Eczema, Acne, and Aging, Oh My! Signs It’s Time to See a Dermatologist

eczemaYou probably have a lot of misconceptions about skin. If you’ve ever experienced eczema, acne or other skin conditions, you might feel like you’re the only one. But in reality, 50% to 75% of us are experiencing a skin problem at any given time. There’s absolutely no shame in having a problem with your skin, and it’s very likely nothing you’re doing wrong. However, skin problems like acne, eczema, dark circles, or other conditions are often a source of embarrassment for many people, especially when they’re young.

Why See a Dermatologist For My Skin Problem?
With so many over-the-counter methods on the market for treating skin conditions, you may not understand why seeing a dermatology specialist is so important. But what dermatopathology and dermatology experts understand is that every person’s skin is different. That means that treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all; it needs to be tailored for each individual. If you’re experiencing any of the following conditions and have found other options to be ineffective, it’s time to explore the realm of dermatopathology and dermatology for a solution.

    • Cystic Acne
      Acne is one of the more prevalent and distressing skin conditions dermatologists treat. It can have a huge effect on one’s self-esteem and can be physically irritating or even painful. Although some teenagers have a short bout with acne that dissipates with age, others experience serious acne into their 20s and 30s. If you’ve experienced persistent acne and lifestyle changes and over-the-counter treatments haven’t helped, a dermatologist can identify the source of the problem and help you see real results.

 

    • Frequent Rashes
      Rashes can signal anything from an allergy to an infection, but they can also be indicative of a chronic skin condition like eczema. Rashes can be uncomfortable, irritating, and frustrating. If you have a persistent rash, it’s important to get a dermatopathology diagnosis so that your specialist can decide on an effective treatment that will work for you.

 

    • Abnormal Moles
      The presence of a mole is quite common and shouldn’t alarm you. However, if you notice a mole on your body has changed shape or color, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist right away. This can be a sign of skin cancer (though this is not always the case), so swift action should be taken. Your dermatologist may refer you to a dermatopathology expert to ensure the mole carries no risk of cancerous cells. If you have moles on your body, make sure to check in with them from time to time to see whether anything has changed.

 

    • Aging Skin
      No matter how great your skin is today, it’s going to change with age. As you get older, you might find that your skin is dryer or that you’ve developed discolorations and wrinkles. If these features bother you to an extreme degree, your dermatologist may be able to improve your skin’s appearance through different treatments. In the meantime, be sure to wear a good moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from the sun. You should also refrain from smoking and maintain a healthy diet. Ask your dermatologist about other preventative methods or treatments for aging.

 

  • Hair Loss
    You might think that losing your hair isn’t such a big deal, but if you’re noticing your hair is getting thin or that you have bald patches, a dermatopathology expert can give you a diagnosis and recommend a treatment like medication or laser procedures. In addition, if you have other problems on your noggin like an itchy scalp and dandruff, your dermatologist will likely be able to help you.

If you’re experiencing a skin issue and have not gotten a clear diagnosis, we’re here to help. We make it our mission to provide accurate diagnoses for our patients, and we’ll work with local dermatologists to find the best treatment for you. To find out more, please contact us today.