Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Summer for a Skin Exam
Every summer, our local and national news broadcasts become peppered with reminders to seek annual skin exams for avoiding and removing skin cancer lesions. Although this advice is sound and should be taken seriously by everyone, it also brings the implication that skin exams should be performed only once a year, and only during the peak of the summer season, when direct exposure to the sun is most likely.
Though skin cancer is a common concern among adults (nearly 1 in 5 adults will develop skin cancer by the age of 70), there are countless other abnormalities, diseases, conditions, and internal processes that need to be considered throughout the year, and which can have devastating effects on the look, health, and function of the skin.
It All Starts with a Multi-Spectrum Complexion Analysis
The first step toward healthy and beautiful skin is meeting with a board-certified dermatologist or aesthetician to discuss concerns. One of the most powerful aids for skin analysis is designed by Visia. This machine allows skin care professionals to get an in-depth and revolutionary glimpse below the surface of their patients’ skin. By doing so, markers that point to the development of certain conditions or underlying causes can be discovered before they manifest visibly on the skin’s surface.
In addition to the Visia analysis, your skin care provider will discuss with you your habits, your health history, your daily routines, the products – if any – you currently use. This will allow them to get a better idea of not only your current concerns, but any that might be likely to appear through such habits.
Then, a Thorough Skin Care Regimen
Once patient concerns and pre-existing conditions are established, skin care providers can then go about designing personalized regimens to meet the needs of their patients. Services and products will be discussed, appointments will be planned, and education will be supplied for properly maintaining skin health.
Depending on the request of a patient and the severity of the condition of their skin, they will be asked to return for regularly scheduled exams to monitor results.
The Link Between Skin Health and Beauty
Before anyone considers a skin exam, or even the use of a single over-the-counter topical product, it is vital that they know skin beauty is obtained only through proper skin health. Wrinkles, acne, brown spots, laxity, redness, and blemishes are all the result of poor skin health and exposure to environmental stressors. However, when dealt with from the inside out, these issues can be greatly improved, and patients can enjoy the benefits of skin that is both healthy and vibrant.