The branch of medicine that deals with the skin and its problems and diseases is called dermatology.  A dermatologist is a trained and licensed physician who specializes in this particular field.  The first major school of dermatology opened in Paris in 1801, and the profession of skin care and healing has grown in all directions since that time.

Today’s dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat ailments of the skin ranging from a mild case of dry skin to a life-threatening disease such as cellulitis. Dermatologists are often licensed as surgeons in their respective specialties, many of which deal with the cosmetic aspects of the field, including the use of botox, fillers and laser surgery, among many others.

Paediatric dermatology is one of the subspecialties that have become ever more important in the medical field, and dermatologists who specialize in paediatric medicine are now required to have additional qualifications.  These physicians work with children’s skin diseases, the most common being atopic dermatitis, hemangiomas (commonly known as birthmarks) and infections of all types.

A dermatologist is the specialist to see if you have any problem with your skin, from acne to an unwanted tattoo.  However, in this branch of medicine there is probably one near you who is specifically trained and knowledgeable in the treatment of the particular problem you face.  If you are suffering with the travails of teenage ‘spots’, or a persistent itch has you scratching your skin raw, you should probably contact a dermatologist.

Skin disease of one kind or another affects just about everyone at some time in his or her life.  In many cases the problem can be solved with little difficulty or expense, but the key is in knowing what has caused the problem and what should be done about it. This is where a good dermatologist can be invaluable.  Healthy skin is a great advantage in any case, and keeping it healthy is the ultimate goal of dermatology.

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