When Should I See A Dermatologist?

Posted on August 2, 2021

It’s not just when you notice a mole that’s changed in shape or size that you can benefit from seeing a dermatologist. Many issues both chronic and acute deserve to be treated, whether for aesthetic or medical purposes. So in case you’re unsure if an issue you have merits going to the doctor’s office, here are seven common reasons people go to a dermatologist.

Concerns about Scarring

Whether from past acne, surgical incisions, or injuries, there are several treatments that can reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars in our offices. Treatments include the Sciton Halo laser, microneedling, and even chemical peels depending on the type, severity, and location of the scar.

Persistent Irritation

Normal skin should not be chronically irritated, whether accompanied by a rash or not. And if you’ve always had skin that’s sensitive to over-the-counter products, we can recommend and provide medical -grade products to help you get relief.

At a visit to the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic medicine, our doctors, Dr. Kalimullah and Dr. Cavanaugh, can examine the affected area and give a diagnosis and treatment plan to help you get normal, healthy skin again.


If you’ve tried to no avail to control acne breakouts, it may be time for a dermatologist’s intervention. Stubborn acne can be treated with a personalized plan that can include BBL Photofacial or chemical peels on a regular basis depending on your needs and goals.

Hives or Rashes That Don’t Go Away

It’s common to get a rash or hives every so often, but for those that don’t go away on their own, or are disrupting your life with how itchy or painful they are, it may help to see a dermatologist. Treatment can include prescription medication or professional topical ointments.

Change in Skin Condition or Mole

The main reason to see a dermatologist is when you notice a change in color, size, shape, or other symptom on your skin of either a specific area of skin or a mole. Changes like these can often indicate skin cancer, which is key to detect sooner rather than later for the best treatment. Regular visits to a dermatologist may be a good plan to help monitor your skin condition and catch skin cancer as early as possible in the process.

Issues With Fingernails or Toenails

Dermatologists are capable of treating not just skin, but also nails. From an ingrown nail to changes in color, texture, or other characteristics, you need a diagnosis to know exactly how best to treat conditions that cause nail disorders.

Hair Loss or Thinning

At the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, we can also help with those suffering from sudden or gradual hair loss, whether caused by the natural aging process or some other condition. A dermatologist can diagnose and provide treatment using both surgical and non-surgical techniques for hair restoration.

Dermatologist in Chicago, IL

Trust your skin to the experts at CDAM. With expertise in the full scope of dermatological services, we’re here to help you get the best-looking and healthiest skin you’ve ever had. Learn more about our services and treatment plans by browsing our website, or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your specific issue today.