When we think about our skin, usually things like acne, psoriasis, moles, or the latest anti-aging cream come to mind. We rarely think about our skin in the big picture and the vital role it plays in our health! Here are some fun facts that put the crucial role that our skin plays into perspective!
Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? According to National Geographic, on average, adults carry 8 pounds and 22 feet of skin! It behaves like a waterproof shield that insulates and guards the body against temperature extremes, damaging sunlight, and things like harmful chemicals.
The thickest skin on your body is on the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. The thinnest skin is on your eyelids.
On average, skin renews itself every 27 days. In fact, each minute your skin sheds 30,000 dead cells. Certain skincare treatments, like peels, stimulates the skin's natural healing process, forcing the cells to renew themselves quicker.
Your skin is determined by melanin. Everyone has the same amount of melanin in their skin, but skin color depends on the activity of the melanin, not the amount. 7% of your skin cells are melanocytes.
Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health, which is why it is important to always monitor your body for any changes.
It’s important to remember the key role our skin plays in our overall health. If you detect an unusual skin spot or suspect any problem with your skin, call us to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget about the importance of an annual full skin exam! Certain forms of skin cancers can be found in areas that have never been exposed to the sun, and there are also several sun exposed areas that you may not be able to fully examine yourself. Schedule yours today at 210-255-8447.
Are you tired of shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hairs? Laser hair removal may offer a better solution. Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington offer the popular hair removal treatment at Alamo Heights Dermatology.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal targets the pigment that gives your hair its color. Laser light heats the pigment, damaging the hair follicles and also slowing the growth of new hairs. The lasers your Alamo Heights dermatologist use generate very thin light beams to ensure that only hair follicles are targeted, not surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is most effective if you're a brunette. It may not be as helpful if you have blonde, red or white hair.
Does laser hair removal just work on the face?
Although laser hair removal is an excellent option if you have unwanted hair on your face, it can also be used to remove hair on other parts of your body. The treatment offers an effective way to get rid of hair on your neck, back, shoulders, arms, underarms, legs, ears, chest and bikini area.
How long do treatments take?
The length of your laser hair removal session will vary depending on the amount of hair that will be removed. If you want to remove a few hairs on your chin, your session may only take a few minutes. Removal of a large amount of hair on the back or legs can take longer. You'll need to schedule multiple sessions over the course of a few months, as some hairs will be in a dormant cycle during your first treatment. In a few weeks, those hairs will become active and can then be removed.
Is laser hair removal treatment painful?
As the laser light reaches the hair follicles, you may feel a slight stinging substance. Before your treatment begins, your skin doctor will apply a cooling gel to minimize any discomfort. Your skin may be a little red for one to two days following your treatment, but you can decrease redness and discomfort by using ice packs and applying anti-inflammatory cream.
Are you ready to improve your appearance with laser hair removal? Call Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology at (210) 255-8477 to schedule your appointment.
Spring break is fast approaching. You’ve booked your lodging, flights, and are anxiously awaiting packing up and taking off to break free from the norm for the week. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re headed to the beach or prepping to hit the slopes, it’s important to put sun safety at the top of your priority list!
Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to protecting your skin on vacation:
Did you know that most people only use about half the amount of sunscreen that they should be using? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Most adults need about 1 ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to fully cover their body. No matter what the SPF number, sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2 to 3 hours. This doesn’t only apply to those venturing to the beach either. Sand reflects about 25% of the sun's UV rays and snow reflects about 80% of the sun's UV rays. You can just as easily get a sunburn on a mountaintop as you can on a beach so it’s important to be protected!
Limit your time in the sun
When you’re on vacation and having fun, it’s easy to lose track of time. The latest research shows that the sun’s rays are most damaging from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you plan to be out during that time, remember to reapply sunscreen and try to limit your exposure time. Seek shade if available!
A wide-brimmed hat is a great choice for keeping your face protected from the sun. Sunglasses are a must as they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. If possible, wearing long pants and shirts when you’re outside is the best option. If you’re going to be swimming, sun-protective clothing like swim shirts are available to help keep you protected.
Making sure that you’re prepared when it comes to sun protection can make all the difference. Even one sunburn can increase your risk for developing skin cancer. If you have more questions about how to best protect yourself from harmful UV rays, please call us at 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment today!
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