Many people wonder whether they need to see a dermatologist, and if so, what age they should start. The answer to this question is largely dependent on whether there are any existing skin conditions or risks of developing them. Here’s when you should start regularly seeing a dermatologist, according to experts.
Generally speaking, if you’re not suffering from any issues with your skin, it’s a good idea to start regularly seeing a dermatologist by age 25. Experts agree that scheduling an annual appointment by the time you’re in your mid-20s gives you the best chances of staying safe and keeping your skin healthy.
By your mid-20s, you’ve generally been exposed to enough sunlight over the course of your life to warrant an annual skin cancer screening. In fact, the risk of developing skin cancer increases year over year, and this is the primary reason why seeing a dermatologist by age 25 is recommended. A dermatology specialist can map your existing moles and keep an eye on any changes that could indicate a risk of skin cancer.
Besides monitoring this important aspect of your health, a dermatologist can also make recommendations for an anti-aging skin care regimen, which should be started around age 25. This is because as skin ages, the production of both collagen and elastin begin to slow, gradually decreasing over time and eventually stopping altogether. Using anti-aging products that promote the production of collagen and elastin can keep skin looking younger longer. Those who start an anti-aging skin care regimen reduce visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles.
So if age 25 is when everyone should start seeing a dermatologist, what about people who have existing skin conditions? If you’re one of the many who experience troubling skin concerns like acne, eczema, or rosacea, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist sooner. Many teenagers need to see dermatologists regularly due to acne-related skin conditions that result from hormonal changes and increased sebum (oil) like blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne.
There are even pediatric dermatologists since kids can struggle with skin conditions, especially eczema or dermatitis. And if you have particularly sensitive skin and experience flare-ups of rosacea, you may need a dermatologist’s help identifying triggers. So don’t wait on scheduling an appointment if you’re feeling anxious about a skin care concern, regardless of your age.
A final note -- everyone should be checking their skin regularly for any changes. If you notice changes in size, shape, color, or border on moles or freckles on your body or your child’s body, see a dermatologist right away. And if you have a family history of skin cancer, you may need to start seeing a dermatologist sooner. Early detection is critical for the effective treatment of skin cancer.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and want to establish a relationship with a reputable dermatologist, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We offer anti-aging skin care consultations as well as mole mapping and skin cancer screenings.