We tend to take our skin for granted, but as the largest of the body’s organs, it carries out many vital functions that are essential to our health. Among the numerous important jobs the skin does, it regulates the body’s temperature and serves as a protective barrier and a filter between our insides and harmful elements outside.
Even if your skin appears perfectly fine, you need to check in with a dermatologist from time to time to (1) make sure that your skin is healthy and (2) keep it looking and feeling that way. As a Boston dermatologist, I generally like to see my patients annually for optimal care and peace of mind.
Here are just a few of the ways that a dermatologist can help you to have healthy, beautiful skin at any age, regardless of your skin type.
Diagnosis & Treatment – Acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer are among the main skin concerns that we diagnose and treat, but any health concern of the skin, hair or nails is best treated by a board-certified dermatologist. These can include rashes, nail fungus, dandruff, moles, rosacea and many, many more. A dermatologist has highly specialized training for the accurate diagnosis and most up-to-date treatment of all of these conditions. Your skin will go through many changes as you progress from childhood through adolescence, adulthood, and later life and your dermatologist can help you to keep your skin healthy through those changes.
Correction – Environmental damage to the skin – including brown spots, wrinkles, discoloration and broken capillaries – is practically inevitable. In some cases, skin conditions such as acne can cause damage to the skin including discoloration and scarring. A dermatologist specializes in medical treatments to correct damage to the skin and restore its healthier look and feel. These may include laser resurfacing, topical treatments, or surgery.
Prevention – The alarming rise in the rate of skin cancer should make skin cancer prevention a priority for everyone. An annual skin exam by a dermatologist is key to preventing the development and spread of skin cancer. General practitioners may lack the training, experience, and technology to identify suspicious moles or lesions. Your dermatologist also offers the latest, most effective treatments for skin cancer and pre-cancer. Medical grade products offered by dermatologists are also more effective in protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and preventing skin cancer as well as environmental damage and premature aging of the skin.