While many people think visiting a dermatologist is only necessary when the mole on their arm begins to change, there are many reasons why dermatologists can be helpful and may be necessary. Since dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with diseases involving the skin, hair, and nails, there are many more reasons to visit a dermatologist than just when skin cancer is a concern.

While some of your skin concerns may be nothing, others may be more serious and others can be taken care of easily. Not every issues is going to result in some serious disease, so don’t start freaking about about every little concern, but we do want you to be aware of what you should see a dermatologist for.

At Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder, we work hard to make sure we give your skin the care it needs to be healthier and look better. We will address your skin concerns, give you more information about your skin, and help you care for your skin as best as possible. If you have a skin, nail, or hair concern that you are not sure about, read on! In this blog we will give you more information and help you identify when to see the dermatologist. Feel free to contact us as well, we will be able to tell you whether you need to schedule an appointment or not.

Skin Cancer

We are going to start with a no-brainer. While it is nearly impossible for you to determine whether or not you have skin cancer, there are some signs to look for that may give you some warning. It is likely that you have some type of moles, freckles, and birthmarks, everyone does. And while these may change over time, this could either be harmless or a sign that something else is going on.

If a mole changes shape, color, size, or texture, it could be a sign that you have skin cancer and should see a dermatologist right away. A mole becoming itchy, bleeding, and not healing are also signs that skin cancer may be present. Changes in your skin in general, such as a scaly rash, discoloration, or lesions could also be signs of skin cancer. Take a second to examine your skin a few times a year to make sure nothing has changed, if you notice something unusual, keep an eye on it to make sure that is doesn’t change any more. If you do notice some change, schedule an appointment with Azeal Dermatology Institute, we will do a skin cancer screening and make sure to diagnose anything as early as possible.

Irritated Skin

Your skin shouldn’t be irritated constantly. And many rashes can be healed with over the counter ointments or creams. If you notice that your skin is constantly itchy, dry, and irritated, it may be a sign of eczema. The thing to know about eczema is that every case is different. Many different chronic skin conditions are classified and eczema and understanding your skin condition fully is important. Some people may see improvement in their skin by switching their soap or detergents, other may require prescribed creams that can help heal your skin. Figuring out you have eczema can help you keep your skin healthier and happier and allow you to deal with dry and irritated skin less.

Adult Acne

Acne is most common among teenagers but people of any age can get acne. While the occasional pimple may appear from time to time, acne that doesn’t go away should be looked at by a specialist. If you have acne that is not getting better with over the counter treatments, face cleansers, and masks, it may be time to head into the dermatologist. While this is not one of the most serious skin concerns, it can put a damper on your self-confidence. But a dermatologist can help you determine the right form of treatment for your acne. If your acne is severe enough, you may even require oral medication.

Cystic acne is another concern that you should see a dermatologist about. These large nodules hurt and are caused by hormonal fluctuations, bacteria, and stress. While this type of acne may run in your family and be unavoidable, a dermatologist can help prescribe a treatment that will help minimize breakouts.

There may be a simple fix for your acne, but you will never know if you don’t see a dermatologist. Plus, not taking care of your acne could leave you with acne scars, which is something nobody wants.

Losing Hair

It is normal to lose hair throughout the day, most people will shed about 100 hairs per day. If you start noticing bald patches or an excessive amount of shedding, it could be a sign that there is a problem. Your body has a way of telling you when something is off and this type of hair loss could be your body telling you that you are lacking essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, or protein. By heading to the dermatologist to learn more about your hair loss, the dermatologist can determine the cause and give you treatment options. Whether it is hereditary, hormonal, or an issue in your diet, we can help you solve your hair loss problem!

Nail Issues

Nails can tell you a lot about your health, they can show signs that you have more serious diseases. A dermatologist can determine that you might have liver disease, a heart condition, diabetes, or anemia based on the look of your nails. While some nail issues, such as ingrown nails, fungal infections, warts, and white spots, can be treated easily with a prescription, other issues may be more serious. While our nails can take a lot of wear and tear throughout the day, there are some things to keep an eye on that could be signs of more serious issues. If your nails change color or shape, the skin around nails swell, nails show dents or ridges, there are white or black lines present, or you feel pain around the nail, you should schedule an appointment with the dermatologist. While it may be nothing serious, it is better to rule out serious health concerns and fix your nail problem.

Skin Health

The best part about Azeal Dermatology Institute is that we offer a huge variety of services. Even if you don’t have a skin concern, we can help you. Do you want healthier skin? We can help. Do you want a facial or other aesthetic services that will leave your skin looking fresh and smooth? We can help with that as well. The services we offer at our Boulder dermatology office allows us to help with skin issues, concerns, insecurities, or just help improve the overall health of your skin. Basically, you don’t have to have skin concern to schedule an appointment at Azeal Dermatology. We offer general, aesthetic, and cosmetic services to help improve your look, the health of your skin, and take care of any skin concerns you may have. Dermatology services have become more advanced and we are able to help with may different insecurities, even if they are not health concerns.

If you think you could benefit from one of our many dermatology services, feel free to schedule an appointment with our dermatologist. If you have a skin concern that you are not sure needs a dermatologist’s attention or not, contact us. We can help you determine whether or not you need to come in for a closer look. We want to help you feel confident and happy with your skin, and we can start by addressing any skin concerns you may have. Some skin concerns may be more serious than you think, while others are nothing to be worried about. We can help determine if your skin concerns are actually something to be concerned about.