3 Unexpected but Common Reasons to See a Dermatologist


Three Beautiful Young Women In ProfileMost people see their dermatologist every now and again when they have the occasional skin concern or for their annual check-up. But did you know that you can also consult your dermatologist for these common issues as well?

1. Cosmetic Purposes

When you think of your dermatologist’s office, skin health and wellness is most likely what comes to mind. While this is absolutely a huge part of his or her focus, your dermatologist can also help you with cosmetic concerns that don’t necessarily pose a health risk but that are interfering with your self-esteem or quality of life.

If the appearance of lines and wrinkles are bothering you, for example, talk to your dermatologist about injectable wrinkle treatments or professional skincare products.

2. Nail Abnormalities

If you notice changes in the color, thickness or condition of your nails, let your dermatologist know. These characteristics could be an indication of an infection, malignancy, or even problems with internal organs such as the kidneys.

Believe it or not, your nails can reveal a lot about the overall state of your health.

In the case of ingrown toenails, avoid the temptation to self-treat before talking to your dermatologist, as this can lead to worsening of the situation or infection if not handled properly.

3. Hair Disorders

Although not usually serious medical issues, hair thinning and loss are common aesthetic concerns for men and women alike. If you’re struggling with a hair disorder, your dermatologist can provide an accurate diagnosis of the cause and suggest professional treatment options to restore fuller, healthy-looking hair and improve your self-confidence.