You're incredibly brave for taking the first step to get acne treatment. And you’re right to be searching for – what are the best doctors for acne treatment. I’ve got just the thing you ned. These are the 5 acne doctors you can consider. Out of these 5 'doctors' there's just 2 I recommend.

Help! Which Doctor is Best for Acne Treatment?

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So you’ve just Googled – which doctor is best for acne treatment? You’re incredibly brave for taking the first step. And I get it. Your acne’s really starting to upset you. You feel down about it because it’s making you feel ugly. You’re having to cover your acne with makeup every day and you hate it. You feel like you’re hiding and are willing to try anything… but you feel vain for getting help from a doctor. You don’t want to bother them. Where should you start?

If you walk away from this blog knowing just one thing (I spoke about this recently when I was interviewed on the Period Party podcast) let it be this my friend – you are not vain for caring about your acne. In fact, you’re fabulously smart 🥰

Your body NEEDS you to care about the health of your skin.

The health of your skin’s a vital signal to your inside health. A type of health you can’t see but you can ‘feel’.

Thing is – we don’t often feel internal health changes until they’re incredibly advanced.

Enter your skin – it translates for you BEFORE health conditions have the opportunity to become a big problem for you.

Because fact is, published science is telling us biology changes linked with acne are also linked with PCOS, diabetes, some types of cancer, heart disease and even Alzheimers and dementia. Diseases that build up over decades.

Your skin’s an early alarm bell.

You should care. You need to care. It’s important you care.

Now that you know you have a right and a need to get acne treatment and to find which doctor is best for acne treatment – it’s time to reveal the 5 different types of acne doctor you might consider. Plus which is the best for acne treatment (in my scientific opinion).

Psst – I recommend number 5.

You're incredibly brave for taking the first step to get acne treatment. And you’re right to be searching for – what are the best doctors for acne treatment. I’ve got just the thing you ned. These are the 5 acne doctors you can consider. Out of these 5 'doctors' there's just 2 I recommend.

Which Doctor is Best for Acne Treatment?

Before we go further you must know this. I’ve had acne. Deep-rooted, cystic and hormonal acne which made me feel embarrassed, upset and horrible in my skin. I thought all you or anyone could see of me was my acne. So just like you, I once desperately searched Google for which doctor is best for acne treatment? I’ve also sought help from them – and some have told me there was ‘nothing that could be done’.

These words still bring a wave of panic cruising through my body even now as I’m writing this to you.

I’m also proof those words are completely untrue – you can heal from acne. Your skin can be clear again.

These ‘acne doctors’ are in the order I would have thought or felt brave enough to approach each when I had acne. But actually, if you’re looking for acne treatment which works and to get clear skin without having to rely on acne medications – I wholeheartedly recommend starting at the bottom of this acne doctor list. Truly.

I WISH I’d started at the bottom of this acne doctor list. My acne would have healed in months, not years.

So let’s get going shall we?

This is it. The 5 different types of acne doctors (we’ll get to which doctor is best for acne treatment soon);

  1. Pharmacist
  2. GP/doctor
  3. Acne dermatologist
  4. Naturopathic doctor
  5. The alternative option I recommend

Come find out the pros and cons of each acne doctor, plus which I recommend you try first.

1. See a Pharmacist for Acne Treatment

Pros;

  • No appointment needed
  • Instant acne help/acne treatment

Cons;

  • Do not focus on the internal triggers of acne
  • Not specialised in acne

This was the very first acne doctor I thought to try. I was so embarrassed by my acne I didn’t want to bother my doctor and so I think – let’s see a pharmacist.

I walk to my local pharmacist feeling my heart pounding, my cheeks reddening and my voice starting to quiver. I’m nervous because I feel silly for caring about my acne and because I’m just hoping no one from work’s here to overhear my conversation.

I walk up to the counter, barely holding the pharmacist’s eye as I say I’m getting these big, painful spots all the time – can you help?

He looks at me in a distracted way, not realising the gravity of what he’s about to say… ‘there’s nothing that can be done, you’re just going to have to accept and live with it’.

My insides scream no, no, no.

He eventually hands me a bottle of Benzoyl Peroxide face wash with the warning – but be careful, this can bleach your skin.

I’m so afraid I never use it.

Since the day I looked for acne help from my local pharmacist, I’m so happy to say most pharmacies’ have come a long way.

You can now get the most commonly prescribed treatments for acne from your local pharmacist without having to see your doctor.

They include;

Q: Can pharmacists treat acne? Yes, pharmacists can ‘treat’ acne. However, pharmacist-prescribed acne treatments do not confront the internal triggers of your acne. Acne’s likely to come back (or get worse) when you discontinue treatment i.e. antibiotics for acne – this has been proven in published science papers which show acne takes about 8 weeks to start again – that’s 8 weeks after you stop taking antibiotics for acne.

Q: Can you speak to a pharmacist about acne? Yes, you can speak to a pharmacist about acne, it’s usually quicker and easier than seeing your doctor.

2. See Your GP or Doctor for Acne Treatment

Pros;

  • Short wait times for an appointment compared to a dermatologist
  • If you live in the UK – Free on the NHS

Cons;

  • Do not focus on the internal triggers of acne
  • Not specialised in acne
  • Limited appointment time
  • Treatment is not personalised
  • Many doctors will recommend the pill for acne – this covers up the triggers of your acne and shuts down natural hormone production – this is why you don’t have a natural period on the pill, but instead, you have a ‘withdrawal bleed

Option number two. Should you go to the GP for acne? Heck yes you can but I personally do not recommend this be your first option.

Doctors have access to the same acne treatments as a pharmacist plus a few extra.

These are the ‘extra ones’;

Each of these can be an effective acne treatment. But I can’t feel good about recommending any of them to you. That’s because each of these acne treatments covers up the underlying causes of your acne. It’s like wearing skyscraper high heels and getting painful blisters on your heels and your toes. But instead of taking off your heels, you’re taking a painkiller instead. You no longer feel pain, but your feet are still suffering.

The pill for example contains a potent form of estrogen. Estrogen is a sebosurpressive hormone which means it can help make your skin less oily. Oily skin makes your face the perfect habitat for acne bacteria. That’s one big reason why the pill can get you clear skin.

But the question you should be asking is thiswhy is my skin oily in the first place? 

Q: Can acne be treated by a GP? Yes you can get the most common acne treatments from your GP. The front-line acne treatment as defined by the American Academy of Dermatology is Benzoyl Peroxide paired with an antibiotic.

3. See An Acne Dermatologist for Acne Treatment

Pros;

  • Specialised in acne

Cons;

  • Long wait times (especially to see an NHS dermatologist)
  • Do not focus on the internal triggers of acne

I’m going to make this one quick. An acne dermatologist has access to and focuses on the same treatments for acne as a pharmacist and doctor do. The dermatologist’s trump card is that they’re specialised in the health of your skin – meaning they know more about acne than your pharmacist or doctor does.

Years of experience usually means you’re about to get a better acne treatment.

For example, an experienced acne dermatologist will have written hundreds of prescriptions for Isotretinoin (many people know this as Accutane). They’ll understand the best dosages, the best ways to take this medication (it’s important to take it with certain foods), and the most common side effects to warn you about (dry skin, achy joints, dry, inflamed eyes, headaches, nosebleeds).

However, most acne dermatologists are not helping you treat the underlying triggers and root causes of your acne. Most acne dermatologists for example don’t investigate dietary acne triggers, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and natural ways of correcting them.

…but acne doctor options 4 and 5 do.

Q: Can a dermatologist help with acne? Yes, a dermatologist is a doctor who has specialised in the health of skin. Acne is an area of their speciality.

Q: What do dermatologists usually recommend for acne? As the American Academy of Dermatology prescribe Benzoyl Peroxide combined with an antibiotic as the front-line treatment for acne – this is often the first treatment you’ll be asked to try. Dermatologists can also prescribe you Isotretinoin and Spirolactone (an androgen blocker).

4. See a Naturopathic Doctor for Acne Treatment

Pros;

  • Identifies and treats the trigger/root causes of your acne (this is the MOST important bit)
  • Works with your body’s natural biology (this is vs. antibiotics which kill off both good and bad bacteria in your body)
  • Long-term ‘acne cure’

Cons;

  • Not specialised in skincare
  • Many naturopathic doctors are not specialised in acne

Did you see it? The most exciting and important thing about seeing a naturopathic doctor for acne treatment is this – a naturopathic doctor’s listening to your body. Remember I explained acne as a language your body speaks? A translator of your inside health?

Your body speaks in symptoms and a naturopath doctor is your interpreter.

Instead of covering up the trigger causes of your acne with antibiotics or Benzoyl Peroxide if you see a naturopath for acne they’re going to investigate;

  • Your period health (an indicator of your hormone health)
  • Your digestive health
  • Your gut health
  • Your nutrition balance
  • Your diet
  • Your overall body health

Bottom line – a naturopathic doctor is a holistic treatment meaning they’re not treating your skin as a separate organ like an acne dermatologist often will. Instead, a naturopath sees all of the organs in your body as being connected and therefore the health of each one is a potential trigger cause for your acne.

It’s like if you have a stomachache. It’s not just your stomach that’s affected, you might start feeling zapped and low in energy, you might also get a headache because of the stress, you might also get back pain because you’re walking differently to prevent the ache. See a doctor for the headache and they’ll give you painkillers/send you for a head scan. A naturopath will investigate body-wide causes of your headache. See the difference?

Q: Do naturopaths help with acne? Yes, naturopaths do help with acne. Some naturopaths specialise in skin health and in acne – these are the best kind for acne treatment. As naturopathic doctors aim to identify the root causes of acne, they can help you achieve a permanent clearing of your skin.

But there’s still something even an acne naturopath misses out on…

5. See an Acne Scientist & An Award Winning Skincare Formulator

You know this bit already – I get how you’re feeling right now because I’ve had acne myself. You also know I’ve healed my acne naturally – and let me tell you, it feels amazing. I’m in control of my skin health.

What you might not know is now, this is what I do full time. I’m dedicated as a scientist to helping women like you heal from acne naturally without acne meds, so you can also get clear skin you feel comfortable, confident and like freakin’ awesomesauce in.

My speciality and trump card is this – I’m a scientist specialised in acne and I’m also an award-winning skincare formulator.

Pros;

  • Specialised in acne
  • Specialised in acne skincare
  • Identifies and treats the trigger/root causes of your acne
  • Works with your body’s natural biology
  • Long term ‘acne cure’

Cons;

  • You’ll be feeling so happy in your skin you’ll want to tell everyone about it

When you work with me 1-2-1 in the Acne Clinic or when you take my online course Acne Warrior you start healing your acne from the inside-out and the outside-in. Both ways are ridiculously important and ultimately your skin will only be clear, healthy and happy when you do both (see my client Sofia’s acne progress photos).

acne before and after photos

You might have figured I’m not a fan of acne treatments like the pill, Benzoyl Peroxide and antibiotics. You’re right 🙂 – I’m not. I’m an anti-fan because I’m here focused on getting you clear skin for life. To do this we need to identify the internal root causes of your acne and heal them naturally. 

This is versus taking a medication like antibiotics. Antibiotics for acne kill off good and bad bacteria living on your skin – studies are showing within 8 weeks acne bacteria levels bounce back but good bacteria (that can help hydrate your skin and keep the acne bacteria away) – they take a lot longer to recover.

I’m not here to blitz away all the acne bacteria living on your skin – your skin needs acne bacteria. It just needs them in the right population levels. Only when you have this will your acne heal for good.

Bottom line – I’m here to help you get clear skin for life.

Click here to work with me inside the Acne Clinic.

Click here to take my online course Acne Warrior (you get instant access as soon as you enrol).