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Acne and 3 other reasons to visit a dermatologist – Ogden Clinic provided source, BrandView 2/2/2015

(KSL BrandView) OGDEN – By Dr. Jason Hadley, dermatologist.

Have you been putting off a visit to your dermatologist? Are you nervous about finally getting that full body skin check, or do you worry that all those years in the tanning bed have finally caught up with you?

A visit to a board certified dermatologist can correct and treat skin problems, keeping the signs of age at bay, treat skin cancer and give you the peace of mind that your skin is in top condition.

Some of the most common skin conditions your dermatologist can help diagnose and treat:

Acne

Acne isn't just a problem for teens. In fact, acne plagues nearly 80 percent of our population between the ages of 11 and 30. Over the counter treatments may work for some, but for a more comprehensive fix, you should visit a dermatologist.

Every patient is different and acne treatment really should be personalized to your age and condition. Topical treatments may work for some patients, and others may respond better to antibiotics or a combination of the two.

Untreated, acne can lead to permanent scarring on your face and other areas of your body. A board certified dermatologist allows patients to work hand-in-hand with their doctor to create a personalized treatment plan and address any underlying issues that may be causing flare ups (hormones, diet, etc.).

The key is visiting your dermatologist and tackling the problem head-on. That way you will ensure the best treatment and results possible.

Rashes

Dermatitis , eczema, and psoriasis...the list goes on.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from itchy, red patches, bumps and other unexplained marks on your skin, a quick visit to your dermatologist will help you find out the cause behind your rash and provide lasting relief. Rashes are miserable and nearly all of us will suffer from a rash at some point.

You can often use over-the-counter products such as cortisone cream to help temporarily relive a rash, but it's always better to visit a dermatologist to identify the cause and ensure proper treatment, especially if the rash is painful, persistent and reoccurring. Eczema and psoriasis are best treated with medications that are prescribed by your dermatologist.

Skin Cancer

One of the best things you can do to prevent skin cancer is wear sunscreen every day and have a yearly skin check. Skin cancer will affect one in five Americans .

A skin check may sound like a daunting procedure for some, but, in reality, it's a simple and quick visual screening that is your first line of defense against skin cancer. During a skin check your dermatologist will look you over head-to-toe to evaluate moles and other growths on your skin.

Some patients might be nervous to get a skin check, but it really is a simple process that can help identify any potential problems.

When a patient comes in for a skin check they typically change into a hospital gown, then each section of the skin is thoroughly examined with a specialized instrument called a dermatoscope that enables us to better evaluate moles and growths and determine whether or not a mole or other growth is "normal" or may be a problem.

The whole process takes only about 20 to 30 minutes, and patients will walk away with peace of mind that their skin is healthy. If a problem is detected, proceeding with treatment quickly can deliver a high cure rate. When it comes to your skin, ignorance is not bliss. One of the best things you can do for your overall health is get a yearly skin check.

Complex Skin Issues

Sometimes serious illnesses can manifest in your skin, causing symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, burning or other disorders. Did you know that your skin might provide the first evidence to diagnose cancer, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders?

If you have unexplained marks, pain, rashes or swelling, you should make an appointment to see a board certified dermatologist as soon as you can. It's possible you could have an underlying condition that is causing your symptoms, and a dermatologist can help rule out any major medical conditions.

Skin is a complex organ, and a dermatologist is a great person to have in your corner when it comes to your skin and overall health. Whether the condition is simple or complex, a dermatologist provides the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your overall health and well being are in check.

Your skin is the largest and fastest growing organ on your body. It protects you from the elements and unless it is cut or damaged keeps germs and other diseases out of your body. Show it some love and make an appointment with a dermatologist today.

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