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8 Questions To Ask Your Dermatologist

December 16, 2019
8 Questions To Ask Your Dermatologist

An appointment with your dermatologist consists of many different questions about your skin. One of the first questions your dermatologist will ask you when you come in for your visit is: “What brings you here today?” There can be multiple questions running through your mind on how to answer how your skin is doing. Our skin type is not the same for each person, so questions to ask your dermatologist depend on one’s skin type. Thankfully, dermatologists are here to help you get your skin on track for being happy and healthy, so getting the most out of your visit would be asking the questions you need to ask. 

Our dermatologists at Beaumont Dermatology & Family Practice are open to the questions you have about your skin type and or issues that you have regarding your skin. Here we put together a list of 8 different items you should ask your dermatologist on your next visit to have healthier skin. 

Question 1: How Often Should I See A Dermatologist? 

One of the biggest challenges we face today is that skin cancer affects one in five Americans, so scheduling an annual visit to see your dermatologist should be a priority. Your dermatologist will most likely conduct a full-body exam to pinpoint any unusual or abnormal bumps, moles, or marks on your skin. Before your next visit, you could perform an “at-home exam,” and if you believe anything is abnormal, you can contact your dermatologist. 

Question 2: Have there been any changes to my previous sun spots, moles, etc.? 

Depending on the amount of sun exposure you might receive daily, you should make sure that your previous sun spots or moles have not enlarged or contain more abnormalities. If you detect any blemishes that have changed, or a new addition has been sited, see your dermatologist. Contacting your dermatologist for a possible exam will catch these early detections. 

Question 3: What foods should I avoid to clear my skin? 

Depending on your diet and your skin type, that would help your dermatologist figure out what foods or genre of foods to stay away from to allow and help your skin become healthy. 

Question 4: What type of ingredients in products will upset my skin? 

Just like food, depending on your skin type, there might be some ingredients that cause acne or sunspots to flare up. Talk to your doctor to see what they would recommend. 

Question 5: Where is my acne coming from? 

Acne can act up from many different items in your life. Sometimes acne can develop due to: diet, hormonal changes, stress, and or physical activity. 

Question 6: How should I treat my acne? 

This is one of the most common questions a dermatologist is asked and it should be one of the first questions that you request as well if you are struggling with acne. Depending on the type of acne (pimples, blackheads) or how much you have, you should take precautions and ask your dermatologist how to treat with either lotion, cleaners, or other remedies. Make sure to ask your dermatologist the best line of method to treat your acne. 

Question 7: What are the symptoms of skin cancer, and how do I protect myself?

Skin cancer is a terrifying situation to go through, so you need to make sure you are aware of any possible symptoms of it on your skin. Keep a close eye on your skin if you are always exposed to direct sunlight due to possible abnormalities and growths of either moles or sunspots. You need to be cautious of moles that are starting to have abnormal growths, uneven textures, coloration, and size, and if you see any of these signs, contact your dermatologist. You can protect yourself with high SPF sunscreen/lip balm products and to also cover yourself from UV rays.

Question 8: How often should I exfoliate? 

Exfoliating is critical when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. It might come from a variety of products or at-home regimens, but you need to be precautious of what type of chemicals you will be putting on your face. You need to start in small batches of exfoliating your face then work up to multiple times during a week. However, you can over-exfoliate the skin cells in the face as well as under-exfoliate, which brings on blackheads and clogged pores. To get the exact amount of days you should exfoliate your face, contact your dermatologist for their regimen. 

Do you or someone in your family need a dermatologist in the Beaumont area? Give us a call at 409-419-6884 or visit Beaumont Dermatology & Family Practice and take a look at some of the services we provide.

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