3 Skin Facts Your Dermatologist Can’t Tell You

We all know we should wear sunscreen and stay out of tanning beds, but dermatologists know a great deal more that they can disclose in just one appointment. Check out the following dermatologist backed ways you can aid your skin health.

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1. You Might Be Referred To A Psychologist

Even though most patients see a dermatologist for skin conditions that can psychically be seen, such as acne, rashes and flaky skin, skin complications can be a sign of something more severe. For example, open sores on the body can be a sign of a condition called dermatillomania, which causes compulsive skin picking. The condition can be treated topically, but a psychologist can help to get to the bottom of the mental processes that provoke these self-damaging occurrences.

Some people with common skin conditions can also experience negative psychological effects that can interfere with self-esteem and cause poor self-image and sometimes even anxiety and depression.

2. Eating Chocolate Isn’t Bad For Your Skin

A bite of chocolate won’t cause acne, so rest assured. However, a diet high in sugar and fat can be harmful to your health. Greasy food won’t cause blemishes either. So if you choose to indulge yourself, balance it out with healthier foods for the rest of the day.

3. Sunburns Can Be Cause For Concern

In terms of the risk factors of the skin cancer, melanoma, research shows that the amount of time you spend in the sun is much less important than the number of sunburns you get. Melanoma is one of three major skin cancers and the one you’ve most likely heard of. The other two types are basal skin cancer, which normally occurs from exposure to the sun and squamous cell skin cancer, which is more common in darker skinned people and skin not exposed to the sun.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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