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What Is This? Acne Or Something Else?

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Sorry for what might be a silly post but I am 33 years old and have been plagued by this since I was a teen.

My spots only seem to come around the lower half of my face. I also have what I call a rashy forehead a sits really getting me down now. I habe always thought it might be hormonal as I suffer from pcos but I just need to do something now as it is really depressing me :(

I was once given a topical solution to use when I was about 15 but it burned my cheeks so I was advised to stop using it. I have retin-a which I bought over the counter in the hope it will reduce my scars but am worried Incase it causes discolouration.

Sorry for the long post but I don't know what to do anymore.

Thank you.


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I've seen a lot of people with something similar. do they ever raise off the skin like a bump? Also, do you have it anywhere else on your body?

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Thank you so much for the responses. Yes, they do raise off the skin and I have a few on my chest too. I have attached another pic.

I am based in London and am hoping to find a dermatologist to visit in the gope I can get rid of them for once and for all. Are there any recommendations on here?

Thank you


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Since it raises off the skin, I think it's acne. I've met girls with similar markings who all claim it's acne. If they were bigger and all flat, then it would be skin fungus. But, yeah. Just be careful if they give you medication. It might make the acne worse if it's acne.

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