Love the Skin You’re In With the Help of a Dermatologist
It seems like for almost every teenager, acne is a rite of passage (no matter how unwanted). It’s all part of growing up, and for some, the acne might just clear up on its own with age. But for others, acne can be extremely demoralizing and lead to low self-esteem or low-confidence. And in some cases, the acne might be medically severe enough that they and their parents have to look into adolescent dermatology for acne treatment. Adolescent dermatology treats far more than just acne, though, and having a dermatologist when younger can prove to be helpful all throughout your life. We’ll discuss what a dermatologist specializing in pediatric and adolescent dermatology can help with, when acne might be serious enough to warrant a look, and how to find a good dermatologist in the first place.
What Does Adolescent Dermatology Cover?
Dermatologists who specialize in this area of dermatology will treat a wide swathe of skin conditions in children and teenagers. Acne is certainly a big one, but removal of birthmarks is another big one, as is getting rid of psoriasis, warts, eczema, or alopecia. They might also treat any skin conditions that are a result of genetic or systemic disorders.
These dermatologists might also be able to get rid of certain abnormal moles and keep an eye on your child’s skin, especially if a history of skin cancer runs in your family. It’s estimated that one in five Americans will get skin cancer over the course of their life, and that likelihood goes up quite a bit if you have a family history of it.
Though much of what they do is similar to how they treat adult patients, the environment is catered towards young children and teens, to make the experience as pleasant and comforting for them as possible.
When Is Acne Bad Enough to Go to a Dermatologist?
About 60 million people in the United States currently have acne and 85% of people said they had acne at some point or another in their lives. Sadly, over 95% of people said they had experienced feelings of depression because of their acne. Most everyone who has acne — even mild or moderate acne — has used face washes and creams to help their skin clear up. For those with mild or moderate acne, this regimen may work perfectly fine, and they won’t have to seek further care.
However, if you have cystic acne or the usual items from the drugstore aren’t working anymore, it might be time to go see a doctor. Similarly, if your acne is affecting your self-esteem or social life in a dramatic way, it’s not a bad idea to consult a doctor to see what can be done or what they recommend. Cystic acne is particular is important to see a doctor about, because it’s one of the most painful, can leave scars behind, and is tough to treat with regular methods.
How Does One Find a Good Dermatologist?
In your hunt for a good dermatologist, their credentials matter. If they’re certified by the American Board of Dermatology, you’re golden — always look for a board certified dermatologist if possible. You should also see if they offer a consultation and how it feels to you. Are they rushing you through it? Looking at their watch? They may be busy, but you deserve someone who truly listens to you and your situation. Careful listening means a thoughtful plan of action.
They should be committed to finding a regimen or method of treatment that works for you — no one’s skin is quite alike. See if they offer samples of certain products that they want you to try — most offices have plenty and they have to be thrown out if they’re expired. It will save you money and frustration if you wind up not liking them or they don’t work the way you expected!
Everyone deserves good skin, but sometimes it takes a little professional help from an adolescent dermatologist to get there. Feel better about the skin you’re in and reach out to a dermatologist today!