5 Reasons You Should See a Dermatologist Wednesday 23 November, 2016

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They say beauty is only skin deep or its only in the eye of the beholder. Lets be honest, most of us are our own worst critics and we are very analytic when it comes to see our own reflection and what we consider beautiful to ourselves.

Sometimes we enhance our beauty with makeup, but then sometimes we are using makeup to cover up an issue with our skin. Do we have pimples, color discoloration, signs of agings, skin not a smooth as it used to be?  I am not going to lie, as I am getting older I am observing my own skin and making sure it is still youthful or that its not flaring up with breakouts (adult acne is real). I don’t wear as much makeup that can clog my pores, but every now and then I get blemishes here and there, or some parts of my skin seems uneven and I have questioned should I seek a professional. I’ve done some research and got in touch with my local dermatology clinic to give insight on some reason why one should see a dermatologist.

5 Reasons You Should See a Dermatologist

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Because you can often spot (or feel) a skin condition on your own, home remedies are often the place to start. Like an oatmeal bath for poison ivy, for example, there are some do-it-yourself tricks we’ve all learned from our parents and grandparents. But sometimes our best efforts fall short — and that’s when it’s time to seek out a dermatologist. Here are 5 scenarios when making an appointment is your best bet for relief.

1.You have a rash that’s not going away.

Mild rashes are a normal part of everyday life. It’s not easy to predict what can irritate the skin: The cause can be anything from a new laundry detergent to a viral infection. But if you have a rash — itchy or not — that doesn’t show signs of improvement after a week, it’s time to call in a professional. Often, a dermatologist can diagnose a condition on the spot and prescribe a powerful topical treatment. Other times, it might call for additional testing to determine the cause. Either way, rashes that stick around need medical intervention.

2.You’re aging faster than you’d like.

Dermatologists can’t do anything about the passage of time, of course, but they can alleviate some of time’s effects on your skin. Staving off the lines, wrinkles, and textural changes associated with aging is a multibillion-dollar industry, and there’s a good chance your dermatologist offers the latest options to take some of the years off. For example, Peachtree Dermatology Associates in Atlanta offers some of today’s most innovative injectable fillers, straightforward products that smooth away wrinkles without an incision or any sort of measurable downtime.

3.Your acne isn’t responding to over-the-counter products.

In most cases, occasional breakouts and blemishes are minor enough to easily treat with drugstore creams. But moderate acne that’s more persistent may need to be evaluated by a professional. Different factors, such as hormones, stress, or the environment can contribute to acne, and effectively treating cases like these requires a targeted approach. Depending on the severity and underlying cause of your acne, your doctor may prescribe oral medications, topical treatments, or even laser or light therapies.

4.You’ve got a new mole.

Skin is a fickle thing, and new spots, lumps, and discolorations seem to crop up and disappear all the time. While most of these are harmless, a new mole is always something that should be professionally evaluated. Whether it’s a cosmetic concern or not, a mole always warrants a look from a dermatologist, because it may then need to be removed and sent off for a biopsy. It’s good to note that the overwhelming majority of skin biopsies performed in the U.S. come back with benign results, so there’s often no cause for alarm. Skin cancer is also highly treatable and even curable, especially when detected at an early stage.

(Side note: It’s often tough to get an in-person appointment, but many dermatologists are now taking advantage of online video appointment services, such as eVisit®.)

5.You’re embarrassed.

Regardless of whether you think your condition is medically significant, if it’s causing you embarrassment or holding you back from enjoying normal activities, a dermatologist can help. From new rashes to old birthmarks, a dermatologist has seen it all and has the right tools for effectively managing whatever is bothering you.

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These are just a few issues that may come up as far as if you should question whether you should see a dermatologist or not. I am working on going to see a professional dermatologist in the near future, once again just to keep my skin clearer and even. Makeup can temporarily correct some of my concerns but I would like to fix it professionally soon. If any of these issues resonates with you, please consult a professional dermatologist about your beauty concerns.

If you are in the Atlanta area I highly recommend Peachtree Dermatology Associates which is dermatology clinic serving the Atlanta metro area. Check out the site here and learn more about their services peachtreedermatology.com

Peachtree Dermatology Associates
3286 Northside Parkway Northwest #130
AtlantaGA 30327
Phone: (404) 355-1919

Do You Have any Beauty Concerns That Might Need a Dermatologist’s Opinion?

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I am a not so typical, unstereotypical 20something year old lady who is trying to make my mark on this planet. This blog has many aspect through my visual perspective through photos, words & wittiness. I am highly creative, I love to socialize, and also a social media butterfly. I don’t follow trends, I create them.


46 Comments

  • Catherine S says:

    This is great information. I need to make an appt to see the dermatologist. I have not been in years.

  • It’s so important to take care of your skin, and seeing a dermatologist is part of that. It’s not just for beauty. They can help detect problems.

  • Lisa Favre says:

    I have eczema so seeing a dermatologist was a must for me growing up. Dermatologists have helped me out in all of my skin-care needs.

  • Karen says:

    Having had 2 bad moles …leading both to be skin cancer…I can’t agree enough with you! Love how dermatologists now can also do some appointments or initial consults via video chat- it’s a great first step to taking care of yourself!

  • Theresa says:

    I hate to admit it, but I hate going to my dermatologist. She is always finding new spots to hack off lol. But, I suppose that’s good that she’s on top of things. Better safe than sorry!

  • Theresa says:

    These are great ideas! it’s really important to see a dermatologist sometimes instead of covering something with beauty supplies.

  • I recently saw a dermatologist and it helped me so much! Mostly just with making me realizing that my skin was not as bad as I was picturing and that was so good for my confidence! Great post!

  • Ann Bacciaglia says:

    It is so important to take care of our skin. I have a great Dermatologist. My Son has been having some issues he is going to see him for as well.

  • These are great tips. And a good reminder of how important it is to regularly see a dermatologist. After all, skin makes up the majority of our body. I just wish they weren’t so expensive. Living in San Diego and other sun heavy cities, it would be great if a yearly visit were included in our health insurance.

  • Eva says:

    I get new moles all the time. I never really spend a lot of time thinking about them because all the women in my family have a lot of moles. I should get them looked at to be safe.

  • Mimi says:

    I’m planning a visit to my dermatologist as soon as I can. I wanted to get a full body check to make sure I don’t have any suspicious moles. I also have some discoloration on my face and neck that I want to talk to them about. Thanks for these reasons to see one sooner than later!

  • Jeanine says:

    I need to do this at some point. I really haven’t ever seen a dermatologist and its really important as I get older to do it so thanks for the reminder!

  • Melissa says:

    This is such a great post! Especially as we age having a dermatologist is not only about vanity but also to keep up on any unusual skin issues that could be harmful to our health. Thanks for these great reminders!

  • Mary Edwards says:

    Tahnks for the reminder. I really need to see one soon. I have quite a few moles that need a look at.

  • This is great reminder that your skin in so important. I really need to get checked out to make sure everything is well. Thank you for this.

  • Missy says:

    What an informative article- -and a huge wake up call for for me. Skin cancer runs in my family but I just have never gotten around to seeing a dermotologist because in my family “if it doesn’t hurt nothing is wrong”. Thanks for giving me the push I needed for that appointment!

  • crystal says:

    It’s always good to see the professionals. I haven’t seen a dermatologist in years, but I’d love to slow down aging.

  • Brianne says:

    I have a mental note in my head to visit my dermotologist and just cannot seem to find the time. Your post just reminded me that I need to make an appointment ASAP!

  • This is super helpful! Sometimes I think maybe I should go see someone about something but I never know what should warrant a visit!

  • Kimberly says:

    This is great information. I’ve never been to the dermatologist but I think I’ll be making an appointment sooner rather than later.

  • I DO have a new mole and just took that as an age thing. I suppose I should get scooting!

  • Sheena Tatum says:

    Thankfully, I’m not having any of those issues currently. However, the aging thing is going to catch up to me soon lol

  • I have never been to a dermatologist, but I have a a history of skin cancer in my family so I know that it is so important. I never want to be caught unawares so I guess now is the time. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I haven’t seen a dermatologist in awhile, but always found it useful when I would go. Now I’m better able to take care of my skin because of all those trips.

  • Melisasource says:

    Im really big on skin care so I guess I need to make an appointment. I want to preserve my skin for as long as possible as we all do.

  • Kemkem says:

    I have no qualms about seeing a medical practitioner. I have good skin but a lot of moles that needed to be burned off. I found a board certified dermatologist and had it taken care of.

  • I think manny people are initially embarrassed to see a dermatologist but they’ve been so beneficial to me and others that it’s so worth it to go!

  • I am huge skin care advocate! My infant made my husband go to the dermatologist this last week to make sure everything was good! love your post!

  • Reesa Lewandowski says:

    This is on my to do list for sure. So very important!

  • Brittany says:

    I love this. I have seen one a few times because I have quite a few moles. My cousin had one she never got checked and it ended up being cancerous. Luckily she caught it in time! Now I check mine all the time!

  • arin says:

    I just went to a derm for the first time a couple years ago, and it was worth the trip! Need to go back, and make sure my skin is healthy! Thanks for the reminder :)

  • Every once and while I’ll get a breakout on my wedding ring finger, but I figured it was because I was allergic to the metal used in the ring.

  • Mimi Green says:

    I’ve never been to a dermatologist before but I should for good measure. Moles run in my family and I have a ton of them. If I went every time I got a new one i would be there daily.

  • YES YES YES!!! I believe in caring for the skin. It’s the largest organ and kind of tells everyone how we care for ourselves. Thank you for this reminder!

  • My concerns are more so with my scalp and certain areas of my face that are oil-producing. I have a condition where I overly produce sebum, and it dries into flakes which are just annoying. I’ve seen a few dermatologists and no one seems to be able to prescribe something that keeps it at bay. But every so often I go and see if anything new is on the market that might help.

  • I didn’t think I would need a dermatologist at such a young age (24) but my eczema started flaring up due to stress. I have been looking for a [black] dermatologist in DFW now that I have moved because I definitely see the importance.

  • Ty says:

    I think I have only seen a dermatologist as a child when I has severe acne. It’s great to have check-ups once a year to make sure your skin is healthy.

  • Everyone in my family suffers from eczema from time to time. We rely on our dermatologist to help with flare-ups.

  • I miss my old dermatologist back home. He prescribed two great medications for my acne and it’s time for me to renew it. I have to find a new derm in the new state I live in. I have very sensitive skin, so I have to be very selective in which makeup products and moisturizers I use. Great tips!

  • Carlana says:

    Points 3,4,5 and so me. I got so fed up I took my lazy a$$ to the doctor’s office on Saturday cause my acne was cramping my social life. I was so self-conscious I did not want to leave the house. I got some meds and I’m looking forward to getting my glow and healthy skin back.

  • Liz Mays says:

    These are good points. Everyone should keep a close eye on their skin to see if anything is changing. Seeing a dermatologist is definitely worth it.

  • Great piece, Kiwi! I haven’t been to see a dermatologist in years. I had adult acne in my 30′s, and I had no idea what caused it. I tried products like Proactive — to no avail. The dermatologist prescribed meds that were very harsh. Eventually, we figured it out.

  • Valerie Robinson says:

    I go to a dermatologist regularly because I used to have horrible skin. It has gotten so much better, but I still have occasional breakouts. Great post!

  • Jennifer says:

    My MIL and SIL go every year. I really should get there myself, I need to make time in my schedule.

  • Ayanna says:

    This was just the push I needed to finally call a dermatologist a get an appointment for the new year. Taking care of your skin is so important.

  • Donna Shana says:

    I agree, it is so important to see a dermatologist. They can save you money in the long run, trying so many over the counter products that your friends have tried and they may not have the same affect on your skin or God forbid those products make your skin worse.


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