When and Why You Should See A Dermatologist for Acne

Some people experience the occasional breakout that they spot treat or ignore. Many others deal with a constant struggle to keep their skin clear of acne. This latter group can find some salvation in over-the-counter products, but many consider getting help from a dermatologist. Below we explain when one should make the jump to seeing a derm, as well as why one should.

<image> When and Why You Should See A Dermatologist For Acne

What is a dermatologist?

Dermatology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of various skin conditions and maintaining skin health. Dermatologists are skincare experts trained in identifying and treating a variety of skin conditions, including acne.

When to see a dermatologist for acne:

Acne can cause both physical and emotional discomfort. Don’t wait to consult with a dermatologist if acne is affecting your everyday life.

You should consider consulting a dermatologist if:

Over-the-counter products are not alleviating your acne. Often, over-the-counter products are not strong enough to help moderate to severe acne.

Your acne is preventing you from normal social activity. Acne can greatly impact self esteem and self image and can cause social withdrawal.

You begin to see scars after blemishes clear. Untreated scars can become permanent. A dermatologist can provide treatments that specifically alleviate scarring.

Your acne isn’t improving or has gotten worse. If your acne has become more severe, a dermatologist will be able to prescribe you stronger medication.

What will your dermatologist need to know?

During your initial consultation with a dermatologist, you will likely be asked to provide information regarding your individual acne issues. This can include when your acne started, if it has worsened or remained constant, and what other treatments you have tried.

Benefits of consulting a dermatologist:

Access to prescription medication. There is a large difference between over-the-counter products and prescription treatment. As dermatologist are licensed physicians, they can prescribed you medication that is often stronger and/or more effective at quelling acne.

Getting the right facts. Consulting with a dermatologist can help you understand more about your acne and hopefully prevent more severe breakouts in the future.

Having a personalized treatment plan. Instead of blindly selecting a product from the skincare aisle at a drug-store, a dermatologist will examine  the information you provide and use his/her expertise to create a custom-tailored skin care plan based on your skin type and acne severity.

Continuing treatment. Many people have to maintain an acne treatment program. A dermatologist who is familiar with your unique skin situation can be highly beneficial in terms of future care.


If your acne is preventing you from normal activity or if nothing you’ve tried seems to help, it might be time to consult with a dermatologist. A dermatologist will start you on a treatment plan based on your skin type, write you a prescription, and send it to a pharmacy.

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2 thoughts on “When and Why You Should See A Dermatologist for Acne

  1. I am 48 yr old female who has stuggled with acne my whole life! Visible pores, severe acne scars and oily skin, are both a nightmare and daily reality! With today’s economy, it is impossible to afford dermatologists…what can I do? Are some make up lines better to use than others in these siutations, …ie, clinique? Mac? Lancome, Estee Lauder?

    • I would recommend not using makeup for a while, as it clogs your pores and later treatment is less effective. If you were set on wearing makeup, I would suggest any kind that is clearly marked “non-comedogenic”, as it does not clog your pores as much as regular makeup would. You still have to wash it off at night, though. You could also consider a medicated makeup treatment option.
      Go to http://acne.about.com/od/acnefaqs/f/medicatedmakeup.htm to see if it’s right for you to use (it doesn’t work well on everyone…).

      I know how frustrating acne can be, but keep faith! You will one day best these pimples! Don’t let them defeat you!

      Hope this helps. :)

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