Beauty Rx: 5 Signs It’s Time to See Your Dermo

Beauty Rx: 5 Signs It's Time to See Your Dermo

Hey LC readers, it’s Alex, your resident bride-to-be and self-confessed skincare addict. Speaking of skin, today I am going to be dishing a few tips about when you should and shouldn’t consult your dermo. Often times us ladies tend to take certain matters into our own hands (at-home extractions anyone?) when we really should be deferring to a doctor instead. Here are 5 times when you should see your dermo:

1. Cystic acne.
Unless you have the patience of a saint, my doctor suggests taking a field trip to your dermatologist’s office for treatment instead of remedying the issue yourself. At-home extractions run the risk of infection and a doctor can better assess the proper treatment (extraction, steroid injection, topical creams). 

2. A cut that just won’t heal.
According to LearnVest, when a scratch or cut doesn’t heal it can indicate that something more serious is going on. If it’s been a few days and the injury doesn’t begin to heal, head to your doctor to get it checked out.

3. Rashes!
Back in college one of my best friends broke out in a strange rash but decided to blow it off as a random allergic reaction. After about three days she realized that she should probably see a doctor. Once she was finally examined she learned that she should have gone to see the doc much sooner since it’s easier to properly diagnose rashes in the early stages. The lesson here? Take heed with rashes and rush to get them looked at by a professional.

4. Growing spots.
If you spy a freckle or a mole that seems to be growing in size, it would be wise to get it examined by your dermatologist. Everyday Health points out that when cancerous spots are identified in the early stages, they are often easy to treat. 

5. Excessive hair loss.
While it’s completely normal to lose an average of 100 hairs per day (although depending on the thickness of your hair, this number can vary), excessive hair loss can be linked to skin issues so it’s best to consult a pro…just in case. 

What’s your biggest skincare woe? Share it in the comments below and we might just answer your conundrum in a follow up post!

Xx
Alex
Team LC

P.S. New Wedding Bells post is coming soon! I’ll be sharing gift ideas for bridesmaids…and for the bride (from the maids) as well!

Photo: WiseGeek
Categories: Alex Gariano, Primp, Skincare
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  • GHUFRAN ALI

    HEY THERE ;**

    I’VE BEEN FACING A HAIR LOSS SINCE A WEEK AGO! COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF MY EATING HABITS? OR IS IT BECAUSE I’VE BEEN FEELING DOWN THESE DAYS!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH =)

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Thanks Alex! I’ll be sure to keep this information in mind when I take a closer look at my skin.

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr
    http://twitter.com/ashley_atg

  • suzanne

    A great checklist!!
    xoxo
    Suzanne from http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Ashley

    As scary as going to a doctor can be, it’s always best to suck it up and endure a bit of discomfort by going in early as opposed to potentially suffering a lot of unnecessary pain by putting it off!

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Deanne Castro

    Wow! Love your checklist! :)
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    xo
    Deanne

  • Caroline Loudon

    Very helpful checklist! I actually have an appointment with my dermo in a couple weeks! Dealing with constant breakouts; Oily skin is the worst.

  • Vicky

    Great post. Very helpful :)

  • Dana Massey

    Great tips! I’m horrible about going to the doctor, so I’ll keep these in mind.

  • Katelin Absher
  • LaurenConrad.com

    Great advice – we agree!

  • Gloriana Chaves

    I’m living in Costa Rica while I finish nursing school…and I’m a guilty guilty guilty girl! I constantly go to the beach and lather on coconut oil and get the most beautiful Carmel-Olive color! ( I am naturally pretty pale) this is horrible HORRIBLE for you! I have new freckles and spots :(. My dermatologist told me to scrub gently glycolic acid once a week for a few months and I get an at home peeling session…also wear 50+ SPF if you do this!

  • Stephanie Kent

    I need help clearing up my acne scars! I’ve tried lemon, but it seems to exacerbate the coloring and freak my dry, sensitive skin out. Please help! This is traumatizing. I’m only 23!

    • jax

      manuka honey! read about it!

  • Melanie Jones

    I have fair skin and it is so sensitive! In the winter it gets really dry and in the summer I burn easily. Lately I’ve been drinking warm lemon water in the mornings and that has really seemed to help with the dryness, though.

  • Taanjaa

    Thanks for the tips! I always think it’s hard to decided with the hair loss!

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

  • Martin M

    Thank you for all the tips! Even though Im a man I have a quite difficulte skin and always have to take care of it!!

    http://www.look-scout.de

  • Stefie

    I have cystic acne and I have been to sooo many dermatologists but it just won’t clear up :(

    http://www.stefieslife.blogspot.com/

  • Linds

    Oil Washes have worked amazing for me, and I’ve tried EVERYTHING. Steaming a few times a week is great too. http://www.healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-improved-my-skin-acne-scaring-overall-complexion/

  • Stephanie cheek

    Girl, I know how you feel! I’ve had over 10 yrs of problems with acne (I’m 24 now and it started in middle school). It’s genetic and nothing worked (Proactiv, washes, topicals). I went to the derm and even after using Accutane 2 separate courses, my acne came back. I’ve had the best luck with antibiotics while using a preventative like retin-a or tretinoin (tretinoin is what I’m on now). Doryx has been a miracle w/tretinoin. Go to a derm and ask him/her about antibiotics and topicals! There WILL be a solution, but I firmly believe a lot of acne out there must be solved from the INSIDE will medicine and then once it’s under control, maintaining it with a beneficial topical (tretinoin is good for wrinkles too)! Once your acne clears, a chemical peel can help with scarring.

  • Stephanie cheek

    I got a chemical peel. They can be pricey (mine was $85) but it helped a lot. Only get one if you don’t have broken skin/current acne. Also the Olay Regenerist microdermabrasion has had fabulous reviews and I’m using it once/wk now.

  • Shelbytay

    I have stretch marks along my inner thighs, they are reddish purple, and I can’t stand them! Is there any way to get rid of them or at least make them less noticeable?? I want to break out my swimsuit without these marks showing!

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    These are some great tips.. I am not sure if this will help for some of you but I use a skin care line called “”Eminence Organics.”” It is all Organic and there is no water added to any of their products which majority of products have it as their first ingredient! Over the past 2 years I have struggled with breakouts and ever since I changed to Eminence it has truly worked wonders for my skin and has cleared it all up. I’d be lying if I said I dont get the odd breakout because I do but my skin has really improved.

    I did a post on this on my blog and all the products I use for my skin type. Check it out!

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca/2013/05/favorite-skin-care-products_15.html

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    These are some great tips.. I am not sure if this will help for some of you but I use a skin care line called “”Eminence Organics.”” It is all Organic and there is no water added to any of their products which majority of products have it as their first ingredient! Over the past 2 years I have struggled with breakouts and ever since I changed to Eminence it has truly worked wonders for my skin and has cleared it all up. I’d be lying if I said I dont get the odd breakout because I do but my skin has really improved.

    I did a post on this on my blog and all the products I use for my skin type. Check it out!

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca/2013/05/favorite-skin-care-products_15.html

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    These are some great tips.. I am not sure if this will help for some of you but I use a skin care line called “”Eminence Organics.”” It is all Organic and there is no water added to any of their products which majority of products have it as their first ingredient! Over the past 2 years I have struggled with breakouts and ever since I changed to Eminence it has truly worked wonders for my skin and has cleared it all up. I’d be lying if I said I dont get the odd breakout because I do but my skin has really improved.

    I did a post on this on my blog and all the products I use for my skin type. Check it out!

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • Breigh

    Great info about the oil washes! I was wondering if coconut oil would be good to use? I have skin a lot like yours it seems like.

  • A Sitzy5

    I have combination skin and when I wear makeup my face worse. When I wear eye makeup it makes my eyes irritated. Any suggestions

  • A Sitzy5

    I have combination skin and when I wear makeup my face worse. When I wear eye makeup it makes my eyes irritated. Any suggestions?

  • Ana Sofia

    Great tips. It’s very important take care of your skin. Any doubt we have we should ask to a derma because he is the right person to help us.

    Xoxo,
    http://mmthanwords.blogspot.pt/

  • Bellefbeauty

    I completely agree with trying to solve the problem from the inside out! I suffered from cystic acne as well, triedvso many things prom prescribd topical creams to oral medication but for some reason the thing that ended up clearing my skin was Yasmin, the contraceptive pill!

  • Bellefbeauty

    Same! I usually avoid them at all costs! Especially here in Ireland, the system isn’t the best!

  • Stefie

    I was actually prescribed accutane by a dermatologist and then another one told me that it wouldn’t do anything for me since my acne is hormonal so it would just come back after the treatment was over, again with antibiotics it would clear up for a bit and then it would come back again…i have been taking yasmin for years and again nothing, the only thing that seems to keep it under control once it decides to freak out all of a sudden and i get like 10 cystic pimples is sudocrem! who would have thought!

  • Stefie

    I have to say that tea tree oil has been amazing on blemishes, i’ve also been hearing great things about coconut oil so maybe i should give it a try

  • Stefie

    Guys after reading the comments below and getting some replies to my comment I wrote a post on my blog about my acne story and how I deal with it so if you are interested you can check it out here :) http://stefieslife.blogspot.com/2013/07/help-acne.html

    Let’s help each other out!

  • Valeria Garcia

    I use to have them too (tick and reddish purple), but since i started using Palmer’s cocoa butter they are pretty much gone. And a tip if you are going to use it, when you think you finished the product and nothing comes out of the pump, cut the bottle open and you’ll have enough product to fill 2 small conteiners.
    Hope this helps.

  • Valeria Garcia

    Have you try foundations for oily and acne prone skin? I use Clinique Anti Blemish Solution and it has salicilic acid, i think that has helped me a lot.

  • Monse Mendieta

    i have between my lip and my chin some hideous zits or somethign, i dont know how to call it, but it hasnt disappeared since like 6 months ago i dont know what to do, i always wash my face and its the only problem that i have with my skin, the only good thing bout this is that you cant notice that i have it unless i smile or bite my lip, but i still wanna get rid of it though

  • Linds

    Oil Washes have worked amazing for me, and I’ve tried EVERYTHING. Steaming a few times a week is great too. http://www.healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-improved-my-skin-acne-scaring-overall-complexion/

    **SORRY HAD TO REPOST WITHOUT MY LAST NAME**

  • Alma

    Exfoliate your skin daily. Scrub away the dirt, pollutants, chemicals and toxins that get lodged in your skin – day after day. If you want a natural scrub then all you have to do is add white sugar grains to your favorite body wash. Of course, you will have to efficiently wash away and scrub off the sugar’s sticky feel. http://www.ageexperts.net/

  • theskiny.com

    Your tips are spot-on! I think too many women think D.I.Y. is the best way to go when it comes to skincare, but many skin conditions are best left to the pros.

  • RachelRadschlag

    my problem is that i really don’t know what to use, when, and which products…there is so much out there that it gets overwhelming!

  • Stefie

    when you are suffering with acne the trick is not to get overwhelmed by the plethora of products out there and keep it nice and simple since overdoing it will only make it worse!

    http://stefieslife.blogspot.com

  • eva kalenska

    After I bleached my hair I noticed an increase in hair loss. But it has been almost a year after I stopped doing that and tried to recover my hair through split-end repair oils, good shampoos and conditioners + rare ironing + rare blow-dry. And still it seems like a lot of hair is falling – fortunately not that visible! But I wonder if it is normal or could this be some skin condition…

  • Alex g

    Dealing with Cystic acne is no joke. I have been battling it for years. Here is a great video about a girl who cured her cystic acne. It helped me, but did not get rid of it completely.

    http://cysticacnetreatment.org/

  • Raina j

    I’ve been having some unusual hair loss for the past several months where I am constantly shedding. I suspect that it is thyroid because there is a long line of women with thyroid in my family, but talking on the phone with my doctor, he insists that it is most likely stress. Any ideas?

  • Hell_Cat

    Don’t forget about rosacea acne…Definitely something I found out about the hard way!!!! My face is covered with it unfortunately and the only thing that helps a little is medication

  • VLe Vine

    I have very sensitive combination skin and I have these weird small bumps on my forehead. They aren’t bright red or anything but they are pink-ish and I haven’t noticed that they really have anything in them *gag*. I have tried to “pop” them (even though I know that is not good, I just wanted to see what happened) but they just have a little white come out and then they bleed. I have no idea what they are and I don’t know how to make them go away.

  • Lo

    red acne scars! My skin isn’t breaking out anymore thanks to spiroaldactone and differin .3 gel, but the red acne marks will not go away.

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