We all have minor skin problems from time to time, like hormonal breakouts to dry skin, rough skin or oily skin leading to small pimples. All these usually get treated at home using some home remedies. But there are some problems should be better treated by a dermatologist and should not be taken lightly. Even after getting some remedies at home to treat your skin concerns, if the problem still persists, they can have a huge impact on someone’s self-confidence and mental health.

Acnes and Psoriasis have been considered to be such skin problems which leads to depression and affects mental health. If acnes are not treated on time and if they still continue to become cystic acne and adult acne, they leave scars on the skin making it even more badly. Treating this by self will not get any outcome but will only lead to frustration and depression making the skin even more problematic. It is always better to get your skin consultation from a dermatologist.

Choosing the right dermatologist is an important and personal decision, especially if you have a skin concern. Many people make sure they don’t take the risk with their skin and visit a skin doctor but end up with zero results or even more problematic skin. Choosing the right dermatologist is very important to get the right treatment. Before choosing a dermatologist, understand your skin concern first. Also, know that there are two types of skin doctors, general and cosmetic. And, choosing the right derm is crucial to addressing your concerns.

How to find the right one?

·        The types:
There are two types of general and cosmetic. A general dermatologist will treat rashes, acne, etc. They will usually do a skin examination and ask about normal problems about the moles, thinning hair, brown spots, and wrinkles. A general dermatologist usually gives topical treatments like Retin-A for pimples and wrinkles. Whereas, if your problems are big enough like deep acne scars, consistent discoloration, heavy wrinkles and requires a chemical peel, injections or laser; that’s where a Cosmetologist comes into the picture.

·        Look for Recommendations:
You can ask your friends, family, and relatives for recommendations. Also, your colleges would help in recommending dermatologists at your workplace. Please do not refer the reviews which are almost misleading. Nowadays reviews are paid reviews which don’t give the right information about the doctors. Make a list of doctors depending on the recommendations made only by people you know.

·        Look for their Biography:
If you have found a handful of dermatologists, now is the time to check for their degrees and biography which is usually posted on their website. By doing this you will have a better idea about the doctor’s specialty. Also, look for doctor’s Board Certification in Dermatology. These points will help you understand deeply that which doctor specializes in treating acne or skin cancer. Depending on your pressurizing problem you can select a doctor who specializes in treating your concerned problem.

·        Make an Appointment:
Find out the numbers, address, and timings from their web page and make an appointment. Select a Monday or a Tuesday for an appointment. These are the busiest days of the week and doctors usually have a lot of patients these days. Take good advantage of the huge waiting line of patients and interact with them about the doctor’s service and consultation. Ask more about how the doctor is with his patients. Ask about their personal experience with the doctor.

·        Talk less and listen more:
When you finally meet your dermatologist try to talk less and listen to what he/she is saying. Like for example, talk very little about a small issue you have with your skin and listen up to what he/she says. Don’t speak in detail about your problem. See how they would address your problem, what kind of treatment they suggest, how aggressive the treatment would be etc. This will give you a good idea of their opinion.

Once you have found your desired dermatologist, make a very good relationship with them by visiting them on a regular basis. This will make you be comfortable and would make you open up about your problems in detail. The more detail you give about your problem, the better treatment you will get. 
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