Life is tough on your skin. Every day it’s subjected to elements doing their best to break it down. Scrapes, rashes and spots are so common, you may barely give them a thought. However, sometimes a rash can indicate a more serious problem.
Many skin conditions are temporary and go away in a few days or months by themselves or with simple over-the-counter medication. Here are four signs that could indicate it’s time to see a dermatologist.
1. You Spend Time in the Sun
If you’ve ever had a sunburn, visited a tanning salon, or spent a lot of time in the sun, you should visit a dermatologist for a skin exam. Depending on how much sun damage you have had it may be necessary to get regular annual exams.
2. You Find Brown Patches
Brown patches made worse by the sun are commonly either “sun spots” or melasma. Melasma is a condition influenced by sun exposure and hormones that causes brown patches, usually on the face. It’s not dangerous and over-the-counter medication bleaching creams and sunscreen may help lighten the spots, but if not you should visit a dermatologist.
3. You Still Have Acne
It isn’t uncommon for people to still see acne later in life. If you’re in your 20s or older and develop persistent acne that doesn’t respond to medication, you should visit a dermatologist. Acne may indicate a hormonal imbalance, but can also result as a side effect from other medication.
4. Your Skin Gets Red and Sensitive
If your skin breaks out in red rashes, such as when you become stressed, you may want to visit a dermatologist. Psoriasis often doesn’t appear until your 20s, so if you find yourself suddenly experiencing painful red rashes, it’s time to schedule an appointment.