DEAR HARRIETTE: I have terrible acne, and my mom promised to take me to the dermatologist, but since it is considered a nonessential medical service, we can't go right now. I have tried all kinds of over-the-counter treatments that really don't work. I'm trying to convince my mom to let me do the virtual doctor's appointment so that at least I could get a consultation. She thinks that's a waste of money. I need to do something. What do you recommend? -- Dermatologist
DEAR DERMATOLOGIST: Do some more research. Find out if your insurance company covers telehealth visits for dermatologists. If so, find one in your plan. Call to find out if the doctor is having office hours, and present the details to your mother. Check too to see if that doctor is allowing in-person visits. Now that things are opening up a bit, there's a chance that you may be able to get an appointment.
Shy of that, become more vigilant with your self-care. Eliminate sugary drinks from your diet. Drink plenty of water. The one natural remedy that many espouse for acne treatment is apple cider vinegar -- applied topically and ingested, it seems to cut down on acne as well as other ailments. For ways to use it, go to www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-acne-remedies.
(Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams. You can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)Read more in: Teens