Choosing between a Dermatologist or a Licensed Acne Specialist
Why is it important to see a Certified Acne Specialist rather than an Dermatologist?
When an acne sufferer reaches out for help with treating their acne they often believe their only choice is a Dermatologist. However, it is important to understand the difference between the two. According to the American Academy of Dermatology the scope of a board certified Dermatologist covers the areas of; melanomas, skin cancer, tumors of the skin, allergic or non-allergic infectious diseases, disorders of the mouth, hair, nails, external genitalia, and contact dermatitis. However, it is important to be aware that their scope of treatments does not include skin care or acne treatments.
The standard practice of treatments for acne is the use of antibiotics, Benzoyl Peroxide, prescription creams and laser treatments. When all else fails, the use of Accutane is their last resort. Too often these typical methods are passed on from one physician to another as the standard course of treatment. Though, a better method is to begin asking questions to determine which current acne triggers are playing a part in the clients lifestyle and environment.
An Acne Specialist has completed comprehensive training in addition to state requirements as a Licensed Skin Care Professional, specifically on acne triggers; types of acne; and customized treatment plans. This research is based on the in-depth, critical analysis of the foremost leaders in clinical acne research today. An Acne Specialist has studied environmental factors which contribute to acne, dietary habits and are highly capable of identifying pore clogging ingredients found in many products. Additionally, an Acne Specialist stays on the cutting edge of research and new treatments as they arise. They do this by communicating regularly with other Acne Specialist through national and international forums in order to exchange information on what doesn't work and what does. Additionally, an Acne Specialist participates in world wide avant-garde acne summits and continuous in-depth seminars with the purpose of remaining at the fore-front of all new developments.
Armed with a solid foundation of understanding acne on many different levels, an Acne Specialist is prepared to assist clients with all stages of acne. Through education and the right approach, an acne sufferer can experience clear skin. At ABQ Skin Care & Acne Clinic we can lead the way.
Kimberly Lovato LE, Licensed Acne Specialist