Four Reasons Why You Might See A Dermatologist (Besides Excessive Acne)

Posted on: 4 February 2020

Dermatologists specialize in everything having to do with your skin. Most people become acquainted with a dermatologist in their teens when they have really bad acne. Dermatologists help you get over the scarring and infections that can make acne much worse than it should be. You should know, however, that dermatologists provide a number of other dermatology services. Here are four other reasons why you might see a dermatologist and the services related to those reasons.

Genetic Skin Conditions

Genetic skin conditions are inherited through your parents. You might have perfectly flawless skin thanks to your mom, or you might have really horrible eczema because it runs in your dad's side of the family. Particularly unpleasant inherited skin conditions have to be seen and treated by your doctor. These genetic conditions may not be marring to your skin as much as they affect you emotionally and psychologically, which is why seeing a dermatologist and being treated can help you feel better about these situations.

Hair Loss in Young People

Hair is made of the same stuff as your skin and nails. It is colored by melanin and designed by genetics to be a certain color. Most people do not start to lose their hair until their late twenties or early thirties at the earliest. Hair loss in teenagers and young adults in their twenties is unusual. A dermatologist checks the scalp under a magnifying scope to make sure the reason for falling hair is not related to scabies, mites, lice, or any other scalp parasites. Then the dermatologist looks for diseases on the scalp, followed by internal reasons for the hair loss.

Scars and Scar Tissue

A lot of things can cause scar tissue in the skin. From stretch marks to car accident wounds, scars leave their mark. If you do not want the scars, a dermatologist can remove all of them, even stretch marks. There are medications you can apply to erase or remove the scars, laser ablation surgery, and even removal of the scar tissue with skin grafting to make the scars invisible or far less noticeable. 

Rashes and Allergic Reactions

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. All your major internal organs could be placed and encased inside your skin with flesh left over if your muscles and bones did not exist. Your skin lives and breathes, too. As such it develops allergic reactions and rashes to plants, foods, microbes, etc. The dermatologist diagnoses these skin health issues and then prescribes creams, ointments, and oral medications to treat whatever it is that you have.

For more information, contact a dermatology service like Columbia Dermatology and Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery.