Skin Health: Protecting Your Largest Organ

May 6, 2024

By Jesse Smith Nurse Practitioner at Parke Health Center

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, serving as a protective barrier against the external environment. Maintaining healthy skin is not only essential for appearance but also for overall health. In this article, we explore the significance of skin health and share tips from local Providers.

“Skin health is vital. Regular skin checks and sun protection can prevent skin cancers and promote youthful skin,” says Alexandra Hitchcock, Parke Health/Stratton Medical Clinic’s newest Nurse Practitioner.

Here is what you need to know to protect and care for your skin:

Sun Protection:

  • Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before going outdoors. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek Shade: Limit direct sun exposure during peak hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Cover exposed skin with clothing, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.

Skin Cancer Awareness:

  • Perform Self-Exams: Regularly examine your skin for changes in moles, freckles, or any unusual growths. Report any changes to your Primary Care provider or Dermatologist.
  • Schedule Skin Checks: Dermatologists recommend annual skin checks for early detection of skin cancers, including melanoma.

Skincare Tips:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  • Avoid Harsh Products: Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers suitable for your skin type.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking can accelerate the aging process and increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Limit Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to skin problems, including premature aging.
  • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can affect skin health. Incorporate stress-reduction techniques into your routine.

If you have skin concerns or conditions like acne, eczema, or psoriasis, ask your healthcare providers at Parke Health and Stratton Medical if a referral to a dermatologist, like Dr. Hill who sees patients at Kit Carson’s specialty clinic, is right for you. Dr. Hill is available to provide comprehensive skin evaluations and advice tailored to your specific needs.

By prioritizing skin health and sun protection, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer, support youthful skin, and enjoy the many benefits of a healthy complexion.