Eric has type III acne in the facial area.

Case study | 16 Jun 2024

Acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris or acne is the medical term for (childhood) pimples. There is no other skin condition that is more well-known than acne. Acne is caused by an inflammation of the sebaceous gland follicle. In most cases, acne begins at puberty, when the skin undergoes a variety of changes under the influence of hormones. The sebaceous glands on the face, back, and chest become larger and produce more skin oil or sebum, which is also thicker in composition.

Eric has type III acne in the facial area

Eric is a 16-year-old patient with type III acne, manifesting especially in the facial area. “I feel insecure, and sometimes I get called “pimple-face” at school.” Although blemished skin, pimples, acne, or pimples are part of puberty, and maybe a little after that, it hurts Eric’s self-image quite a lot. In addition to his social embarrassment, the acne sometimes causes sores, especially when his skin is dehydrated. “My face would get all red.”

The challenge

“I tried all kinds of creams, went to beauticians and used alternative cleansers. Of course, as a teenager, I started trying acne creams from the local drugstore. Which worked fine, for a week. Then my face was so dehydrated that my skin just started producing more oil, which in turn caused more pimples. For a while I used benzoyl peroxide, a cream that comes in different strengths. Unfortunately, that only caused more dehydration and an even redder skin.”

Also, the problem with Eric was that gels and creams closed off the skin, preventing it from breathing. He has even started watching his diet, but the acne just won’t go away. Eric’s skin condition only worsened. That’s when he consulted Dr. Naftaniel. “I turned out to have very sensitive oily skin. But there were few good creams available that are healthy for my sensitive skin.”

The solution

It turns out that Eric’s skin requires special needs. Dr. Naftaniel prescribed a combination of products, offered by Fagron. “After the treatment, my skin condition improved dramatically within a month and is now controlled with a prescription of nicotinamide. My face is no longer red, my skin no longer hurts and I feel more confident by the day.”


  • The compound of clindamycin HCl 1%, nicotinamide (vit. B3) 3%, and tocopherol (vit. E) 5% in Fitalite™.

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