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Should I talk to my doctor about my acne symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since treatment options for acne depend on each person's individual case, it is up to each person whether or not to see a dermatologist. For most mild cases of acne, symptoms can be controlled by using soaps and topical creams or gels that are available without a prescription. However, moderate or severe acne may require antibiotics that can only be prescribed by a doctor. If over-the-counter products aren't working, or if acne is extremely painful or widespread, it's probably best to discuss your symptoms with a dermatologist.

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