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Want to get your skin into tip-top shape? Consider seeing a dermatologist. From giving your dermis a beauty boost to dealing with more serious skin health issues, a dermatologist may be just what you need. These doctors go through years of rigorous training beyond medical school, so you can trust them to take care of your gorgeous outer layer.
Dermatologists do far more than zapping zits. From treating eczema to performing skin cancer surgery, these doctors don't just help us look our best. They can teach us to examine moles for skin cancer warning signs and examine any suspicious spots. Dermatologists are also medically trained in nail and hair issues and can prescribe stronger versions of pharmacy and department-store skin products.
Dermatologists go through four years of medical school, followed by an internship. Next, they have three more years of specific training in various aspects of dermatology. Some dermatologists have even more schooling ahead of them if they decide to specialize in one area of skin care. Once they begin practicing, dermatologists must stay on top of current skincare research and treatment methods.
Taking care of your skin is the first step toward looking great, but sometimes a girl needs help from a pro. A dermatologist can help with acne and other issues like uneven skin tone or fine lines. From extracting comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) in the office to performing dermabrasion or chemical peels, you can get results you just won't find in a jar.
Choosing a Dermatologist
Ask your friends and family for referrals before you start looking for a dermatologist. Another great place to start is the American Academy of Dermatology website, where you can enter your location and get a list of nearby skin docs. Look for a board-certified dermatologist, so you can be sure he or she finished a three-year dermatology residency and passed a tough American Board of Dermatology test with flying colors. Check out your dermatologist before you let her check out your skin.