First, make an appointment—yearly
Considering the startling fact that skin cancer affects one out of every five Americans, penciling in an annual visit to your dermatologist’s office should be a must. During these appointments, your doctor will conduct a full skin exam and check for anything that looks unusual or abnormal. It’s also a great time to address any skin concerns you may have, including everything from breakouts and blemishes to psoriasis and rosacea. Experts also recommend conducting your own skin checks at home so you can stay on top of these changes and report back to your dermatologist if you see anything suspicious. To help you make the most of your next visit to see your dermatologist, we talked to the experts to find out the important questions you should be asking.
How can I slow down signs of aging?
While we’d all like to pretend we’re sipping out of the fountain of youth, the reality is the list of things that can enhance aging is relatively endless. That’s why it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about your skincare routine and the lifestyle habits that you may not even realize are costing you years. “Your dermatologist can discuss factors that both positively and negatively impact skin aging, suggest lifestyle changes and make skin care and treatment recommendations,” explains Sejal Shah, MD, board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor. “This allows patients to optimize their anti-aging routine and helps patients more effectively slow down the aging process.”
Could my diet be affecting my skin?
“This is a good question because a lot of times we talk about topical treatments, when inflammation or breakouts could arise from what we are putting in our bodies,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. She explains that processed or artificial sugars, which are in many of the foods we eat, as well as dehydration and nutrient deficiencies, can play a major role in skin health. “The body needs the proper vitamins and minerals to rid the skin of inflammation and waste,” she adds. “Without them, oil glands can go into overdrive, skin can be dry and flaky and discoloration can appear.” This question could answer many issues a patient may have where topical treatments are failing. All in all, a healthy body will lead to healthier skin. Try eating these top six best foods for your skin.