Today, thanks to advances in dermatology, virtually every case of acne can be resolved. The board-certified providers at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. are trained to diagnose and effectively treat acne, in all ages and skin types.
On May 13th, Gov. Tim Walz announced he will end the state’s mask mandate based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which marks a milestone in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be wondering what this means about our masking guidelines at Skin Care Doctor’s, P.A.
The end of the masking mandate does not apply to public transportation or healthcare settings. Though many staff members and patients have received the COVID-19 vaccines and cases are declining, we must continue following COVID-19 safety precautions to protect the most vulnerable.
At this time, we are still requiring masks!
Wearing masks and screening individuals is a Condition of Participation for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Here is a link to this CMS requirement for health care facilities for masking and screening. Local, county, and state requirements may change, but until CMS changes the Conditions of Participation, healthcare facilities must wear masks and screen individuals as required by CMS.
These precautions help protect your health and safety as well as our staff members.
– All patients and staff are required to wear a mask while visiting any of our offices
– We are limiting the number of people in our lobby. When possible, patients will be escorted directly to a treatment room
– Telemedicine is still available on a case-by-case basis
– We continue to exercise the highest standards of cleaning before and after every appointment
– To promote social distancing, we ask that all patients attend appointments individually* unless assistance is needed
*A minor can be accompanied by 1 parent or guardian
Thank you for your continued participation and understanding as we work to keep our patients and staff healthy and safe. As cases go down and vaccination rates in our system and in our state continue to increase, we will re-evaluate our policies and guidance and share any updates with you.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out, (952) 898-1600
Skin Care Doctors, P.A., founding partner, Michael Ebertz M.D, talks healthy summer feet on a recent Wellness Feature from Lake Minnetonka Magazine with Madeline Kopiecki.
‘Tis the season for sandals, flip flops and barefoot walks along the shore—and paying closer attention to our feet. After a long winter bundled up, you may feel tempted to treat your feet to a spa pedicure, or, perhaps you’ve already taken a pumice stone to them at home. Aside from beautification, now is also a good time to check the overall health of your feet.
Michael Ebertz, MD, a founding partner of Skin Care Doctors in Orono, says that feet are arguably one of the most overlooked parts of the body, as well as one of the most important. For healthy summer feet, a few key steps include proper footwear along with foot care.
“Wear shoes that allow good air and blood circulation,” Dr. Ebertz says. “Occlusion hurts your feet [and] can cause corns, calluses, blisters and foot sores.” While sandals and flip flops may not be supportive enough for most summertime sports, they can be helpful in preventing infections from community pools or locker rooms. “People commonly can acquire viral warts, fungus or other bacterial infections when their bare feet are directly exposed to these surfaces,” Dr. Ebertz says.
As far as foot care is concerned, that pumice stone or pedicure may be useful in preventing painful skin cracking due to dry patches. Even foot massages have medical benefits, with Dr. Ebertz pointing out that they help to stimulate blood flow and can relieve tension of foot muscles and joints.
While you’re giving your feet the royal treatment, make sure you’re also checking for any unusual pigmentation or new moles. “Having moles on your feet is pretty rare,” Dr. Ebertz says. “If you have one that’s been there your whole life, it’s not changing, it’s most likely okay. But if you get a new mole or a change to an existing mole, you need to get in to be seen right away.”
New moles or changes to an existing mole are a potential indicator of a sun-induced skin cancer, such as melanoma. “If you have any evidence of changing or new moles on your feet, reach out to a dermatologist to have them evaluated,” Dr. Ebertz says. This also means that the next time you’re visiting your dermatologist for a check-up, the socks should come off, too.
Two types of carcinoma skin cancers also found on the foot, basal cell and squamous cell, are caused by long-term sun exposure and present with unusual skin pigmentation. But regardless which of these three cancers you may develop, the treatment is the same. “Skin cancers have to be excised or removed with a scalpel. It’s a surgical procedure,” Dr. Ebertz says.
Prevention is easier than treatment, which is why it’s so important to wear proper sunscreen protection when you’re wearing sandals, and why it’s a good idea to limit the about of time your feet spend soaking up the sun.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
The following are Dr. Ebertz’s recommendations for sunscreen to protect your feet along with the rest of you:
- EltaMD SPF 46
- EltaMD SPF 50 spray
- La Roche-Posay SPF 50
- Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF 50
Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as waterproof sunscreen, Dr. Ebertz says. If you’re coming out of the water, don’t forget to reapply.
Sunscreens can prevent sunburn, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging. We want to share how to select a sunscreen, along with our Top 3 Sunscreen Pick for 2021!
Choosing the right sunscreen doesn’t have to be difficult. We have chosen 3 dermatologist recommended sunscreens for all skin types that meet the American Academy of Dermatology’s criteria for ultimate skin protection:
Our Number 1 Pick:
ELTA UV DAILY SPF 40 TINTED
EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays to help combat the visible signs of aging. The lightly tinted formula evens tone, creating a smooth, flawless-looking complexion. It infuses your skin with lightweight moisture for a healthy look and comfortable wear.
Our Number 2 Pick:
ELTA UV CLEAR SPF 46 TINTED
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 by EltaMD provides protection to your complexion to shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Fragrance-free, this face sunscreen’s smooth formula includes sodium hyaluronate to moisturize while lactic acid refines the skin to clear pores and reduce shine.
Our Number 3 Pick:
REVISION INTELLISHADE TRUPHYSICAL
Intellishade® TruPhysical – Award-winning, first-of-its-kind, all-inclusive moisturizer designed to deliver the power of 5 anti-aging products in 1. With over 20 anti-aging ingredients and true 100% mineral sunscreen that is free of hidden chemical sunscreens, this 5-in-1 anti-aging moisturizer helps to correct, protect, conceal, brighten and hydrate skin to deliver clinically-proven results.
A proprietary blend of 3 peptides, botanical extracts, and antioxidants help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps skin appear firm and lifted while providing antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors with groundbreaking 100% all-mineral technology. Provides broad-spectrum UV protection. Not formulated with parabens, alcohol or artificial fragrances.
If you would like to purchase any of our products, or need recommendations on a sunscreen that is right for you, please call us at 952-898-1600
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Together with the American Academy of Dermatology, we want to help you protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure.
Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible. For more effective sun protection, select clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
- Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
- Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
- When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
- Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
- Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.
*A tan is a sign that your skin has been injured- Whether you’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays or visit an indoor tanning salon, every time you tan, your skin is damaged. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
If you have any questions about skin cancer prevention, detection, and or treatment please call Skin Care Doctors, P.A. at 952-898-1600.
Article Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/how
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with millions of cases diagnosed each year. It’s also one of the most preventable cancers and highly treatable when found early.
The type of skin cancer a person gets is determined by where the cancer begins. If the cancer begins in skin cells called basal cells, the person has basal cell skin cancer. When cells that give our skin its color become cancerous, melanoma develops.
Here you’ll see what the most common types of skin cancer can look like and who tends to develop each type.
What does skin cancer look like?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most common type of skin cancer.
- BCC frequently develops in people who have fair skin. People who have skin of color also get this skin cancer.
- BCCs often look like a flesh-colored round growth, pearl-like bump, or a pinkish patch of skin.
- BCCs usually develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
- BCCs are common on the head, neck, and arms; however, they can form anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
- Early diagnosis and treatment for BCC are important. BCC can grow deep. Allowed to grow, it can penetrate the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.
Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer. It looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump, or pinkish patch of skin.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.
- People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC. This skin cancer also develops in people who have darker skin.
- SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
- SCC tends to form on skin that gets frequent sun exposure, such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back.
- SCC can grow deep into the skin, causing damage and disfigurement.
- Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent SCC from growing deep and spreading to other areas of the body.
Squamous cell carcinoma: The second most common type of skin cancer. Often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
SCC can develop from a precancerous skin growth
Some people develop dry, scaly patches or spots on their skin called actinic keratoses (AKs). Also caused by too much sun, an AK isn’t skin cancer. An AK is a precancerous skin growth that can turn into a common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.
- People who get AKs usually have fair skin.
- AKs usually form on the skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
- Because an AK can turn into a type of skin cancer, treatment is important.
Actinic keratoses: These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.
Melanoma is often called “the most serious skin cancer” because it has a tendency to spread.
- Melanoma can develop within a mole that you already have on your skin or appear suddenly as a dark spot on the skin that looks different from the rest.
- Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
Melanoma: The deadliest form of skin cancer. Frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
Knowing the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma can help you find an early melanoma.
Skin Care Doctors, P.A. provides total body scans to check your skin for potential areas of concern. Contact us today to schedule your skin cancer exam. 952-898-1600
April is here and we couldn’t be more excited to soak up the rays! As we know, with the sunshine, comes an extra need for sun protection. That’s why we’re here to share with you some helpful information from the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Did You Know?
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., but it is also one of the most preventable cancers.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day.
Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Follow the tips in the infographic below and #PracticeSafeSun every time you are outdoors. Check out the American Academy of Dermatology Association for more information at https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/sun-protection
To learn more about how Skin Care Doctors can help you, visit our website at https://www.skincaredrs.com/contact/ and contact us today.
“Maskne” has become a well known condition over the last year.
Cold weather is tough on skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin. Harsh winter winds and dry indoor heat can make the problem worse and lead to cracked and even bleeding skin. Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may also flare up during these cold, dry months.
While additional moisture helps, you can do more to treat your skin. Here are some tips to help reduce chapping and redness and keep your skin healthy and comfortable until spring arrives:
- Avoid long, hot showers. While a hot bath or shower can feel great in the winter, it can strip your skin of important oils. When possible, use warm or lukewarm water instead, including when you wash your face or hands.
- Choose the best winter moisturizer for your skin. The same old moisturizer you use the rest of the year may not cut it during cold and dry months. That said, thicker doesn’t mean better when it comes to moisturizers. If you’re prone to breakouts, you want to stay away from petroleum or oil-based formulas. Look for one that contains lipids instead. Alternatively, if your skin is severely dry, you might try adding an emollient moisturizer that seals in moisture, followed by another moisturizer on top.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen. Sunscreen isn’t just for hot summer months. Winter sun, combined with glare from the snow, can seriously damage your skin. Apply sunscreen to your face and hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before you go outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
- Say no to tanning. Many people think a tanning bed can provide the vitamin D they’re lacking during dark, short, cold days, but in fact, the damage a tanning bed can do to your skin far outweighs any temporary boost. Both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation cause cell damage that can lead to skin cancer.
- Know your skin. Whether you’re a sun worshipper or vigilant about sun safety, it’s important to examine your skin regularly and take note of any new moles or growths, and any changes in existing growths. Lesions that change, itch, bleed, or don’t heal are also alarm signals. Even if you’ve carefully practiced sun safety all summer, it’s important to continue being vigilant about your skin in fall, winter, and spring. Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early.
- Know when to call on an expert. Seeing a dermatologist even once is a good investment. They can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. They can also provide medication to address specific skin concerns when over-the-counter products aren’t working. And if you notice an concerning changes in your skin, it’s very important to see a dermatologist right away.
It’s that quiet time of year between summer and the holiday season. And it is the perfect time to pamper yourself
Skin Care Doctors, P.A. wants to help you get back to your skincare routine. Feel confident this fall and help your skin recover from that summer sun.
We have many effective acne and anti-wrinkle treatments, as well as a team of professionals dedicated to the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer.
Do you have a rash, acne breakout, suspicious new spot that appeared out of nowhere? We are happy to announce that with the addition of new providers we have openings usually within the same week, and in some cases the same day!
Learn About our New Providers HERE
October Featured Procedures & Products
The Theraplex Peel
Unlike other deeper peels that can damage the skin by excessively peeling and irritating the sensitive, inner cells of the epidermis and dermis, salicylic acid peels encourage the removal of old, dead cells from the outer layers stimulating the renewal of underlying, younger cells, and improving skin’s appearance.
EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser
Safe for all skin types
Gentle enough for daily use
Our board- certified team is trained to help you look and feel your best at every age. We offer premier skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments including BOTOX®, JUVEDERM®, JUVEDERM VOLUMA®, JUVEDERM VOLBELLA®XC,
KYBELLA®, Sculptra®, and more!
We are specialists in both medical and surgical aspects of dermatology. We treat diseases in the widest sense, as well as cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair and nails. Follow the links below to learn more about treatments for common diseases.
Have Questions? Call Us at 952-898-1600
For your Safety: Current COVID-19 Instructions To Ensure a Well Visit
- Following recent statewide guidelines, we are requiring everyone, patients & staff, to wear a mask to and from their appointments or anytime they come into our offices
- We are limiting the number of people in our lobby; when possible patients will be escorted directly to a treatment room
- Telemedicine is still available on a case by case basis
- We continue to exercise the highest standards of cleaning before and after every appointment
- To promote social distancing we ask that all patients attend appointments individually* unless assistance is needed
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