Patient Education

Secrets of Staying Young (Our “Fountain of Youth”)

Here are four tips that almost all Dermatologists agree upon:

  1. Limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen of SPF 30 everyday (SPF beyond 30 yields only marginal benefit)
  2. Moisturize your skin regularly
  3. Avoid smoking and other oxidants/pollutants
  4. Use a retinoid every night (available by prescription)

Tips for Minimizing Sun Damage

Here are five tips that almost all Dermatologists agree upon:

  1. Avoid the Texas sun from 9 AM to 5 PM
  2. Use sun protective clothing (hats with brims; certain companies specialize in clothing with proper SPF protection: www.coolibar.com; www.sunprecautions.com; www.underarmour.com)
  3. Use SPF 30 and apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside. There is no such thing as a “waterproof” sunscreen and all sunscreens should be reapplied after swimming.
  4. Use sunless tanners to get a tan (but this tan will not protect you from sun damage)
  5. Avoid unnecessary UV damage (tanning beds, etc)

Tips for Dry Skin

Here are three tips that almost all Dermatologists agree upon:

  1. Forget lotions and instead use a moisturizing cream or ointment
  2. Moisturize while the skin is damp or wet
  3. Minimize soap usage and limit usage to areas needed