As with so many things in life, the majority of us seek medical advice only after something has presented itself that needs addressing. It’s easy to justify a trip to the doctor when we aren’t feeling well. But when we feel fine, it can seem unnecessary—something that becomes all too tempting to push further and further back on our calendars. And while seeking medical attention when you don’t feel 100% is certainly a good idea, it’s the routine checkups throughout the year that can make the most profound impact on your health and well-being.
Unfortunately, many delayed dermatology visits during the pandemic.
Prioritizing Your Skin Health – Health over Beauty
Many of us treat our skin as though it is something to be maintained only superficially. We use products that conceal and mask our imperfections. Keeping our skin beautiful tends to be the greatest objective. What is far less emphasized is the importance of skin health, but our dermatologists believe health skin is beautiful skin.
Our skin is our outermost line of defense against the world around us. When we encounter environmental pollutants, external stressors, unprotected exposure to the sun, and interact with the objects and people that occupy our day-to-day lives, our skin is at the forefront of those experiences.
Some of the effects of these interactions are outwardly apparent: a cut, scrape, blemish, sunburn, allergic reaction. Others can be much more difficult to notice and, therefore, more detrimental to our overall skin health (diminished collagen and elastin production, the formation of pre-cancerous moles, a weakened moisture barrier, etc.)
Annual Skin Cancer Screenings During COVID – See Your Dermatologist
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that every adult receive a total body skin exam each year. Early detection and early treatment translate to a 95% cure rate among the most common forms of skin cancer. Unfortunately, many patients have delayed their annual skin exams due to COVID. This has led to a mass decrease in skin cancer diagnoses, as highlighted in a recent article from Medpage Today.
Improve Your Daily Habits Through the Guidance of a Trusted Dermatologist
To safeguard our skin, it’s important that we first understand the ways in which our skin functions, and how our particular skin type and medical history can influence our personal skincare regimens. To do this well, it is vital to build a strong relationship with a dermatologist you trust.
Through regular visits to your dermatologist, you will be granted insights into the makeup of your skin. Your dermatologist can walk you through and help you build a customized regimen of topical skincare products and aesthetic procedures designed to support your unique needs.
The more often you communicate with your dermatologist, the better you will be able to take care of your skin, watch out for potential signs of damage, and keep your skin beautiful and vibrant; with less of a need to conceal your complexion, and more of a reason to display it proudly.
Call 719-355-1585 to schedule your dermatology appointment today.
Vanguard Skin Specialists is a dermatology and plastic surgery practice with locations across southern Colorado – Colorado Springs, Canon City, Pueblo and Woodland Park. New offices in Castle Rock, Parker, and La Junta will open this fall.