Reduce acneiform eruptions

I’ve got spots that won’t go away... Is that normal? My skin is sometimes really itchy, what can I do about it?

When you undergo targeted therapy, an eruption in the form of spots or redness often appears. These lesions are generally found locally around the nose, on the scalp, in the center of the back and on the chest. They may be combined with itchiness or a painful burning sensation, or become infected.

I had all these little spots on my face and around my mouth, I was just like a teenager. My skin was dry, it tingled, and I had a constant urge to scratch. By using certain adapted creams, my skin became less sensitive and I started to feel soothed.

Our advice

  • Even in case of low UV index, protect yourself from the sun with a SPF50+ broad spectrum sunscreen applied 20 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply it every 2 hours, or more often in case of swimming or sweating and immediately after towel drying.
  • Adapt your daily cleansing products.
  • Apply an appropriate hydrating cream twice a day. Fragrance free products are ideal.
  • Limit the risk of bacterial growth by using a copper/zinc based protective cream, such as Avène Cicalfate Restorative skin cream.


  • Body scrubs are not recommended for very irritated skin.
  • Patients undergoing treatment should avoid exposure to sunlight, which can exacerbate the lesions.
  • If you pick away at the lesions, you increase the risk of scarring.
  • It is not true acne (no comedones or microcysts).
  • It occurs mostly at the start of the treatment, in the first weeks.
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