Ask any dermatologist what he wishes people knew about skin, and common themes pop up. Here’s what the folks in your dermatology office want people to know.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Skin
According to Dr. Landow of Skin Essentials, The first step in catching skin cancer is being aware of changes in your skin, but many folks don’t know their skin well enough. They should do regular skin self-exams and also do exams on their loved ones.
Know What You Use
Many products do not carry approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and even if they do, it’s good to know what you are putting on your skin or in your body. Talk with a dermatologist to ensure the claims a product makes are accurate and that the product is safe. Skincare products you use in daytime should include sunscreen and products with antioxidants (they protect your skin from the sun, too).
Beware of At-Home Treatments
Cosmetic procedures for use at home can be unsafe. They’re easy to use incorrectly, and if their active ingredients cause a reaction, you’ll need help. These active ingredients are also less effective because they come in much lower doses than those in dermatology offices. For maximum safety, effectiveness and longer-lasting results, undergo these procedures with a dermatologist.
If you’re unsure you are doing something right for your skin, don’t hesitate to contact a dermatologist. They’ll clear up your concerns, and get you on the right track to good skin health.