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Dermatology: Frequently Asked Questions

As skin care experts, we strive to provide our patients with the most advanced edge dermatological treatments. We regularly update our website, and create educational newsletter and blog content for our patient base. Our team has embraced the digital age and uses social media to share and post current trends, research, and new treatments in dermatology.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about dermatology, dermatologists, skin conditions and anti aging treatments. If we have not addressed a question you have about our services,  call or email us at info [at] imatrix dot com - we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about dermatology.

Is Dr. Dermatology a board-certified dermatologist?

Yes. Dr. Dermatology is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.

What is a cosmetic dermatologist?

A cosmetic dermatologist treats the skin, hair, or nails using treatments and technologies that are meant to improve a patient’s appearance. Many dermatologists also perform cosmetic procedures. 

What diseases do dermatologists treat?

Dermatologists diagnose and treat over 3,000 skin conditions, some of which include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and aging concerns. 

Do dermatologists have special advice concerning sun exposure?

As skin care specialists, dermatologists counsel patients on the negative effects of sun exposure. They also speak on the dangers of overexposure, which can cause sunburns and extensive skin damage. It is always recommended that patients use of an effective sunblock that provides a broad spectrum of protection against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure.

Sunblock should be applied before and during exposure to the sun. If a person is consistently in-and-out of water, or sweating heavily, sunblock should be applied frequently.

Other safety precautions include taking a vitamin D supplement rather than using excessive sun exposure as a source of vitamin D. It’s also important to avoid tanning beds. Remember,  the sun is most dangerous near water and between the hours of 10 a.m and 4 p.m.

Can a dermatologist help with age spots and wrinkles?

Age spot and wrinkle treatments fall into the area of cosmetic dermatology. Due to the extensive training dermatologists receive, most are trained to provide skin rejuvenation solutions.

There are an increasing number of promising skin treatments for age spots and wrinkles. For example, retinoic acid is now available as a cream to treat acne and improve skin texture. Laser skin rejuvenation, fillers, and peels are also available to help turn back the hands of time.

Does a dermatologist know how to treat dry and itchy skin?

Yes. Dry and itchy skin is a common problem for many patients. After an initial diagnosis to determine the cause of the problem, a customized skin treatment path is created . Treatments range from over the counter creams to prescription solutions with varying concentrations of lactic acid, urea, ammonium lactate, and hydroxyl acids. These are all effective at moisturizing the skin and helping it retain moisture. 

What are the signs of skin cancer?

It is wise to periodically self-examine the skin, especially areas that are regularly exposed to the sun. Keeping track of natural moles, freckles, and other normal skin conditions is important. Watch for any changes in the derm, or surface of the skin, particularly dark pigmentation, oozing or bleeding, new bumps, itchiness, pain, or tenderness. If anything seems suspicious, it is important to seek out a skin care specialist quickly. Many skin conditions and skin cancers respond well to early treatment.

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