When it comes to acne, it can be tough to treat it all on your own. If you feel like you've tried every acne treatment on the market with no success, it could be time to see a dermatologist. Here's how they can help.
One of the biggest benefits that comes with seeing a dermatologist for acne is a wealth of knowledge, both about your skin condition and the products that can treat it. When you see a dermatologist for your acne, you're investing in a wealth of knowledge where skincare products are concerned. There's nothing worse than spending a large amount of money on over-the-counter products just to find out that they don't actually work with your skin. It's also possible that you've unknowingly been exposing your skin to harsher products than you actually need to be using. Your dermatologist will assess your skin and then recommend acne treatment products that will won't irritate it while treating the acne you want to get rid of.
One of the biggest issues with over-the-counter acne treatment is that it often doesn't address the root of the problem you're facing. There are several underlying causes that can contribute to acne, and over-the-counter treatments don't necessarily help you figure out what's causing your skin woes. When you visit a dermatologist for acne treatment, you'll work together to suss out what the root cause of your acne is. In some cases, you might be suffering from acne as a result of hormonal imbalances. The most common treatment for hormonal acne in women is hormonal birth control, which you can't really come by without a prescription. Other common root causes of acne include an excess of oil production in your skin, high levels of stress, fungal infections, and more. Your dermatologist will be able to help you figure out which is harming your skin and then develop an airtight treatment program for you from there.
Trial and error in acne treatment can not only cost you a lot of money, but it can also cause you a lot of stress. This, in turn, could lead to more acne. It's a vicious cycle of progress and regression when you choose to attempt acne treatment on your own. Working with a dermatologist has the potential to change that. How do dermatologists treat acne? They follow a thorough, documented process that helps them diagnose your condition, hypothesize what the root cause is, and develop a treatment plan that targets that root cause instead of attacking acne at random. Eliminating the cycle of trial and error will not only bring you peace of mind, but it will also help you see better results in a more timely manner.
If you're struggling with acne and you're ready to stop the vicious cycle of trial and error with over-the-counter products, don't hesitate to set up a consultation with our acne dermatologists at North Pacific Dermatology today.