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New Year, New You: When to Visit the Dermatologist

Jan 1, 2022

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. This waterproof wrapping is the first line of defense against germs and pollutants, and as such, your skin is a pretty good indicator of your overall health. So, as the New Year gets underway, how can you tell when to visit the dermatologist? If you’ve set a resolution to improve your health, keep an eye on your skin, hair, and nails. Then, contact a dermatologist if you notice any of these problems.

  • Changing mole or patch of skin: You are right to be concerned about a mole or patch of skin that has changed size, shape, color, or appearance. After all, this is a sign of skin cancer and should be taken very seriously.
  • Stubborn acne: Have you tried acne cleansers, fad diets, and everything else you can think of to treat your acne? It could be time for a customized, multifaceted treatment from a dermatologist. The care you receive depends on the type of acne you have, where it’s located on your body, what treatments you’ve tried so far, and other factors.
  • Lingering hives or rash: Itchy hives or a rash could indicate an allergic reaction or skin infection. Find answers to your questions and begin an effective treatment plan by visiting a dermatologist in the New Year.
  • Persistent skin irritation: Do you struggle with itchy, red, flaky skin? You might blame the winter weather, but you may have a chronic skin condition. When over-the-counter creams, gels, and moisturizers aren’t enough, you may need something more substantial that only a dermatologist can prescribe.
  • Scars: Do you have any scars that make you feel self-conscious? Whether you’re dealing with acne scars or imperfections caused by poorly healed cuts and scrapes, the New Year is a great time to discuss your concerns with a dermatologist. After all, laser therapy, micro-needling, and other procedures designed to reduce scarring are only available at a dermatologist’s office.
  • Hair loss: Does your hair seem to be getting thinner? There are many reasons for hair loss, some of which a dermatologist can treat. For example, if a scalp condition is to blame, you may benefit from laser therapies and other treatments to help you look and feel your best in the New Year.
  • Nail problems: Your fingernails and toenails may be susceptible to infections or becoming ingrown. They can also show signs of underlying liver disease, heart conditions, anemia, and diabetes. So visit a dermatologist anytime you notice problems with your nails.

Start the New Year right with a trip to Arlington Dermatology. We have proudly served the Rolling Meadows area for over 40 years, providing advanced treatments for a vast array of chronic skin conditions. So whether you’re concerned about skin cancer, want to treat unsightly acne scars, or need rash relief, please give us a call at 847-392-5440 or contact us online. We’ll set up an appointment for you to see one of our experienced, compassionate dermatologists today.