When Should You See a Dermatologist About Acne?

Everyone gets the occasional pimple – even adults. It is annoying, but it is even worse for people who have persistent, painful acne that just won’t seem to go away no matter what they try. If you’ve tried over-the-counter treatments but they don't seem to be doing any good, you may be wondering if it’s time to give up on the home treatments and visit your dermatologist. Here are some signs that it is time to make an appointment for acne treatment.

  • Your acne is painful and inflamed. This is a sign that you have serious acne, such as cystic acne (large, red pimples) or nodules that won’t go away on their own or with over-the-counter medicines. These types of acne can also leave scars, yet another reason to make sure they are treated by a professional.
  • You are using cleansers, creams, and other home remedies but your acne only seems to get worse. If this is the case, your dermatologist can prescribe a stronger and more effective medicine.
  • Your acne is keeping you from enjoying your life, and it’s affecting your self-esteem. A visit to the dermatologist can help give you the self-confidence you need to be out in the world without worrying about acne flareups.
  • Your skin is too sensitive to use over-the-counter medicines. Some people have sensitive skin and can end up with a rash or irritated skin with nonprescription medicine. A dermatologist can suggest a treatment or medication that is just right for those with sensitive skin.
  • You have scars left over from having acne in your teenage years. These scars are close to impossible to get rid of with a medicine you buy at the grocery store. However, the dermatologist has several options to get rid of scars, even deep acne scars that you have had for years.

You don’t have to sit at home because you are self-conscious about your skin, and you don’t have to live with the pain of acne. Your dermatologist can help if you have serious acne, with several different options. Call the Palmdale office of Katayoun Motlagh, MD, to schedule a consultation. Call (661) 947-6400 to make an appointment today!


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