We’ve all had it. Heck, I have it right now. If you’re reading this while hunched behind your computer screen, self–consciously checking your reflection in the glare to see if that huge blackhead got angrier as the day went on, then you know what I’m talking about: Acne. Acne is the most prevalent skin disorder affecting the U.S., with fully 40 million sufferers presently accounted for. Even if it’s not a common problem for you, chances are about 85% that you will suffer bouts of acne at some point in your life, and for 40% of unfortunate teens, they will carry scars for the rest of their lives.
Although there are plenty of “home grown” acne treatment options being advertised out there for cystic acne, back acne, etc., our overwhelming recommendation if you suffer from this condition is to make an appointment with a dermatologist specialist. A dermatologist specialist is simply a doctor who decided to dedicate their entire practice to skin issues, and there are a few remedies that you can only get from a dermatologist specialist, such as:
1. A professional skin classification.
Knowing you have acne is like knowing that “you’re sick.” That’s great–but how sick are you, what does sick mean for you, and how can you get better? A dermatologist specialist is equipped with the skills and experience to diagnose your specific skin type. They can tell you for example whether or not you have oily, dry, or combination skin, whether you’re particularly sensitive to sunlight, and they can read the signs indicating damage you may already have done to your skin. All of these factors effect your personalized treatment options.
2. Extra strength benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
If you read the back of most acne treatment products, chances are the active ingredient is some percentage of benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. Usually however this percentage never goes above 5% for over–the–counter products, which for some of us just doesn’t cut it when fighting the pesky pustules. A dermatologist specialist can prescribe you a more robust chemical compound, or if all else fails…
Considered to be the most drastic treatment option for acne, Acutane is a highly volatile vitamin A dosage that must be taken under strict regulatory conditions and monitored by a dermatologist. Still, if used correctly, it is often quite effective, and for thousands of acne sufferers out there, the rewards far outweigh the risks.
Please comment with any recommendations for good dermatologists, especially in the Fort Lauderdale area! And if you’ve recently been to a dermatologist specialist, don’t forget to share your story.