A question re acne from Sweden.

Hi doctor, I am 18 years old girl and I live in sweden. I have very bad skin. Actually I am asian but living in sweden since a year. I get pimples which have sth yellow or white in it. They are sometimes painfull when I pop it up so I get marks left by pimples. And I have two brown spots on my cheek under my eye which I notice from the last 2 or three months. I use sometimes lemon on my face. Please help me get rid of it.

Thank you for writing. If you have truly deep cysts which are leaving indented scars, then please see a dermatologist as soon as possible! You will need stronger medication to prevent scarring acne. 


If acne is more mild, it’s fine to try nonprescription products first. Two things to remember:


  1. It takes acne medications about 6-10 weeks to really work,
  2. If a product irritates you, stop the product, let the skin return to normal, and then find an alternative – we are all individuals.


Learn how to use acne and oil control products for your skin regimen:


Morning: BP 5% wash, then the B5 gel moisturizer (or another light one formulated for acne), then the Elta Clear sunscreen


Night: The Glycolix Elite pads to cleanse then the B5 moisturizer again. After a week or two of this, if you are not too dry, add the SkinMedica TriRetinol Complex.


Hope this helps, Dr. I


Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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