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5 Things to Ask Your Dermatologist

If you want to get the most out of your next dermatology appointment, here’s what you should be asking.

Have an upcoming appointment with your dermatologist on the books? Get the most out of your visit by coming prepared with questions. These five common concerns are a great place to start:

1) What’s Going on With My Skin?

This might seem like an obvious question, but it’s also an absolutely essential one. After all, everyone’s skin is different, and that means you might be prone to different kinds of breakouts. Is your acne comedonal, inflammatory, or cystic? Is your skin type dry, oily, or combination? Starting an open dialogue with your dermatologist is the only surefire way to figure out what’s happening under the surface of your skin, and how you should proceed with treatment.

2) Should I Change My Beauty Routine?

In order to determine how best to treat your skin, it’s important that your dermatologist knows what products you’re applying every day. Are you using the right face wash? Are your cosmetics contributing to your skincare woes? Your dermatologist will have the answers.

3) Which Products Are Best for My Skin Type?

Once your dermatologist knows your skin type and beauty regime, she’ll be able to assess which products you should be adding to — or removing from — your routine. Topical creams containing benzoyl peroxide, for instance, are great for people with oily, acne-prone skin, but if your skin is dry or sensitive, your dermatologist will probably recommend a gentler alternative.

4) Would Changing My Lifestyle Help my Acne?

If you’re suffering from acne, there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to take a little pressure off your skin. Asking your dermatologist if you should change up your diet or exercise routine, for instance, could help you get to the root of what’s causing your acne.

5) Am I a Candidate for Laser Treatment?

Thinking about getting that expensive laser treatment for acne scarring? Talk to your dermatologist first. She’ll know which procedures give you the most bang for your buck, and will be able to advise what kind of treatment — and aftercare — is ideal for your specific concerns.

Feeling ready to talk to a dermatologist? Book an appointment soon — your skin will thank you.

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