Almost every teen goes through a period when they get at least mild acne. While most typical acne can be treated with over-the-counter treatments, severe cases of some types of acne should be evaluated and treated by a doctor. Here are some things to look for when deciding to seek other treatment options.
If the acne your teen is getting looks like cysts or is extremely painful, you will not be able to treat it on your own. You’ll have to make an appointment with a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, so that you can get prescription and individualized acne treatment. The sooner you seek out medical treatment the better. Cystic acne can cause significant scarring.
Acne Resistant to OTCs
If you have been using OTC acne medications and cleansers daily for at least three months and you still haven’t been able to get the problem under control, you should make an appointment for your teen with a dermatologist. They will be able to assess the underlying cause of the stubborn acne and provide you with more effective treatments.
Low Self Esteem
Acne affects different teens in different ways. Some teens don’t let their acne bother them, but awkward teens prone to bullying may become very upset with worsening acne. Even if the acne doesn’t seem to be severe, it can be worth a trip to the doctor for faster acting treatment so that your teen can be happier and mentally healthy.
If you are in need of a dermatologist to review your child’s acne, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.