Acne or ageing concerns? Maybe you should see a doctor

By Mosh

16 February 2021

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Close-up of man's skin

We’re used to seeing a doctor and getting medical advice for many health concerns. But when it comes to our skin, we often avoid seeking that same level of care.

Consider this: Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it performs many functions to keep us healthy, including protecting us from environmental stressors such as the sun, regulating body temperature and receiving sensory information. Taking care of our skin is actually part of taking good care of our health.

Sure, you may feel that having concerns about your fine lines and wrinkles means you’re vain, or that your acne isn’t serious enough for you to see a doctor, but you’d be mistaken.

The truth is, many people with acne can benefit from seeing a dermatologist (or skin doctor), and their acne doesn’t have to be severe before they seek medical advice. The same goes for ageing. If you’re concerned about fine lines or wrinkles and it’s affecting your wellbeing, a dermatologist can help.

Here are some instances that indicate it’s time to seek an expert opinion.

Over the counter products have stopped working for you

Mild to moderate acne such as blackheads, whiteheads and papules (a type of inflamed blemish) can respond well to over-the-counter creams, gels and cleansers. These may contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinols, azelaic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids.

With consistent use, such products can improve or even clear acne within a few months. However, if you’re finding that your spots aren’t quite clearing up or you have more severe acne – such as nodular or cystic acne – it’s time to seek the expertise of a doctor or dermatologist.

A doctor or dermatologist can provide you with medical- or prescription-grade skincare for acne or anti-ageing that are tailored specifically for you. Prescription-grade treatments usually contain higher strength ingredients than you can buy at your local pharmacy, and in different combinations. A doctor can also prescribe oral prescription medications if your acne is severe.

Your acne is sore or leaves you with scars

When you have cystic acne or nodules – both inflammatory types of acne that cause hard lumps under the skin – over-the-counter treatments will never be enough. These types of acne are the most severe and the hardest to treat without seeing a doctor.

Cysts and nodules are also the types of acne that are most likely to scar, so it pays to address those sore, red spots sooner rather than later.

A doctor can diagnose the cause of your acne and prescribe a tailored treatment plan that clears up your existing acne and prevents future breakouts. If you have scarring already, they’ll be able to address that too.

Your acne is affecting your self-esteem

A face or body full of red spots can be highly embarrassing, and it doesn’t just negatively impact teenagers. Adult acne can also cause psychological issues such as anxiety and depression.

Many people with acne say they want to hide away, often avoiding social gatherings or growing their hair long to hide their spots. Men with acne over their shoulders, chest or back, will often avoid sports such as swimming because they don’t want to change in public dressing rooms.

If you can relate, and your acne is having a negative impact on your mental health, it’s time to see a doctor or dermatologist.

Severe acne is, in fact, a medical condition that can be treated effectively with prescription-grade skincare. There’s no need to suffer in silence and hope that the problem will go away on its own. You CAN do something about it.

Prefer to avoid the embarrassment of a face-to-face doctor’s appointment, book in for an online doctor consultation with Mosh.

Signs of ageing are bothering you

As guys, we’re told that a few fine lines and wrinkles can add character (hey, it worked for George Clooney). But many blokes – even if they don’t own up to it – would rather not live with prematurely aged skin.

The best way to prevent wrinkled, leathery skin is to wear sunscreen daily and have a solid daily skincare routine. But sometimes we need more than just over-the-counter anti-ageing products to really make a difference.

That’s where a doctor can help. They’ll be able to assess your individual skin needs and provide you with a personalised anti-ageing skin treatment plan. And while you might notice that some of the ingredients in over-the-counter anti-ageing products also appear in prescription-grade products – such as niacinamide, retinoids, hyaluronic acid and CoEnzyme Q10 – they’re usually in much lower concentrations, which means they have limited effectiveness. The Mosh process

We make it easy to see a doctor and address your skin concerns from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how simple it is:

Step 1: Fill out our simple skin quiz. A doctor will recommend a personalised treatment within 24 hours.

Step 2: Text, call or video chat with a doctor. Ask anything and confirm the treatment plan is right for you.

Step 3: Your prescription is delivered to your door every 3 months. You can cancel anytime without fees.

Let’s get started!

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