Is It Time To Call Your Dermatologist About Your Acne?

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Seeing a dermatologist for serious acne is necessary. For mild to moderate acne it’s often a good idea to try a high-quality acne system like Exposed Skin Care first.

Seeing the dermatologist for acne often costs a lot of money. Even worse for people in the United States, health insurance companies often give initial approval to see the doctor only to withdraw approval several months later, leaving you or your parents stuck with paying hundreds or, more commonly, thousands of dollars for doctor visits, testing, and medication. There are certain times, however, seeing a dermatologist for acne treatment is a must.

Summary:

  • Dermatological care is expensive. Even in countries that have national health coverage, acne treatment is often extra. But there are certain acne symptoms that absolutely require a doctor’s care.
  • When cystic acne strikes previously clear skin, it is important to see a doctor right away. This condition most commonly affects Hispanic men and women in their early 20’s.
  • When lightening treatments with hydroquinone cause black and blue discoloration of the skin, it’s important to get both skin treatment and a medical evaluation for ochronosis, a hereditary condition that can also strike the joints. This problem most frequently occurs in people who have Asian skin types.
  • When severe acne develops at the same time as severe joint pain, the problem may be a condition known as acne fulminans. Timely medical treatment prevents both disfigurement and disability.
  • “Burrowing” acne on the shoulders and back may be acne conglobata. There are no self-help measures that help for this condition, although there are medical procedures that can limit disfigurement.
  • There are other times it is OK to get treatment at a dermatologist’s office or at a spa, or to take care of the acne skin care issues at home.
  • You can treat mild to moderate acne and fine lines and wrinkles, or mild to moderate acne with age spots, slowly at home, getting results in a few months. A dermatologist may be able to treat these combination conditions in ways that produce visible results in a few weeks, at about 10 times the cost.
  • If you have more than 50 pimples or more than 50 blackheads on your face, your dermatologist or a spa may be able to give you a strong skin peel that helps you make rapid progress. You can also make slower progress at home at much lower expense and with lower risk of side effects.
  • Medical treatment for acne never promises a complete cure.
  • The simplest and most cost-effective way to deal with mild to moderate acne is with a complete treatment system, such as Exposed Skin Care.

Seeing the dermatologist for acne often costs a lot of money. Even worse for people in the United States, health insurance companies often give initial approval to see the doctor only to withdraw approval several months later, leaving you or your parents stuck with paying hundreds or, more commonly, thousands of dollars for doctor visits, testing, and medication. There are certain times, however, seeing a dermatologist for acne treatment is a must.

Acne Problems That Always Require A Dermatologist’s Care

Sometimes a doctor’s guidance is absolutely necessary to prevent serious complications from acne. Among the situations that absolutely require medical care are:

  • Acne cysts breaking out on previously clear skin. Most commonly cystic acne strikes Hispanic men and women in their early 20’s and, more often than not, they did not have mild to moderate common acne in their teens. Lancing cysts on your own never gets rid of all of the bacteria, and brown skin tends to form permanent spots of discoloration even when cysts heal. There are medications that open the skin safely and treatments that can stop the formation of brown spots even before they start.
  • Black and blue spots on the skin after acne treatment. This problem most often occurs on Asian skin, especially Japanese skin, after the use of skin lighteners containing the chemical hydroquinone. In most people, hydroquinone stops the production of melanin that darkens the skin. In some Asian people, hydroquinone is incorporated into the collagen of the skin, and turns the skin dark blue or black. You will need to see a dermatologist who understands Asian skin to reverse the discoloration.
  • Acne that comes on with severe joint pain. A condition known as acne fulminans not only causes severe acne but also destroys the joints (and in men, shrinks the testicles and/or penis). Usually caused by testosterone injections, this condition can cause permanent disfigurement and disability if not controlled quickly.
  • Acne that seems to burrow beneath the skin. Acne conglobata can cause pimples to connect together beneath the skin, especially on the shoulders and back, but also on the face. This condition is painful and disfiguring, and usually completely unresponsive to self-care. The medical procedures needed to limit disfigurement do not have any at-home equivalent.
  • Acne that accompanies loss of hair on the scalp, growth of hair on the face, and menstrual irregularity in women of reproductive age. Overproduction of testosterone in the ovaries can cause male pattern baldness, facial hair, menstrual irregularity, and infertility in women. Although milder cases of a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are often corrected with diet, the most severe cases need the attention of both an endocrinologist and a dermatologist.

If you suffer these symptoms, you need medical care. The only good news about these conditions is that most health insurance programs, even in the United States, will help cover your medical bills. If you live in the United States and you do not have insurance, you may be able to get coverage through your state’s health insurance risk pool at the same price offered to healthy people.

Acne Problems That Sometimes Require a Dermatologist’s Care

There are also acne problems that can benefit from a dermatologist’s care, but that you may be able to work out on your own or you may be able to resolve with spa treatment. Here are some common situations.

  • You have a problem with both acne and wrinkles. Many of the face peels and laser resurfacing procedures available from your dermatologist address both issues. There are also skin care products you can use on your own for slower, but far less expensive, results.
  • You have a problem with both acne and age spots. Especially on darker skin, “age spots” are most commonly a combination of sun damage and the skin’s attempts to heal itself from acne inflammation. As with people who have both acne and wrinkles, people who have both acne and age spots often benefit from dermatological procedures. There are skin care products you an use on your own that take care of both issues.
  • You have many, many pimples (over 50) or many, many blackheads (over 50) on your face. While pimples and blackheads can always be treated by non-medical means, there are skin peels and laser treatments that may be much faster than anything you can do at home.
  • You have acne breakouts that come and go and you want to find out what their trigger is. Some people get acne breakouts after eating certain foods or when they start certain medications. Some women get acne breakouts that are timed with their periods. Both too much testosterone and too little testosterone can cause acne in men. You can learn what triggers you breakouts by trial and error, or you might find out what causes breakouts a lot faster with the help of a dermatologist.

It is not a reasonable expectation to hope for completely clear skin as the result of what the doctor can do for you. Most medical treatments for acne only reduce blemishes. They don’t eliminate them. That’s something that you do for yourself.

Getting Rid of Mild to Moderate Acne for Good

There are no medical treatments for any kind of acne, not even mild to moderate acne, that get rid of 100% of blemishes in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. Nonetheless, millions of people do achieve clear skin.

Usually the way to get rid of mild to moderate acne for good is to use a combination of medically directed treatment and daily cleansing, moisturizing, disinfection, and exfoliation. There are tens of thousands of acne products, and probably thousands of acne products that really work. The easiest way to get all the products you need in a complete skin care system, however, is to use a treatment kit such as Exposed Skin Care.

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