Should You See an Esthetician Or Dermatologist For Acne

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So you've decided to seek out a professional to help treat your acne.  That's great!  Acne can be tough to treat on your own, so bringing in a pro is always a good idea.

But you may be unsure whom to call. Could your acne be effectively managed with the help of a skilled esthetician, or would you be better off making an appointment with your dermatologist?

What Is an Esthetician?

Estheticians, also known as skin care therapists, are trained to perform cosmetic procedures such as facials, body treatments, and waxing.

Most have no medical training, and they can't prescribe acne medications.​

But estheticians can help maintain skin health by performing deep cleansing facials and exfoliation treatments, as well as extracting pore blockages.

Estheticians can suggest skin care products for your skin type and recommend over-the-counter acne treatments. A good esthetician will also teach you how to properly care for your skin at home.

When to See an Esthetician

In certain cases, an esthetician can help you treat acne.  If your acne is generally mild, with just a few blemishes and blackheads here and there, an esthetician would be an excellent choice.

Your esthetician can give you a series of acne treatment facials.  She will also extract, or cleanse out, non-inflammatory breakouts and blackheads.  Getting these treatments done regularly will help keep your pores clear and minimize breakouts.  That's why some dermatologists recommend regular facials (depending on your skin).

Need help choosing skin care products that won't clog your pores or aggravate acne?  An esthetician can help you do that too.

Keep in mind, an esthetician isn't a necessity when it comes to treating acne.  Consider your esthetician your skin care support system.

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What Is a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of the skin. Your dermatologist is a great help in treating acne. Not only will your dermatologist provide excellent skin care advice, she has a wide array of acne medications -- both topical and systemic -- at her disposal.

There are things an esthetician can't do for acne.  This is where a dermatologist is invaluable.

When to See a Dermatologist

I've found most people struggle to know exactly when to call a dermatologist about their acne.  Because acne is so common, we tend to think it's not "serious enough" to bring in a physician.

But acne can greatly affect your skin, not to mention your quality of life.  If your acne isn't responding to responding to over-the-counter treatments, or it's getting worse, despite treatment, it's time to see a dermatologist.

Moderate to severe inflammatory acne always warrants a trip to the dermatologist.  No matter how well you care for your skin, you'll likely need a prescription acne medication to get this type of acne cleared up.

And if you need advice or guidance in treating your acne, it's always a good idea to call a dermatologist. 

Now that you know the best pro for you, what are you waiting for?  Make that call right now.  You'll be so glad that you did!

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