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Advice for acne prone skin

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: December 3, 2021 10:34 AM
Anonymous 5 months

Few years ago I went for dermatologist, I consumed isotretinoin and also apply differin. My doctor advised that I’m able to stop taking the medicine after 2.5 years. But after a year, my acne recur and I decided to use back differin.

I’ve been using differin 0.1% for more than 5 months. I’m still getting new pimples, my acne & scars still cannot get rid effectively. When I apply differin on my skin, I cannot feel any irritation and dry.

How long should I continue using differin to see the result? I only preferred external medication. I don’t wish to get isotretinoin or any oral medication prescribed again.

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 5 months
General Practitioner

Greetings,

Thank you for choosing us to get an opinion regarding your skin health issues.

Based on your explanations, you want to know how long you should continue using differin for your acne condition. I will give you the informations related to this issue.

For you information, One would expect to see the result within 3 months. However, in severe cases, it may take up to 5 months for the medication to work. But it all depends on the underlying causes of acne and the correct medicine given.

The causes of acne include:

  • Drugs; containing phenytoin, iodine, bromide, steroids, isoniazid & lithium.
  • Tight clothing/ equipment contact on the skin surface.
  • Greasy skin/hair care will clog pores.
  • Greasy & dirty environment.
  • Bacteria Propionibacterium acnes
  • Hormonal changes.
  • Excessive androgen such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

You need to seek medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and early treatments to prevent any unfavourable situations

I hope the above statement does help you in a way and if you need further assistance and explanations from us, you can talk to our doctor online. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Fri Dec 03 2021 10:34:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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