Being a teenager is tough, and having skin issues is an unfortunate staple of adolescence. With all of the products available on the market and the ever-improving science in the medical field, it is no longer necessary to suffer in silence. If you know a teen who is struggling with acne, feel free to direct them here to help them figure out if it is time for them to see a dermatologist.
If the acne is severe and does not clear up with over-the-counter treatments, see a dermatologist. Most acne is treatable and controllable with over-the-counter products. These products are more sophisticated than ever. In general, multi-step acne control systems are pretty reliable for most skin types. If you feel that you have tried everything and are still not seeing any results, you may need something more powerful that only a dermatologist can access.
If the acne first appears or worsens after you begin a new prescription or dosage, you need to see dermatologist to review possible complications. Medications commonly have negative side effects; these can worsen if you are taking multiple medications. For those with chronic health conditions, you may be able to review alternative treatments, try new formulas, or get access to new prescriptions that will not wreak as much havoc on your skin. DO NOT stop or alter a medication without first consulting with your treating physicians. If you do see a dermatologist, be sure that you make sure that he or she communicates with your primary care provider about any treatment you may wish to pursue.
If you have unsightly acne scars, a dermatologist can remove or lessen the appearance of them. Even if you have eliminated your acne or have your breakouts controlled, you could start noticing that you have pockmarks or scars. If you do not want to have to wear makeup constantly for the rest of your life (which could cause your acne to come back, as well), you should consult a dermatologist for options such as light therapy, among many others.
A lot of things can look like acne to the untrained eye but may not be. Redness, inflammation, and sores may be signs of a more complicated skin condition in disguise. Eczema (contact dermatitis), allergic reactions, and symptoms of more complicated medical conditions may be possibilities. If you are currently using products that are not all-natural and/or hypoallergenic, be sure to switch to those first. However, it never hurts to have something checked out by someone with a trained eye. Early detection and a quick reaction with the right treatment is always preferable with any disease or condition. Check with your dermatologist to confirm that it is not a more complicated skin condition.
For more information on acne and how to treat it, be sure to check out our other articles such as this. For those in the Indianapolis area, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Guenthner or one of his highly experienced physician assistants or nurse practitioners. With two convenient locations, the solution to clear skin may be closer to home than you think.