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.