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a dermatologist examining samples under a microscopeIf you have any kind of skin condition then you want to be making sure that you are paying regular visits to a dermatologist. Having any kind of skin condition can make you prone to more serious conditions arising in the future. For example, recent studies have shown that women who suffered from severe acne during their adolescent years are more prone to developing breast or skin cancer by a staggering 44%, according to this article. It is also advisable to avoid the skin cancer screening apps as none of them are FDA approved as of yet. It’s important to play safe with your health and just visit a dermatologist on a regular basis.

Questions To Ask Your Dermatologist

Am I more Prone To Cancer Due To My Skin Condition?

Hopefully, the answer will be ‘No’, when you ask. However, according to some studies, a woman who suffered from chronic acne during her teenage years could be at a higher risk. Asking this question will give you peace of mind if the answer is ‘No’ in your case. If not, then knowing early if you are at a higher risk will give you the opportunity to take any necessary precautions based on your doctor’s advice. Remember, if it is found that you could be more prone to developing cancer, then this does not necessarily mean that it will happen. Studies have also found that people can do a lot to reduce the chances of developing cancer by making a few diet and lifestyle changes.

What Is My Skin Type?

There are five skin types a person can have. Knowing what is your skin type will give you a better understanding of your skin condition and can give you some important clues into why your skin is being affected in the way that it is. Furthermore, once you know your skin type you will then be able to tackle your skin condition far more effectively. This is because many acne products are tailored to different skin types. If you are using the wrong acne product for your skin type then it may not work for you, and could even make your condition worse.

The five skin types are:

  • Normal Skin Type
  • Dry Skin Type
  • Oily Skin Type
  • Combination Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Does My Diet Affect My Skin?

Your skin is a good reflection of what is happening on the inside. If you have an unhealthy diet then there is a high chance that it is contributing to your skin condition. The tricky thing is, discovering exactly what dietary items that are affecting you specifically can be difficult to nail down as people can be affected in different ways by different foods. However, there are classic food items that one should avoid if you have a skin condition like acne. Asking your dermatologist for advice on this is a great place to start because they will be familiar with your case history specifically and give you advice based on any tests that they have done or are doing with you.

Should I Have A Blood Test?

The skin needs certain vitamins and minerals in order to be healthy. Asking for a blood test may reveal if you are lacking in one or more essential minerals or vitamins that could be contributing to your skin condition.

Do I Need To Keep A Check On Blemishes and Moles?

If you have persistent blemishes of aggravated moles then it is definitely a good idea to keep a close eye on them. Report them to your doctor or dermatologist immediately and ask for them to be checked out. If you are a mole that is itchy, inflamed or bleeding then go to your doctor straight away as it could be a sign of more severe health issues. Leaving them unattended could cause a lot of problems and put you at risk.

What Skin Products Are Best For My Skin?

Dermatologists will be very familiar with a wide range of skin care products on the market. They will likely have several top products that they are happy to recommend. Asking your dermatologist will give you the advantage of benefiting from their insider knowledge and experience coupled with advice that is specifically suited to you and your skin type.

There is a lot of good information online, however, above all you should listen first and foremost to your skin doctor because they will know you and your skin specifically. You can’t get better than personalized advice from a doctor. If they are recommending a regimen or product for you to use then I would say it is wise to follow their advice.

What Natural Treatments Are Good For Acne?

Besides using harsh medications and creams for acne, there are also several natural methods that have been found to work. Good nutritional advice and making healthy changes to your diet as well as cleansing and detoxing has been found to clear up acne completely and permanently for many people. See our article here on the Acne No More diet plan.

Thee are also several suppliments that are good for the skin that can also help with acne so you may also consider visiting a naturopath for advice on this. If you’d prefer to use specialized acne products, however, then consider using one with natural ingredients like Zenmed or Tepezcohuite cream.

Acupuncture has also been found to be effective for acne and other skin conditions by helping to balance and regulare the internat environment and push out harmful toxins from the body and skin. See our article on acupuncture treatment for acne here for more information.

Things To Ask Your Dermatologist On Your Next Visit
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