When first visiting a Skin Doctor, a full body examination will take place to map out moles, freckles, and check for other existing skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, or acne.
This is to establish a “baseline” and determine what is considered normal for the patient’s skin. From there, subsequent visits will be a comparison of that baseline.
Our skin changes with age and loses important elements like collagen and elastin. It becomes drier and more sensitive to the elements; moles or broken capillaries may gradually appear. Often, treating conditions like these with medical grade topical creams or lasers will prevent them from getting worse over time. Dermatologists have access to clinically proven ingredients that are effective in reducing, for example, signs of aging, treating rosacea or controlling blemishes.
Knowing the condition of the patient’s skin 5 years ago will help a dermatologist determine if they are aging normally and taking good care of their skin as they grow older. Appropriate preventative measures can be discussed, like the use of medical grade sunscreens. From childhood to retirement, a dermatologist can help customize an up to date skin care regimen that is superior to over the counter products and offers the most optimal results for every skin type.