Southwest Dermatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of Dermatological Services as well as being a resource for the most up to date information about the skin and how to care for it.

Here are five tips for the health of your skin:

§ Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are the strongest.

§ Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. You might also opt for special sun-protective clothing, which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays while keeping you cool and comfortable.

§ Use sunscreen when you're in the sun. App ly generous amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours, after heavy sweating or after being in water.

§ Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.

§ Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.


The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice a montly head-to-toe self examination of their skin.  Here is a simple step-by-step guidline.  If you can spot it, you can stop it!