Revere Health Dermatology shares Utah Valley’s greatest skin concerns and how to treat them


Dr. Brad Huber with Revere Health Dermatology examines a patient. The right time to call a dermatologist for acne is after four to six weeks of using an over-the-counter product that doesn’t work — or if cyst-like lesions appear on your skin. (Photo courtesy of Revere Health Dermatology)

Skin is a sensitive topic and a sensitive organ.

Revere Health Dermatology, the Best of Utah Valley winner for Best Dermatology, has seen a variety of skin problems from acne to skin cancer to aging skin. Dr. Reed Garza, M.D. with Revere Health Dermatology, shared some of Utah Valley’s greatest skin concerns and how to treat them.

“The main skin concern in Utah is skin cancer,” Dr. Garza said. “Utah has the highest rate of melanoma out of any of the states. With our fair skin population, the high altitude and lots of outdoor activities, we end up having a lot of skin cancer.”

To prevent skin cancer, Dr. Garza says to use sunscreen whenever you are in the sun. The most effective sunscreen, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is broad spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher and is water resistant. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming. Another way to protect skin from the sun is seeking shade, especially between peak hours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. And tanning beds? Always a bad idea.

“Many people use tanning beds to get a base tan to help prevent sunburns,” Dr. Garza said. “As far as the health of your body goes, it doesn’t provide a benefit. You’re still damaging your skin.”

Besides skin cancer, acne is another skin problem Utahns face. But Dr. Garza says many problems are solved by going back to the basics.

“Some of the best things you can do as far as the simple treatment of acne is to use a non-comedogenic face moisturizer and a face wash targeted for acne-prone skin,” Dr. Garza says.

In addition, sunscreen in facial moisturizer helps heal scarring associated with acne.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.


  1. AvatarJoanie McSwain Reply

    I really appreciate the clarification re: getting a “base tan” to limit future damage. I’ve been telling this to my daughter for years, but she never listens. I will be forwarding this article (and also sending her to our local dermatologist!).

  2. AvatarChristiana Schmidt Reply

    Wow, I did not realize Utah had the highest risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. I moved to SLC from St. Louis 4 years ago, and I thought Missouri had it bad. These reasons make sense, though. I am happy to say that I have been cancer free for 6 years now, but that just taught me to apply sun screen!

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