How to Find a Dermatologist


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5 Tips for Finding the Right Dermatologist to Help Clear Your Acne

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Need to find a dermatologist to help you treat acne? From acne treatments to scar reduction, your dermatologist should be a knowledgeable and friendly partner.

But looking for a dermatologist, if you've never seen one before, can seem intimidating. With just a little legwork, though, you can find the right dermatologist for you. Start off by asking these questions.

You have a great resource available to you in your primary care physician. Why not get his or her opinion on a dermatologist? Your primary care doc can steer you in the right direction, or at least give you a starting point.

And don't forget to ask the nurses and front office staff. They often hear other patients' experiences, so they have great insights and recommendations as well.

Obviously, this is a big one. If the dermatologist's office doesn't accept your insurance, it will almost definitely be a deal breaker for you.

Acne treatments are usually covered by insurance. But be aware that cosmetic procedures usually are not.

Are you interested in having cosmetic procedures, laser hair removal or anti-aging chemical peels, done as well? Ask what the doctor charges for these procedures. The prices can vary depending on where you go. Even if you're not interested in these procedures now, if there's a possibility you may be in the future it's good to compare prices.

For any treatment, cosmetic or otherwise, let the dermatologist's office know right away if you'll be paying pocket. Your doctor can help you keep costs down, by prescribing generic drugs for example, or working with you on payments.

All dermatologists specialize in the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Many dermatologists specialize even further and have a specific area of expertise.

For example, some dermatologist s specialize in treating psoriasis, nail disorders, or anti-aging treatments.

The dermatologist may have had extra schooling in this area, or simply has a lot of experience treating patients with this problem.

Although any dermatologist can treat acne, you'll feel more satisfied with a dermatologist who specializes in acne treatments, rather than one who is known more for treating hair loss or skin cancer.

If your work schedule makes it impossible to get away during the day, make sure the dermatologist has evening or weekend appointments available.

Ask how long it takes to get an appointment. Yes, we understand that all good doctors are busy. But if you have a problem, how quickly can you be seen?

If you love this dermatologist, you may be willing to wait. Better to know upfront that it could take a bit of time before they can get you in than to be surprised when you call for an appointment. Of course, if it's necessary your doctor should be able to see you quickly.

You must feel able to ask questions, voice your concerns, and be completely honest about all your health issues. A good relationship with your dermatologist is important.

Ask yourself what is important to you in a physician. You may appreciate a doctor with a blunt, no-nonsense personality. Or maybe you need a doctor that has a softer approach.

Do you feel rushed during your appointment? Do you the doctor's bedside manner? Sometimes two people just don't click. If you feel you need to “fire” your current dermatologist in favor of a new one, that's OK. Find someone you feel comfortable with to get the best possible results from your appointments.

It's normal to feel intimidated or unsure at the prospect of seeing a new doctor of any type. Just know that seeing a dermatologist is an important step on your path to clear skin. Knowing what to expect at your first appointment can help allay any unease, so don't be afraid to ask the office staff when you're making your appointment.

Finding the right dermatologist is just the first step, though. Make sure that you're prepared for your appointment, and follow through with the treatment plan your new dermatologist gives you. These two things will help you to get great results from your dermatology appointment.

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How to Find a Dermatologist to Fit Your Budget, Philosophy & Needs

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One of the major plot points in the story of becoming an adult is swapping your guardian-approved pediatrician for a general practitioner. Eventually, you recognize the need for a primary care physician and, despite dreading making your own doctor’s appointments, you oblige.

So why not see one for the outside, too? We mean your skin, of course. And finding your own GP, choosing the right dermatologist doesn’t come naturally.

Without a pressing reason skin allergies as a child, dermatology is often an afterthought — but it definitely shouldn’t be.

From routine skin cancer screenings to hormonal acne treatment (which is something women from ages of 20 to 29 to 40 to 49 encounter), your dermatologist can help with balancing your skin health — or at least, the right one will, which is why choosing the best person for the job is so important.

If you’ve never been to the dermatologist before but feel ready, able, and willing to take this step now, here are a few tips to get you started:

Chances are you have a concern you want to solve, but not every dermatologist is suitable.

Dermatologic care, any other type of medical care, must be specific to your needs as a patient. This is a transactional service after all.

Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, a board-certified physician in dermatopathology, says you should start by asking yourself if your needs are:

They can even be all the above or a combo of two. For example, eye bag removal is both cosmetic and surgical.

Regardless, Dr. Mudgil says this self-assessment is essential because dermatology expertise is such a diverse medical field. “For instance, my practice focuses on cosmetic dermatology, medical dermatology, and skin pathology but I don’t perform skin cancer surgeries,” he explains.

Ideally, you should choose a dermatologist whose specialty most closely aligns with your needs. When in doubt, call the doctor’s office and ask if the dermatologist you’re ly to see is experienced in treating your specific areas of concern.

If they imply that they may not be right for you or that you require a specialty service they don’t offer, don’t be afraid to keep looking.

Your natural skin color affects your dermatology needs.

Dr. Saya Obayan, a board-certified clinical dermatologist who specializes in the care of skin, hair, and nail diseases, says, “If you are a person of color, the first thing to do would be to find someone who has experience treating skin of color.”

“I tend to notice that skin of color forms pigment very easily, so when a person with an olive skin tone or with a darker complexion is looking for a dermatologist, they should look for someone who is familiar [with] treating hyperpigmentation,” she reveals. “[Find someone] who will be able to treat underlying conditions as well as formulate a plan to treat the dark spots.”

If you can, Dr. Obayan suggests finding a dermatologist who has also published credible work on the topic.

Expertise by skin type and color is especially important when it comes to scar treatments, microneedling and lasers.

You may be tempted by Instagram results, but not all skin is the same. Dark skin tones react differently and have a higher risk of excessive scarring or keloids. The risk goes up when the procedures are done by someone who lacks experience managing such complications.

And Dr. Obayan says it’s not just about skin, either.

A good dermatologist should be interested in your hair and scalp routine too, which is different for someone with type 3 or type 4 hair. All of these factors, as well as your medical history and lifestyle, are important when it comes to receiving optimal dermatologic care.

Will your current health insurance plan cover your dermatology costs or will you be paying pocket? The answer, which depends a lot on your reason for seeing a dermatologist, may significantly influence who you choose.

To get covered by your insurance, the dermatologist will first have to be in-network. You can often find in-network dermatologists online through your insurance’s website, or you can contact the dermatologist’s office directly to see if they’re contracted with your insurer.

Next, you’ll need to find out if your specific needs are covered.

For your insurance to cover something, it would have to be a medical or surgical need. While what insurance covers (and what it takes to get it covered) can vary by company, here’s a helpful guide:

You should know…

  • Skin cancer screening and treatment: Doctors recommend skin cancer screenings at least once a year.
  • Varicose vein treatment: Only if done to relieve symptoms caused by varicosities, including pain, swelling, and cramps in the legs.
  • Botox: Dr. Mudgil notes that cosmetic procedures, Botox and dermal fillers are never covered by insurance plans since these are considered elective procedures.
  • Chemical peels: May be covered for treatment of actinic keratosis (pre-cancer) or in some cases of acne treatment.

Anyone who’s uninsured or who will be paying pocket should be upfront about this, asking about approximate costs and payment plan options available to them.

This is crucial when seeing any medical professional for the first time. Don’t overlook it.

Typically doctors will list their certification and credentials on their website. You can also verify a doctor’s board certification (which means they’ve been trained extensively and exclusively in dermatology) with the American Academy of Dermatology or the American Board of Dermatology.

The former also allows you to search by zip code for certified dermatologists in your area.

But don’t shy away from consults with physician assistants and nurse practitioners

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are available in many dermatology offices alongside dermatologists and typically have several years of experience with treating skin concerns. They’re trained by the dermatologist to provide care.

Jennifer Winter, diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, has spent the last 19 years working with board-certified dermatologists providing general and surgical care to patients.

“As long as the dermatologist is available for consultation, don’t shy away from PA and NP visits,” she says. “You may get an appointment [with them] much quicker than with the physician.”

By this point, you already know this person is professionally qualified. Now you need to know if they’re right for you.

Most doctors’ offices are searchable online and offer Google and Yelp reviews, as well as reviews on websites,, and, by former clients. But while credentials are a good way to verify qualifications, you ultimately want a practitioner who makes you feel good about being you.

Red flags should include anything that might be a deal breaker for you, for example:

  • an unwelcoming office
  • hostile bedside manner
  • hidden fees
  • non-specific treatments
  • unsatisfactory results
  • sales-driven behavior


  • Winter tells us that each state maintains a database of actions that have been taken against physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners that might be worth reviewing. All you have to do is Google your state’s department of health and look for the disciplinary and administrative actions tab.
  • If suggestions about changing your facial features makes you feel uncomfortable, you may also want to avoid offices that heavily market cosmetic surgeries on their website or social media.

And while reviews can shed light on these flags, keep in mind that medical reviews are risky business for two primary reasons.

Firstly, most patients who’ve had a positive or satisfactory experience have no real motivation to leave a review, unless such reviews are solicited by the dermatologist themselves. Someone who’s had a negative experience, on the other hand, is primed to air their grievances online and it’s often difficult for physicians to respond due to privacy protection laws.

The second more pertinent reason you should be careful when reading online reviews is that everyone has different levels of satisfaction and medical needs. If you can, identify reviews by people who are most you.

Online reviews are helpful, but don’t discount a recommendation by a primary care physician, family member, or friend who knows you and your needs well, either.

Just because you’ve been to one appointment doesn’t mean you’re locked into this doctor-patient relationship forever.

Ask yourself a series of questions during and after your appointment:

  • Did you feel heard?
  • Were you able and encouraged to share all the information you think is important?
  • Did the dermatologist examine you thoroughly?
  • Were you able to ask — and did you understand the answers to — all of your questions?
  • Did the dermatologist give you multiple treatment options, explaining the risks and success rate of each?
  • And if necessary, were you able to schedule a follow-up appointment?

If the closest derm is too expensive for surface concerns, or your treatments are more cosmetic than disorder, think about seeing a licensed cosmetic or medical aesthetician.

These skin experts can often be more accessible than a dermatologist, especially for issues mild acne and dry, dull, or damaged skin. Their approach is often more about maintenance and support and can help your skin by recommending a personalized routine, facials and peels, and other noninvasive procedures.

Sarah Nicole Payne, licensed aesthetician of nine years, says, “Aestheticians work with their clients in a personalized, in-depth way that many doctors don’t have the time to commit to.”

But she admits it’s not always one or the other.

“Let’s say your dermatologist prescribes you a medication that dries out your skin and possibly increases sensitivity. They may suggest a cleanser or facial cream to use while on your medication, but an aesthetician would be able to support your skin through the treatment with healing facials and education about how to care for your skin through the process.”

Whatever your decision when it comes to all things skin, your health is your responsibility and you owe it to yourself — and no one else — to do what’s best for you.

Sydnee Lyons is a freelance writer currently based in the Caribbean. She covers lifestyle, health, wellness, dating, and travel… except in December, when her time is exclusively dedicated to watching terrible holiday movies. Find her on or Instagram.


Tips: What To Look For In A Dermatologist

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Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases and conditions related to the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes (the lining inside the eyelids, nose, and mouth).

 A dermatologist is specially qualified to treat a variety of conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, skin cancer, wrinkles, age spots, and hair loss.

People of all ages, from newborns to those over 100 years of age, can often benefit from regularly seeing a skilled dermatologist.

In order to become a dermatologist, candidates must complete a minimum of 12 years of post-secondary education, including a minimum of 3 years in a dermatology residency program. This equates to a requirement of 12,000 to 16,000 patient hours.

Unfortunately, not all dermatologists are created equal. Finding the right dermatologist for your needs requires time and effort. It’s always a good idea to research any prospective physician online and/or solicit referrals from friends and family. In your quest for a new dermatologist make sure to pay attention to these six critical factors:

Board Certified

Choose a dermatologist that is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. While technically any doctor with a medical degree can start a skin care practice, board certified dermatologists meet an additional set of education and experience criteria including:

  • Has a valid license to practice medicine
  • The completion of medical school, and internship, and an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – accredited dermatology residence program
  • Passed the exams given by the American Board of Dermatology, American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The easiest way to know if a dermatologist is board certified is to perform a search on the American Academy of Dermatology website: .

Consider the Need for Specialization

Some board certified dermatologists complete additional education and training in order to specialize in areas Mohs surgery, dermatopathology, or pediatric dermatology.

Such additional fellowship training can be extremely valuable when it comes to properly treating certain conditions. Patients who know they need a specific procedure should concentrate their search on dermatologists with additional fellowship training.

Ask any candidate about their history performing the procedure including complications.

Bedside Manner

All patients deserve a dermatologist that they feel comfortable with. This means finding a dermatologist with a communication style and personality that works with yours. When reading reviews or soliciting referrals form friends ask if visits feel rushed. A good dermatologist will take the time to fully address your concerns and explain all the treatment options.

After Hours Care

It’s important for patients to always be able to reach out to their dermatologist after office hours, during evening and on weekends. Many dermatologists will offer on-call or answering services to handle any emergencies allergic reactions. You should never feel left in the dark on the weekend or after hours on weekdays.


Lastly, yet importantly, to limit any out-of-pocket “surprise bills” make sure that any prospective dermatologist qualifies as a provider in your current health care insurance policy.

Make sure to check the status of the provider with your health insurance company directly.

  Also be sure to obtain a referral from your primary care physician if your insurance plans requires this, as a dermatologist is considered a specialist.

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Easiest Way To Find African American Dermatologist Near Me

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People with skin of color come from a wide variety of ethnic background including African American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Native American. People with skin of color make up the majority of the world’s population and represent the fasting growing population in the USA

It’s projected that by 2050 non-Caucasians will present 47% of the total population. While people with skin of color experience many of the same skin conditions that Caucasian do, there are many skin diseases that have unique presentations in dark skin.

Several reports demonstrate that people of color often feel that their skin conditions are inadequately treated or even mis-diagnosed by non-minority dermatologist. This is why it is so is important to search for an African American Dermatologist near me.

Let’s discuss a few conditions that are more commonly seen in black skin or those with darker skin types. Acne keloidalis nucha.  Acne keloidalis nuchae begins with small, itchy bumps that form around the back of the neck, along the hairline.

As time goes on, the tiny bumps become scars, and the hair in and around them falls off. The scars eventually enlarge and look keloids. The majority of patients with acne keloidalis are men of African descent, but it is reported in other ethnic groups.  This an also happen in women who shave their heads.

Another common condition is Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra. This is often referred to as moles in the African American community. Most black dermatologist near me will treat these tiny moles with light electrocautery.

This is a quick an easy procedure with excellent results when performed by an African American Dermatologist near me or black dermatologist near me.

Keloids are very common in those with skin of color. However, it is important to know the keloids can occur in any skin type. Keloids are the results of the skin over-repairing itself.

They are typically found at areas of previously traumatized skin – but they can arise spontaneously in normal skin. What makes a keloid different from a hypertrophic (or thick scar) is that it invades neighboring tissue.

Even though earlobe keloids are most common, The good news is that this factor alone doesn’t necessarily mean that you are at increased risk of keloids elsewhere. Dr. Ip is a world-renowned dermatologist who specializes in ethnic skin.

At Vibrant Dermatology and Skin Bar MD, she offers many treatments for keloids, including surgical repair if needed. If you are dealing with painful keloid, it is important to identify a black dermatologist near me who can address this skin conditions. 

African American Dermatologist Near Me Is All You Need 

When it comes to your skincare in ethnic or black skin you have to be really careful. Some of the most common skin conditions that Dr. Ip addresses in her patients with skin or color are concerns with hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Sometimes skin care products can worsen pigmentary issues.

For example, excessive use of skin lighteners hydroquinone can cause a condition called exogenous ochronosis. Exogenous ochronosis is a condition that results from using hydroquinone products for several months to lighten the skin. Dr. Ip has treated a number of patients in her practice who have used hydroquinone products for several years.

  This raises a number of health concerns, not only the risk of permanent hyperpigmentation from exogenous ochronosis. But additionally, the risk of that may come from using contaminated hydroquinone.  Hydroquinone products are banned in the European union.

In my practice, I try to limit the use of HQ products to no more than 3 months at a time, and incorporate other treatment modalities such as laser, chemical peels, to address stubborn hyperpigmentation. Use of skin lighteners is ubiquitous in the black community.

Treating hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation in black can be tricky and requires a multi-pronged approach, which is why we advise that you find a reliable African American dermatologist near me.

To get a comprehensive list of anti-aging products that Dr. Ip recommends in black skin, please refer to her blog Anti-aging in Ethnic skin. One of her most popular cosmetic treatments in skin or color is the Aerolase Laser. Dr.

Ip is the only black dermatologist near me and one of two dermatologists near me in Boston Massachusetts, Dedham Massachusetts, Westwood Massachusetts, Hyde Park Massachusetts, Milton Massachusetts, Norwood Massachusetts, Sharon Massachusetts, Canton Massachusetts, Stoughton Massachusetts, Walpole Massachusetts, Cambridge Massachusetts, Needham Mas. She has been featured performing this treatment on as the best dermatologist near me in Massachusetts and as a top dermatologist for African American skin near me.

Why search for a black dermatologist near me or a black dermatologist?

Your skin matters, and it’s important to find a doctor who understand the unique skin and hair issues that African Americans and those with brown skin can face. Dr. Ip is nationally recognized as a black dermatologist expert. Her skin tips have been featured on the Wendy Williams show https://www..

com/wendyshow/videos/1394554620676149/UzpfSTEwNDE3MDQ0MzU5NzQwNjA6MTQzOTM4MDUwOTUzOTc4Mg/, and she has been published in over 100 magazines including Oprah magazine and Forbes magazine. Check out her latest feature in Oprah magazine here: It goes without saying that Dr.

Ip is Massachusetts best dermatologist near me. 

Pediatric Dermatologist near me Boston, Dedham, Westwood, Norwood, Needham, Canton, Sharon, Milton, Quincy, Brockton, Randolph, Stoughton

Children are not just tiny adults! Even common conditions eczema and acne can sometimes require a pediatric dermatologist near me or acne specialist near me or acne dermatologist near me. Dr. Ip has published widely on acne in children and in black skin.

She offers cutting edge acne treatments such as acne laser treatments, aqua facial and HydraFacial treatments, microneedling and much more. She is considered and Acne specialist near me and has spoken nationally on this subject. She also specializes in hair loss treatments as a hair loss dermatologist near me and as a hair loss specialist near me.

She has treated a number of complex hair conditions in children including alopecia areata. She specializes in hair loss in women as well. 

If you are searching for Premier Dermatology, look no more.

Having been educated at the best universities in the nation, including Harvard University. Dr Ip offers state of the art premier dermatology for all skin types and for all ages.

If you are looking for a black dermatologist near me, or a pediatric dermatologist near me, or a hair loss specialist near me, you have come to the right place.

At Vibrant dermatology your skin and hair health are Dr. Ip’s top priorities. 


How To Find The Best Dermatologist For You

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With so many kinds of specialized doctors out there, lots of people forego regular visits to a dermatologist, opting to go only if something is seriously wrong.

But regular visits to a great dermatologist are crucial for skin health. The skin is your largest organ, after all, and it’s a reflection of the health of the rest of your body.

If something’s off with your health, it shows in your skin. But how do you go about finding the best dermatologist for you?

Credentials, education, and experience are of course incredibly important. You know this. (And we’ve taken a thorough look at how to make sure your derm has the right qualifications.) But there are other factors to consider when you’re in the market for a dermatologist.

It’s a personality fit

When people ask me for recommendations for a dermatologist, the first thing I ask is, “What are you looking for?” Are you looking for someone to help you with your regimen, do you want someone who’s going to be ultra conservative, are you looking for new lips?

There are so many great dermatologists out there, but cosmetic dermatologists are really personal. It sounds silly but it’s true.

I have sent people to some of my favorite dermatologists (ones that I trust my face implicitly with), and have heard, “Oh, Dr. X told me I didn’t need anything. I was so disappointed.

” Or, “I was looking to go through my skin regimen and all they did was give me prescription topicals.”

One great thing about Charlotte’s Book is that we give our experts the chance to share their beauty and patient points of view. Read up on a doctor’s editorial. Research. Learn. See if their aesthetic vibe and general views on beauty fits with you.

Get referrals and read patient reviews

This is a great starting point when you’re searching for any professional service. Talk to people in your network about their experiences with their dermatologists. You’re ly to get honest, thorough opinions.

(If you’re not sure who to ask, take a look at our directory, which has lots of community reviews.

) Pro tip: ask people who have great skin! Your friend with the flawless skin probably has a great dermatologist, and he or she might be the right doc for you too.

Do plenty of research on what treatment you want

Online research is a given, of course. Not only should you be looking at qualifications and reviews, but it’s also important to make sure the derms you’re considering specialize in whatever treatment you’re looking for. If you want a product for your acne, or want to talk to an expert about wrinkles or a suspicious mole, you’re most ly in need of a general dermatologist.

If you want a laser treatment or injections, on the other hand, you’ll want to make sure to go to a cosmetic dermatologist. And if you have a skincare concern that’s not as common, research dermatologists who specialize in the appropriate field (an expert who specializes in immune-mediated diseases or skin cancers, for example).

Check those credentials! We can’t say it enough

Make sure to read our guide to finding out a derm’s credentials first! Confirm that the doc you’re considering has the necessary certifications, education, and training. This includes training in a specific subspecialty, if that’s what your needs are. (You definitely don’t want to get a laser treatment from a derm whose laser training took place over the course of one weekend.)

If you’re not 100% sure about the doctor’s certifications, you can always call and find out, or meet with the doctor and ask them yourself. Here are the code and standards we abide by for all of the experts in our directory.

Go in for a consult

It’s always a great idea to go in for a consult with a doctor you’re considering, especially if you’re preparing for a specific procedure or treatment. Consults do usually cost money, but are a great way to decide if a doctor is right for you.

Plus, it gives you a chance to scope out the office and potentially get a feel for the doc from the patients in the waiting room.

Also, keep in mind that if you’re able to get an appointment immediately, the doctor probably isn’t in demand, which is a red flag.

A consult is also a great opportunity to ask a doctor about their experience and training. Don’t feel intimidated about asking how many times the doctor has done your desired treatment, or how familiar they are with the related equipment or technology.

(You can also ask if the doc owns or rents the necessary devices; if they own the devices, that’s a sign that the treatment is done frequently in the office.) Plus, you can find out who will actually be administering the treatment.

Will it be the doctor themselves, or someone on their staff? A good doctor won’t shy away from answering these questions—they want you to be sure about your decision and make you as comfortable as possible.

Make sure you’re completely comfortable!

The importance of feeling comfortable with your doctor can’t be overstated. Certifications and experience are super important, but they’re not enough on their own.

You want to be able to talk openly with your dermatologist about your concerns and goals, whether you’re looking for a cosmetic procedure or general skincare treatment.

If a doctor looks amazing on paper but doesn’t share your vision or understand your needs, they’re not the one for you.

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