If there is one thing you should learn from the changing healthcare landscape, it is how important it is to take your personal health and wellness into your own hands. While your healthcare coverage may be changing and you may be seeing new doctors and specialists, be prepared to take charge and ask questions—including questions about your skin! If your New Year’s resolution includes visiting the dermatologist (maybe even for the first time), here are five key questions you need to ask.
1. Are my skincare products safe?
If there are products you use every single day such as exfoliators, moisturizers, anti-aging serums or toners, share this information with your dermatologist. He or she will let you know if you are using safe, effective brands and if the products you are using are best for your individual skin.
2. Do I have any unusual sun spots or moles?
If you have any abnormalities that concern you, share this with your dermatologist right away. Early detection is the number one way to beat skin cancer, and there is no such thing as paranoia when it comes to important matters like this. The doctor will likely encourage you to wear sunscreen every day (even in winter or on overcast days) as a precaution against cancer.
Be sure you are using a quality sunscreen like Brush On Block® Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Our mineral powder-based sunscreen contains naturally-occurring ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, green tea leaf extract, safflower seed oil, chamomile and honeysuckle for full coverage sun protection that is dermatologist-approved!
3. Are there foods I can incorporate into my diet to make my skin healthier? Which foods should I be avoiding?
You can get healthier, more luminous skin by eating certain foods like fruits, vegetables, salmon and walnuts! Also, avoiding greasy, deep-fried foods can help prevent oily skin and breakouts.
4. Could my medications be affecting my skin?
Like any doctor, your dermatologist will take your medical history and a list of your current medications. If you are concerned that your daily medications may be causing skin issues as a side effect, discuss this so you and your dermatologist can figure out the appropriate next step.
5. What can I do better in terms of skincare?
Whether you made an appointment as a general checkup or you went to discuss specific issues like acne or aging, don’t be afraid to ask cosmetic questions as well as important healthcare questions. If you are suffering with adult acne or deep lines and wrinkles, your dermatologist will be able to answer any questions you have.