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Posts for: May, 2020

By Linda Banta, MD
May 26, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

In the United States, more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is currently the most common cause of cancer in the country, and it is often caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. However, there are precautions that you can take to prevent skin cancer, and seeing a dermatologist like Dr. Linda Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, can help with early detection—read on to learn more.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer involves the abnormal growth of skin cells. Such rapid growth leads to the development of tumors, which may be benign or malignant. There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. 95% of all cancers are made up of the latter two types, which are less serious than melanoma. They can also be treated relatively easily. Melanoma, on the other hand, is much more serious and is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer fatalities. Although the number one cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet rays from the sun, UV rays from tanning beds can be just as harmful.

Protecting Yourself in the Sun

When you are choosing a sunscreen, you should take into consideration its SPF (Sunburn Protection Factor). This gives you an indication of how good it is at protecting your skin from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. You should also choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA.

San Antonio residents can further reduce their sun exposure by wearing protective clothing, including shirts that cover your arms, clothing made from protective fabric, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection.

Skin Cancer Early Detection

Having regular checks for skin cancer is the best way to spot it early on when it is easier to treat. A dermatologist can examine your skin for the early signs of cancer. As well as receiving an annual dermatological check-up, you can also look for signs of skin cancer at home with a self-exam. You should look for moles/birthmarks that have changed over time or are uneven in shape or color. If you notice anything unusual, contact your dermatologist straight away.


If you are looking for a dermatologist in San Antonio or you would like to find out more about skin cancer prevention and early detection, call Dr. Banta at (210) 494-0504.

By Linda Banta, MD
May 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Facial Treatments  

FacialsGetting a facial can certainly feel like a luxurious, relaxing, and pampering experience but did you know that a facial could also provide your skin with some amazing health benefits? Not only does turning to a dermatologist ensure that you get quality and comprehensive care to treat everything from sun damage to acne, but also a dermatologist has the knowledge, skills, and tools to be able to provide customized facials that can target and treat common skin problems.

A facial offers the skin a variety of benefits including:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Exfoliation
  • Hydration and moisturizing

A facial can also be tailored to your skin type and the concerns or dermatological issues you are worried about. A facial can be used to treat:

  • Redness and uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry, dull and flaky skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores

One facial won’t be able to address all skin issues you may have, but our dermatological team can work with you to create a customized facial and treatment plan that will be able to treat any and all problems you’re concerned about.

The products that we use during your facial will also depend on the results you’re hoping to achieve. For example, certain enzyme peels and products with glycolic acid can help to remove dead skin cells to produce fresh, radiant skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have questions about the different products we use and their ingredients, or if you have any allergies, it’s important to discuss this first with your skin doctor.

Getting regular facials can be a great way to keep skin looking and feeling its best, and it should be a normal part of most people’s skincare routines. Along with keeping skin clean and hydrated, facials can also target problem areas when they arise. Have questions about facials? Ask your dermatologist today.