A quick trip to the dermatology office may be a great place to start learning about the basics of skin care.
But if you are new to the world of topical treatments, the dermatologist will likely offer you more than just a basic look.
A quick visit to the doctor is an important step toward finding the right treatment, so the best place to begin is with a basic examination.
“There are a number of topical creams, creams and sprays that are available,” said Dr. Sarah E. Pasternak, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Health Science Center at Urbana-Champaign and an expert on skin care for Dermatology Today.
“The dermatologist can ask questions about the products they’re using, and how they treat their skin, and also about how the skin feels.”
Pasternack has extensive experience treating patients with skin disorders and dermatology conditions.
“When I began my practice, I had patients with acne, psoriasis, eczema and psorias, and I had them with multiple types of eczematous dermatitis,” she said.
PNW has also treated patients with psorabies and psoriatic dermatitis, and those who have multiple sclerosis and multiple sclerosis-related skin conditions.
The dermatologist then will give you a thorough overview of the product and how it works, and can answer any questions you may have about how it may affect your skin.
“If you’re looking for a simple, easy-to-use product, then I would recommend that dermatologists look at some of the more popular products that are on the market, and just start there,” she added.
Pasternak has a wide range of experience treating people with skin conditions including eczomyatosis, psoriacal psorosis, cystic fibrosis, psORC, and dermatophyllosis.
She said that her practice is not affiliated with the University’s School of Medicine.
“We’re a dermatology clinic that specializes in the treatment of skin conditions,” she explained.
In addition to the topical cream and skin cream, Pasternk will prescribe medications for people with other conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and a range of other skin disorders.
She recommends patients take the medication within 24 hours of their appointment to help manage their condition.
“You don’t want to get stuck on the medication because of the fact that it’s not going to be available,” she advised.
The best place for a quick visit can be the dermatologists office.
“They’ll give you an overview of what they’re doing with the treatment, and the medication, and if they have any concerns,” Pasternks said.
For a basic skin check, the doctor will look for a small area on the patient’s body that may have a redness or tenderness.
If there are any bumps or scars on the skin, PNW can treat them with a topical medication or a cream.
The cream will make the redness go away.
“I like to prescribe the cream, and then if it doesn’t go away completely, I’ll just give it another shot,” PNW said.
“I like the cream.
It’s more effective than a cream, it’s easier to use, and it’s a lot more economical,” Pernash said.
If the doctor’s initial response to your skin condition isn’t what you’re after, then you may want to take a step back.
“Sometimes a dermatologist is going to give you treatment for a minor skin problem, or a minor infection or a skin problem that’s not serious, but they’re not treating an infection,” Parnash said, adding that the patient may need additional treatment.
“And sometimes they’re just treating something that’s just not going well.”