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Ask A Skin Doctor: Acne on One Side of Face

Dear Doctor

I have been suffering from acne problem since four years. My right face side is affected. And left side is clean. Acne appears on my chin, forehead also. When it finishes, it leaves a deep scar and spot on my face which looks ugly. I have never tried any dermatologist before, thinking that it will be ok soon. But it has turned into a regular thing. Please help me and tell me what should I use to remove it.

acne on one side of face

Dear Patient

The fact that the acne affects mainly one side of your face suggests that you may be coming in contact with something that is triggering the acne eruptions. These acne triggers can include:

Dirty pillows

Sleeping on a pillow on that side with the oils from your hair being reapplied on your face as you sleep.

Dirty telephones

Holding a telephone on that side of your face especially if you do not clean it often.

Hairstyle and hair care products

Hairstyles and hair care products also contribute if they come in contact with one  side of the face.

For treatment I recommend:

Use an anti-acne face wash twice a day

Use a face wash like Clean and Clear Acne Cleanser which contains 10% Benzoly peroxide to wash your face twice a day.

Use an acne moisturizer in the morning

Apply an oil-free moisturizer that contains ingredients like salicylic acid to your face after washing it in the morning. A good example is Clean and Clear Oil Free Moisturizer.

Apply a retinoid at night

Consult your nearest doctor and get a prescription of a retinoid like tretinoin (Retin-A) or adaplene (Differin) that you can apply to your face at night after cleansing.

Take tetracyclines by mouth

Consult your nearest doctor and get a prescription for 2 to 6 months of tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline or minocycline since they reduce inflammation and the population of the bacteria P. acnes.

Adopt an Acne-Free Lifestyle

Adopt an acne-free lifestyle by doing the following:

*Joining a smoking cessation program if you smoke cigarettes

*Cleaning your mobile phone with antiseptic wipes regularly

* Washing your pillowcases regularly

*Keepng your hair and hair care products away from the face

*Eating low glycemic index foods like whole grain bread, spinach, and tomatoes. To learn more read How to Treat Acne at Home.

Causes of acne on one side

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