When should someone talk to their derm about getting a prescription?

Author: Dr. Bobby Buka

Yesterday. It’s rare that OTC formulations work as well as prescription formulas, and I see so many patients spending hundreds of dollars and waiting months for their cosmetician’s brand to work. Jump in with both feet and get acne taken care of the right way with a board-certified dermatologist the first time.

The prescription we choose will vary widely based upon gender, age, occupation, and the timing/location of your outbreaks as well as personal preferences like gels vs. creams. It’s a customizable regimen that’s super patient-specific, which is why it’s nearly impossible for most OTC acne regimens to work for everyone.