Prescription Acne Medications - Making an Appointment


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When deciding to look into prescription medications to treat your acne, ensuring you get the best care possible and knowing exactly what to expect can really help. This section will give you advice about finding a dermatologist, making your appointment and what to expect when you get there.

Finding a Dermatologist

If you are looking to get treatment in the NHS the United Kingdom you will be able to ask your doctor to either prescribe a treatment or refer you to an NHS dermatologist. You may not get the best treatment available but it will be professional treatment with a very small price tag.

There is also the possibility of ‘going private’. If you choose to look for dermatological treatment privately you will be able to choose the best possible care for your skin. This can be quite expensive although prices vary depending upon which practitioner you choose.

In the US, in many cases, you will probably be able to claim dermatologist appointments for your acne on your insurance. Bear in mind, however, that different policies may or may not include this kind of treatment. Without insurance the cost of dermatologist appointments will be quite expensive although the actual cost will vary significantly depending on whom you see for your treatment.

Your doctor should be able to recommend a dermatologist but if you would rather find one yourself the internet is a valuable resource. Most dermatologists and dermatology clinics have websites that allow you to read all about them, as well as find contact details. This means you can explore your options thoroughly. You can email or telephone in order to ask any questions you may have about the practice before you decide which dermatologist to choose.

Making an Appointment

Once you have decided which practitioner to use it is simply a case of picking up the phone and booking your appointment. Some practitioners offer special deals like free first appointments. If you are offered any such deal, make sure there are no nasty catches before you take advantage of them.

If your NHS GP refers you to a dermatologist you should expect a call or letter asking for you to confirm or make an appointment.

What to expect at your Appointment

At your appointment you should expect to first talk about your condition. It is important to talk openly with your practitioner about your experience of having acne and how it makes you feel. You will also be asked what you hope to achieve with treatment so that your practitioner can decide on the best treatment for you.

Your practitioner will closely examine your skin in order to determine the severity, type and likely causes of your condition. They will also ask you to describe your lifestyle including things like exercise regime, diet, smoking, drinking, work environment, stress levels etc. This can help your practitioner to gauge the best type of treatment for you.

Once your practitioner has enough information about your condition they will then be able to recommend a treatment for you. They should explain everything you need to know about the treatment, including the side effects, risks, benefits and ultimate effectiveness of the medication. If you have any questions or concerns about your prescription you should raise them and you should feel free to contact your practitioner after your appointment for further information.

You should conclude the appointment by booking any future appointments that may be necessary and, if it is relevant, you should also discuss costs and payment methods.


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