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8 Reasons Why You Need To See Our Dermatologists

Call ATL Derm at 404.296.8000 or visit us at www.atlderm.com

1.Unless you're a vampire..you’ve been in the sun.

Visited a tanning salon or been sunburned (even if it was years ago), you need to get yourself to a skin doctor ASAP. While everyone should get their moles checked, sun-lovers especially need to make sure nothing abnormal is going on. Identifying cancerous spots early can save your life!
2. Can’t scratch that itch?

If something on your body itches for seven days or more, it’s time to call in an expert. (Tip: Skin drama can be caused by an allergic reaction to medications, so pay attention whenever you start a new prescription.) You can make a situation worse depending on what over the counter items you use.

3. Your break out more than your 14 year old nephew.

It’s not unusual to have acne in your twenties or thirties, but if you’ve tried OTC products and haven’t had much success in two or three months, dermatologist Fredric Brandt says it’s time to see a pro. “They’ll evaluate the problem and determine if it’s from a hormonal imbalance or from medications you’re taking,” he says. “An in-depth consultation should tell you what’s affecting your skin both internally and externally.”

4. Your skin suddenly hates the sun (okay, so maybe you're a vampire).

Is your skin experiencing more sun sensitivity than usual (along with muscle aches and intense fatigue)? It's time to head to a dermatologist for a biopsy and blood work; these are symptoms of systemic lupus, which needs to be managed carefully, says Dr. Cornelius.

5. Your skin has brown patches.

Melasma (a hormonal reaction to sun exposure that causes tan patches to develop on the face, often on the forehead and upper lip) is an annoying problem familiar to many pregnant women and those who take hormonal birth control. Dr. Cornelius says to visit a dermatologist if your skin doesn’t respond to OTC therapies within two months. They can provide stronger bleaching agents, chemical peels, laser treatments and sunscreen that will give noticeable results.

6. You have red skin-freakouts.

Big, difficult life changes (such as losing a job or getting divorced) are not only tough emotionally, but can have physical effects. They can even cause skin flare-ups, Dr. Cornelius says. “This may be psoriasis, so it’s best to see an expert,” she says. “It can often begin to show itself in your 20's, and it can also affect your joints and you may have painful arthritis.”

7. Your self-diagnoses are wrong. (Every time.)

You have nagging skin issues such as baggy eyes, redness that won't go away, dark spots, or that don’t respond to products, it’s best to get professional help rather than self-diagnose yourself at the drugstore.

8. You don't have to live in the skin you're in.

We all get older. Time marches across everyone's face, however we don't have to accept it quietly. There are many advancements in skin and anti- aging care. In-office treatments and procedures such as lasers, peels and injectable fillers can make a world of difference, but you must see a dermatologist to get them. No sketchy Botox from your neighborhood dentist, please!

Call Atlanta's Skin Care Experts 404.296.8000 to schedule an appointment.

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