A person's medical history gives a doctor important information for
acne. You may hear questions such as:
Do other members of your family have skin
problems? If so, what do they use to treat them, and does it
When did you first notice your skin problem?
you usually have
whiteheads and blackheads or
Are your pimples deep under the
skin, and do they hurt?
What causes your skin problem to get
Did you recently get certain chemicals, oils, or other
substances on your skin? Did these substances cause your skin to break
Have you recently used a new skin- or hair-care product or
started a new medicine, either prescribed by a doctor or bought without a
Do you wear any straps, helmets, shoulder pads, or
tight-fitting items for sports or other activities? Do you need to use
equipment that rubs on areas of your body that are more likely to develop skin
What treatments have you used on your skin problem? Did
they make your skin condition better or worse?
Do you have any
other physical problems, such as muscle or bone pain?
Do you feel
embarrassed or ashamed about how your skin looks? If so, does it prevent you
from doing things you usually like to do?
Are your menstrual
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
February 3, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 03, 2011
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