Five Questions You Should Ask Your Dermatologist

by Paul on February 28, 2014

When people stand in front of a full length mirror, naked, the first thing that they see is not the fact that they are a bit too chubby, or too skinny. What they see is the skin, its imperfections and small blemishes, and most of the times, it frightens them out. You probably already know that the skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also not uniform. Every inch of it, from the elbows to the nook and cranny, has its own set of issues and potential problems that should be solved. As a matter of fact, the skin is very fragile, and many people fail to properly take care of it. Acne, dandruff, calluses, oily skin, red bumps and dandruff are only a few example of problems that might only be solvable with the help of a dermatologist.

So, if you have ever looked into your own mirror and wondered: What the heck is that? Then maybe it is time to pay a visit to your dermatologist. There is no doubt that there is room for improvement in our healthcare and wellness system, but do you know how important the skin is for your health? We would like to help you out in the skin care department, so that the next time you see a dermatologist, you will know the right questions that you should ask. Here are eight questions that will help a lot when you visit him/her next time:

  1. How can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and like all other organs it is also susceptible to cancer (skin cancer actually kills approx. 12.000 people every year). Should you worry about your odd-looking mole, or splotch that seems to be reappearing on the shoulder? Probably not, but it is always better safe than sorry. Dermatologists can answer this essential question for you, and this is exactly why you should pay him regular visits. You can also ask them what you can do to prevent skin cancer from appearing (wearing more sunscreen is a no-brainer).

  1. How Can I Enhance the Appearance of my Skin

Women are always concerned with the way that they look. Some men also care about this aspect. Instead of putting war-paint on, have you ever considered going natural? Most cosmetics contain poisonous substances (the exception is natural cosmetics) that will be absorbed by the skin, directly into the bloodstream, and will also make your skin age faster. Also, you’re not getting any younger, so every day that you waste by not caring about your skin, means more wrinkles at old age. Ask your dermatologists what you can do to prevent skin aging, and make yourself look better.

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  1. Am I Aging Well, or Not?

Did you know that the skin begins to age in your mid twenties, if you don’t take good care of it? If you are a sun worshiper, you should know that sunlight ages the skin severely. Is your tan really worth the sun spots and wrinkles that will appear ahead of time? Next time you are paying a visit to your dermatologist, ask him about the condition of your skin, and if you are up for it, inquire about solutions such as Botox, or Retinoids.

  1. What Causes my Acne?

It may be true that clogged pores and bacteria cause acne, Dr. Moy believes that there are other factors that might generate it, for example, hormones. In other words, birth control pills, puberty, sugar and dairy etc. can be responsible for your acne problem, and you might not have known it. There are also situations when stress itself can cause acne, so make sure you reduce stress or tension.

  1. How Many Abnormal Moles Should I Have Biopsied?

Some people have no moles, while others seem to have too many. If you are the later, then you are probably also worried about skin conditions (especially cancer) that might result from them. While it is good to stay on the safe side, and have your suspicious moles biopsied, recent studies have shown that in most situations, cancer doesn’t arise from pre-existing moles, but from new ones.

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