Skin Rashes and Other Conditions

5 Reasons to See a Dermatologist

Eileen Bailey Jan 23rd, 2013 (updated Jun 9th, 2015)
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Dermatologists are trained medical specialists who deal with conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. There are many reasons you may want to see a dermatologist, but here are the five most common.

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Acne
Acne

Although many people treat acne with over-the-counter products, there are times a dermatologist can help. If these types of treatment aren’t working or you are embarrassed br your condition or your acne is causing scarring, you should consider seeing a dermatologist.

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Skin cancer
Skin cancer

Early detection of skin cancer is important and experts suggest seeing a dermatologist on an annual basis for skin cancer screenings. If you notice any changes, such as in the shape, size or color of any moles or spots on your skin, you should see a dermatologist. And, of course, if you have or have had skin cancer, you should visit your dermatologist for regular follow-up care.

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Treatment of skin conditions
Treatment of skin conditions

Eczema is a chronic skin condition which causes flaky, itchy patches of skin.  Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by red, itchy, scaly patches on your skin. Dermatologists can treat both of these chronic conditions as well as many others.

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Cosmetic
Cosmetic

Dermatologists can perform procedures to help with appearance, such as liposuction, wrinkle fillers, laser skin treatment, hair removal and improvement of scars. They can also help with spider veins and pigmentation issues. Remember, your insurance may not pay for visits to your dermatologist for cosmetic reasons so be sure to check before going.

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Expert advice
Expert advice

Dermatologists can help you prepare a sun safety regimen, help you understand your skin type and which products would be best to use, give you information on skin care, nails and hair. Your dermatologist is a wealth of information to help you better care for your skin all year long.

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