Skin Blog
July 05, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care Tips  

Skin Care for StudentsWhen school is in session, it’s easy for students to pick up a number of bad habits between late nights of studying and long sports practices. From poor eating habits to a lack of sleep and increased stress, unhealthy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy skin.

Whether you’re in middle school, high school or college, students everywhere can benefit from healthier skin. With a little extra care and attention, you can keep your skin blemish free all year long.

Keep your skin clean

This may sound obvious, but keeping your face clean is one of the most important things you can do to improve its health. Get in the habit of washing your face twice a day with warm water and a mild soap to remove the dirt and debris that accumulate throughout the school day.  

Hands off!

Avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day as your hands contain oils that cause breakouts. Never pop pimples as this can irritate the skin, make acne worse and increase your risk for scarring.      


Moisturizers seal moisture into the skin to prevent skin from drying out. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin type.

Avoid excessive sun exposure

Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and avoiding overexposure. Too much sun can damage the skin leading to future breakouts and even skin cancer.

Improve your physical well-being

Your skin reflects what you eat, so remember to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Learn to manage stress as it can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Get plenty of rest every night; approximately 7-8 hours of restful sleep is essential for healthy skin.

By maintaining a consistent daily regimen that includes washing and a healthy diet, you can achieve clear, healthy skin throughout the entire school year. Whenever you have a question or concern about your skin, talk to your dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help prevent and treat acne and other skin conditions. We can help you find the treatment method that's best for you.

June 21, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hair Loss  

Most healthy people can shed anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. From the stray pieces of hair we find everywhere from the hair losspillowcase to our clothes and hairbrushes on a daily basis, the hair follicles shed old hair to make room for new growth just like our skin. Hair loss occurs when new hair does not grow in to replace the old strands. Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington, dermatologists at Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, offer treatment options for hair loss.

Hair Loss or Shedding — What is the Difference?

If you notice that you are shedding more hair than usual, it could indicate a number of issues but is not necessarily the same thing as hair loss. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are a number of factors that can cause a person to temporarily shed more hair than normal, including:

  • Significant weight loss (at least 20 pounds)
  • Pregnancy
  • Fever or illness
  • Stress
  • Going off birth control pills

In many cases, the factors that contribute to excessive shedding are temporary, and it eventually resolves on its own as the body adjusts or returns to normal. Even with excessive shedding (known as telogen effluvium), new hair continues to grow. With hair loss (known as anagen effluvium), new hair stops growing. Some of the most common factors that contribute to hair loss in men and women include:

  • Genetics/heredity
  • Immune problems (alopecia)
  • Scar tissue in the hair follicle
  • Cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation
  • Other medications like blood thinners, steroids, or birth control
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Childbirth/menopause (due to hormonal fluctuations)

Hair Loss Treatment in San Antonio, TX

As with excessive shedding, some conditions that contribute to hair loss are temporary, and normal hair growth can resume after the cause is no longer present, such as chemo treatments and stress or nutritional problems. For hair loss that is not caused by temporary medical or lifestyle factors, a dermatologist can recommend treatment with medication, or topical laser treatments depending on the cause of the hair loss.

Find a Dermatologist in San Antonio, TX

If you are experiencing thinning and/or hair loss, contact our office today by calling (210) 255-8447 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington.

June 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Tanning BedsWe all want to achieve a healthy tan. It makes us look and feel better, but that bronzed glow may not be as healthy as you think. A tan is your skin’s reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light. This darkening of the skin cells is the skin's natural defense against further damage from UV radiation.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), nearly 28 million people tan in the United States annually. Of these, 2.3 million are teens. Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless, but this is far from true. Tanning beds emit UVA and usually UVB rays as well. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause long-term skin damage and premature aging (i.e. wrinkles, spots and sagging skin), and can contribute to skin cancer.

The AAD states that the risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—is 75% higher among people who used tanning beds in their teens and 20s. Despite the known risks associated with indoor tanning these numbers continue to increase, as do the incidences of cancer.

Visit your dermatologist immediately if you detect any unusual changes in your skin’s appearance, such as:

  • A change or an increase in the size or thickness of a mole or spot
  • Change in color or texture of the mole
  • Irregularity in the border of a mole

Protecting yourself from UV exposure is the best defense against premature aging and skin cancer. In addition to avoiding indoor tanning beds, you should also always wear sunscreen outdoors to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Remember to self-examine your own skin as well as have your skin checked regularly by your dermatologist. 

Whether you acquire your tan from the beach or a lamp, it’s not safe and it’s not healthy. If you’re a regular tanner, it may be time to rethink your current stance on the standards of beauty. There are safe alternatives to a bronzed glow without risking your health.

May 16, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Ultherapy  

Discover the amazing, non-invasive way to tighten and tone your skin.ultherapy

As we age, we also start to notice sagging skin. While this is a normal part of getting older it doesn’t mean this is something we just have to accept. Of course, many people worry that cosmetic dermatology that fixes sagging skin will require incisions and invasive surgeries, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our San Antonio dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington are here to provide you with the in-depth scoop on Ultherapy.

What is Ultherapy?

Instead of needles or scalpels to fix sagging skin, this non-surgical, FDA-cleared procedure uses ultrasound to help give you the tighter, firmer skin you want. It can lift skin under the chin, around the neck and chest, and even the eyebrows.

How does Ultherapy work?

When the device is directed over the skin, the energy from the ultrasound is able to reach deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for firmer, younger skin, and it’s something that we start to lose as we get older. While there are laser treatments out there that can also treat wrinkles and lines around the face, this ultrasound technology is the only thing that can actually target deeper skin layers.

How long will Ultherapy take?

A lot will depend on the area or areas you want our San Antonio skin doctor to treat. The Ultherapy procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. And the nice part is that there is no recovery period after your treatment. You can go back to work or your regular routine right after.

When will I see results?

It’s important to note that you won’t see results right away, as it takes a couple months for the body to produce collagen. Everyone has different body chemistry and skin types, so a lot will depend on factors such as these that are out of anyone’s control. On average, it usually takes about two to three months to see the full results.

Is Ultherapy the same as a facelift?

While Ultherapy technology is designed to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, it won’t offer the same exact results as a facelift; however, Ultherapy can be a great option for someone who isn’t quite ready to take the plunge to get cosmetic surgery but still wants to get a visibly younger-looking appearance.

Does Ultherapy sound like the cosmetic treatment you’ve been looking for in San Antonio? If so, then Alamo Height Dermatology is here to help. Give us a call today!

May 02, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

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