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How do I know when it’s time to see a dermatologist?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You will know it is time to see a dermatologist if your acne does not go away after several months. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions. If you use over-the-counter (OTC) products for a few months but your acne doesn't get better, you should see a dermatologist. If you develop scars from your pimples or your skin turns darker, you need a doctor's attention. If your acne is causing you embarrassment or shame, talk openly with a dermatologist about successful treatment options for your acne.

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