As you’re making those lists for 2022 resolutions, there’s something every dermatology office is hoping you add to it. Adding skincare to your New Year’s resolution is a promise to the body’s largest organ to do what it takes for healthy skin all year long.
Importance of Healthy Skin
To understand the importance of healthy skin, you must first know the vital functions it provides. These include:
- Temperature regulation (keeps you warm when it’s cold and facilitates sweat to cool you off)
- Keeps the skeletal system, organs, muscles, and tissues from harm
- The outermost layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum) holds in water and keeps your skin hydrated and healthy.
- It acts as armor to protect your body from harm, including ultraviolet (UV) radiation, pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites), and chemicals.
Chronic skin conditions and other factors can comprise the health of your skin. When your skin isn’t healthy, it cannot perform its essential functions properly.
Get Your Skin Checked
Getting your skin checked is two-fold. First, if you’re having trouble managing a skin issue on your own at home, a dermatologist can help. Dermatologists specialize in conditions that affect the skin, and they are experts in how to treat them best. Secondly, you should be checking your skin annually for any potential skin cancer spots.
For any concerning moles, you should be checked by a dermatologist immediately. For those at increased risk for developing skin cancer, you should have a dermatologist check your skin regularly in addition to your self-screens.
Investing in Products to Improve Skin Health
Whether or not you have a chronic skin condition that requires regular treatment, there are products you can use at home to help extend or amplify the benefits of treatment. Alamo Heights Dermatology has an in-house product store that features top-of-the-line brands like Senté, EltaMD, Topix, Nutrafol, and more.
Schedule with us today to get a head start on your skincare goals for the new year. Call us at (210) 255-8447 or fill out an appointment request online.