Acne, as almost everyone knows can be an unsightly and embarrassing problem to deal with.
The truth is that acne is the most common type of skin condition in the United States affecting between 40 and 50 million people of all ages from infants to the elderly and of both sexes. It is an especially widespread condition among teenagers, and young adults and estimates show that each year approximately 85% of teenagers suffer from some form of acne.
While most cases of acne can be treated by over the counter topical medications and do require the assistance of a medical professional, there are cases where the acne is chronic or extremely severe were seeking the aid of a professional may help control the condition and relieve the emotional torment often associated with this condition.
While a regular physician can offer some suggestions that may prove helpful a dermatologist is trained and skilled at treating this condition and most will also lend support and encouragement to their patient which can be essential during treatment for acne.
Here is a brief overview of what a dermatologist may do to treat you or your child’s acne. First, they will begin by taking a patient history and asking questions including questions designed to determine if you or your child’s acne may be the result at least in part to heredity. This history will include such things as how you or your child takes care of your skin, the diet that is consumed, medications you may be on and other essential information that may help determine the cause of the acne.
They will also determine the overall condition of the skin and seriousness of the acne problem. Once they have a clear picture of you or your child’s acne, they will then begin to discuss with you the treatment options that are available and what steps they will take to help resolve the problem. This may include such things as diet, how to properly clean the area surrounding the acne, skin care products both over the counter and prescription that may help prevent further outbreaks. What types of makeup you should or shouldn’t use, and the possibility of oral medications.
Most dermatologists will explain how dermatology works and may recommend treating the acne in stages to use the least amount of medications to treat the condition. For instance, he may simply start you off on a diet and topical gels or cream to treat the acne. If the acne persists, they then might prescribe medications to help control the outbreaks.
Once the acne is under control, he may then discuss with you other dermatology procedures to remove any acne scars and to help your skin look better such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, of skin fillers.
Keep in mind that any acne treatment will be ongoing and take the time to achieve the results you want, but your dermatologist will bring to bear all his dermatology training to bear on helping you or your child find a solution to the problem and help get that acne under control.