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What to Ask Your Dermatologist

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

dermatologistJust as you should have a general medical checkup every year, experts recommend seeing a dermatologist annually to assess skin health. To make the most of your session, it’s important to have a working knowledge of the ins and outs of your skin as well as any changes it has sustained. In addition, arriving at your appointment with some solid questions for your physician will help assure that your time is productive. Here are some questions you may want to ask at your next dermatologist office visit:

Do any of my moles, growths, or bumps look problematic? Arrive with a mental map of your skin, point out areas of interest, and ask if there are areas that concern the doctor. Sometimes, the mole that worries you is of no consequence at all, while something that appears harmless to you is of more importance. Your dermatologist will be able to advise you if treatment or monitoring is needed.

Where do you see sun damage? You’re probably aware that your face and chest have sustained damage over time, but your dermatologist can clue you in to other areas that you might not be able to see – the back of your neck, the scalp, and tops of ears, for starters. Having an awareness of these issues can allow you to protect and evaluate skin moving forward.

Are my beauty and skincare routine suitable? Whether your challenge is dry skin, acne, or something else, the products you put on your skin could be part of the problem. Sometimes, we get stuck in a beauty rut, and the routine that served you well a decade ago needs tweaking. Help your doctor by bringing your beauty and skincare products along to your next appointment.

Could my diet be affecting my skin? It’s said you are what you eat, and this certainly rings true when it comes to your skin. Sensitivities to certain foods can impact the skin, and some simple adjustments to diet can make a big difference in skin’s appearance and health.

How can I slow the signs of aging? Once you’ve gotten cancer screenings and other critical business out of the way, it doesn’t hurt to ask about how you can preserve and enhance skin’s youthfulness. From the subtle to the highly complex, there are a myriad of medical treatments available that can help improve the appearance of aging skin.

How can I best monitor my skin between appointments? Hopefully, you regularly check your skin for changes and concerns, and your dermatologist can give you in depth, detailed guidance on what to look for and when to call for a professional opinion.

Visiting a dermatologist regularly means that little skin problems stay just that – little – without developing into something serious. Make an annual skin checkup part of your healthcare routine and enjoy healthy skin for life.

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