Americans spend billions each year on their skin. Whether it is over-the-counter acne treatments or the latest wrinkle cream, we want to do everything we can to look our best. There are times when over-the-counter treatments are not enough. The following are signs that you should seek help from a professional dermatologist.
A new or changing mole could be a sign of skin cancer. You should consult Herb Allen, MD immediately if you have a mole with the following characteristics:
• The mole is asymmetrical.
• A mole has irregular or ragged borders.
• You have a mole that is not uniform in color.
• Your mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
• You have a mole that changes in appearance in any way or becomes irritated.
Even though acne is associated with teenagers, it can affect people of any age. Many women with normally clear skin can experience breakouts due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. In some cases, the acne does not respond to OTC treatments or can turn into cysts beneath the skin’s surface. A dermatologist can offer prescription medications or suggest home remedies to reduce scarring and prevent further breakouts.
Some perspiration is completely normal. However, perfuse sweating can lead to embarrassing body odor issues. Excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis. The condition can be a symptom of a number of different medical conditions including thyroid issues or diabetes. A dermatologist can help you identify the cause and suggest proper treatment.
Most scars fade with time or respond well to over-the-counter fade creams. Deeper scars from surgery or serious trauma may become raised and very thick. This kind of scarring, known as keloid scarring, is very common among individuals with olive or dark skin complexions. A dermatologist can suggest laser and other types of treatment designed to minimize the appearance of scars.
You should see a dermatologist if you notice that your skin is suddenly more sensitive to the sun than normal. Increased sensitivity to sun exposure, accompanied by fatigue and muscle aches, may be symptoms of systemic lupus, which requires ongoing medical attention. A dermatologist can order tests to determine if your condition is due to lupus or another health condition.
A dermatologist can help you keep your skin looking its best and help you determine if a minor skin issue is really a symptom of something more serious.