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Monday, November 16, 2015

Dermatologist Tips

I am still reading The French Beauty Solution. It is such a great reference book. I have really enjoyed learning about my skin and about sunblock.

I really didn't know how important sunblock was until recently. Now, that I am in my 30's my overall health has been at the top of my list. I am in Chapter 4 of the book. In this section Mathilde is discussing dermatologists visits. Are they needed?

Well, according to Dr. Waldorf, you should see a dermatologist for any of the following:

* For a baseline, healthy checkup at any age. Your doctor will photograph your entire body and use this in the future for comparison to see if any moles or spots are growing or changing. Given how prevalent skin cancer is, you can't be too safe. Some women go to medi-spas to have moles removed, but this can be risky as the people working there are often not medically trained and can't tell the difference between skin cancer and benign mole. The same risks go for at-home devices. When it comes to your skin, it's always good to trust a professional.

* If you have any moles, spots, or splotches that don't heal, change shape or color, or appear suddenly and don't go away no matter what you try. A normal pimple doesn't last for months, and scrubbing at it won't make it go away and can make it much worse. 

* If you suddenly develop any skin condition such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, painful irritation, or rashes.

* If the texture of your skin changes dramatically. This can be due to fluctuating hormone levels. 

* If you start losing a lot of hair on your head and growing it on your face. This, too, might be caused by hormonal changes.

* If you just want advice about more intensive skincare treatments, especially to treat sun damage.

This book has been so helpful to me. I hope you can pick up a copy of your own and start educating yourself on the importance of skincare. I am looking forward to Chapter 5. I will be reading about skincare ingredients, natural oils and perfume. 

To read more about my entries on this book see here and here.

photo via Google / Text by Mathilde Thomas 

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