What Is A Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the skin, hair, and nails. Extensive education is needed to become a dermatologist. In addition to completing medical school, a dermatologist needs:
  1. 12 months of training in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, or pediatrics
  2. An additional three years of study in a dermatology training program.
  3. Pass the American Board of Dermatology exam.

Why is your skin so important?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It separates the inside of your body from the outside world. Your skin:
  1. Protects you from bacteria and viruses that can cause infections.
  2. Helps you sense the outside world (whether it's hot or cold, wet or dry, etc).
  3. Regulates your body temperature.

Why would someone need to see a dermatologist?

Some of the common conditions dermatologist treat (or procedures dermatologist do) are listed below:
  1. Acne
  2. Athlete’s foot
  3. Bed bugs
  4. Dry skin
  5. Eczema (aka dermatitis)
  6. Hair loss
  7. Hair removal
  8. Herpes
  9. Hives
  10. Lice
  11. Melanoma
  12. Moles
  13. Nail problems
  14. Poison ivy
  15. Poison oak
  16. Psoriasis
  17. Rash
  18. Scabies
  19. Shingles
  20. Skin cancer
  21. Warts

Find, compare & rate dermatologists near you

Learn more about skin care & dermatologists:

How to find the best dermatologist
Skin cancer risks and prevention
What is acne?
What is eczema(aka dermatitis)?
What is melanoma?
What Is psoriasis?

Dermatologists are also known as: skin care doctors, acne doctors, & skin doctors.