Dermatology

Frisco Medical Center

Family Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Frisco, TX & Dallas, TX

Your skin isn’t just a simple covering for your body. It’s your body’s largest organ. At Frisco Medical Center in Dallas, expert dermatologist Luis Palacios, MD care for a variety of skin conditions that can affect your appearance and overall health. Whether it’s acne, inflammation, or potential skin cancer, Dr. Palacios will work closely with you to treat your skin condition. If you have a skin problem, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Dermatology Q & A

What is dermatology?

Dermatology refers to the field of medicine dealing with benign and malignant disorders affecting your skin. Dr. Palacios is trained in dermatology and regularly provides preventive skin care, screenings for skin conditions, and dermatologic procedures to treat skin disorders.

What conditions can dermatology treat?

Common skin conditions Dr. Palacios diagnoses and treats at Frisco Medical Center include:

Acne

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when dead skin cells clog pores, leading to red bumps, blackheads or whiteheads.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in dry, scaly, and often itchy patches of skin. It’s mostly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.

Eczema

Eczema is a condition in which dry skin leads to itchy, red skin.

Warts

Warts are small and hard benign growths that develop on the skin and are caused by the human papillomavirus. Warts often resemble solid blisters.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a rash on the skin that forms due to allergic reactions after you come in contact with irritants, such as poison ivy or certain soaps and oils.

Dr. Palacios also evaluate moles and other growths to determine whether or not they’re cancerous.

How do I know if a spot on my skin needs to be looked at?

If you notice any unusual moles or changes in the way an area of your skin looks, it may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer. Something you can use to know what to look out for and bring to Dr. Palacios’ attention is the “ABCDE” rule, which comprises the following:

“A” equals asymmetry

Half of a growth is different than the other half.

“B” equals border

The border edges are notched or blurred.

“C” equals color

The color of the growth includes different shades of brown or black, or, in some cases, patches of pink, red, white, or blue.

“D” equals diameter

The growth is wider than 6 millimeters across, or approximately a quarter of an inch.

“E” equals evolving

The growth changes in size, shape, or color.

How can I improve the appearance of my skin?

Of course, if you notice the occurrence of any skin conditions or growths that should be looked at, come see Dr. Palacios right away. However, there are steps you can take to limit your risk of skin problems and improve the appearance of your skin, including:

  • Limiting your sun exposure
  • Wearing sunscreen, preferably at least SPF 15
  • Don’t smoke tobacco
  • Treat your skin well by washing and moisturizing it gently
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Try to limit stress

If you’re concerned about a skin condition, call Frisco Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.