There’s an old Seinfeld episode in which Jerry accuses Elaine’s friend, a dermatologist, of not being a “lifesaver” but a “Pimple Popper MD.” Truth? Dermatologists ARE lifesavers!
With skin cancer rates soaring, your dermatologist is your first line of defense against a cancer diagnosis. In addition, dermatologist can do much more than simply spot anything suspicious. Here’s a few reasons to make an appointment, stat.
1. They can identify even the well-hidden pre-cancerous growths.
Many of us know to contact a doctor if we spy a mole that’s changing shape or bleeding. However, what happens if it’s a spot that we can’t see with our own eyes? Dermatologists do a much more thorough examination of our entire body, and can spot causes of concern on our scalp, between our toes, or the soles of our feet.
2. They can help reverse the look of sun damage.
Many dermatologists offer treatments like photodynamic therapy, which can not only eliminate certain types of cancer cells, but also treat acne scars and sun damage. These treatments, over time, can help you achieve younger-looking skin.
Dermatologists also offer options such as chemical peels, which remove damaged layers of skin, or lasers to lighten hyperpigmentation on the face. (It’s worth noting here that although these treatments can reverse the look of skin damage, the damage is already done to the body. Prevention is always your best bet.)
3. They can help reverse skin damage without invasive procedures.
Apprehensive about lasers or peels? Dermatologists can also offer products that can help reverse the look of sun damage with topical creams and gels such as retinoids, which can slough off dead skin cells and encourage new ones. Chemical exfoliants and anti-oxidants are also topical ways to treat the look of sun damage.
4. They can diminish the look of fine lines.
Dermatologists can give you injectable fillers like Botox that can diminish the look of fine lines, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed. Fillers can restore volume, help shape facial contours, and fill in lip lines, all with minimal invasion. In addition, the costs are less than they were just a few years ago.
5. They’re helpful if you’re going through menopause.
Many women experience drooping, sagging, dry skin when going through menopause. The culprit? Decreased estrogen levels. A dermatologist can help you find a skin care regimen that has you feeling good.
Of course, the best way to avoid having to make an appointment with the dermatologist is to always be safe about the sun.Brush On Block Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen is a convenient way to apply translucent coverage, no mess, no fuss. Simply slip the convenient applicator in your handbag to have on-hand sun protection with you at all times!