When Should You See Your Dermatologist?

by Paul on February 24, 2014

If you are a responsible human being, then you probably also care about your health. Health also includes skin care. Naturally, you have already created your at-home regimen, purchased the right products, and are using the efficient procedures, to maintain the aspect, tightness, glow and well-being of your skin, right? But even when you do everything you can to preserve your skin in a pristine form, unexpected problems appear. Like most people on the planet, you are probably afraid of visiting the doctor, even if he is not nearly as scary as the dentist. Also, your problem might actually not be a problem at all, and you are afraid of making a full of yourselves. We assure you that there is nothing to be embarrassed about, because doctors have seen it all, and prevention is always better than cure. If you are not sure that your skin-care concern is something a doctor should be evaluating, here are a few criteria that will help you determine if the appointment is indeed be necessary.

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When To See the Dermatologist:

  • Stubborn itching and rashes are definitely a sign that something is not OK. There are hundreds of types of dermatitis, and eczema that are usually accompanied by annoying inflammation and irritation. In rare occasions, it may also point to a mild perfume or skin-product irritation. Either way, you should definitely see a dermatologist quickly, because he can prescribe proper medication that will get rid of all the bothersome skin dilemmas.

  • If you want to treat your scars, you should absolutely visit your dermatologist. While over-the-counter products can be effective in battling the appearance of most scars, those that are too thick, and too deep, should definitely be handled by an expert (especially scars from burns).

  • Stop believing what cosmetic companies tell you, because when it comes to stretch marks and cellulite, they are definitely lying. It is honestly impossible to get rid of cellulite by rubbing on some poisonous substance. The only person that can truly help you in this situation is, you’ve guessed it, the dermatologist and his cool lasers. Keep your expectations realistic, drink water, and work out, and you might get rid of cellulite.

  • Dark discolorations which change color, refuse to heal, or bleed are definitely a sign of cancer. Moles and abnormal discolorations may appear at any time, and if they are darkening or changing, then it is imperative to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Although chances are quite low, these may be a sign of cancer. Most dermatologists actually advise people to have regular examinations, regardless of their age, and history with sun-tanning.

  • Red Marks from Acne or Blemishes: If you have had severe problems with acne, you might have some red marks left over, or a blemish that needs to be solved quickly. In this regard, the dermatologist can quickly speed up the healing process with the help of some skin-care products with antioxidants and salicylic acid. If they don’t heal with these products, you can also try laser or light-emitting treatments (they can eliminate marks alltogether).

When Not to See the Dermatologist:

There are situations that might seem dire, but aren’t actually as scary as they may sound at first. Here are two situations that do not require a visit to the dermatologist:

  • If skin problems aren’t resolved as quickly as you expected them to there is no need to panic. Each type of skin react differently to treatments, and it might take a while for it to heal. Many conditions, cannot be magically solved with overnight solutions. You have to work for them, so instead of wasting money on nothing, try to use the products prescribed by your dermatologist, and patiently await results.

  • Dermatologists are not trained to break down the basics of skin-care for you to understand. They are med school graduates that have probably focused their studies on skin conditions, cancer, or revolutionary treatment methods. They simply don’t have time to talk to you about every blemish you get. Also, there is no such thing as a medical degree in skin care, so the information that you will get from a dermatologist regarding general information, you can very well pick up online.

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