Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and taking care of it is essential to your overall health. This is why you should visit your dermatologist annually to check for skin cancer and ensure that your skin is healthy. Read on to learn more about how to best prepare for your dermatologist appointment.

Steps to Help Prepare for a Dermatological Appointment


Before your appointment, take the time to examine your skin and note any irregularities and new things you notice. It may be helpful to write down the location of any lesions, rashes, irritations, or other issues.  If possible, take a photo with your phone and store the image. If the issue progresses, you can show your doctor the progression of the issue for the best treatment option.

Remove Nail Polish

Whether you have gel polish or regular polish, ensure you take it off before the day of the appointment. Your doctor needs to look at the skin below the toenails and fingernails and the areas around the nails. These areas may be vulnerable to skin problems, and nail polish may hinder the assessment.

Let Your Hair loose

During a dermatology appointment, your doc will assess you from the scalp to the toes. Therefore, your hair needs to be free to allow access to the scalp so that your doctor can analyze its health. Also, be sure to let your dermatologist know about any persistent itchiness or sensitivity that you may be experiencing.

No Makeup

It is best to come to your appointment with a bare face. This is because makeup covers your skin and prevents the doctor from properly assessing skin health. If you come to your appointment wearing makeup, you may be asked to remove it.

Ask Questions

During your appointment, be sure to ask all questions that you may have. Ask any questions concerning the self-examination notes and photos you took to help eliminate all doubts and bring to light any concerns. These questions will not only help you but also help the doctor to investigate any potential issues and address them before they flare up.


If you are in need of an annual skin exam or are concerned regarding a lesion, rash, or other skin condition, contact Kwan Dermatology today. Dr. Kwan is a renowned authority in the field of dermatology and ethnic skin.