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10 Key Questions to Ask A Dermatologist

If you have never visited a dermatologist before then you might be unsure of the most important questions to ask them.
Below are 10 key questions to ask on your first visit –
How often should I exfoliate?
With so many products on the market, it can be very tricky to know which you should use for exfoliating and how often. A good dermatologist will be able to suggest the perfect exfoliant for your skin and also let you know how often to use it for the best results.
Are there any treatments you’d recommend for my skin type?
There are countless skincare products used to provide a range of benefits – from hydrating your skin to getting rid of blemishes. Your dermatologist should be able to look at your skin and let you know the best types of products to use.
What is the best sunscreen to use?
This is an extremely important question to ask. UVA rays from the sun are one of the primary culprits of melanoma. Therefore you want to know which type of sunscreen you should use in order to get the best protection for your skin.
Would you recommend injectable treatments?
If you have lines or wrinkles you want to get rid of; or you want to add extra volume to certain areas of your face, then it’s always a good idea to consult with your dermatologist about this. Injectable treatments can be very effective at providing a more youthful look but there could be reasons why they’re not right for you.
Are there any treatments I should avoid?
There might be certain ingredients that cause your skin to flare up that you may not be aware of. Your dermatologist will be able to test your skin and see which types of treatments you respond well to and which you should avoid.
What is the cause of my acne?
Knowing what your acne is caused by is the first step to finding an effective solution. Diet, environment and hormonal changes can all trigger acne so you should certainly ask your dermatologist to help you narrow down the cause.
What foods should I eat more of?
There are certain types of food that are known to be great for your skin. Ask your dermatologist for a list of these foods and you can then incorporate them into your diet.
What foods should I avoid?
Processed foods are bad for your health all round and are certainly not good for your skin. Ask your dermatologist about which foods you should avoid in order to prevent breakouts and give you skin a healthier glow.
Can I use home treatments with those you provide?
There may be certain treatments that clash with each other so you should inform your dermatologist of any products you’re currently using and find out if they’re OK to use with the ones that they provide you with.
What is the best moisturizer to use?
Keeping your skin hydrated will make it less prone to wrinkles so you certainly want to use a moisturizer regularly. Which moistruizer you use will depend on your skin type and this is something your dermatologist will certainly be able to advise you on.
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Dr. David S. Sax

Dr. David Sax is a board certified dermatologist in sarasota and an expert in Mohs surgery for skin cancer. He is dedicated to bringing you clinical excellence, highly personalized treatments, and accessible and efficient service. Whether you need treatment for a medical skin condition, or want to achieve a more youthful look with cosmetic or spa services, you’ll find state-of-the-art solutions right here.

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