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When an individual has acne, they can experience a range of complications, whether they are emotional or physical. However, no one is alone in their acne struggles. Approximately one in five people struggle with acne, and 85% of individuals will struggle with the skin condition at some point in their life.
For those who are in well-populated areas, it’s easy to visit a dermatologist clinic and get the help you need. But for individuals in underserved areas, where dermatology care is either scarce or nonexistent, it’s all too easy to suffer from acne without proper intervention.
Luckily, recent technological innovations have made the process of receiving dermatologist acne treatment widely convenient and accessible, no matter where you are in the world. That answer lies in teledermatology.
So what is teledermatology? Using secure video conferencing technology, teledermatology remotely connects patient and doctor, allowing them to come together and seek solutions to the patients’ skin problems. Using telecommunication, the doctor is able to analyze the patient’s condition, and appropriately diagnose and treat them in the best way possible.
Teledermatology has many benefits, for both patients and practitioners. As previously stated, telemedicine make dermatology treatment more accessible to individuals who would otherwise have limited access to services and treatment. It is also less expensive. On average, an in-person doctor’s visit costs around $95, compared to a $40 telemedicine appointment.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of teledermatology is that it works — sometimes even better than traditional in-person dermatologist visits. According to research, approximately 91% of all telehealth outcomes were just as good, if not better than in-person practitioner visits.