I’m so glad you brought this up, because this may NOT be acne at all! If this is still active, please see your primary care doctor or dermatologist asap. I want to re-mention the following:
There are things that can look like acne breakout but aren’t acne!
- A staph infection on the face is much more likely to be one sided like that.
- Also, shingles can occur on the face and in the first few days look like a one-sided acne outbreak.
- There are some less common skin diseases too that can cause red bumps with pustules on the face. Please see your doctor.
- A painful rash on the face always needs a medical evaluation.
Most acne and rosacea involves both sides of the face fairly symmetrically. One side might have a little more than the other side, but not usually a ton. The one-sided nature of yours suggests something else.
The good news to reassure you and others: if infections, or acne breakouts, or a rosacea flare, or shingles are caught reasonably early, they will usually heal without scarring. Worst case scenario, if a few scars do occur, they can often be blended and nearly hidden with either Co2 or a Fraxel Restore laser.
For more information on moles, lumps and bumps on the face (that are often confused with acne) see my resource article on it here.