Post # 1
Since I never had acne as a teenager, I never had to visit this type of doctor. But over the last 3 years or so, I’ve developed some adult acne and rosacea. I am really frustrated and don’t want to deal with this for my engagement/wedding pictures, so I’m sucking it up and making an appointment.
So I just read some articles/blogs online about going to the derm and now I’m NERVOUS! They all talked about peels and burning and pricking and how bad it hurts and how terrible it is.
Ummmmmm what did I sign up for??
My appt. is in the morning, before work . . . am I going to look like scarface when I leave there? Am I even going to be able to wear any makeup before/after?
Ugh. What the hell. Why does this have to be so difficult?!?!?
Can anyone help who has had treatment for rosacea?
Post # 3
I don’t know about rosacea, but I got a full-body skin check, and the dermatologist just looked. Besides the fact that she looked IN MY BUTTCRACK (seriously!!), it was not invasive or painful — just, um, thorough…
Post # 4
If its your first appointment for acne/rosacea, they won’t likely do anything at all. The doc will examine your skin and discuss treatment options with you. At my office I go to, you have to schedule a separate appointment if you want a peel or laser treatments or extractions because they only schedule 15 min appts with the MD.
I wouldn’t wear makeup before, because the doc wants to see your skin so they can assess it. I’m sure after will be fine.
Post # 5
I’ve had treatments done at the derm and they ranged from normal looking to red faced to blown up lips (I had something removed lol). In all reality they will probably only do a consult & write you a prescription. Don’t worry! If you do need anything done in off they will schedule it for another day. Good luck!
Post # 6
I don’t think there is any reason to be nervous, I’ve gone to the dermatologist at least once a year for the past five either for a full body check (skin cancer runs in the family) or acne problems.
Often you just talk about what you came in for and they will suggest different options – whether topical creams/medications, oral medications, or treatments. You might want to think ahead on whether you would be willing to take hormonal meds… I tried a few other things before going that route.
I would suggest not wearing make-up before your appointment, just so they can see everything as it naturally is, but you can put it on afterwards.
Post # 7
I have been seeing a derm for about 10 years now. I didn’t have acne as a kid; I go and get it as an adult (I’m in my early 30’s).
First off, find a good dermatologist. Ask your primary care physician who he recommends because some of them absolutely suck.
Some of them will just look at you and prescribe you medication. Some will poke at your pimples. Don’t worry if they do; mine sticks this huge needle in my big pimples and they are gone in like 2 days.
Make sure you use the medicines they prescribe exactly the way they tell you to; and DON’T MISS A DAY.. Trust me, this has been a battle of mine forever…
He may put you on an antibiotic if he feels your acne or rosacea is severe. Take them exactly as directed or it’s useless.
He or she may even give you a certain cleanser and moisterizer to use. If he/she doesn’t, ask them what they prescribe. I use the ones from my doctor’s office and it’s not something I can buy in a CVS or something.
Last but not least, BE PATIENT. I know how frustrating it can be, and you want to be cured overnight. But it does take some time.
Good luck and let me know what they prescribe for you!