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Acne (cont.)

When Should I Call the Doctor About Acne?

  • Acne that does not improve with over-the-counter medicines should be evaluated by a doctor.
  • People with acne that is severe and tender or who already have scarring should also be seen by a doctor.
  • Women with acne who develop facial hair or have irregular periods require evaluation by a doctor.
  • Anyone with a sudden severe worsening of their acne or acne with fever and severe swelling should see a doctor immediately. These could be signs of a serious skin infection.

How Is Acne Diagnosed?

No specific tests are usually required for diagnosing or treating acne. A doctor will occasionally want to check hormone blood tests before starting some medications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2016

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