Dermatology: What does a dermatologist do?

Dermatology is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and the promotion of healthy skin. It is a versatile field that covers a wide range of diseases.

From common skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and skin cancer, to STDs, allergies and cosmetic treatments, the dermatologist plays an important role in promoting healthy skin and treating skin conditions. In this blog we will delve deeper into the role of a dermatologist, the diversity of treatments they offer, and the different patients they treat, from young to old.

The university training to become a dermatologist lasts 5 years and there are approximately 34 places available per year. During this training, they learn extensively about the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the skin, as well as various treatment techniques and procedures. Dermatologists perform both medical and cosmetic treatments and work closely with other medical professionals to provide comprehensive care to their patients.

There are 687 dermatologists in the Netherlands, while there are 15,393 general practitioners and the total number of doctors is 78,499.

The diversity of treatments that a dermatologist offers is wide. There are more than 2,000 known skin diseases, making dermatology the most diagnoses of all specialists. From treating conditions such as allergies, eczema, psoriasis and acne, to diagnosing and treating venereal diseases and also treating skin cancer and varicose veins, the dermatologist plays a crucial role in improving the health and well-being of the patients.

A 2022 study examined the prevalence of the most common skin diseases in Europe. The results show that fungal skin infections are the most common (8.9%), followed by acne (5.4%), atopic dermatitis or eczema (5.5%). Alopecia (5.1%), psoriasis (3.9%), STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) (2.8%), rosacea (2.0%), chronic urticaria (1.0%), non-melanoma skin cancer (1.1%), vitiligo (0.8%) , hidradenitis suppurativa (0.6%) and melanoma (0.6%).

In addition, dermatologists are involved in performing cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, fillers, laser treatments and chemical peels to achieve aesthetic goals and rejuvenate the skin.

A dermatologist treats young children to the elderly, people from different ethnic backgrounds and with various skin types, dermatologists have experience in dealing with different needs and skin problems. The presentation of skin conditions can also differ between white and dark skin types. In addition, sensitive skin plays a greater role in Asians, and pigment problems are more common in people with Asian or dark skin.


Learn more about: The differences between European, Asian and Dark skin types

In general, alopecia, acne, eczema and rosacea are more common in women, while men are more likely to suffer from psoriasis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Dermatologists go beyond just treating skin conditions; they also focus on prevention and education. Patients are encouraged to adopt good skin care habits, such as protecting against harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays, regularly checking for suspicious spots and following a healthy lifestyle for overall skin health. It is important to emphasize that dermatology is constantly evolving with new developments and innovations. Dermatologists stay up to date on the latest research, technologies and treatments to provide the best care possible.

Iconic Elements skin care, developed by dermatologist Dr. Francis Wu, is a progressive initiative that comes from the in-depth knowledge of skin specialists. This brand is considered an extension of the expertise of dermatologists, focusing on creating a skin care line that meets the high standards of dermatological care.

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What sets Iconic Elements apart is the pursuit of minimal allergens, maximum efficacy and the use of ingredients that are free of microplastics. The skin care products are designed to meet what a dermatologist considers ideal for optimal skin health. In addition, all products are tailored to the ideal acidity of the skin, with a pH value of 5.

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This commitment to quality has already been recognized by Iconic Elements with two prestigious awards: the Beauty Award and the prize for the best holistic skin care line in the Netherlands. These recognitions highlight not only the effectiveness of the products, but also the commitment to the health and well-being of the skin through innovative and dermatologically sound skin care.

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Dermatology is a versatile field that focuses on the health and well-being of the skin. With their broad knowledge and expertise, dermatologists play a crucial role in diagnosing, treating and preventing various skin diseases and conditions. They ensure that people of all ages, backgrounds and skin types receive the care they need to maintain healthy and radiant skin.

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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