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Acne Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often do you have acne breakouts? Some of the time, most of the time, or all of the time?
  • What products do you use on your skin and hair, including shampoos, hair products, soaps, lotions, cosmetics and sunscreen?
  • Do you notice anything that triggers your symptoms and makes your skin worse, such as stress, foods, or menstruation (for females)?
  • How is acne affecting your confidence and social interactions?
  • Has your skin improved with your current medication?
  • How long have you been having breakouts?
  • What seems to make your skin better or worse?
  • Have you tried any over-the-counter treatments? If yes, which treatments have been effective?
  • What other medicines do you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements?
  • Do you have a family history of acne?
  • For females, do you have regular menstrual periods? If so, do you notice changes in your skin around your period?
  • How well is your acne medicine controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What have you done so far to treat your acne? How well do you think it's working?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have acne or some other skin condition?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my skin problems?
  • What causes acne? Am I just not keeping my skin clean enough?
  • What treatments are available to improve my skin?
  • What should I do if my skin gets worse?
  • What are the best acne treatment options for me?
  • What are the side effects?
  • How long is it safe to use this treatment?
  • When can I expect to see improvements in my skin?
  • How should I care for my skin? Are there products I should use or avoid?
  • What is the next step if this treatment doesn't work?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my acne?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean that my acne is getting worse?
  • What else do you recommend I do to manage my acne?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 7
  1. Acne. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20368048 
  2. Zaenglein AL, Pathy AL, Schlosser BJ, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 May;74(5):945-73.
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