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3 Signs You Should See an Acne Treatment Specialist

Is your at-home acne treatment not working? Here are five reasons why you should visit a dermatologist. 

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in Canada. While it can affect anyone, at any age, it develops most commonly during the teenage years and in the early 20s.

This skin condition is characterized by symptoms such as:

  • Clogged pores (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads)
  • Papules (raised lesions)
  • Pustules (raised lesions with pus)
  • Cysts (nodules filled with pus or fluid)

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No two cases of acne are the same, which is why our professional dermatologists offer customized acne treatments based on your lifestyle, skin types, acne severity, and treatment history.

From chemical peels for acne scars to innovative laser pulse therapy, our skin care specialists have the experience, knowledge and tools to develop individualized acne treatment plans to give you the healthy, beautiful skin you’ve always wanted.

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3 Signs It’s Time To See a Specialist For Your Acne Treatment  

Since acne ranges from mild to severe and has a tendency to fluctuate, it’s difficult to know when exactly to enlist the help of a professional. However, ignoring the problem too long can have significant consequences and may even lead to skin damage and scarring.

Here are four signs that it’s finally time to see a skin care specialist for your acne treatment:

1. You Are Experiencing Acne for the First Time

If you have had clear skin all your life and are suddenly experiencing moderate to severe breakouts, then it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. There could be a number of culprits behind an unexpected onset of acne.

Possible Causes of Sudden Breakouts:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Diet
  • Increased stress levels

During a consultation, a skin specialist will ask the right questions to find the root cause of your problem and then suggest possible acne treatments that will clear your skin up quickly and safely.

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2. Your Over-the-counter Treatment Has Stopped Working

Mild cases of acne can be successfully cleared with over-the-counter acne products, but many moderate-severe cases just don’t respond well to OTC treatments. In such a case, it’s best to see your skin care specialist about other treatment options.

How long should I try OTC acne treatments before contacting a specialist?

If you decide to try over-the-counter acne products, you should give the products about 10-12 weeks to work. If you have been treating your acne consistently and your breakouts aren’t getting better, or are worsening, you should contact a skin care specialist.

They will be able to prescribe other acne treatment options that could give you better results and will have helpful advice regarding proper acne skin care and home treatment.

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3. You Have Cystic Acne

If your acne is moderate-to-severe, or very inflamed, it is best to skip the over-the-counter treatments altogether. They just aren’t strong enough to improve acne at this level, and you’ll waste precious time and money on products that won’t work for you.

Note: Nodules and cysts are very severe forms of breakouts and should always be evaluated by a dermatologist. These deep blemishes can easily cause scarring, so should be treated promptly.

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To find out more about the benefits of our customized acne treatments, and how our skin care specialists can help you achieve clear and healthy skin, contact our Kelowna clinic at 250-868-9290 or book a consultation today.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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