#InformationIsPower: 7 Questions You *NEED* To Ask Your Dermatologist!

#InformationIsPower: 7 Questions You *NEED* To Ask Your Dermatologist!

Have you been to a dermatologist and been completely overwhelmed and uninformed about the line of treatment? I know I have! I've visited a few dermatologists to know that feeling of coming back from a consultation without having any of your questions answered and a ton of products that you're confused about. There's so much you want to ask them, so much you need to know but how can you fit everything into a 10-minute consultation?

Rule number 1: Make a checklist on your phone! 

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This will ensure you get your money's worth and that you know exactly what you're signing up for.

Rule number 2: Don't shy away from asking questions!

What do you ask the dermatologist though? Here's a quick checklist of some basic but necessary questions to ask your dermatologist.   

1. What is my skin type?

While you may have already given yourself a self-assessment, it's better to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. Many times we may think we have a certain skin type but we don't. This will give you clarity on the kind of products you should be using and the ones you should eliminate.

2. What exactly are my skin troubles as per your diagnosis?

You may think you have acne or blackheads, it may just be a rash or some dead skin. It's always to seek expert opinion rather than self-diagnose and treat. This will make sure your skin gets exactly what it needs.

3. What are the products/medications you have recommended meant for?

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It's always good to ask questions, know your skincare. Ask your doctor what the product or the medication is used for. It's important to know what each product is used for. There are certain medications that may interfere with others and certain products that work best in the PM. Make sure you have all the information so you're not left to ask Siri & Google. 

4. Are there any side effects I should know about? 

Everyone's body is different and certain medications may have side effects like nausea, mood swings, hair fall, dry skin etc. Some creams may cause dryness and others may cause sensitivity. It's always good to be well informed. If your side effects are of a serious nature, speak to your doctor immediately. 

5. How expensive is the line of treatment recommended?

If you are on a budget and don't want to burn a huge hole in your pocket, make sure you ask your derm this question. If the line of treatment is absolutely unaffordable, feel free to ask for something more in line with your expectations. There's nothing to be ashamed of. This includes product costs too. If you're on a budget, make sure you ask the doc about the cost of the products being recommended - there are always more affordable options that give you the same results. 

6. How many sessions will I require?

Be clear on what you're signing up for. Just because they asked you to get a facial don't simply give in. Ask questions, know what are the benefits and how long it will take for any line of treatment to bring you closer to your skin goals.

7. Could my diet be affecting my skincare? 

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Another important point to keep in mind is you are what you eat. If you spend your days eating salad and your night binging on ice cream and cake, your skin is going to reflect these poor choices. If in spite of treatments your skin is still resistant to change...Speak to your doctor, try and figure out if common foods like dairy and sugar are responsible for your skin woes. This often requires simple dietary changes like replacing dairy with almond milk and eating healthier sugars when your sweet tooth kicks in. 

It's the best way to ensure you don't leave the clinic with a gaping hole in your pocket and a sense of disappointment.