Why am I still getting pimples?
Doctor Answers 1
Please follow up with your dermatologist
Acne is typically inherited. In other words: There is no cure.
The good news is: Acne tends to vanish at some point in life, frequently at around age 30. In addition, we can suppress acne in almost all patients with an individualized combination of prescription medications. I therefore recommend that you follow up with your dermatologist in order to obtain advice regarding the following issues:
Your situation might justify a workup for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The diagnosis requires presence of 2 of the following: androgen excess, ovulatory dysfunction, or polycystic ovaries.
Please ask if cleansers containing glycolic acid and salicylic acid might be good for you. Many of my patients use 12% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid cleansers with good results. Benzoyl peroxide is a broad-spectrum topical antibiotic and more effective than tretinoin for inflammatory acne lesions.
Please review the list of your current oral medications with your dermatologist since corticosteroids, androgens, lithium etc. may trigger acne.
You also might want to use oil-free makeup and avoid or at least minimize stress and consumption of dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods.
Best of luck! You will do well!