It dawned on me the other day as i was reflecting on the advice i had just received from my local dermatologists, that many of my friends leave their skin treatments to operators from the beauty industry.
I must admit i have attended many a beauty salon many times myself in the past, and still do for certain things. But when it come to truly understanding what is happening to my skin there is no beating the treatment and advice that a trained dermatologist can provide. I didn't know this until recently but dermatologists are actually trained doctors. Once obtaining their medical degree these doctors then specialise in skin, hair, and nails. It is a very specific practice that takes a lot of study.
Its probably not much for anyone to consider the difference in treatment and advice that you can get from a doctor, as opposed to someone with a beauticians certification. Don't get me wrong beauticians have their place, but i don't listen to their advice when my eczema starts playing up. I go straight to my dermatologist for help with that, and if anyone reading this has a skin condition i encourage you to do the same.
Last time i saw my dermatologist we got to talking, as you do. She complimented my on my general appearance and noted that i obviously take care of myself. We ended up chatting about about some procedures she was performing, and she was telling me that beauty salons perform similar treatments, but cannot offer the same care. She stopped short of telling me she consulted on some poor treatments, (i think that is somewhat unethical for a doctor) but that was the message she was trying to give me. People offering skin treatments, which can very easily go wrong without the proper knowledge.
Anyway the moral of this story is to make sure you get the right advice from someone you know you can trust. For me i will trust a dermatologist over a beautician every day of the week. My dermatologists is one of the best dermatologists i have found in Pretoria. I probably pays off to research a bit for the right one, after all you are sharing your concerns with them and have to be comfortable. Also i have found a few dermatologists in my local area in South Africa are very busy. In my mind it always pays to research if a dermatologist (or any service provider for that matter) is too busy, you might not get the quality of attention you need. I don't want to be rushed through a consult about my health.
Good luck, and good health to you.