3. Communication Is Crucial
Okay, so you went to the dermatologist & got your prescriptions filled . . . Now what?
- Did your doctor thoroughly explain what was prescribed and how to use it?
- How long should it take before you start seeing results?
- What other skin care products should you use or avoid?
- What if your skin is freaking out & getting worse?
- What if antibiotics are making you sick to your stomach?
- Is there anyone you can talk to between visits to answer questions?
- Does someone contact you to follow up on your progress?
Most doctors will tell you their biggest challenge when treating acne is patient compliance. But, patients are less likely to follow directions consistently when they have to figure it out on their own.
Sometimes dermatology acne treatments fail because there’s a disconnect between patient and doctor.
Successful treatment requires close communication with your acne specialist. If you're skipping days on your regimen and doing your own thing without consulting your doctor, you probably won't get clear.
Likewise, if you’re not able to ask questions & get timely feedback, you’re less likely to stick with the prescribed regimen and won't get your acne under control.
Finding a dermatologist who communicates with you on a frequent basis is key, especially in the first three to four months of treatment.