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.