Dermatologist Visit

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dermatologistI’ve decided I need to go back to the Dermatologist soon. I know this is sort of a dull topic to write about, but not to me! I haven’t been to the Dermatologist in about 2 or 3 years. The last time I went, I still had a face-full of acne, and I had been to maybe 7 Dermatologists in the previous few years because I was seeking clear skin, and more hair! Within 2 months of that last Dermatologist visit, my skin was completely clear, except for red acne spots, which are finally gone. On my own, with little help from the Dermatologists, I had finally figured out how to cure myself of acne.

Why I’m going to the Dermatologist
I don’t have good health insurance, so I try to make as few trips to the doctor as possible. Since it was me (and not the Dermatologists) that figured out how to cure my skin, I don’t feel much need for Dermatologists anymore when it comes to acne. I have been using Differin for the last several years, a topical retinoid, and always got the prescription renewed at the gyno.

My Differin prescription has lapsed, and I have no pending doctors visits. I’m afraid to go without the Differin! I use the .01% Differin Gel, but have learned there’s a new .03% version out. I want to ask the Dermatologist about the difference, even though I could probably find the info on the internet. I also want to get a prescription for Tazorac, which is another retinoid that is good for wrinkles, and acne. I’ve read this is the best retinoid for blackheads, so I figure I might as well finally try it.

I also have a sort of suspicious mole on my back, so a skin cancer screening is a prudent idea, since you should really have it done yearly to be safe.

Any questions I should ask the Dermatologist?
I like to get the most for my money, so I’m trying to think of any other concerns I can bring up while I’m there. Even though I haven’t resolved my hair loss issue, I’ve sort of given up on Dermatologists knowing anything whatsoever about hair loss. Why they are so clueless about women’s hair loss is beyond me. Oh, maybe I will ask them about my thinning eyebrows, though. If you can think of anything you’d like to know, let me know, and maybe I can work it into the 5 minute office visit! I’m also in need of a new full-time job, so I may drop my resume off (again) while I’m there. Now that I have a year of working at a Medical Spa under my belt, they might be more inclined to hire me, since they do Botox and all sorts of Cosmetic Dermatology there.

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4 Responses to “Dermatologist Visit”

  1. Girl-Woman Says:

    I have been going to my dermatologist for years. Smart girl: Supicious moles need to be checked. My first visit was the result of a supicious mole, and fortunately, I got to the derm in time. It was more than a suspicous mole. They now do a mole map via camer, that you can take home on CD. For long-term protection, it’s a valuable tool.

  2. Sandy Says:

    I am sorry to hear this. I wish you luck.

  3. Tam Says:

    After having read most of yr blog about skin care, I feel that u r the right person to ask this question. I have tiny scars on my face & am dying to get rid of them. What do u know about this topic and what dermatologist would u recommend? Thanks in advance for yr reply. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,

  4. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    What type of scars do you have? Are they red or brown spots, or are they actual pitted scars that you received from having acne? I had red spots, and wrote about them here: . These types of scars should eventually go away.

    If you have actual pitted scars, there are Fraxel laser treatments that can help smooth out your skin. But Fraxel is a pretty heavy-duty treatment, so it’s expensive, and a bit intense. You could get an initial consultation with a regular Dermatologist, or a Cosmetic Dermatologist. They will be able to determine the best route for you to take.

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