is the first time i will be visiting your website and i must confess you are doing a great job. I live in nigeria where we have like 7 months summer in a year, we have the raining season and also the dry harmartan weather. My face has been giving a lot of head ache, i break out so often, i have a lot of black scars from acne. I have tried all sorts of products ranging from Epicuren, to Stages of beauty, and regime A. I am so suprised you didnt mention any of these products in your list. I actually thought they were very good products. I need some advice on what i need to do, the products to use, the kind of routine to follow on a daily basis. I am 34 with 2 kids. Thanks

Thank you!   I have to confess I’m a bit confused because you say you are struggling with the acne but seem to like your products even though they aren’t working well.  A good start with any type of acne except the most severe type is in the link here and here for other reader’s acne questions.

You  bring up a good point in that many acne sufferers confuse the dark mark left for months when acne is healing with true scarring which is an indentation.   Look closely at your face and you can usually tell the difference.  If you have true scars with indentations, you may need a doctor to help you, often including oral antibiotics for awhile or even Accutane (can be expensive though).  If it’s mostly darker marks that are not indented then, in addition to the regimen linked above, you MUST use a sunscreen every morning and a hat whenever you are outside to help prevent them.

For more information on acne, check out the following guides:

Seeking out a good dermatologist is important. For tips and information about how to find a good dermatologist, check out our article Tips to Find A Good Dermatologist.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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