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YoDerm: How I Visited A Dermatologist Without Ever Leaving My Couch

July 20, 2016

The service reviewed in this post was given to me courtesy of YoDerm however all opinions are my own and all prescription products were purchased by yours truly. I also got a very cute swag bag so check out my Instagram @shalott for photos!

If the title of this post sounds like click bait, I assure you it’s not. If you know anything about me its that I’m an inherently lazy person. I’m also a fairly busy person. So, with my combination of laziness and business I sometimes toss things that are actually very important aside. This, admittedly, includes skincare.

I know it’s bad. I know I should care more.

But still, I somehow don’t. Though I’ve been making good on my #8 beauty resolution of the year and taking my makeup off every night, I still feel like I could, and should, be doing more.

With my wedding coming up in seven (EEEEK!) months I resolved to put in a little more effort and try to focus my skincare regimen on firming and brightening my face. But despite my nuptials quickly approaching like a ticking time bomb, I’ve been having serious issues mustering up the energy to go get my skin looked at by a dermatologist.

Then, like a little ray of sunshine bursting out from my inbox filled with shameful pizza order confirmations and paypal receipts, I was contacted by Brooke from YoDerm to try out one of their dermatologist consults.

YoDerm connects people across the country with board-certified dermatologists and creates a space where doctors can consult with patients all online. After filling out a patient history form you submit photos and 24 hours later your dermatologist messages you with a plan of action to fix your skin issue as well as a prescription (if necessary).

I was skeptical. Is this safe? Is the doctor good?  Will my insurance cover this?

The only way I was going to get all these answers was by trying it out so I decided to give it a shot.

The Consult

To start the consultation I had to create an account which was very easy to do. They asked me basic questions like my name and why I wanted a consultation. You can choose options like acne, rosacea, wrinkles, and other skin issues. I said I wanted to brighten and firm up my skin before my wedding.

After filling out your basic information you put in what state you live in and it matches you with a doctor close by. I was matched with Dr. X (I don’t think I can say his name for privacy purposes) who runs a private dermatology practice in Houston. Still a little skeptical, I thought it was better to be safe than sorry and did a little research on Dr. X. I found glowing results from tons of websites and saw that he has over 30 years of experience which really a put me at ease with visiting a doctor exclusively online.

Once that’s done you are prompted to sign a consent form and they notify you that depending on the diagnosis you can get insurance to cover your treatment.

After you’ve set up your profile and submit your consult information you get to your personal dashboard where you can see interactions between you and your dermatologist, coupons, and other useful information. You can also modify your original consult which is very helpful because I also wanted to ask a question about taking biotin to improve my hair and nails!

On average the doctors respond to each request within 24 hours but I found it to be much faster than that. I submitted my request at 8:30 AM on Thursday and I got a response and a prescription by 9:30 AM that same day. I was very impressed with their turnaround. Normally that’s how long I would be waiting in the waiting room before I can even go in and see the doctor!

The Prescription

I was prescribed Tretinoin which is a vitamin A derivative cream that helps with acne and to increase collagen production in the face. This is a very commonly prescribed product because of its anti-aging properties and Dr. X started me on a very low dose prescription so my face could adjust to the medicine easier. I did a little background research on Tretinoin as well as the dosage prescribed and after a hefty amount of research I decided to pick up the prescription.

Dr. X had called the prescription into my local CVS and before going to pick it up I called them to find out how much it was going to be, because in addition to being lazy and busy, I’m also frugal. The nice CVS pharmacist let me know that the cream was going to be $99 and so I hung up and resigned myself to knowing that I would likely look like a small prune for the rest of my life.

Since most of the issues YoDerm deals with are cosmetic, many of their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. However, they do let you know that they will work with you if your prescription is too expensive. I contacted Dr. X through my dashboard again and let him know that I wasn’t going to be able to fill the prescription since the cost was so high. Dr. X responded almost immediately and sent a coupon that dropped the price from $99 to $26 which was very very doable. Since the consult was technically over I thought it was not only very professional of him to respond, but it was very kind of him to do what he could to help bring the cost down.

Overall Thoughts

I started using the Tretinoin a few days ago and so I won’t be seeing results at least for a few months, so for right now I can only comment on YoDerm with regards to their service, and not the quality of their network of doctors. As far as the platform goes I was incredibly impressed at both how easy it was to use and how comfortable the experience was despite my reservations of seeing a doctor online. I will be writing a post in two months when my follow-up appointment is scheduled so that I can share my before and after pictures. When it comes to visiting the dermatologist I don’t think YoDerm replaces emergency consultations, but it does help resolve the little annoyances such as acne, rosacea, and wrinkles.

I will absolutely be following up with Dr. X when my two months are up and I’m very happy to have found such an awesome service. If you want to give YoDerm a try make sure to use my referral link so that you can get $10 off your consultation!




How I Visited A Dermatologist Without Ever Leaving My Couch

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