When is it time to see a skin specialist?

Are the physical symptoms of acne causing you psychological distress? We live in picture-perfect times where there is a lot of pressure on us to look our best at all times. Acne, especially if it’s noticeable, can sometimes affect our self-esteem and even cause anxiety or depression. Most of us have experienced the odd red spot on our skin and most of the time, it’s gone away (albeit after causing some annoyance). But when do we know that it’s not one to take lightly? At which point do we think that we can’t address our acne on our own or with the well-meaning advice of friends and need to go see a skin specialist? Here are a few guidelines to help you make up your mind.

Have your usual products stopped working? Have you noticed that no matter which brand you choose or which over the counter cream, gel or cleanser you try, the acne keeps appearing? This might be a sign that everyday solutions are not working for your skin and you might need something stronger or at the very least, a specific skin product to target your special skin requirements. This can only be done once a dermatologist has examined your skin and figured out the cause of acne and the type. It could range from hormonal issues and be cystic in nature, etc. The possibilities are many and professional advice is necessary.

Remember that dermatologists are increasingly aware of the mental toll of acne and will know just what to recommend to you to treat the symptoms as soon as possible.  

Lastly, are your pimples painful and cystic, that don’t ever get a head on them? This could be hormonal and definitely needs expert skin advice as over the counter solutions may end up doing more harm than good.

Acne is not always severe, but when it is, it can cause great discomfort. If you think you have any of the symptoms discussed above, do make an appointment with a dermatologist and get it seen to as soon as possible. You’ll feel a whole lot better once you take the first step.

This article is intended as general information only.  You should seek advice from a professional before starting any new regime or course of conduct.

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