Relying on the experts
For some folks, acne can be more serious. In fact, by their midteens, more than 40 percent of adolescents have acne severe enough to require some treatment by a physician or a dermatologist who is an authority when it comes to acne. And adult women who are having problems getting their acne to respond to treatment often need to make an appointment with a doctor.
But no matter who you are, you should definitely have your acne evaluated by a knowledgeable healthcare provider if:
- Your acne didn’t respond to home remedies, diets, herbal medications, facials, special soaps, or nonprescription OTC treatments.
- Your skin can’t tolerate the OTC preparations.
- Your acne is widespread and it involves your chest and back.
- Your acne is beginning to scar or has already scarred.
- Your acne has become more severe.
- You are a female who develops facial hair or has irregular periods.
- You’re not a “do-it-yourselfer” and you want the pros to handle your acne.
- You have dark skin, and patches that are darker than your normal skin appear after your acne lesions clear.
In addition, you may need help dealing with acne scars, both the physical and emotional:
- Preventing and repairing scars: Even very mild or occasional breakouts have the potential to leave permanent scars. There are now exciting innovations in dermatologic surgery using lights, lasers, and chemical peels to help improve the appearance of the skin before and after acne has left its marks.
- Healing the inner scars: The emotional effects of acne haven’t always been fully appreciated, but many studies have demonstrated its damaging psychological impact. Nowadays there is a much greater interest in preventing and healing the inner scars of acne.
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