Medical Council of India(MCI) which is a highest medical authority in India has clear definitions for the doctors who can practice Skin and skin related concerns which rightfully includes Hair, nail, STDs( Sexually transmitted diseases) and Leprosy. Accordingly, Dermatologist is a physician who has successfully finished MBBS and a specialist degree in dermatology which is either Masters in Dermatology(MD DVL), Diploma in dermatology(DDVL, DVD) OR Diplomat in a national board (DNB Dermatology).
With due respect to other branches, in the era we are living today, is no less than a trend to practice and advise on skin related treatments. Unfortunately, we see dentists, homeopathy (BHMS), Ayurvedic (BAMS) AND General practitioners ( GP) also claiming themselves as Dermatologists and end up wrongly treating or over treating most of the times that can actually worsen the condition.
Henceforth, Make sure you consult, take advise and suggestions on your skin hair and nail care certified Dermatologist to ensure that you and your family ones are in safe hands.