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When is it time to see a doctor about acne?

iStock 1228465401 Everyone has an occasional acne breakout, but if you are having persistent problems with acne, or if you are tired of having acne scars, you may be wondering if it is time to get help beyond the soaps and creams available at the grocery store. Here are some signs that it may be time to see a doctor about your acne. 

  1. Over-the-counter remedies don’t seem to do a thing, or they make things worse. It is convenient to pick something up at the grocery store to help with acne, and there are dozens (or maybe hundreds) of products available to try. However, maybe you’ve tried several and they haven’t done anything. Or maybe the ones you have tried irritate your skin, making it especially sensitive or giving you a rash. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to see your doctor.
  2. Your acne or acne scars make you feel self-conscious. If you look in the mirror and all you can see is your acne, or if you find yourself wondering if someone you’re talking to notices your acne scars, it may be time to seek help, before it has a negative effect on your self-esteem.
  3. Your acne is very painful. If your acne isn’t just annoying but is actually causing you pain, it is important to know that you don’t have to live with this – a doctor can help. Red, inflamed, painful acne may be cystic acne, caused by cysts made up of oil and bacteria that form under your skin. Cystic acne can also leave scars, which is another reason to get treated.

If you are tired of trying to get rid of acne with over-the-counter treatments that cost a lot but don’t do much, if you are tired of feeling self-conscious about having acne, or if your acne is causing you pain, it may be time to see your doctor. Dr. Johnny Mao and the staff at Mao Facial Plastic Surgery can help you with acne and acne scars, with laser skin resurfacing, a noninvasive treatment that can remove damaged skin. Call the office in Orange, Connecticut, at (203) 907-0501 for help with your acne today!


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