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Good skin is always in style. If something is ailing you in the epidermis department, it might be time to see a skin doctor. Got acne? Feel like some Botox? Perhaps you’re starting to regret that butterfly tat you got in college. Those are just a few of the things covered by the branch of medicine dealing with keeping your skin in tip top condition.

How does it work?

Dermatologists are specifically trained to recognise, diagnose and treat all manner of skin conditions and diseases. Often you will be referred to a dermatologist following an appointment with a GP in which you discuss any skin-related problems you are having that need special attention. As a result, some of he most common conditions that dermatologists deal with are cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis which have failed to respond to regular treatments.

After examining your skin's overall condition and behaviour up close at the start of a session, dermatologists can determine the best course of action, whether you have had an allergic reaction, unexplained blemishes or are worried about the recent behaviour of mole. They can prescribe more specific combinations of medicines and lotions than regular doctors and are better able to tailor treatments to your individual skin's age, texture and sensitivity. They may also diagnose other underlying conditions which are manifesting themselves as changes in your skin's appearance.

Dermatologists are often able to perform minor surgical procedures involving the skin, such as biopsies and the removal of early stage skin cancers, or treatments that improve the general appearance of your body's largest organ (removal of benign growths, reductions in age spot visibility and the minimisation of sun damage).

Is it for me?

If you are in any way dermally challenged or concerned, it might be helpful to have your condition addressed by a pro. Dermatologists must first qualify as medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathy (DOs) before specialising, making them the most knowledgeable experts in this field.

So what can a skin doc do for you? Here’s just a brief overview of the issues they're happy to help you with:

Acne (consultations and treatments) Hair removal Hair transplants General dermatitis Cosmetic fillers Mole removal Scar treatments Laser tattoo removal Allergy testing Management of long term skin disorders *Anti-ageing skin treatments

Good to know

Your skin works as a shield, sensory organ, temperature control device and storage space. It may seem comparitively thin, but to pack all this vital functionality, you actually have a total of 6lbs of the stuff covering every exposed area of your body.

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