I'm a 37 year old man, haven't had any skin problems in the past, and I've just had an outbreak of what I can only describe as acne. I have painful red spots which have just suddenly broken out over my face (mainly upper lip, but also the 'beard' area). Shaving is now excruciating and my face feels like it's on fire.
I had some acne as a teen, but it was no big deal and cleared up no bother. Any ideas what might have caused this?
This is probably a question for a doctor rather than Mumsnet, so I think you should make an appointment.
If it does turn out to be mature acne however, the best treatment is a topical antibiotic, in the form of a cream containing antibiotics that are absorbed into the skin.
My teenage son had a horrible outbreak of spots when he first started secondary school - looked like he'd been in an accident. Within a few days of using the cream the spots had all dried up and he was clear for months.
Now, whenever he gets an outbreak, the cream gets rid of them really quickly.
I'd avoid any pills - they're all really strong (and well dodgy). Good luck!