10 Signs That You Should See a Dermatologist

When to see a dermatologist? Here are the signs your should look out for.

It’s not always clear when you should see a dermatologist. Often, symptoms and signs that should warrant a trip to the dermatologist happen so gradually, you barely even notice. Still, it’s crucial to visit a professional for regular checkups and for any symptoms that are a cause for concern.

Why See a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor specializing in conditions related to skin, hair, and nails. They’re uniquely qualified to access, diagnose, and treat skin conditions.

At BIALife, we know that the beauty of your skin comes from many places. A skincare routine can definitely help. And consciously striving for improvement from within through positive thoughts can make your skin glow as well.

But, we know how crucial physical health is. And no matter how many times you apply sunscreen or reaffirm your skin care ritual, health problems may arise regardless. It’s essential to keep your skin and your body as healthy as possible. And the beauty of your skin will follow.

Symptoms and Concerns When You Should See a Dermatologist

Monitoring your body for any signs of change is crucial to keep you healthy, If you have any of these 10 symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. 

1. Severe Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. When your pores are clogged by sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt, an overproduction of bacteria or yeast can trigger an infection. Characterized by pus-filled bumps and lesions (aka pimples), acne is a fairly common occurrence in teenagers and adults.

There are plenty of skin care products that target acne. However, over-the-counter topical creams often don’t help enough.

If you have severe acne infections and inflammations, and skin care products don’t seem to make a difference, it’s time to see a dermatologist. They can recommend a treatment plan and prescribe medication to reduce the inflammation and improve your acne.

2. Inflammation

Consistently red, itchy, and swollen skin may be a sign of eczema. This skin condition affects over 30 million people in the US.

You should schedule a consultation with a dermatologist if you have dry skin, redness, burning sensations, or pimple-like bumps. They can determine what the inflammation means and suggest a suitable treatment plan.

3. Dry Skin Patches

While dry skin by itself can have its own problems, patches of dry skin could also be a sign of psoriasis.

Psoriasis typically appears on your elbows, knees, chest, scalp, and lower back. They’re dry, itchy, flaky spots of skin that can even become painful. When you see a dermatologist about psoriasis, they can recommend medication and ointments that can diminish these symptoms.

4. Growths and Moles

While growths and moles aren’t an immediate cause for concern, you need to have a dermatologist check on them regularly. Since moles and growths can become cancerous, it’s useful to monitor them.

If your moles and growths change in size, color, shape, or texture, it’s crucial to make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. An expert eye on a suspicious area can save your life.

5. Age Spots and Wrinkles

Age spots and wrinkles are a natural part of aging. These aren’t life-threatening conditions, but a lot of people want to get treatment for cosmetic reasons. 

If you want the best results with reducing wrinkles you need to see a dermatologist. They’re the most capable at administering botox, fillers, chemical peels, and laser therapy.

Dermatologists are the only ones trained to give you fillers.

6. Hair Loss

Shedding hair daily is a natural process. However, bald patches and thinning hair can be a symptom of something more serious. 

A dermatologist can determine why your hair’s falling out and suggest a treatment that can get your hair growth back on track.

We know how much your hair can affect your mental health. While seeing a dermatologist is crucial for your health, you should also take your mental health into consideration. Choosing certain hairstyles can hide or compliment the hair you have, and make the hair loss seem less significant.

7. Varicose and Spider Veins

Bulging and raised veins, typically on your legs, are called varicose veins. Spider veins are their smaller counterparts. Usually, both are benign and not a cause for concern.

However, when they become painful, it could be a sign of a circulatory problem. It’s time to see a dermatologist when you experience pain or discomfort in your varicose veins.

8. Scars

Scars are a common occurrence after surgery or an injury. While a healed scab also isn’t life-threatening, having a scar can easily affect your self-confidence.

Although you can never fully remove scar tissue, a dermatologist may be able to diminish their appearance. When you see a dermatologist, they can assess the options for you.

9. Skin or Nail Infection

Bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses love your skin and nails. It’s easy to get an infection around your nails and hair follicles. And a dermatologist is the best person to treat these infections.

If you’re experiencing skin discoloration, itching, and pus-filled bumps, it’s time to see a dermatologist about your symptoms.

10. Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is a life-threatening condition. It’s also the most common type of cancer in the United States. 

While applying sunscreen regularly can help reduce the risk of sun cancer drastically, even two sunburns can seriously undo all that effort. Luckily, if caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

If you notice any suspicious signs on your skin, it’s important to see a dermatologist. The appearance of brown spots with white speckles, changing moles, or small unexplained lesions can be clear signs of melanoma.

How to Prepare For a Visit to the Dermatologist

After you make an appointment, it’s useful to prepare for your dermatologist consultation with the following steps:

  1. Check if your health insurance covers the visit and if you need a referral from your primary care provider.
  2. Bring IDs and medical cards with you.
  3. Write down a list of all the medications and supplements you’re taking
  4. Prepare a list of questions and concerns you have.
  5. Avoid using heavy cosmetics and makeup.

Don't avoid the dermatologist when it's time to see them

Ask Your BIALife Mentor When to See a Dermatologist

It’s better to visit a dermatologist with concerns even if it’s nothing to worry about. Monitoring your skin for any suspicious symptoms could very well save your life. However, a lot of people are shy about when to see a dermatologist. 

At BIALife, we know how important the health of your skin is. While a lot of issues are easy to solve with skin care products, others definitely require a trained eye. As board-certified dermatologists, we can tell you when you should see a professional in person about your concerns.

As a BIALife member, you get a personalized skin care recommendation and access to regular consultations where you can raise your concerns.

With love, Janelle & Shasa

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