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Do you visit dermatologist for skincare?
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:28 pm      Reply with quote
I was wondering if any of you go to dermatologist once a year for checkup? If you do, what do you usually check? UV radiation for skin cancer prevention? acne problem?

I don't have any skin problem in general, just dry skin, rarely acne, but roomates always go even for acne or wrinkle. Do we need to do that?

I was just asking since my insurance does cover this type of expense and I want to use the benefit of it.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:33 pm      Reply with quote
I don't see a dermatologist for a yearly check-up. I do see my doctor though, and that's when I'm checked for suspicous moles.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:18 pm      Reply with quote
I am not currently under a derm's care for skincare concerns. My largest one now is acne and aging, and facials seem to help with that for now. However, you got me thinking that it would not be a bad idea at my next physical to ask to see a derm for skin cancer screening, etc.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:23 pm      Reply with quote
I have because I have coverage for it.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:36 pm      Reply with quote
No, too expensive!
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:20 pm      Reply with quote
Luckily never but will if I want to get laser done.

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Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:20 pm      Reply with quote
i used to see a derm regularly - about every 3 months. my skin improved vastly under her care. however, i got bored of using a mixture of prescription medication as well as her own in-house skincare products.

now that i'm using other products, i find my skin is getting even better! softer and more hydrated. however, i won't hesitate to go back if my acne or eczema flares up Smile
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:25 pm      Reply with quote
oops, forgot to add that quite a few friends have been visiting GPs who specialize in beauty. they do peels, lasers etc at a much lower rate than a derm.

imho, traditional derms tend to be more conservative. cosmo derms are more willing to listen to our skincare problems (hehe, i was once told - acne won't kill you. it's bad but it won't kill you!). The GPs who specialise in beauty offer a great deal if you know the treatments u want.

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Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:40 pm      Reply with quote
snowstar,

the GP you mean is in Canada or the States?
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:51 pm      Reply with quote
bb2000. in asia. a GP turned cosmetic GP can make BIG BIG bucks....

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Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:54 pm      Reply with quote
No, because I can't afford it. I'll just go here for tips and opinions on skin issues.
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:14 pm      Reply with quote
if you have the insurance coverage, DO IT. I have a love affair with my derm, he saves me tons of money by prescribing products that work (ex: my tazorac costs $20 with insurance whereas high end retinol OTCs are waaaaay more and not as strong) and he actually tells me what works and why. if anyone needs a rec for the SF Bay area PM me.
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:22 pm      Reply with quote
I go for check up like moles once a year and I use that time to ask questions I have about skin and skin care. But it's hard to find a good doctor who shows genuine concern or interest in the questions you ask. Sad
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Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:33 pm      Reply with quote
I used to go see my aunt who's a dermatologist every 1-2 week when I was about 12-13 to treat acne (though I only had 1 or 2 pimples a month!) and eczema. I felt bad as she never let me pay for anything, so I started to see other dermatologists, but none of them helped with my eczema. So, now I just go crawling back to her whenever my eczema flares up.

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:07 am      Reply with quote
I went to visit two dermatologists when my skin had allergic reactions a couple of years ago. But neither of them did much for me. I was disappointed.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:46 am      Reply with quote
No...if I need beauty help I come here ! Nothing better then experience ! I see my doctor once a year for a general chekup and thats it.

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