“If I only knew then what I know now”
Acne is a time-sensitive condition.
If time passes without urgency to get proper treatment, the skin can be severely worn down by the active inflammation.
This time sensitivity is the reason that inappropriate treatment is so dangerous with this condition. Any random regimen, prescription, procedure, or diet that does not rapidly bring down the active process of acne in the first week is doing major damage by allowing the inflammation to persist.
The first law of medicine, “First do no harm” , is currently being disregarded in the mass marketed and amateur world of acne treatments. An ineffective or inappropriate treatment that allows for the inflammation to persist can cause serious harm.
(i.e. even just a simple dietary program that isn’t working over many weeks can cause real damage by distracting a patient from getting the appropriate help they immediately need.)
I had a patient ask me the other day, “Does this look like the type of acne that causes scarring?”
My answer was, “All acne, regardless of how small, causes scarring if left active for long periods of time.”
The skin can only take so many inflammatory wounds before it starts to show the signs of wear and tear.
–If you don’t have the proper sense of urgency to get this thing under control, you will likely regret the wasted time.
–If your practitioner does not have a sense of urgency to get you better, you need to consider a more passionate practitioner.
–If you are hoping, waiting, dreaming, or wishing for results…, you are allowing for precious time to pass unnecessarily.
This is a time-sensitive condition.
I’ll be here,
©2009 “Time = Scarring” by Dr. Neal Schwartz