EXPERT Q&A

Q: What kind of acne is this and why do I continue to have flare ups every few weeks?

What our experts say:

You may have a bacterial infection instead of regular acne. One needs to culture it to see what type of bacteria is present and then treat it.  Less likely but possible is a fungal infection- this would need different treatments entirely.  If that does not work, one can use photodynamic therapy (Blu Lights with Levulan) or Isolase to treat it. Finally, isotretinoin may be required to get it under control.

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