Do you ever wonder when it’s time to visit a dermatologist? Obviously if you have moderate to severe acne, you should see one. Think twice before you turn to google to treat your symptoms that require a professional. And I am not just referring to your yearly mole check.
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Dermatologist vs. Esthetician
If you are curious whether you should visit a dermatologist or an esthetician, I will briefly explain the difference. Dermatologists and estheticians are both skin care professionals. Study.com states, “The key distinction is that dermatologists are medical doctors and qualified to diagnose and treat medical conditions that affect the skin.” Although estheticians can help improve skin’s texture like dermatologists, they are not able to prescribe acne prescriptions or conduct cosmetic treatments like botox injections and fillers.
Signs you should visit a dermatologist:
- Growing mole- A change in the size or appearance of your mole.
- Rashes- If your rash is a significant size, a dermatologist may need to prescribe an antibiotic or prescription to treat it.
- Hair thinning- A dermatologist can help determine if there is a medical or hormonal cause and offer treatment plans. “This might be caused by excessive hair dyeing or overuse of hot styling tools, certain medications, hormone imbalances or high levels of stress” (Dermstore.com).
- Moderate to severe acne/rosacea-A dermatologist can prescribe a topical medication to help prevent further blemishes or hormonal breakouts and treat existing ones.
- Scar treatment- Dermatologists can determine the cause of your scar. For example, the scar can be from acne, a burn, or post surgical operation. “Broadly speaking, there are three ways of treating scars: topical products, surgical revisions or laser treatments” (the-dermatologist.com).
- Excessive dry skin can be a result of eczema or psoriasis. It can be uncomfortable and itchy. A dermatologist can prescribe a topical treatment.
- Dry scalp- If you experience a dry scalp with excessive flakiness, a dermatologist can suggest over the counter products or steroid medications. They can also help control eczema/psoriasis on the scalp as well.
- Excessive sweating-AAD.org suggests, “To treat excessive sweating, a patient will need to have very tiny amounts injected in many areas of the underarms.” Dermatologists can help you to figure out if there is a hormonal issue causing this.
- Skin disorders that won’t heal- Your dermatologist can prescribe a treatment for skin issues that won’t heal in order to prevent scars, rashes or infections.
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