The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

William Osler

I’m not immune to acne. When I was younger, I’ve always had that perfectly placed pimple at the perfect time! Now, with the constant use of face mask, I’ve been suffering from Acne Mechanica on my jawline. The constant friction and increased humidity can trigger acne break outs.

Over the past 3 months, in my telemedicine and recently re-opened clinic practice, acne is still one of the top reasons for consult. It can be frustrating to be applying a ton of medicines and going through numerous procedures, and yet no improvement from when you started.

The secret is really understanding your skin and knowing the appropriate medicine and treatment to address the problem. As a medical dermatologist, I take time to review my patient’s full clinical history, and I also poke into their diet and lifestyle. I know it may seem nosy, but it helps me understand the intricacies that may cause the acne. Sometimes you need a full regimen, or maybe just 1-2 products will do. Sometimes you need oral medications or maybe just a little change in your diet will do the trick. Sometimes you need a whole acne treatments program or maybe you’ll just need a monthly facial plus a few pimple injections. It’s really a different scenario per patient. That being said, you must understand that what may work for one person, may not work for you.

To save your effort and money, I recommend that you seek consult with a board-certified dermatologist to help you with your acne journey. If you must know, your happiness is ours too!

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