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Is anybody 100 percent honest with their doctor? Probably not. We tell our general physicians the important things (or what we deem to be the important things because we don’t really know since we aren’t doctors). But still, we leave out a few details. We probably report having five drinks a week when it’s more like eight. We say we exercise for 45 minutes a day when in reality it’s more like 45 minutes, three days a week. Since we’re willing to lie to the doctor who we believe treats the most vital parts of our bodies, we are more than willing to lie to specialists who we don’t see as often, like our dermatologists. The truth is that many of us only go to our dermatologists if we think we have a problem. We should go once a year for a skin check, but many of us don’t. Dermatologists rarely get all the information about your habits, but if they did, they’d hate that you did these things.

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Picking at abnormalities

If you notice any abnormalities on your skin—from odd coloring, to something patchy, to something slightly elevated—do not pick it. You alone cannot determine if this is just a temporary thing—like a pimple—or a precancerous growth. And you don’t want to do anything that could alter the cells of the latter, like pick it them.

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