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When Should I See a Dermatologist for Acne?


For individuals struggling with severe acne, the search for clearer skin can seem never-ending. Whether it's a sudden breakout or a chronic condition, understanding the root causes and knowing when to seek professional help can make all the difference. At Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics, Dr. Marc I. Epstein and our team are dedicated to providing personalized acne treatments that address both the symptoms and underlying causes.

If over-the-counter acne treatments have failed to deliver the results you want for your complexion, Dr. Epstein and the skin specialists at our Tucson, AZ dermatology office may be able to help.

What causes acne?

Acne isn't caused by any single factor — it stems from a combination of issues affecting your skin's oil glands and hair follicles. Some common causes of acne include hormonal changes (which can affect oil production), bacteria on the skin, and dead skin cells clogging up the pores. The result is blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes. Dry air and intense sunlight — both of which are common in the Tucson climate — can also take their toll on your skin, which is why it's important to adopt a solid skin care routine and seek professional guidance.

When should I see a dermatologist for acne?

It's not uncommon to experience an occasional pimple or two, but when you're experiencing consistent or severe acne, it may be time to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can provide a more accurate diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan that targets your specific type of acne, leading to better outcomes and clearer skin. If over-the-counter treatments have failed, you're noticing painful cystic acne, or your acne is leaving scars, it's time to consult with Dr. Epstein at our Tucson, AZ dermatology office.

How does a dermatologist treat acne?

When it comes to acne treatments, we offer a multifaceted approach at Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics. Your personalized treatment plan may include prescription skin care products to nourish and cleanse your complexion and antibiotics to fight bacteria. For more severe acne cases, our office also offers Accutane® and AviClear® laser treatments, both of which have shown fantastic results in clearing up acne and preventing further breakouts. During your consultation, we'll go over your treatment options and build a custom-tailored plan to give you a clearer, more radiant complexion.

What can I do at home to treat acne?

Cases of severe acne may not clear up without professional help. However, there are some steps you can take at home to keep your skin healthy:

  • Maintain a consistent skin care routine using products recommended by your dermatologist
  • Avoid picking or squeezing pimples to prevent scarring
  • Keep your skin hydrated
  • Limit sun exposure and use sunscreen to protect your skin

Get advanced acne treatments for clearer skin

For those struggling with persistent or severe acne, Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics is pleased to offer a selection of effective treatment options. Dr. Epstein's approach to skin care incorporates the latest in dermatological advancements, ensuring patients have access to the most effective and innovative solutions possible for achieving clearer skin.

Finding the right acne treatment can be a journey, but with guidance from Dr. Marc I. Epstein and our team at Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics, you're not on this path alone. If you're struggling with acne and ready to see a change, consider reaching out to our Tucson, AZ skin care office and scheduling a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.