Seeing A Dermatologist For Acne Treatment
Do not think that you should not see a dermatologist even if you suffer from a mild case of acne. A dermatologist can provide you with valuable information about what causes acne and they will give you ideas for treatment options. The other reason you want to see a dermatologist for a mild form of acne is because there is another condition called deratosis pilaris which is confused with acne. A dermatologist will properly diagnose you so you can proceed with the proper treatment.
Over-the-counter medicine for mild cases of acne are often effective. However, more severe acne should be treated by a doctor. Or if your mild case of acne is not responding to over-the-counter medications, you should see your doctor.
Before you go to the doctor for you first visit regarding acne, write down all you know about your acne. For example, the doctor will want to know how log you have had acne and what you have done as far as a treatment. Other things your doctor will need to know is if the affected area gets blackheads, whiteheads or lesions. Find out from your parents if they also had acne and of course, you will already know if one of your brothers or sisters has had acne. You need to know if you are allergic to any medications in the event the doctor wants to prescribe a medication that needs to be taken orally.
It is entirely possible that you dermatologist will offer a variety of treatment options. Therefore it is a good idea to read up on the treatment options available so when they start to discuss these options at your office visit, it will not be so overwhelming and you will basically know what they are talking about. This will help you to make an informed decision. Some things to know are the antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that cause acne and may be prescribed as an oral medication or as a lotion or both.
Benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid are other treatments that typically come in a gel form. These cause dryness and reddening of the skin if applied to areas other than the affected acne are. So please use care when applying them so you do not cause other skin problems. Severe cases of acne may require a type of physical treatments including laser treatment or comedone extraction.
Whichever treatment you choose, it is most important to follow directions given by the doctor. Continue to use the correct dosage and if your acne clears up, continue treatment until advised otherwise, otherwise it may come back.
It is a good rule of thumb to be informed about this or any condition you may have. Seek and get the information you require, continue to make a note of any questions as you think of them so that you can ask your doctor at your next visit. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
· How are acne scars preventable?
· What kind of treatment is best for me?
· What are the side effects?
· How soon will I start to see results?
· How long will the treatment last?
· What is a good skin care regimen for me?
· Can I use makeup?
Your acne treatment may continue for awhile depending on how severe a case you have. Whenever you visit your doctor be sure to ask any questions you have thought of.
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