The Family Health Guide

When You Visit Your Doctor —- Acne


Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • At what age did your problem with acne begin?
  • Do you have blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, or cysts?
  • If so, what areas are involved: your face, chest, back?
  • What is your skin-care routine?
  • What products do you use? Do any of them help?
  • What medications have you tried (e.g., benzoyl peroxide, Retin-A, antibiotics, Accutane)?
  • If you are female, does your acne get worse around the time of your menstrual period and do you have regular menstrual periods?
  • What medicines do you take, including over-the-counter medicines and birth-control pills?
  • Have you been developing extra body or facial hair?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Careful skin exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Blood tests (liver function tests, cholesterol, or if you are female, perhaps a pregnancy test if you are taking the medicine Accutane)