U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 48-year-old member asked:

what should i expect for my first visit to the dermatologist? i have acne. what can i expect?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Effective Rx: A good medical history, a focused physical exam, and the gentlest prescription that is likely to be effective. A follow-up appointment. And effective treatment of your acne. You have made a wise decision.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of acne lesions?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Dermatologists classify acne into three types: comedonal (black and whiteheads), inflammatory(pimples), and cystic (deep acne cysts). Comedonal acne responds well to topical treatments (benzoyl peroxide, retina, etc), while inflammatory acne may need a combination of topicals and oral medications. Most patients with cystic acne do best with oral antibiotics or accutane.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes acne?

8 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 16 years experience
See below: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recognizing infection. Effective acne treatments target these causes: benzoyl peroxide & antibiotics kill bacteria, retinoids decrease oil, salicyclic acid & retinoids unclog pores, oral contraceptives target hormones.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Do I need to see a dermatologist to treat acne, or can my family doctor help me?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Well ... maybe: With recent advances in acne treatment, you will want someone who finds acne interesting. That can be a family doc, dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon. Call before your appointment and ask, "does the doctor like treating acne?" you deserve someone who has taken the time to keep up on the research and not just prescribe an antibiotic. Do your homework and you'll be satisfied.
A 21-year-old member asked:

At what age do people normally begin to have trouble with acne?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Age 12-14 years: People begin to have some acne problems as they enter puberty, because that is when hormonal changes happen.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Nothing seems to work on my acne. Any solution?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moises Perez
Pharmacology 18 years experience
See a specialist: This condition may need some close collaboration from you and your dermatologist.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Sep 29, 2016

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.