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How is severe acne diagnosed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
As with common forms of mild to moderate acne, a visual inspection by a dermatologist is usually adequate for diagnosing severe acne.

Doctors can usually diagnose severe acne by looking at its symptoms. Your family doctor may refer you to a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in skin disorders. A dermatologist may offer different treatment options.

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