As you may have guessed from previous posts, my major concern about my skin is my adult acne - hormonal acne, it's sometimes called. And no matter how much reading I do, I can never really grasp what products will work and what I really need to do. I used to have concerns about being incredibly oily or my acne scars lingering for a very long time, but those are things I've since then overcome through choosing the right skincare products.
2 summers ago, I put my foot down regarding the ongoing eruptions of
But there's always a part of me that wonders if I was just unlucky. There are always dentists and doctors that just don't work for you or are no good, and perhaps it's the same with dermatologists. But then there's another side of me that's like - if you overcame your oiliness and acne scars by yourself through research and learning about products, then maybe soon, you'll come across a solution for your scars (and I have to say, the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser may be the one!). Or, you'll just stop getting them - I'm 22 for goodness sake, they have to stop SOME time don't they?!
Another option I've wondered about are those chain dermatologists, like sk:n. When you hear things like the hard sell that leads to boob-jobs gone wrong and massive law suits against cosmetic surgeons, you wonder if seeing a dermatologist that treats other kinds of rare, and more serious skin diseases is the same as seeing a dermatologist that is focused on beauty and anti-aging, which let's face it, isn't as serious as it gets. Or would somewhere like sk:n give you more time and attention for non-grievous skin conditions than someone that has graver problems to worry about (you know, the ones that might roll your eyes at you - rightly so - because his poor previous patient had been permanently scarred from a fire perhaps.. but then again, acne has been linked to low self confidence, and I can vouch for that!), and who isn't necessarily a specialist in spots/anti-aging/whatever?
I'd like to think so - I mean, sk:n is a massive company, I adore their Aloe Vera Gel, and an acne treatment at sk:n does not come cheap at a consultation coming free (but we've all heard about the hard sell/improper disclosure of risks etc., at cosmetic surgeons right?), but one treatment being £105 and 6 treatments at £450 on sale. If the results were guaranteed, and I'd had friends with success stories, I'd be less inquisitive. But I haven't personally met anyone whose had these things done.
For me, I want a treatment plan that when I get it done, it works and that's it - I don't have to worry about it again. That's my problem with cod liver oil and cleansers - I have to keep taking it everyday, and if I stop, BOOM. Acne central. So it's not REALLY fixing the problem, is it? If I get these treatments and keep taking pills, but one day I know I'll have to go back to square one to solve the root problem - what's the point of shelling out? Why shouldn't I just keep spending money on trying different skincare products? Is a traditional dermatologist the way to go?
Enough of me and my rambling, what are your thoughts?
Have you thought about seeing a dermatologist, and if so, what kind?
In fact, have you ever seen a dermatologist and how did it go?