Choose a Dermatologist Over an Internet Life Hack

The Internet is great for a lot of things—near-instantaneous communication and cat videos among them—but literally anyone can put anything online. From blogs to YouTube videos, content can come from your friend and neighbor, well-meaning helper or prank-loving teen. One popular genre is “life hacks,” which offer simple, often surprising solutions to everyday problems, such as keeping electrical cords from tangling or cleaning grimy headlights on your car. While the vast sea of electronic resources may be a great place to discover a new way to keep your chips from going stale, it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice from a doctor, such as a board-certified dermatologist. Los Angeles-based Dr. Derek Jones, Dr. Naissan Wesley, and Dr. Jeanette Black have years of education and experience in dealing with a range of common and uncommon skin problems, both medical and cosmetic. So if you, say, hear about the wonders of smearing glue onto your face, then peeling it off to eliminate blackheads, you can turn to them for their take.

There are plenty of dermatologist-recommended treatments and skincare routines you can safely do at home, but the key words in that phrase are “dermatologist” and “recommended.” Before beginning any regimen, you should consult with a doctor not only to ensure it’s safe for you—considering your specific skin type and health history—but to determine whether it can truly and effectively accomplish what you want it to accomplish. Clearing away oil with a daily cleanse won’t do anything if your problem isn’t cause by oil.

Your skin is important, so the advice you get when it comes to caring for it should come from a trusted, reliable, and proven source. Talk to a dermatologist at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills to meet that source today. Visit the Contact Us page, or call 310-246-0495.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.