A Guide to Severe Acne Treatment

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Tips for Weighing Your Treatment Options

There is a tendency for acne to run in families. If you have symptoms of acne and have a parent or sibling who had severe acne with scarring, you may want to see your dermatologist to discuss treatments for severe acne.

Watch for signs that your acne is turning severe. For instance, you may notice you have deep, painful, or tender cysts. You may also have inflammation and signs of scarring.

Follow these tips as you make your treatment plan:

Don't wait. If you have signs of acne, set up an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you will start to see results.

Don't ignore side effects. If you're experiencing side effects from prescribed medications, speak up to your dermatologist. Individuals react to drugs differently; your treatment plan must work for you.

Watch your mood. Acne is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing any symptoms, talk to your doctor and seek treatment.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on June 19, 2014

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