He loves solving a good mystery.
In fact, in his younger days, he loved the television show House which led him to realize that he could transform his love of science, mystery, and helping people into a vocation.
With a specialization in Dermatology and Fellowship Training in Dermatopathology, Dr. Christopher Chu is in his element when he partners with patients to address complex skin issues.
A native Texan, and UT graduate, Dr. Chu has spanned the state, country, and beyond, in his pursuit of knowledge and training. After completing his double-major (Liberal Arts and Neurobiology) undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then ventured to Seattle, Washington, for an Internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center before heading to Hershey, Pennsylvania where he completed both a Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He also studied alternative medicine in Kunming, China.
As gifted as he is at solving medical mysteries, Dr. Chu concedes that when it comes to skin cancer and aging of the skin, as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and offers the following tips and recommendations.
Dr. Chu’s Top 3 Sun Safety – Skin Cancer Awareness Tips
One: Applying sunscreen is essential and remember to re-apply every 90 minutes, even earlier if you’re sweating or swimming.
Two: Wear a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt, especially if reapplication of sunscreen might not be an option.
Three: If you hate chalky-looking sunscreen, avoid physical blockers like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, these are the sunscreens that leave a white sheen (although they are improving by micronizing the physical blockers). Instead, opt for sunscreens with chemical blockers like oxybenzone, avobenzone, or octocrylene.
Dr. Chu’s Top 3 Most Important (and Effective) Cosmetic Dermatology Recommendations
One: PROTECT – Use a daily facial sunscreen. We have medical-grade products available at our locations such as EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 that comes in both a regular and tinted version.
Two: RESTORE – Apply a nightly topical retinoid like Skinbetter Science® AlphaRet® Overnight Cream, also available for purchase at our locations.
Three: ENHANCE – BOTOX® Cosmetic. By keeping the muscles relaxed BOTOX is a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles and frown lines.
These are simple, reasonably priced, and minimally invasive options that make a huge difference in preventing the cutaneous signs of aging.
Dr. Chu treats patients at our Bastrop, Pflugerville, and Southwest Austin locations for both Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu, you can book online or call 512.930.3909.