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How online dermatologists help you get acne-clear skin (fast)

Whether it's for prom, a formal event, or just prepping for summer, we'd like to help you say "goodbye" to acne and its potentially longer-lasting negative effects.

By visiting with a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible, you'll improve your chance of having clearer, healthier skin in time for a big event – or even just for the less-clothed summer season.

DermatologistOnCall's online dermatologists treat many conditions that affect your skin, such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, and more. But acne is definitely one of the top conditions we diagnose, treat, and prescribe online.

Here's some "must know" info about acne:

What defines acne vs. a few pimples?

Acne can be characterized by the presence of numerous blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, pimples, and/or even deeper lumps usually on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, or upper arms. Unlike a few transient pimples that may come and go, acne is more chronic in nature (lasting more than a few months), although it may vary in levels of severity over time.

Who gets acne?

Acne is most common in adolescents and teens, but can occur during the adult years too. It affects 40 to 50 million people in the U.S. annually, and approximately 80% of people between ages 11-30 experience at least minor acne. Acne is also closely linked to depression, so there may be additional benefits to getting this condition cleared up.

What causes acne?

Unfortunately, the exact cause is unknown. Heredity/genetics, hormones, menstruation, and emotional stress can trigger or worsen acne. Foods are commonly blamed, especially greasy foods or chocolate, but they are not a cause. Certain foods do, however, seem to make existing acne worse for some patients.

Can't I just wait for acne to go away?

Dermatologists know that treatment is always better for most acne cases. Without proper treatment, acne can leave permanent skin scars and discoloration. Clearing acne can also boost self-esteem and mood, resulting in better quality of life.

How can an online dermatologist help acne?

A qualified dermatologist will review the photos you upload of your condition and the medical background you provide. If diagnosed with acne, the online dermatologist will send the acne patient some basic overall care advice for both your skin and hair. They also often prescribe medications to try for a period of time, which may be in the form of topical therapies; oral antibiotics; combination treatments; or other oral medications for more severe cases. Follow-up visits are usually advised, and these can also be conducted online.

All of this means that you can start an online visit for acne treatment right away – no appointments, waiting rooms, or travel. And since acne treatment may take weeks to over a month to produce benefits, this should leave you plenty of time to hopefully get clearer skin sooner vs. later.

Learn more in this video about how DermatologistOnCall can help acne-afflicted patients:

Acne photo source: American Academy of Dermatology