When Should I Visit a Dermatologist?

Just like our fingerprints, everyone’s skin is unique.  Not every solution works for all of us so some expert advice is occasionally required to help set us on the right path.  Skin care is no exception.  With changing weather, aging and sometimes finicky skin, many of us wonder when we should visit a dermatologist.   Today we’re addressing that very question.

A dermatologist is a medical professional who specializes in treating skin, hair and nails.  And the truth is, a dermatologist should be part of physician team, especially if you spend any time in the sun.  That means you should see a dermatologist once a year for a skin exam just as you would see a general practitioner for a regular wellness check-up.  During this exam your dermatologist will look over your skin literally from head-to-toe.  She will sift through your hair to look for moles and other lesions on your scalp and will continue to work her way down your body inch-by-inch. Your dermatologist will be looking for signs of skin conditions, dry or oily patches and any external symptoms of skin cancer.  Regular screenings are the best way to early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

When you visit a dermatologist, be prepared to take off your make-up to ensure she can get a full look at your naked facial skin.  Also write down any questions you have about your daily skincare routine. Chances are, your dermatologist will recommend a natural skin-care line like Natura Veda as the best practice for most skin types. A consistent, nutrient- rich formula will help ensure predictable, beautiful skin.

Beyond your yearly skin exam, you should consult your dermatologist if your skin starts behaving irregularly.  This includes moles or spots that change in color, shape and size as they can be a predictor of skin cancer.  If you have sudden acne, redness or discoloration that persists after two or three months of regular skin care, have your dermatologist take a look.  She may be able to isolate the cause – perhaps stress, hormones, diet, new fragrance, detergent, etc.. – and can often offer a topical or oral solution.  Be sure to let your dermatologist know all prescription and OTC medications you take because skin care prescriptions can interact negatively with other drugs.  Also, get explicit instructions on how to use the medication, including any limitations to alcohol consumption and sun exposure.

A dermatologist will also be able to diagnose and treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  Each of these have unique symptoms but are often confused by patients because they result in dry, itchy, flaky and often bumpy patches.  With a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, you can keep your skin condition under control.  Dermatologists can also make recommendations for skin allergies, scars, warts, stretch marks and a host of cosmetic skin concerns. 

 

With a yearly exam from a dermatologist and Natura Veda skin care system, your skin has every opportunity to be bright, beautiful and healthy.


Erin Stieglitz
Erin Stieglitz

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