How does the Orlando Dermatology Center diagnose acne?
To diagnose acne and prepare proper acne treatments, Dr. Blatnoy will first examine your skin to make sure you have acne. Other skin conditions can look like acne. If you have acne, the dermatologist will:
- Grade the acne. Grade 1 is mild acne. Grade 4 is severe acne.
- Note what type, or types, of acne appear on your skin.
How do dermatologists treat acne?
Many people can treat mild acne with over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These treatments often clear the skin but may not clear overnight. Although many treatments claim to work overnight, most will require 4-8 weeks to see significant improvement.
For more intense acne treatments, Dermatologists may prescribe heavy duty products. The regiment and requirements must be met and followed for these to work properly.
When to see a dermatologist
If you have a lot of acne, cysts, or nodules, a medicine that you can buy without a prescription may not work. If you want to see clearer skin, you should see a dermatologist.