Preventative Dermatology

Preventative dermatology largely focuses on ways that we can minimize skin problems with lifestyle and non-pharmaceutical interventions.

The goal for dermatologists is to help our patients anticipate problems and provide solutions in order to prevent skin disease, rather than dermatologists only being responsible to repair and treat skin disease. There is a shortage of dermatology providers in South Africa and prevention of skin problems is important.

Skin examinations can prevent skin cancer (by treating pre-malignant lesions) or they can be discovered and treated early.