What Dermatologists Say About Your Skin 


Board-certified dermatologists specialize in skin, hair, and nails, treating a wide range of conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Here are some dermatologist-recommended tips for keeping your skin healthy, which they also follow themselves! 

Understanding Your Skin Type

Identifying your skin type is key to choosing the right products and care routine. Here is how you can determine your skin type: 

  • Sensitive Skin: Prone to stinging or burning after product application. 
  • Normal Skin: Clear and not particularly sensitive. 
  • Dry Skin: Feels flaky, itchy, or rough. 
  • Oily Skin: Appears shiny and greasy. 
  • Combination Skin: Exhibits both dry and oily areas. 

Essential Skin Care Tips

  1. Use Sunscreen Every Day. Applying sunscreen daily is one of the best ways to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen can prevent sunburns, skin cancer, and early aging signs like wrinkles and age spots. Dermatologists suggest using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it generously on all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. You can also use a moisturizer with SPF for added convenience. 
  1. Avoid Tanning Beds. Tanning beds expose your skin to harmful UV radiation, increasing the risk of skin cancer. Just one indoor tanning session can significantly raise your risk of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. For a safer option, use self-tanning products. 
  1. Simplify Your Skin Care Routine. A minimalist approach to skincare is often more effective. Using too many products, especially multiple anti-aging ones, can irritate your skin. Focus on a simple routine with a gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer, and maintain consistent morning and nighttime routines. 
  1. Select Products for Your Skin Type. Choosing skin care products suited to your skin type can improve your skin’s health. Whether your skin is sensitive, normal, dry, oily, or a combination, using appropriate products will enhance your skin care regimen. 
  1. Protect Your Lips. Your lips are susceptible to skin cancer too. Apply lip balm or lipstick with an SPF of 30 or higher when going outside. For added moisture, especially if your lips are dry or chapped, use petroleum jelly. 
  1. Avoid Touching Your Face. Touching your face can transfer dirt, germs, and oils from your hands, leading to breakouts and irritation. Refrain from picking or popping pimples to prevent scars and additional skin problems. 
  1. Regularly Check Your Skin. Skin cancer is prevalent in the U.S., with one in five Americans developing it in their lifetime. Early detection is critical, so regularly check your skin for new or changing spots, moles that itch or bleed, or any unusual changes. If you notice anything suspicious, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. 

Dr. David Wong says, “For a morning skincare routine, I recommend something very simple using a gentle skin cleanser, followed by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, preferably a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide SPF 30 or higher, then followed by a fragrance-free moisturizing cream.” Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and taking care of it is crucial. Following these tips from dermatologists can help you maintain healthy skin and prevent various skin conditions. If you have any concerns or questions about your skin, consult a dermatologist. Hill Physicians Medical Group is home to over 5,600 physicians, including dermatologists who are happy to help you and your health.   

By being proactive about your skin health and following these expert tips, you can achieve and maintain healthier, vibrant skin year-round! 

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