With skin routines becoming more popular now than ever, it is important to keep up with the state of your skin to ensure maximum benefits. Remember, everything doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why it is recommended to visit your dermatologist at least once a year. Here’s five questions you need to ask to get the most out of your next appointment.

1) Will this beauty routine work for my skin?
There are several different types of skin: oily, dry, combination, sensitive, etc. A mask meant to dry out excess oil will not work well for someone with dry skin. Likewise, strong ingredients will not help sensitive skin. Your dermatologist can map out specific routines and plans to help your skin look its best.

2) What products do you recommend for my skin type?
Certain products contain certain ingredients that will mess with your skin. For example, harsh chemicals like salicylic acid and stearic acid can cause severe irritation or even damage sensitive and dry skin. Before using any product, make sure to get your dermatologist’s input and ask about some products they recommend.

3) What’s causing my acne?
Causes for acne are also dependent on your skin type. The best way to treat and
prevent it would be to have an examination performed and develop a treatment
plan based on the results. Make sure your dermatologist goes into specifics about
your skin condition and what to look for in the future.

4) Has my skin been affected by any sun damage?
Sun damage is one of the leading causes for skin cancer. It can also lead to a variety
of issues with your skin such as excessive dryness, redness, irritation, blackheads,
and damaged pores. It is important to test for any sun damage and get a biopsy for
skin cancer. Then discuss with your dermatologist the best sunscreen for your skin
type. If the biopsy comes back with some serious results, be sure to get a specific
breakdown of it. It also doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion.

5) What can I expect from treatment?
Whether it’s a preventative measure for cancer or medications for your skin, treatments for anything can be scary and confusing. Ask your doctor about side effects of your treatment and what the results are supposed to be. Be sure to ask about how long it’s expected to last or if any changes to the plan will occur down the road.

Written by: Malia Thomas

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