When you go to your dermatologist, you might come in with questions about a specific problem you are having with your skin. Asking questions is the best way to get the most out of your visit to your dermatologist. However, many people do not know the right questions to ask when visiting their dermatologist, and this can prevent them from having the healthy, youthful-looking skin they desire.
The next time you visit your dermatologist, consider making a list of questions to ask. While some questions may seem basic, you may learn some surprising and informative answers. Asking questions can also help improve communication between you and your dermatologist. For best results, print or write out your questions so you don’t forget anything; you can also write down the answers.
6 Questions to Ask at Your Next Dermatology Visit
1. Is my skincare routine working?
Your skincare routine plays an important role in whatever you are trying to achieve with your skin, whether your goal is to relieve dry skin, treat acne, or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Developing an effective skincare routine is not always easy, especially without the guidance of a dermatologist.
Your dermatologist can examine your skin, review your goals, and evaluate your skincare routine to determine if you are taking the right steps every day. Your skin doctor will also ask about the products you use, and the amount of product you apply to your skin. Your dermatologist can then recommend changes to your skincare routine that help you achieve your goals.
2. Do any of my moles look suspicious?
During your appointment, your dermatologist may perform a skin cancer screening to identify any suspicious moles, freckles or growths. You can ask your dermatologist to look for suspicious moles, especially on your back or in places you cannot see well.
Your appointment is also a good time to learn more information about identifying suspicious moles, such as:
- What makes a mole look suspicious?
- What’s the difference between a freckle and a mole?
- Do I have any growths that I should monitor?
- What else can I be doing to protect my skin?
- Am I at a high risk for skin cancer?
3. Are my medications and/or supplements affecting my skin?
Certain medications and supplements can have an adverse effect on skin. Some prescription acne medications can make your skin sensitive to the sun, for example, which increases your risk for sunburns, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Birth control pills can affect your skin by changing your hormone levels. For many women, birth control pills help clear their skin of acne, especially if their acne developed as the result of unbalanced hormones. Certain workout supplements can cause skin breakouts.
Bring a list of prescription medications, non-prescription drugs, and supplements, and discuss the potential of each for causing skin problems.
4. Is my skin aging well?
Healthy skin is important at every age, of course, but especially as we age. Time can bring about changes to your skin. Some of these changes are a normal part of aging, but can make us appear older than we would like. Ask your dermatologist to evaluate your skin and suggest ways to address the appearance of aging skin. Your dermatologist can provide you with a list of products and treatments that can correct the signs of aging.
Dermatologist-recommended treatments may include:
- Chemical peels
- Dermal fillers
- Brown spot removal
The treatment you choose depends largely on the overall health of your skin and your skincare goals.
5. What products are a good fit for my skin type and skin problems?
Skin care products are not a one-size-fits-all solution for all skin types and all skin problems. Finding the right products for your skin can be challenging, especially with the number and scope of products available on the market today. Your dermatologist can assess your skin type and identify skin conditions, and then recommend specific products based on your personal needs.
6. Can you tell me about the latest treatments and procedures?
Ask your dermatologist about the new generation of procedures and treatments available today. Skin rejuvenation, Botox, dermal fillers, brown spot removal, chemical peels, and other standard treatments have advanced considerably over the years to provide safe, effective, and long-lasting results.
Other treatments and procedures have emerged. For example, InstaLift instantly lifts sagging skin to rejuvenate skin and provide a more youthful appearance. Doctors perform this minimally invasive procedure without surgery. Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment to lift the skin of the brow, chin, and neck, and helps erase lines and wrinkles on the upper chest. It uses ultrasound technology to tone, lift, and tighten sagging, drooping skin. Microneedling stimulates the production of collagen to make skin firmer and more toned.
If you have questions about your skin, contact our dermatologists at Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery or call 503-297-3440. Our team of dedicated dermatologists and skin care professionals are glad to answer all your questions. We can also help you develop a skincare routine that keeps your skin healthy, vibrant, and youthful-looking.