It’s almost summer, have you had your skin checked yet?
For us older folks, getting your skin checked by your dermatologist has become a right of passage. While many of us are just fine, others may have suspicious skin growths or irregularities that may require medical attention.
Many millennials grew up with parents concerned with using suntan lotions, since our understanding of the harmful effects of the sun had grown over the years. Some of them actually used a reflector with baby oil which would just bake their skin, while they searched for the perfect tan. Unfortunately, this generation grew up with little or no concern for any types of suntan lotion. Many baby boomers had suffered potentially harmful sun exposure in the form of sunburns or sun poisoning.
As a result, years later, the risk for skin growths or cancers of the skin are becoming more common.
Here is some solid advice you should take now to make sure your skin is in good shape, especially during the summer months.
3 Things You Should Always Get Checked By A Dermatologist
by Well & Good May 8, 2017
If you have acne, opting to seek professional help can be a tough judgment call. After all, there are countless brilliant resources online (ahem) where you can get the lowdown on powerful DIY or topical treatments.
But what about when your questions go beyond the typical, “Will these breakouts ever go away?” When you find a mole in an unexpected color—or a tiny, mysterious bump—it may be time to see an MD.
“There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma,” says Arielle Kauvar, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist and founding director of New York Laser and Skin Care. “Each type has different appearances, but they have early warning signs you can watch out for.”