Who Should You Look For?


Whether you suffered from acne in high school or later in your adult life, we’re sure one of the immediate questions you might have asked yourself was, “What is it and how do I get rid of it?”

If you’re anything like us, you first poked, poked and popped the pimples to see if they would magically disappear, never to be seen again. When that didn’t work, you went to your local drug store and bought every acne clearing product that ultimately didn’t live up to its promises on the package. So you’ve finally (after a good howling session, of course) accepted the fact that acne isn’t fair, and it’s time to seek professional help.

But where do you start?


Contact dermatologists

When you go it alone, getting acne under control can be frustrating, and getting clear can be an even greater task while you acquire the tools to stay clear. Even with educated changes to your diet and skincare regimen, sometimes it’s nice to have someone on the journey to guide you and lead you to the success you hope for.

Because we’re normally conditioned to going to a “doctor” when we’re feeling sick or experiencing something unfamiliar with our bodies, many of us may feel most comfortable consulting a medically qualified skincare expert — a dermatologist.


Benefits of visiting the dermatologist

Although we are a team of estheticians and trained acne specialists at Natural Acne Clinic, we believe there are many benefits to seeing a dermatologist as an acne sufferer discovers the best option for themselves.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) defines a dermatologist as “a doctor who specializes in skin, hair, and nail disorders. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 diseases, including eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer.” And becoming a dermatologist requires many years of training and further education.

The AAD lists the standard requirements as follows:

  • Four years of college to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Four years of medical school to become a doctor
    • A one-year internship
  • Three years of residency, working with experienced doctors and treating patients for 12,000 to 16,000 hours.

Beyond the above requirements, dermatologists can expand their specialties by completing a fellowship and/or becoming board certified by passing the certification exam with the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Because dermatologists are medical professionals and have earned the license to treat medical conditions, if you have signs of skin conditions related to psoriasis, eczema, discoid lupus, skin cancer, hair loss, acne, etc., a dermatologist has the freedom to conduct a biopsy in the Clinic, run tests, diagnose and refer you to the specialist who may be better suited to treat your skin condition.

When it comes to acne, a dermatologist can certainly diagnose acne and prescribe treatments to heal your skin as a one-stop shop on your journey, but it’s also common to work with an esthetician who can focus more deeply on cleansing your skin beyond the diagnosis and treatment.

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What you don’t get when you see them

Due to the nature of common clinical surgeries, congested schedules, and overwhelmed physicians, they often follow the same procedures for all patients when calling for help—patient present, quick evaluation, condition judged non-life threatening, quick diagnosis, prescription issued, and next appointment that two weeks later and often follows the same agenda.

For acne sufferers, this is not the best course of action to meet their needs.


Because dermatologists are in high demand, they can often overlook the fine details associated with each and every acne case. Unfortunately, many of us have experienced this approach and reluctantly accepted their “one size fits all” regimen of oral antibiotics and topical prescription creams like Retin-A (which contains pore-clogging inactive ingredients).


When this approach fails because the body has become accustomed to the antibiotic regimen, the doctor will often prescribe a new one, and then another, and when that fails, Accutane (aka isotretinoin) becomes a common last resort. Many of these recipes don’t cure acne and can cause harmful side effects like constipation, diarrhea, liver damage, depression, and more.

Acne is a unique skin condition because most sufferers cannot easily cover it up. Having acne is shared with the world as it is most commonly found on the face for all to see. This can create feelings of shame, embarrassment, and failure. Because of this, it is important that focused time is spent with patients, to listen carefully to their experiences with acne, possible triggers and known allergies, and simply to build a human connection that goes beyond superficial communication. While dermatologists mean well, the limited time their patients have doesn’t allow for a holistic approach for someone hoping to get rid of acne.

Visit to a beautician

The practice of aesthetics “refers to the application of various techniques to the epidermal layer of the human body [such as, but not limited to] Steaming, waxing, extraction, chemical peels and pore cleansing,” according to

And those who practice aesthetics are called cosmetologists.

Beauticians are trained skin care specialists who, in addition to the state examination, have to complete 300 to 1,000 hours of specialist training at a cosmetics school, cosmetics school or in an apprenticeship. Although each state’s requirements may differ slightly, most states require estheticians to regularly renew their license and attend continuing education courses to maintain a high level of awareness and understanding of industry standards.

Although most estheticians will be accepted into their chosen aesthetic program with a two-year or four-year college degree, it is not required.

Advantages of treatment by a beautician

There are instances where a dermatologist can also be a licensed esthetician, but that combination is not often found in a single skincare professional.

Dermatologists regularly refer their patients to estheticians when the patient needs more time and attention to improve the health, beauty, and vitality of their skin through the following practices not typically performed in a doctor’s office:


How medical beauticians can help you

Acne sufferers know all too well that acne isn’t just superficial and often starts with our diet and hormones. And even after addressing both of these triggers and achieving clear skin, unsightly hyperpigmentation and scars can remain.

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To help clients with a broader range of services to address inner bodily needs and a wider range of surface treatments, estheticians can opt for an additional 600 hours of comprehensive training to obtain a Master’s Esthetician License, which will enable them to perform the following tasks empowers :

  • aging analysis
  • light energy
  • Dealing with stress
  • aromatherapy
  • Advanced skin diseases
  • Advanced hair removal
  • Advanced facial treatments
  • Alternative spa therapies
  • Medical aesthetics
  • And more!

Benefits of working with the Natural Acne Clinic

When you choose Natural Acne Clinic to guide you on your journey to clear skin, we will:

1) Get to know you in a 15-minute free, no-obligation Clear Skin Discovery Session.

2) Spend up to 1 hour with you during your initial online consultation or at our Denver clinic so we can get to know you and your story in detail and create a customized treatment plan for you.

3) Walk with you every step of the way, whether you choose clear skin through our online acne program or through our holistic in-clinic acne consultation.

Coach on online consultationCoach on online consultation

The truth is, if there was just one specific acne trigger to focus on, getting the clear and glowing skin you’ve been dreaming of would be easy.

However, acne is a bit more complex and manifests itself differently in each person. It is important that you and your acne history are known as a unique case and not treated with the same pill and cream that is given to everyone else.

Let’s treat your acne

How we do it differently:

  • After you schedule your online acne consultation (conducted by phone or Zoom video call), you will fill out a health questionnaire and upload photos of your skin to our private and secure client portal, Clear Connection. (For clients in the clinic, this step is done in person.)
  • You will then meet with a Clear Skin Coach for a 1 hour consultation over a phone or Zoom video call to discuss your acne type(s), skin tolerance, hormones, digestive system, and stress levels for imbalances that can trigger acne. (For clients in the clinic, this step is done in person.)
  • Get your customized clear skin treatment plan on the Clear Connection portal along with a recommendation for herbs and supplements to help rebalance your body from within, product regimen and lifestyle education related to the habits and choices that make acne worse such as foods, birth control pills, medications, recipes and stress.
  • Every 2 weeks you will Contact your Clear Skin Coach, via Clear Connection, to discuss your progress and response to the program. Based on your feedback and the trainer’s assessment, individual adjustments will be made to your home care program. To get you free, we need to challenge your skin with a slightly different regimen every few weeks – that’s what makes our program different. (For clients in the clinic, this step is done in person.)
  • Celebrate your clear skin week after week!



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