What is the benefit of seeing a dermatologist for my acne?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If acne is moderate to severe, or if it doesn't respond to over-the-counter treatments, it's probably best to see a dermatologist, or skin doctor. A dermatologist will be able to examine each individual's skin to determine what course of treatment will be best. One huge benefit to seeing dermatologists is that they have the skill to put together an effective combination of medications that will work for each person's individual acne. Instead of guessing what might work for your own skin, a dermatologist knows what types of medication work for each type of acne and can prescribe treatment accordingly. Plus, a dermatologist might be able to recommend other procedures such as microdermabrasion that would not be available without the doctor's help.

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