It's never a good thing to Google your skin ailments, because you'll usually just end up paranoid, which leads to self-medication (and worsening your condition)—eventually leading you to book a doctor's appointment anyway.
If you're exhibiting one of these skin signs, ditch those creams and lotions you've been using and give the nearest dermatologist's clinic a call.
1. You've had a rash for over a week
You may have eczema, psoriasis, or god knows what! If it's constantly itchy and scratching makes it worse, it's time to see your doctor.
2. You have sudden skin flare ups
This could be related to stress or a change in environment. Whatever the cause is, it could be related to the rash you have.
3. Your skin is too sensitive
Having a hard time finding the right skincare products that won't turn you into a tomato? Then there's no one better to help you out.
4. Your skin is suddenly breaking out
If you've had clear skin for as long as you can remember and you notice that you suddenly have a large batch of pimples, you should get them checked out.
5. Your acne isn't getting any better
If your current acne treatment is a no-go, tell your doctor too so that he or she can prescribe a new type of medication. Who knows, the next one might be a winning formula!
6. You're not sure if your acne IS acne
It could be allergies masquerading as acne or fungal acne, which is harder to treat! If you're doubting that your pimples are really what they are and all your current skincare treatments aren't working, go and have them checked to find out. There's no harm in making sure, right?
7. You have a sunburn that isn't healing
Getting a sunburn is not healthy. But it should start to properly heal within a few days and then begin peeling. If it isn't, you need a doctor's opinion!
8. You're losing a lot of hair
If you're not stressed, or if you haven't changed anything in your haircare routine but are still losing a lot of hair, don't wait until it gets worse.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.