There are a lot of small pits and pimples on my face. How can I get rid of them?
K Madhu, Hyderabad
Small pits and pimples are suggestive of moderate acne. Topical therapy is the preferred choice. Topical antibiotics like erythromycin and clindamycin can be used to reduce the acne-producing bacteria and the inflammation caused by them. They are often used in combination with benzoyl peroxide to reduce the emergence of resistance to the antibiotics. The small pits on the face are known as ice pick scars which are the commonest types of scars seen in acne. The treatment of the scars depends largely on the type of scars. You can use a topical retinoid cream or treat it surgically by punch excision. Further, your doctor may choose procedures like cryotherapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion or a laser.
Dr Rui Fernandez, Dermatologist