What to do about acne

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So my GP just informed me has referred me to see a dermatologist but since he seen me last week my acne has cleared up a little as it happens like my acne will go good bad good bad.

Should I stop using the cream I’m on so my acne returns to how it normally is? I don’t want to go dermatologist with my acne looking like this as it will make the dermatologist believe either my acne isn’t even that bad or make them believe the cream works but it doesn’t.

Do I keep using the cream or stop? When I’m on this cream my acne will be good for a week maybe two weeks then goes bad again for weeks and repeat.
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So my GP just informed me has referred me to see a dermatologist but since he seen me last week my acne has cleared up a little as it happens like my acne will go good bad good bad.

Should I stop using the cream I’m on so my acne returns to how it normally is? I don’t want to go dermatologist with my acne looking like this as it will make the dermatologist believe either my acne isn’t even that bad or make them believe the cream works but it doesn’t.

Do I keep using the cream or stop? When I’m on this cream my acne will be good for a week maybe two weeks then goes bad again for weeks and repeat.
Your best bet might be taking pictures of your acne as it is now and when it gets worse so the dermatologist can see. If you're on the NHS then a referral can take a while so even if your skin is clearing up now, if it's going cyclical good-bad it could be bad again when you see the derm if the cream isn't working. I swear those creams are useless, I've used a variety of them myself for acne and the only thing I've found that helps a bit is benzoyl peroxide on 'normal' spots (like the smaller ones that go to a head) but no topical application seems to help the bad, deep spots. I'm no doctor but if it's following a cycle could that mean there's something else going on too? Like with hormones?

It's difficult cos you want to be honest but also know unless things are bad you always seem to get fobbed off with 'lets see how it goes'
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Your best bet might be taking pictures of your acne as it is now and when it gets worse so the dermatologist can see. If you're on the NHS then a referral can take a while so even if your skin is clearing up now, if it's going cyclical good-bad it could be bad again when you see the derm if the cream isn't working. I swear those creams are useless, I've used a variety of them myself for acne and the only thing I've found that helps a bit is benzoyl peroxide on 'normal' spots (like the smaller ones that go to a head) but no topical application seems to help the bad, deep spots. I'm no doctor but if it's following a cycle could that mean there's something else going on too? Like with hormones?

It's difficult cos you want to be honest but also know unless things are bad you always seem to get fobbed off with 'lets see how it goes'
I have been on all the main creams and found exactly the same like they only work on the small spots but the deep big ones it does nothing and “let’s see how it goes” has been the line by GP’s to me for 4 years 😂 true a referral can take up to 6 months at my hospital but with Corona probably even longer so I’ll just keep using it.

Hopefully the dermatologist will see a long list of antibiotics and creams I have tried and will see through my acne at the moment.
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