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June 11, 2012

The Importance of Seeing a Dermatologist

When was the last time you saw a dermatologist?

Skin, the largest organ in the body, needs to be treated with respect. I’ve been talking about skincare a great deal lately because of how important it is to me.

I have a condition known as Eczema, I’ve mentioned it in previous videos but haven’t as much lately because thankfully I’ve gotten my symptoms under control.

When I first developed the condition, where it felt like my skin was allergic to itself and I was constantly itchy and covered in rashes, I didn’t know what to do.

At first the rash appeared as if I had a burn from a hair straightener, so I ignored it. Then small, red, and itchy patches started spreading up my arms and onto my chest. I thought I needed to moisturize more, so I started slathering on some heavily fragranced lotions.

Instead, it started getting worse. Now I had rashes on my back and legs. So, I figured if moisturizing was making it worse then I should stop moisturizing. My skin got worse again.

This went on for about two or three months. Everything I did made my condition worse.

When I finally saw a dermatologist, she told me everything I was doing was wrong. For my particular case, the fragrances in my moisturizers and the fact that I had just moved contributed to me being introduced to new allergens and irritating my sensitive skin. The fragrances dried out my skin and then when I stopped moisturizing all together I made my skin even more defenseless.

She helped me figure out what my skin wanted and needed and I’ve been much better for it. No more rashes!

Don’t try and be your own doctor. If something is going on with your skin that is not normal or you have conditions you’d like looked at, speak with a dermatologist. You could, like me, end up hurting yourself when you think you are doing good.

If you don’t know where to start, I would suggest looking up dermatologists in your region. If you live in New York, Vanguard Dermatology has four convenient locations for you with built in maps on their site to help you with directions. Vanguard Dermatology treats a wide range of medical conditions, including Acne, Eczema, Rosacea (which runs in my family), skin tags (I have one on my neck), and a lot more. For a full list, read more.

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4 Comments

  • Rachel

    Hi Becca!
    I agree that we should visit our dermatologist for our skin care. Once every month I do go to my Derma because of my skin allergies and skin asthma. I have lots of spots on my neck due to excessive perspiration.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:45 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I didn’t realize skin asthma existed, I’ll have to look that up. Sorry to hear your having trouble on your neck.

      Kindness is the best accessory,
      Rebecca

      June 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Ben

    I agree that you should see a dermatologist for skin rashes, I even see one to have my skin tags burnt off the side of my neck. Good post:)

    April 9, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply
  • June Robinson

    I really appreciate this information on the benefits of visiting a dermatologist. I like that this points out that the benefits aren’t just cosmetic, but they are for your health as well. I agree with you when you say that we shouldn’t try to be our own doctors. We try to self-diagnose when we really need the advice and help of a professional. Thanks for the information!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply
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