Treating Acne With Help From a Dermatologist

If you're struggling with acne, an appointment with a dermatologist isn't just a nice idea -- it's darn near a must!  A dermatologist is your partner in clearing your skin.   

Here's everything you need to know about treating acne, with a little help from your derm.

Is it time to see a dermatologist about my acne?

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Many people are hesitant to call a dermatologist about something as "simple" as acne, but they shouldn't be. Your dermatologist is ready and willing to help!

A dermatologist has an arsenal of medications and professional procedures that are extremely effective at improving acne. Seeing a dermatologist will also diagnose your skin condition, since some, like rosacea, are easily confused with common acne.

While some people get good results from OTC products, the reality is that many people don't. A dermatologist can help. Is it time for you to see a dermatologist about your acne?

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How can I choose the right dermatologist?

Deciding to see a doctor about your acne is the easy part. Choosing the right dermatologist takes a bit more effort, but the end result is a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and compatible.

By asking the right questions, you can find a dermatologist who is the perfect match for you.

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What is the difference between a dermatologist and an esthetician?

When acne hits, many people turn to their esthetician, otherwise known as a skin care therapist. Estheticians are trained in the beautification of the skin.

But is seeing an esthetician a substitute for seeing a dermatologist? Must you see a dermatologist or will an esthetician suffice?

While an esthetician can improve mild acne, moderate to severe acne should always be treated by a dermatologist.

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Should you go back to the dermatologist?

Maybe you’ve already been to the dermatologist, with only so-so results. Now you’re wondering if you should even go back to the dermatologist.

Before making that decision, make sure you are giving your treatments enough time to work and that you are using them correctly. Still not seeing the results you want? Don’t be shy about telling your dermatologist.

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Find a dermatologist you feel comfortable being open and honest with.

Honesty is always the best policy, and this includes the relationship with your dermatologist. Be upfront with your derm about everything - including the fact that you pick at your pimples, sleep in your makeup, and often forget to use your acne treatments.

Your dermatologist won’t judge you, but will be able to help you better by knowing the full story.

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Ever wonder what your dermatologists wishes you knew? It's these 5 tips.

Your dermatologist wants your acne to improve almost as much as you do, but he can’t do it on his own. He needs your help!

What does your dermatologist wish you knew? These tips will help you get the best results from your acne treatments, and may even make you your dermatologist’s favorite patient.

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