Most of us will probably agree that the skin can be weird. By the time we reach teen years, skin problems start creeping up. And just when we thought we are past skin issues such as acne once we reach 30, they start creeping up again.
When it comes to skin problems such as acne, acne scars, bumps, an itch or a funky-looking mole, many tend to not make going to a dermatologist a priority. In most cases we rely on over the counter products to resolve them.
Many of us also simply ignore skin flare-ups and we usually think that these flare-ups will just go away on its own. Sure there are times when an over the counter product effectively resolves a skin problem such as acne or acne scars. However, it seems that we have this strong faith in over the counter products because even though we are not getting the results that we want, we keep on trying out one after the other instead of booking an appointment with a dermatologist.
Why It Is Important to Get Checked By a Dermatologist Annually
Seeing a dermatologist for skin issues is the best or the most ideal solution. It should be at the top of your list when trying to resolve any type of skin problems. In fact, you should see a dermatologist whenever you see any telltale sign of skin, hair, or nail problem. Not many people make it a habit to go and see their dermatologist at least once a year for a general skin test and a once-over. This is actually important.
With skin tests, your dermatologist will be able to determine what allergies you have and what ingredients you should avoid. Having an annual skin check up also helps detect issues early on before they become a huge problem. Skin cancer, for example when detected and treated early on leads to a better prognosis.
Early Detection of Skin Cancer
A lot of people are still not aware just how crucial early detection of skin cancer (especially melanoma) is in treating and defeating it. Many people still believe that skin cancer is something that won’t happen to them. Younger people also believe that skin cancer only gets more of a problem for them when they reach middle-age. This is a mistake. Skin cancer can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, and social status.
A lot of us still do not pay attention to our skin and the changes that are happening to it. It’s quite ironic that we don’t notice these changes on the skin since it is the largest organ that we have. Perhaps, we do notice these changes but we just don’t consider these changes important. The truth is if you notice any changes especially new moles with irregular shapes or color or if a mole has changed size, you should immediately see your dermatologist.