Three Signs You Should Visit A Dermatologist (and One Sign That You Shouldn't)

by Yuyu. Published on April 15, 2022

If you're like most of us, you probably don't think about your skin very often — until something goes wrong with it. But how do you know if you need to see a dermatologist? what are the signs that they should be seeing a doctor? These tips will help you decide whether or not you need to see a dermatologist.

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You Have a Rash That Won’t Go Away on Its Own

A rash can be anything from an annoying itch to something extremely painful, and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies and infections.

Many rashes will go away on their own after a few days or weeks. But if your rash lasts more than two weeks without getting better — or if it gets worse — it's probably time to see a dermatologist.

A dermatologist can help identify the cause of your rash, which will help determine the best treatment plan.

You Have a Mole or Other Skin Growth That Is Changing Color or Shape

You notice changes in skin color or texture. You may not know what constitutes normal skin tone and texture for you unless you have some unusual variation. Moles and other growths that change color or shape over time can be cancerous, so if you notice any changes, it's best to have them checked out immediately by a dermatologist to make sure nothing serious is going on.

Skin cancer is treatable when caught early on.

Your Acne Isn’t Going Away With Over-The-Counter Medication

We've all been there — you spot a pimple on your face and rush to the nearest drug store to find a remedy. You're confident that this breakout will be gone by morning thanks to whatever salicylic acid-infused topical cream or benzoyl peroxide treatment you just bought. Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple.

While most people can manage their acne by using over-the-counter products, some require stronger medicine prescribed by a dermatologist.

You Are Seeking for Cosmetic Procedures

If you have a cosmetic concern about your skin and want an evaluation by a doctor who has undergone extra training in the field of cosmetic treatments for the skin, you may want to see a dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic dermatologists are medical doctors with expertise in using Botox and other injectables, fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, laser treatments for sun damage, skin tightening procedures, and more. They also have expertise in treating skin conditions like acne, scars, rashes, and skin cancer.

Most cosmetic dermatologists will offer a free consultation, so it can be worth meeting with a few doctors to find one you feel comfortable with before making your decision. Cosmetic dermatology procedures aren’t just for celebrities anymore! Many people receive Botox injections every year to reduce wrinkles around the forehead area and get rid of crow's feet.

Conclusion

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it's always a good idea to be examined by a dermatologist. Dermatologists are trained to look for signs that aren't visible to the naked eye, and they'll know how best to treat whatever is ailing you. If you're lucky, it might even be something as simple as an acne remedy. Keep in mind that if you don't access treatment, these symptoms can progress from being merely irritating to seriously impacting your health and wellbeing.

That's why it's important to keep an eye on your skin and any potential signs of trouble.