What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the study of the skin, hair, and nails. We treat skin conditions for patients of any age with a wide range of options. Common conditions we treat are:
Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and our body’s first line of defense against bacteria, irritants and viruses. We should take care of our skin all the time, not just when it hurts. Our goal is to help you learn how to take care of your skin and promote overall lifetime health.
Dr. Yeoman’s Secrets to Healthy Skin
- Protect it: Even on overcast days, our skin is exposed to radiation from the sun. You should apply a light coat of sunblock everyday, especially to your face. Skin cancers are often found on the left side of the face due to prolonged sun exposure while driving. A little SPF 30 helps protect your skin from the sun and slows the signs of aging.
- Clean it: Using a GENTLE cleanser on your skin will help prevent dry skin. We recommend Dove for Sensitive Skin ®. Using a clean, unscented moisturizer will help keep skin soft and healthy.
- Be Gentle: Avoid harsh irritants, like alcohol. They can cause a number of skin problems, including acne. Use gentle cleansers when you wash your face. Wash every morning and night. Don’t wipe your skin dry. Instead, pat it down with a clean, dry towel. Don’t reuse the same towel over and over—this can spread bacteria.
- Hydrate: Healthy skin starts on the inside. Drinking plenty of water every day—usually half your body weight in ounces (ex: If you weigh 150 pounds. Drink 75 ounces per day). This also helps your kidney and liver function. Drinks with lots of sugar and caffeine draw moisture from the skin, in addition to damaging the kidney and liver—not to mention making you gain weight.
- Check Up: Everyone should get regular skin checks each year, especially after the age of 35.
- Don’t Pick: It’s your skin—not a guitar. If you have something on your skin like acne or sores that cause you to pick or poke, you should see a specialist. Picking your skin can damage it leaving deep scars that may never fade.
- Don’t Smoke: Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen provided to your skin cells (and everywhere else) causing premature aging. Studies suggest that carcinogenic effects may cause an increased risk of cancer. For help quitting, click here for support and information.