As COVID-19 keeps non-emergency patients away from dermatologist offices, it’s more important than ever to take responsibility for your own skin examination. While staying at home, we’ve been forced to take hair coloring, pedicures, and artificially plump lips into our own hands.

The skin self-exam isn’t quite as glamorous as learning how to dye your hair pink, but it just might save your life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is more than half the battle: When detected early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.