We should visit the dermatologist more regularly than we normally do. The problem is that many people are unaware that their problems relate to this specific medical specialty. The skin is the body’s biggest organ, and it performs an important job as the protective layer that covers the vital organs. Injuries or conditions of the skin are not uncommon, but they can sometimes cause confusion because people may not know how to deal with them.

Skin problems can commonly produce reactions in the hair or mucous membranes due to a number of factors like stress or poor diet. Prolonged exposure to the sun and environmental pollution are two more reasons to visit the dermatologist. Other factors that influence the health of our skin are the weather, other types of pollution, hormonal changes, side effects of any medications and allergies to name a few. Many people know to go to a dermatologist for these reasons, and we encourage this, as sometimes there is a need for professional treatment.

To help you determine if it is time for you to see a dermatologist, read about these 5 reasons to contact a dermatologist for a check-up on your skin.

  1. Acne

40 million Americans experience acne, and the persons affected aren’t just teens and young adults. Newborns, children and adults of every age can have acne. Grosse Pointe Dermatology wants you to know that we can treat acne with topical medications such as retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Acne can happen on many areas of the body, not just the face. You may also have outbreaks on the back, neck, arms, chest and shoulders. Should your acne be moderate to severe, we may treat it with prescription antibiotics or other forms of treatment, such as phototherapy.

To help reduce or prevent acne, we recommend limiting or restricting intake of sugary snacks, white bread or white rice, and eating more whole grains, fatty fish such as salmon, and more fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. In addition to dietary changes, you can also visit our office for a consultation. While there are no foods that can totally prevent acne, we offer customized dietary recommendations to help reduce inflammation.

  1. Exposure to poisonous plants

If you’ve ever spent time in the woods or even done some work in your own back yard, it’s likely you’ve come into contact with poisonous plants. Some of these plants, when they come in contact with your skin, can cause irritation. A visit to our office can allow us to identify the type of plant you’ve been exposed to. We’ll examine the affected area and provide a diagnosis. Often the culprit is either poison sumac or poison ivy. Our doctors will prescribe the appropriate treatment depending on your symptoms. Treatment can range from prescription creams, to cortisone shots or Prednisone pills. These rashes can resolve themselves, but sometimes serious reactions occur. In that case, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office.

  1. You Have a New or Changing Mole

Moles are typically small and do not cause any issues. In history, they have been considered to be a mark of beauty with many choosing to draw one on their face. With the prevalence of skin cancer and other issues today, it is important to get every single mole checked just in case. If you have a mole that you have not seen before or one that changes in size, shape, or color, it is time to get to the dermatologist. They will help you determine if the mole is dangerous and if any further action needs to be taken.

In most cases, moles won’t be a big problem, but it is good to have some peace of mind by letting a professional take a look.

  1. Rosacea

Are you experiencing persistent redness of the face, eyes and nose? It could be rosacea, a chronic skin condition. Our skin specialists here at Grosse Pointe Dermatology offer effective treatments for the pustules, skin thickening and other rosacea symptoms you may have. A consult with our doctors can pinpoint your specific issues, and then we can begin a course of treatment.

We’ll discuss reducing exposure to sun and wind and may prescribe topical or oral medications. Please schedule an appointment so that we can help you manage and reduce your symptoms.

  1. Warts

People often get worried when they see warts and want to get them removed as soon as possible. These are contagious and are the result of the human papilloma virus (HPV). We offer information on how to keep warts from spreading, to contain the outbreak. If you have warts on your hands, feet or other parts of your body, please schedule an appointment with us.

A visit to our office can help us determine the type of warts you have and treatment options.

Why You’ll Love Grosse Pointe Dermatology

Grosse Pointe Dermatology provides the very best skin care delivered by board certified dermatologists. Our caring and skilled dermatology team creates a positive environment for the promotion of healing and a healthy lifestyle. Our state-of-the-art treatment plans are customized to patient needs.

You may also wish to learn more about our cosmetic dermatology services, that include options for filling and reducing wrinkles, skin tightening and body contouring. Our doctors take the time to educate you on our procedures so you’ll be informed every step of the way.

Our doctors at Grosse Pointe Dermatology regularly get 5-star ratings for their treatment expertise and our caring staff gets accolades for their positive attitude. We look forward to serving you!

If you are experiencing any general skin-related issues or any of the problems listed above, it may be time to consult our dermatology team. Grosse Pointe Dermatologyyour Sterling Heights area dermatologists, will help diagnose the underlying problem and put you on an individualized treatment plan to address the issue. Contact us today (313-886-2600) to set up an appointment.