Why is my acne worsening in spite of my skincare routine? (photo)
I'm a 23 year old female, suffering from acne. I use 0.5% salicylic acid toner in the morning, apply 2 layers of sunblock before going out, and apply retacnyl at night and a night time moisturiser. I do sometimes exercise with my make up on, and rinse my face with water after exercising. However, despite this routine, I have noticed worsening swollen acne patches, some that even have liquidy yellow discharge oozing out. I am worried that my acne will not recover well and end up scarring. I already have a lot of acne scars on my face. Why is my acne worsening in spite of my skincare routine, and what changes should I make (if any) to my skincare routine to improve my acne?
Thank you for your photo. From your description and photo, you should seek urgent medical attention. There may be a bacterial infection over the red patch, which may be associated with an underlying acne nodule or cyst.
You may well require antibiotics and some changes to your skincare routine. As you rightly suggest, it is best to treat early to prevent any scar formation. Do see a trusted dermatologist or doctor for some advice. Hope you get well soon.
Stephanie Ho, Dermatologist