See a Dermatologist
Not every aging skin concern requires a
dermatologist’s expertise. General practitioners successfully treat
many common skin problems from dry skin to rashes. You should see a
dermatologist if you:
Notice that the condition does not go
Ask for a referral to a dermatologist if treatment is
ineffective, a sore does not heal, or a spot on your skin is
changing in any way — growing, bleeding, or changing in shape or
Need a skin cancer screening
The risk of developing skin cancer, the most common cancer in
the United States, increases with every decade of life.
Dermatologists are medical doctors who regularly diagnose and
treat skin cancer. These doctors make many of the advances in
treatment for skin cancer and keep up on the medical
breakthroughs in this area.
If you have not had a skin cancer screening in the past year,
you may want to take advantage of the American Academy of
Dermatology’s program that offers free skin cancer screenings
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Most free screenings occur during the spring.
Want to diminish signs of aging
A dermatologist’s medical education includes training to treat
cosmetic concerns as well. Using the latest advances,
dermatologists successfully treat hair loss, wrinkles, lax skin,
age spots, spider veins, and more. Procedures used to treat
these concerns are called cosmetic procedures. All cosmetic
procedures, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels,
should be performed by a board-certified physician or under the
doctor’s direct supervision. This greatly reduces the risk of
What is a dermatologist?
What does board-certified mean?
Questions to Ask Before
a Cosmetic Procedure
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developed by the American Academy of Dermatology
Dermatologists are medical doctors who
have extensive training, experience, and passion for keeping skin,
hair, and nails healthy
and healthy looking
throughout a person's lifetime.