In one of our latest articles here below, we take a slightly different approach, as we ask extremely well-regarded and skilled consultant dermatologist, Dr Derrick Phillips, all about the role of a dermatologist.
What does a dermatologist do, how do you become one, and what does it allow you to do?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor that specialises in diagnosing and treating skin problems ranging from rashes, like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, to skin growths and skin cancers. Dermatologists have a range of tools at their disposal including creams, tablet medications, light therapy, and skin surgery.
To become a dermatologist, you must complete four years of general medical training after leaving medical school, followed by a further four years of specialist training and three exams.
What do you see as the link between skin and mental health?
The skin is the biggest organ in the body and problems affecting the skin can have a negative impact on one’s self-perception, confidence, and can lead to anxiety and other mental health issues.
What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their mental health due to a skin condition?
I would advise people who are struggling to speak to your GP or dermatologist and let them know exactly in what ways your skin condition is affecting you.
What can someone whose wellbeing is negatively impacted by their skin, expect from an appointment with you?
A safe space to discuss all their concerns, skin, and beyond. I will ensure to discuss the patient’s skin concern at length, diagnose the problem, and work together to create a bespoke treatment plan. I will signpost online resources, support groups, and where appropriate, consider referral to a clinical psychologist trained in helping patients with skin concerns.
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