Keep your skin hydrated. Avoid excessive washing and cleansing, which can strip the skin of much needed oils and moisture. Instead, promote moisture in your skin, nourishing it with moisturizing cleansers, lotions and body creams. Don’t over apply moisturizers, however, as this can lead to greasy, oily and problematic skin conditions.
Avoid exposing your skin to the sun for long periods of time. Irresponsible sun exposure can be the underlying cause for a wealth of skin problems, including sun burn, heat rash, dry skin, wrinkles and even skin cancer.
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen or sun block. Limit your time in the tanning beds. Artificial tanning can be just as damaging to your skin as exposing yourself to direct sunlight, so don’t overdo it at the tanning salon.
If you haven’t been careful about protecting your skin from the sun, you may be at risk for a number of different problems. Skin cancer is perhaps the most adverse of all these conditions, but when identified early can be fairly easy to treat. Schedule regular visits with one of our physicians to have your skin examined and catch warning signs before they progress.
If you’ve got a rash that won’t go away or a patch of dry skin that is constantly bothering you, it may be time to schedule a visit with the dermatologist. If you’ve contracted poison ivy or have persistent hives, psoriasis, eczema or other ailments, the dermatologist may be able to help you.
If you suffer from warts, skin discolorations, nail disorders, fungal infections, Rosacea, lesions and cysts are just a few of the many other problems our physicians treat on a daily basis.
Even small problems should be reported to your dermatologist and recorded for future reference. Your skin may show persistent patterns or warning signs indicating a more serious condition. Your dermatologist is trained to recognize and diagnose these problems to make sure you get safe and effective treatment.