Ten Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist

Inform yourself about your skin and help your doctor to help you.

The skin is our body's largest organ and our first line of defense against disease-causing invaders. It protects the body's soft tissue, yet also allows water and heat through, to help control body temperature. The skin is literally a living boundary that separates the inside of the body from the outside world.

It is best to visit the dermatologist once a year, more often if you have a history of skin cancer or active skin problems.

When you visit your doctor, arrive with educated questions:
  1. How much is enough sunscreen and what active ingredient should I look for?
  2. What are the signs of skin cancer and how often should I have my moles checked?
  3. How is my makeup affecting my skin?
  4. What can you tell me about the latest anti-aging products?
  5. What is the best way to treat visible sun damage?
  6. How will hormone replacement therapy or birth control affect my skin?
  7. How should I take care of my nails?
  8. Are self-tanners really safe and do you recommend them?
  9. What is the best facial cleansing routine for me?
  10. How should I take care of my hair if I perm or color-treat it?

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