When Should You Call Your Dermatologist?

We all know the importance of having a skin care routine, and taking good care of our hair and nails. Most of us have a daily routine that we have created over the years. We do our own research as we grow older to ensure our bodies are getting the nutrients needed to stay healthy. Everything from making sure that we protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, to keeping our skin moisturized and our hair nourished.

As we know, there is no lack of products to help us in this endeavor. We can easily find great moisturizers, acne medicine, hair and nail products that will help us with many concerns. In 2021, the cosmetics industry, which includes personal care and skin care, is estimated to be worth $511 Billion. We don’t have to look too far for products to help us take care of ourselves at home.

There are times, however, when we need to turn to the experts for things we cannot take care of. When do you call a Medical Provider that has expert knowledge in skin, hair, and nails – your Dermatologist? The following are warning signs to watch out for that should be addressed by a Dermatologist.


The skin is your body’s largest organ. It helps your body regulate your temperature, prevents loss of moisture, protects your body from microbes and the elements, acts as a sensory organ, and reduces the harmful effects of UV radiation. A Dermatologist can help diagnose a range of issues and provide proper treatment and peace of mind. If you think you may have any of the following, you may want to consult with an expert:

  • Moles (especially ones that change shape or color)
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Lines, wrinkles, spots, or lesions
  • Spider and varicose veins
  • Warts or cysts
  • Red, scaly, or itchy skin
  • Broken blood vessels
  • New or unexplained growths
  • Wounds taking longer than usual to heal


We don’t normally think of seeing our Dermatologist for hair issues. Having a bad hair day usually entails frizzy hair, unruly hair, or maybe our hair just needs a wash. There are times that you might need to turn to a Medical Provider for conditions that you cannot treat with just a new haircut or a good shampoo. Consider checking with your Dermatologist for treatment and relief if you notice any of the following:

  • Red, scaly, or itchy rash on the scalp
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Dry, itchy scalp or dandruff


Nails are made of laminated layers of keratin, a protein that makes your nails strong and resilient. Nails start growing under your skin, and as new cells grow, it pushes the old ones through the skin. Your nails can reveal clues about your general health. Changes in nail color or disruption in growth can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition or an infection, malnutrition, or too much stress. Not all changes to your nails are cause for concern, but ask your Dermatologist if you show any of the following symptoms:

  • Color or shape changes in your nails
  • Swelling of the surrounding skin
  • Pain
  • Ingrown nails
  • White or black lines
  • Dents or ridges
  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Tumors, warts, or other growths
  • Hemorrhages

At Alaska Center for Dermatology, our experienced Providers will take the time to listen to your concerns, diagnose and treat your skin, hair, and nail issues with experience and compassion. Call us for a consultation at 907.646.8500 or make an appointment online.