When it comes to treating acne, most people would ideally like to rely on home acne remedies, skin treatments, and over-the-counter medications to treat their acne. Treating acne with any of these options is fine as long as your acne is mild to moderate. What happens if acne fails to subside and gets worse? Such stubborn acne needs expert treatment and that is when a dermatologist can help you treat your acne without causing major scarring.
Mild to moderate acne:
Is the acne under control with mild cleansing and over-the-counter products? If the acne seems to be under control, it is best to continue with the same routine.
With severe acne, many acne sufferers can face social, psychological, and emotional problems.
When you should see a doctor:
-If your acne gets worse and does not respond well to home treatments
-When you start getting more depressed about your acne that you avoid parties and other social gatherings
-If the acne problem is reducing your self-esteem and confidence
-If you have a family history of acne and severe scarring
Cystic acne can be incredibly painful and this type of pimple is fluid-filled without being a mere blackhead or whitehead. Cystic acne can lead to deep scars and is also one of toughest to be treated. Even if the acne is not cystic acne, it is a necessity to get proper diagnosis to rule out the possibility.
One of the first indications of acne getting worse is change in color of the skin. With change in color, the face will show an increasing number of pimples. The pimples deepen, forming patches and scars.
Waiting to get an appointment with the dermatologist can result in more acne and scars which are really hard to be erased even with latest and most expensive cosmetic treatments.
Over-the-counter lotions and creams are generally mild. They contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and salicylic acid as active ingredients. Often, combinations of these ingredients along with antibiotics are required to treat severe acne. Strong prescription lotions are essential to prevent plugging of hair follicles. Topical antibiotics coupled with oral antibiotics to kill excess bacteria on skin surface can only be prescribed by a dermatologist.