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65 year old woman. still have pimples. Use Cetaphil to wash.

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65 year old woman. still have pimples. Use Cetaphil to wash. Use Epiduo occasionally and spironolactone (two per week). Sooooo frustrated.

911DOC :

Have you consulted your physician about this?

911DOC :

Have you been tried on a medicine like tetracycline or docycycline?

911DOC :

Or Retin-A?

911DOC :

And when you say you take spironolactone twice a week I assume that is for your acne, is this correct?

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

Yes---a dermatologist

Customer:

No on the other two medications. No Retin-A

Customer:

Yes, for acne. Tried more often but skin got really dry.

911DOC :

I wonder how I can help you here online today since you are under the care of a dermatologist already.

911DOC :

Do you have a specific question for me?

911DOC :

I think

911DOC :

you probably understand your problem and how they are approaching it

911DOC :

But I'm not sure how I can help

911DOC :

Have you expressed your frustration with your dermatologist?

911DOC :

How long have you been under his/her care?

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

I guess I was just looking for another perspective. I will contact my dermatologist again.

911DOC :

how long have you been with this dermatologist?

911DOC :

also, do you have a good, easy to read reference on acne?

Customer:

A year or so.

Customer:

No reference.

911DOC :

i see

911DOC :

stand by

911DOC :

is your dermatologist calling this skin condition 'acne'??

911DOC :

I'm not sure if this has been helpful

911DOC :

I hope it has

911DOC :

I think you need to have a good sit-down with the dermatologist and express your frustrations

911DOC :

there are other treatments out there

911DOC :

and there may be good reasons they have not bene tried in your case

911DOC :

but the conversation needs to take place

911DOC :

in an honest fashion

911DOC :

doctors, if they are good ones, do not fear, and often appreciate this kind of interaction

911DOC :

I am standing by if you have any final questions for me

Customer:

No more questions. Thank you. I will call and schedule an appt. now.

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