Acne is the most common skincare problem seen by doctors. However, for more severe, stubborn or widespread acne, it is recommended that you see a dermatologist so he or she can prescribe medication appropriate to the condition. You should see a dermatologist when treating acne if using non-prescription products is not helping to improve your skin condition.
Topical antibiotics applied to the skin can be recommended to help control the inflammation associated with the redness and swelling of acne.
Oral antibiotics are usually indicated for moderate to severe acne of the chest, back and shoulders. They work by reducing the presence of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.
Hormonal agents such as oral contraceptives are recommended for moderate to severe acne after other treatments have failed. Hormonal agents are often used for acne that begins or worsens in adulthood.
Topical retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) may exfoliate the skin and open pores.