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Patient Education

Acne - Preparing for Your Appointment

There are some simple steps you can take to have a more productive appointment with your dermatologist. Create a list of questions for the visit and jot down notes that summarize your personal experience with acne, including acne treatments you have tried and things that make your acne better or worse. Take photos of the acne where it bothers you the most, including a selfie. Come to the visit in loose-fitting clothing and do not wear makeup. Be aware that it can take 6-8 weeks to see results. More...

What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a medical doctor (MD, DO) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Some dermatologists pursue additional medical training in a dermatology subspecialty, such as cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, Mohs surgery, and pediatric dermatology. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest professional organization of dermatologists. Its esteemed members may appear with the initials "FAAD" after their name which refers to them as "Fellows" of the American Academy of Dermatology. More...

What is a Dermatology Physician Assistant? (Video)

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who has received academic and clinical training to provide medical care under the supervision of a physician. A Dermatology Physician Assistant focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. Most dermatology PAs are trained in the clinic by a collaborating dermatologist and together the physician and PA will arrange the delivery of care. The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) is the largest professional organization of dermatology PAs. Members of the SDPA who undergo additional training are referred to as Diplomate Fellows. More...