Okay, let’s get real. We’re all guilty of furtively checking WebMD for some weird little symptom or another that doesn’t seem worth seeing a doctor for, right? And how many times have friends advised you to stay away from the internet when you’re worried about your health? Skin can behave in strange and troubling ways, and if you’re worried about something that’s not quite right with it, staying off medical websites is definitely a good idea.
Let’s face it, though, we all search the web for answers, even though we know we shouldn’t.
But let’s take a look at why looking for answers to skin problems yourself rarely turns out well.
- You’ll freak yourself out and think you’re affected by some horrible disease.
- You might self-treat for the wrong problem.
- You’ll miss out on expert advice that’s tailored to you and your skin.
But, is there any real harm in self-diagnosing when it comes to the skin? Turns out, there is.
Missing the Big Picture—and Often the Diagnosis
Of course, the most common problem that comes with self-diagnosis is a high potential for…being wrong. Lots of skin problems looks pretty darn similar, but there are so many factors influencing skin health, that if you’re not an expert, you won’t know what you’re really looking at.
You also might be missing the big picture about your skin’s health overall. Maybe you are right about the diagnosis, but you might not know how to care for your skin properly, and so on. Get the big picture by going to a dermatologist.
Before the internet, there weren’t any easy references to look at, which made life harder—and also less complicated. You couldn’t just look up a bunch of photos online and take a guess at what you had—you had to go in to see the doctor and (hopefully) figure out what was going on.
Today, our ever-growing knowledge of skin problems, combined with our ability to look everything up on a whim, has caused many people to skip out on consulting with an expert, even when there are very good reasons to do so.
One of the best reasons to go to a dermatologist is to get personalized recommendations for skincare and treatments. Everyone’s skin is different, and a dermatologist has the knowledge to analyze your skin and help you design your treatment plan, according to skin problems, age, and skin type.
You’ve Only Got One Skin—Take Care of It
The skin is a resilient organ, but it can’t stay young and beautiful forever on its own. Your skin is subject to many different pollutants, sun damage, and other factors that can make it age more quickly or trigger skin conditions. It’s your job (with your dermatologist’s help) to help your skin make it through life looking youthful and healthy. Be kind to your skin—it does a lot for you!
The Perks of Working with an Expert Cosmetic Dermatologist
All board certified dermatologists will be able to help you diagnose skin conditions and other problems, but if you’d also like to keep your skin looking young and beautiful, it’s a good idea to seek help from a cosmetic dermatology expert. A cosmetic dermatologist will know the ins and outs of personalized skincare and help you make the most of your routine. You will also have access to powerful anti-aging treatments performed by an expert, from wrinkle injections to chemical peels.
Looking for a renowned cosmetic dermatologist in the Miami area? Come to Dr. Diane Walder’s office for a consultation, and discuss your goals for your skin. Dr. Walder is a prominent expert in skincare and cosmetic dermatology, and is often a consultant for major publications like Allure and Glamour. For more information, call Dr. Walder’s office today at 305-866-2177 to schedule your appointment.