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

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

Depends on severity: For the most part, family physicians are trained to take care of simple acne-- using topical medications and oral antibiotics. But if you have acne that does not respond to routine acne medications, it's time to consider seeing a dermatologist. You family physician may not be updated on all the new advances in acne treatments (creams, pills, peels, laser treatments). ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What is the best prescription to ask my doctor to treat BAD adult acne? I have been to several dermatologist and nothing they gave me works. Help me

What is the best prescription to ask my doctor to treat BAD adult acne? I have been to several dermatologist and nothing they gave me works.  Help me

It is really best: to have the physician work you up and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. There is no one-size fits all when it comes to acne treatment.. ...Read more

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Should I go to family doc or dermatologist for acne?

Should I go to family doc or dermatologist for acne?

Dermatologist: It is always an advantage to use the expertise of the dermatologist. The dermatologist has spent threee years in a residency and has years of experience to better focus on skin care. This is especially true if the acne is more serious our the patient is an adult. ...Read more

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Doctors! what acne medication from the dermatologist worked best for you?

I will tell you: 1. Pop the pus out of acne lesion and sqeese enough till all the pus is out and you see a little bit OB blood. 2. Wash your face with medicated soap twice a day and apply clindamycine 1% solution to each lesion. 3. Take Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg, one tab. Twice daily for 3 weeks. All your acne will be gone and you will love it. ...Read more

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Hi I really need to see a dermatologist about me acne but I work away all over the UK, the local doctors to where I am says she cannot refer me???

Hi I really need to see a dermatologist about me acne but I work away all over the UK, the local doctors to where I am says she cannot refer me???

Referral: Try calling your regular doctor and see if they will refer you. Additionally when you are home next time you could have an appointment set up with your regular doctor for a referral or see a different doctor where you are know. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What oral medicine can be taken for acne that a doctor not a dermatologist can prescribe ?

What oral medicine can be taken for acne that a doctor not a dermatologist can prescribe  ?

Doxycycline : Any medical doctor with regular prescribing privileges can prescribe a medicine like Doxycycline . They may want you to see a dermatologist as they may not feel comfortable dealing with acne, but that is up to the particular doctor. ...Read more

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I'm female,have excessive hair, lots of acne always for 9 years, should I see a dermatologist or endocrinologist? I do not have a regular doc nor ins.

I'm female,have excessive hair, lots of acne always for 9 years, should I see a dermatologist or endocrinologist? I do not have a regular doc nor ins.

Primary care: This suggests polycystic ovarian syndrome which is characterized by irregular periods, excess hair growth and acne. Basic lab tests and an ultrasound study are very useful in making this diagnosis, however if you're unable to afford these, a trial of birth control pills may be helpful. A local family physician or planned parenthood clinic may be able to provide this for you affordably. ...Read more

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So I went to a dermatologist in Egypt when I was in vacation over the summer. Doctor prescribed me netlook but i'm scared to take due to its side effects. I would consider myself having severe acne but I have had acne since I was 15 years old. I'm 22 y/o

So I went to a dermatologist in Egypt when I was in vacation over the summer. Doctor prescribed me netlook but i'm scared to take due to its side effects. I would consider myself having severe acne but I have had acne since I was 15 years old. I'm 22 y/o

Isotretinoin: Is the generic name for netlook, it is present in the US under different brand names, it is a prescription medication, and should be used with caution by females, restrictions apply, for all patients, they need to be under doctor's supervision, treatment takes months to complete, + ? other medicines, check with your doctor who might refer you to a dermatologist for proper long term management ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more