Learn the Benefits of Seeing a Dermatologist
Have you considered visiting a dermatologist as part of your skin care regimen? An annual visit with a dermatologist can help identify skin conditions you may have and catch possible threats that require immediate care. At Lone Star State Dermatology in San Antonio and Live Oak, TX, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher recommends people of all ages make regular visits to their dermatologist's office for a thorough review of their skin.
Here are a few reasons to see a dermatologist for the health of your skin.
Your skin feels dry or itchy
If you experience constant itching or dryness on your skin, it could be a sign of a chronic skin condition. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, causes redness and itchiness, and it could trigger open sores if left untreated. Our dermatologists can analyze your skin to see if you are suffering from eczema and determine what is causing the irritation. We’ll then provide you with suitable treatment options to manage your condition.
Keep your acne under control
Dr. Bouher can help identify how acne develops around your body and prevent possible breakouts. Acne forms when pores around your skin become clogged from excess sebum production, triggering dead skin cells to block follicle openings and trap oil and other items inside the tissue. This problem can occur among people of all ages, and a dermatologist can keep your acne under control for a better quality of life.
Stop skin cancer from spreading
One of the most important reasons you should visit a dermatologist once a year is to identify and stop skin cancer before it spreads. While most moles and freckles on your skin are harmless, it’s always important to get a skin cancer screening to see if some spots might be cancerous. Moles and skin spots that change over time and feature irregular borders and asymmetrical appearances could be cancerous.
At Lone Star State Dermatology, we treat various skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma that appears as usual growths or red skin patches, and squamous cell carcinomas that can trigger wart-like growths. Our doctors can provide superficial radiation therapy to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and surgical excision that may be necessary in some cases.
Understand how various dark spots form
Sometimes, you may develop new dark spots around your skin as you age. Many of these age spots come from pigment cells becoming overactive as ultraviolet light from the sun’s rays can trigger melanin production. The melanin stores in your skin can become clumped up and can trigger age spots. While these are harmless, consulting a dermatologist for help with these is critical to confirm if they are regular age spots or if they are cancerous growths that require immediate care.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in San Antonio
An annual visit to your dermatologist can make a world of difference, especially if you ever experience any unusual features around your skin. You can visit board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher and the team at Lone Star State Dermatology in Live Oak or San Antonio, TX for a complete review of your skin. Contact us today to learn more about our work and schedule a visit.