There are “good” patients and “bad” patients
We expect our doctors to be unbiased and neutral, much like God, but the truth is they are after all human, and will react to the way they are being treated. The patients that they encounter are quickly segregated into two categories in their minds: Good patients (love them, love my job!) and Bad patients (hate, them, hate my job…). Some of the most telling differences between good and bad patients involve communications and expectations.
Good patients tend to communicate their concerns in a clear, concise manner while bad patients sometimes enter an appointment not even knowing what is the problem. Good patients have realistic expectations about their problems and treatments and are open to further discussion while poor patients set unrealistic expectations that are doomed from the outset. “Sometimes I see someone for the first time whom I know will be a problematic patient and I may be less willing to offer them any treatment options for fear of not living up to their unrealistic expectations” says a dermatologist who prefers to remain anonymous. “If a patient clearly has underlying psychological issues, I won’t hesitate to refer him or her to a psychiatrist.”
“If a patient clearly has underlying psychological issues, I won’t hesitate to refer him or her to a psychiatrist.”
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Don’t expect miracles. Pigment can return.
Patients often believe that their skin condition can clear up like magic—like how it happens on ‘House’ or ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ These shows unfortunately have set up unrealistic expectations as to how rapidly a long standing medical condition may respond to treatment. Also, some skin conditions are chronic, such as dry skin or eczema, and there is no long term cure, only a management solution to keep it under control. “I have treated patients for pigmentation on their skin who returned to me after FIVE years to tell me my treatments were ineffective because they have new brown patches now!” laments one doctor. Treatments for many skin conditions may be effective in the short term but depending on how you care for your skin in the long run, new problems may arise or old issues may recur. That’s part and parcel of being a living, breathing human being. Some patients do harbor unrealistic expectations that a treatment must deliver perfect and permanent, unchanging results that last a lifetime, despite a poor lifestyle and aftercare on their part. We don’t even have that kind of expectations from our car, what more from human skin?
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There’s no real cure for some skin conditions
There are some childhood skin conditions that do eventually go away on their own for no known reason but if you still have it later on in life, you’re likely to be stuck with it. It may wax and wane in terms of severity, but if for instance you have eczema as an adult, it is for life. Acne is another condition that plagues both young and old. While we can clear pimples as they arise, a permanent cure for acne is not possible. Patients who expect 100% clear skin with one treatment are not being realistic with themselves and the treatments they seek.
While a cure for zits is not on the horizon, many people have achieved clear skin status with intelligent skincare. Facial mists that incorporate acne preventing ingredients and Overnight Skin Peels keep pores clean and zits at bay.
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A few short sunburns are worse than long summers spent in the sun.
Patients may not realise the significance of a sunburn. It’s more worrying for your dermatologist to know you have had multiple peeling sunburns in the summer as a kid than if you had a lot of sun exposure in general. Why? Because as a risk factor for melanoma, research has shown that it’s not the amount of time spent in the sun, but the number of sunburns that counts.
Melanoma is one of three main types of skin cancer, and the one you’ve most likely heard of. (The other two types are basal cell skin cancer, which usually pops up on skin exposed to sun, and squamous cell skin cancer, which is more common in darker-skinned people and skin not exposed to sun.) Of all skin cancer types, it’s the most likely to spread throughout your body by entering the lymph nodes or forming new tumors in other tissue.
Prevent sunburns with a good clinical grade sunscreen. Oral crystal tomato supplement is also helpful to arm your skin against the ill effects of the sun.
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Chocolate is ok when it comes to the skin
Patients mistake high sugar intake for chocolate. When studies show that chocolate can be good for anti-aging, they are referring to the real deal— dark chocolate rich in cocoa. What is definitely harmful for your body (and skin) is a high intake of sugar. However a bite of quality dark chocolate won’t cause acne, despite what you may have heard. Neither will greasy food.
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