6 Signs You Should Visit a Dermatologist for Regular Check-ups


Skin is the body’s largest organ, and you’re bound to encounter some spots and marks throughout your lifetime. Some skin conditions are normal, like the occasional acne spot, but some most definitely aren’t, like an inconsistent mole. Here are seven signs you should visit a dermatologist so you can stop a serious problem before it gets worse.

If you don’t have a dermatologist yet, the sooner you find one, the better. While some things get better with age, your skin is not one of them. Major life changes like pregnancy and trauma can trigger skin issues like scarring and acne, and sun exposure and aging can cause dark spots and loss of collagen. Some of these issues are merely irritating, and others can be truly dangerous. Regular check-ups from your derm can solve surface issues or more importantly, save your life.

So how you know when to see a dermatologist? In addition to regular check-ups, you should visit the doctor’s office anytime you notice something unusual that hasn’t receded after a couple of days. Anything strange that’s sticking around for a while is a good reason to get a professional to check it out. Regular body checks for irregular spots, marks, and moles is necessary.

Below are some of the most common reason your should see a doc.

1. Your Mole Has Changed


If you have moles, you should be checking them regularly for changes in appearance. Any itching, bleeding, scabbing, pain, or open sores on or around a mole can be signs of skin cancer. Everyone should have a skin exam once a year!

2. Your Constantly Itchy


In almost all cases, a persistent itch can be easily treated with prescription or OTC medications. But in rare cases, a scratchy spot could be the sign of skin cancer or an indication that things are not well internally. If an itch goes on for more than a week, head to the doc.

3. Your Body Has Developed Scars

If you love your scars and want to embrace them a la Kylie Jenner, do you! But scaring from acne or pregnancy can be a source of insecurity for some, and can be physically painful in some cases. If your scars are fairly new (and still red) you have a better chance of reducing the appearance and pain of scars by going to the derm. They will recommend a peel, laser, or other topical treatment plan to reduce or even erase scarring.

4. Your Sunburn Hurts


We’d all love to avoid sunburns, but chances are you’ll experience one even after taking precautions like wearing sunscreen and protective clothing. If the burn is accompanied by a high fever, pus, red streaks or blisters, it’s time to consult a doctor. You could develop an infection, not to mention painful scarring.

5. You Have Unexplained Redness

If you being to break out in unexplained redness, it’s time to see the derm. You may be developing psoriasis, which can be triggered in your 20s after a period of stress. Without treatment, this skin condition could develop into painful arthritis later.

6. You Have Brown Spots

Brown spots might look like sun damage or aging, but they can also be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Most women will experience darkening of the skin around their mouth and nose from time to time, but if the color continues to darken, it might be time to see a doctor. They can prescribe you tougher bleaching products, a different birth control, or laser treatments.

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  • Rhianna Hawk

    I had a really bad sunburn recently and so then when I started getting little brown spots, I thought it was just sun damage on my face, like you said. Acne has never been a problem for me, so I wouldn’t have thought it to be a hormonal imbalance. It is getting darker than I think it should, though, so I’ll take your advice and see a dermatologist about it.

    October 3, 2018 at 7:20 pm
  • Ellen Hughes

    It did catch my attention when you talked about the importance of skin exam yearly because any changes in the appearance of moles can indicate a skin cancer. The mole on my upper right shoulder has increased in size, so I’m getting worried. I will make sure to see a dermatologist that can conduct a skin test for me as soon as possible.

    August 17, 2018 at 12:53 am
  • Aleshire Mueller

    It sure helped when you mentioned going to the doctor is the best option if the sunburn is followed by a fever, red streaks, or blisters as that can contribute to the development of an infection. My sister has been complaining about a sunburn a few days ago, and now she’s having a fever. I think it is for the best that I take her to the dermatologist. Thank you for sharing!

    May 9, 2018 at 1:37 am
  • Ava Murphy

    I like that you talked about how you should regularly see a dermatologist if you notice that you have a mole changed its appearance because it can be a sign of skin cancer. My mole on my upper right arm changed its color from brown to reddish brown. I’m unsure if it’s something that I have to treat, so I will make sure to visit a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Thanks!

    April 12, 2018 at 2:05 am
  • Latoya Anderson

    I like that you talked about how you should see a dermatologist if you notice that your skin around your mouth and nose is darkening so you can be prescribed with bleaching products. My sister is becoming worried about the appearance of her face because of the brown spots appearing on her face. She doesn’t know how to deal with it to prevent her skin from further discoloration, so it will make sense for her to see a dermatologist soon. Thanks!

    March 9, 2018 at 1:30 am
  • scott

    I appreciate that you recommend to see a dermatologist when the mole has changed. My wife tends to have a lot of moles on her body. I’ll have to remind her to do this if anything changes.

    September 23, 2017 at 2:07 am
  • Summer Johnson

    That’s good to know that breaking out with unexplained redness is something that you should see your dermatologist about. Both my sisters get really red patches on their face when they are pregnant, so I know it’s something I might deal with too. If so, I’m getting checked for psoriasis.

    September 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

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