How to Get Better Skin with Less Effort, According to Experts

Do you need a dermatologist, or an esthetician?

“If you want a facial treatment, need product recommendations, have some mild breakout or dry patches on your skin, you might call your esthetician,” suggests Lortscher, but for “stubborn acne, [and] other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or skin growths, you’ll want to make an appointment with your dermatologist.”

Backgroundlicensed skin care professionallicensed medical doctors
What they treataesthetic skin concerns, to improve the appearance of your skin with surface treatmentsskin diseases, disorders, and their underlying causes
Servicesextractions, microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, facial massages, masks, hair removal, application of facial makeupMakes diagnoses (including stubborn acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin growths); prescribes prescription-based treatments including topical or oral medications; performs procedures including injections for inflamed cystic acne, Botox, dermal fillers, strong chemical peels, and laser procedures; performs surgeries including excisions of skin cancers


See a derm for serious aesthetic concerns that might require surgery, especially if you’re at higher risk for adverse side effects due to having a darker skin type or a propensity for scarring (such as keloids).

Don’t forget to ask your dermatologist for a baseline skin cancer check. You never want to be sleepless at 3 a.m. wondering if that spot on your arm is a freckle or something serious!

The new, affordable alternatives to your skin care woes

Unless you have a serious skin condition or have had a cancer scare, chances are you haven’t seriously considered seeing a dermatologist.

Insurance rarely covers skin issues that aren’t severe enough to be labeled a “medical condition” (acne counts but not anti-aging concerns such as hyperpigmentation), leaving most of us reluctant to bear the inconvenience and out-of-pocket expenses.

The rise of teledermatology, however, is changing the game. Curology connects their patients with licensed medical professionals online, letting you get a dermatology evaluation and treatment plan while still in your jammies.

This convenient, online service lets your dermatology provider examine your skin (limited to the treatment of acne and anti-aging concerns), discuss your goals, and send a customized prescription treatment right to your door. Without setting fire to your wallet.

Does it work like traditional dermatology? Yes, because other than the process being online, you’re consulting a licensed Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant who is working closely with board-certified dermatologists in the Curology office.

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