Your skin is the largest and one of the most important organs you have. It's your job to take care of it, and your dermatologist can help. But when should you start seeing a dermatologist on a regular basis? Here's what you need to know.
The truth is that there's no one age that's "the right age" for you to start seeking out cosmetic dermatology services on a regular basis. Everyone's skin situation is different, which means while you might need to start seeing a dermatologist in your teens, someone else might not have a need to do so until their mid-30s. The most important thing you can do to determine the right time to see a dermatologist is to keep a close eye on your skin and take excellent care of it. Though if you really want to know the best probable time to start seeing a dermatologist, most experts agree that your mid-20s is a good place to start. It's at this point in your life that your skin starts to show more signs of aging and may need a little more help than it did in the past. So if you're approaching your mid- to late 20s and haven't seen a dermatologist yet, now is probably a good time to do just that. But age isn't the only factor you should be looking at when you're thinking about seeing a dermatologist. Let's take a look at other times when seeing a dermatologist is necessary.
Whether you're struggling with acne, allergic reactions, or you can't seem to cure your dry, flaky skin, a dermatologist can help. Addressing skin issues that you haven't been able to treat yourself or don't know how to treat is a dermatologist's job, after all. Don't wait to see a dermatologist when you're having skin troubles, either. The sooner you can get your skin issue diagnosed and treated, the better.
Maybe your skin is looking great, but you notice a mole that looks a little bit weird. If it has a difficult-to-define border, inconsistent coloring, strange coloring, or a rough surface texture, you should call a dermatologist immediately. These characteristics on a mole could be early signs of skin cancer. In this instance, you'll want to start seeing a dermatologist so they can perform a skin cancer screening and biopsy the mole or moles in question. Without the help of a dermatologist, you may have never known that your sun damaged skin or mole was cancerous.
While the internet seems like it can answer all of your questions, you'll always be better off bringing your skincare questions to a dermatologist. You don't have to be having a skin emergency to see a dermatologist! Maybe you're starting to see wrinkles and want to talk about Botox injections. Maybe you just want to learn what products are best for your skin type. Regardless of your inquiries, if they're related to your skin then you should see a dermatologist.
If you're unsure what your skin needs at this stage in your life, it's time to talk to a dermatologist. Don't hesitate to set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.