Cold Weather is Tough on Skin

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Skin Recovery

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.

Book Your Consultation Today!

 

EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser

Give your skin a fresh start with EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser. A gentle enzyme and amino acid blend loosens makeup, oil, and other impurities on the skin and in the pores. The thick, rich foam gently cleanses leaving your skin feeling clean and balanced.
  • Safe for all skin types

  • Reduces inflammation

  • 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!

Book Your Consultation Today!

 

Medical Dermatology

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
*A minor can be accompanied by 1 parent or guardian 

It’s Glow Time

From dermal fillers to skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal to vein treatment, we want to help you GLOW! We are excited to announce that the Skin Care Doctors, P.A. offices are NOW offering all medical and cosmetic services once again. Book today- 952-898-1600

Appointment Protocols for The Safety of our Patients and Staff:

  • 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
  • To promote social distancing, we ask that all patients attend appointments individually unless assistance is needed
    *minors can be accompanied by 1 parent or guardian 
  • 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

August Featured Procedure: Sclerotherapy

Vein disorders can lead to serious health complications. Vein Associates specialize in effective vein treatments.

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and “spider veins.” Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. Over time the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been used for 90 years!

August Featured Products: EltaMD Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD Sunscreens help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin again caused by the sun. These sunscreens are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are sensitivity-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free.

We carry:

  • EltaMD UC Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 for normal, combination skin types
  • EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for skin prone to acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation

Ask your provider about sun protection that is right for you at your next appointment, or stop by and purchase at any of our locations.

Find a location near you today- 952-898-1600

Dr. Foster: Skincare, from Acne to Aging

Listen to our very own Dr. Heidi Foster discuss skincare on the Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson HERE 

 

July Practice Updates

July Practice Updates From Skin Care Doctors, P.A.

We have missed all of our patients and want to thank you for standing with us during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Telemedicine appointments are still available and will be utilized for appointments as deemed fit by our office. Patient and employee safety remains our top concern. We will continue to be guided by the state of Minnesota, the CDC, the World Health Organization as well as the American Academy of Dermatology.

Our enhanced cleaning, additional protocols, and telemedicine options mean you can take comfort in coming in for the care you need. We feel strongly that you should never have to put your health on hold.

 

 

Appointment Protocols for The Safety of our Patients and Staff:

· We are requiring everyone, patients & staff, to wear a mask to and from their appointments or anytime they come into our offices

· To promote social distancing, we ask that all patients attend appointments individually unless assistance is needed

· 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

 

 

Book your procedure today: 952-898-1600

5/11 Practice Updates For COVID-19 From Skin Care Doctors

Skin Care Doctors, P.A., and Vein Associates are grateful for the support of our community during this crisis. Our team has been reviewing the revised order from Governor Waltz on May 5th, 2020. Patient and employee safety remains our top concern. Our clinic has been open for in-clinic critical issues as well as telemedicine appointments.

With Governor Walz’s revised order, we may now begin clinically necessary elective appointments and procedures. Each staff member and physician will follow state-ordered PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to protect themselves and their patients.

Every patient will be required to wear a mask. If a patient does not have a mask, we will supply one. We will be taking patient temperatures upon arrival at our office. Any patient with a temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher will need to reschedule their appointment. Alternately, any staff member or physician with a temperature of 99.5 or higher will be sent home. We ask that patients attend their appointments individually unless they are a minor or need assistance; in which case 1 person may accompany them. Every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is being taken for the safety of our team and patients. All of the CDC & World Health cleaning standards continue to be followed and our waiting room has been set up to follow social distancing guidelines. If you are not comfortable or able to come in for your appointment, a telemedicine appointment may still be an available option for you.

Please call our office if you have any questions, or to make an appointment, 952.898.1600. We will continue to update you here as we all navigate this ever-changing situation.

We Are On Instagram!

We are excited to announce that we are now on Instagram for Skin Care Doctors, P.A. (@skincaredrs), and Vein Associates. Follow us on Instagram for patient education, information about our offices, and skincare tips from our team of providers.

Please feel free to like, message, and share with us in this new way. We truly have the best patients and want to make sure that you feel supported during this time and moving forward. We look forward to engaging with you.

Just a reminder that we are also on Facebook as well.

https://www.facebook.com/skincaredrs/

 

4/3 Practice Updates during COVID-19 From Skin Care Doctors

To Our Patients & Community,

Skin Care Doctors, P.A. and Vein Associates are grateful for the support of our community during this crisis. We want to make certain you know that we are here for you.

OUR CLINICS ARE STILL OPEN

In-office appointments are limited to more critical issues and cases where discomfort is a factor. Every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is being taken for the safety of our team and patients.

For everyone else, WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED TELEMEDICINE. It is easy, covered by most insurances and allows you to meet with your doctor as early as today. Please call the office to schedule a telemedicine appointment.

If you have an upcoming appointment, we will be in contact with you individually to discuss your options, or feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about your currently scheduled appointment.

Have Questions? Give Us A Call at 952-898-1600 or Email Us at info@skincaredrs.com

 

3/20 Update For Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

To our patients,

We are committed to supporting our community and our patients during the emergence of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. We wanted to announce upcoming schedule changes to better accommodate our patients and our staff during this time.

Our offices will be providing limited services next week, March 23rd through March 27th.

  • Our offices will be closed to the public
  • We will only be seeing patients if there is an emergency
  • Our offices will have staff providing phone support during business hours for rescheduling, refills, and patient inquiries
  • Should patients have questions about an emergency situation, our nurses will be available by phone to address inquires

 

We apologize for any inconvenience. Our staff will reach out via phone to reschedule patients with appointments next week.

We hope you understand that this is a fluid situation and we continue to monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.

If you need to reach us please call 952-898-1600.

A Note To Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

To our patients,

We are committed to supporting our community and our patients during the emergence of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. We wanted to share with our community the actions we at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. are taking to continue to provide outstanding patient care while limiting the continued spread of COVID-19. In order to help minimize the chance of exposure we are implementing some additional procedures before patient arrival, upon arrival, throughout the duration of the patient’s visit, and until the patient’s room is cleaned and disinfected.

  1. Prior to arrival for an appointment, while doing reminder calls, our staff will check with each patient to see if he/she has developed any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g.,cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and fever). If a patient has symptoms or recent possible exposures or recent travel to areas affected by COVID-19, we will ask the patient to reschedule their visit and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  2. We will ask patients on arrival if they have had a cough, fever, AND shortness of breath in the last 14 days and if they say “yes” to all (or just to fever), we will give them a mask, reschedule their appointment, and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  3. If a patient has had any of the COVID-19 resembling symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) but these symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or baseline health issue (i.e. COPD, emphysema, CHF) and  have not recently gotten  worse we will give them a mask to wear during their appt. If they have had a FEVER we will give them a mask, reschedule their appointment, and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  4. We are waiving cancellation fees for patients who need to cancel their appointments due to illness or social distancing practices, which has been our policy in the past too. If patients think they might be sick with a cold, flu, or seasonal allergies, we ask that they please stay home.
  5. Be reassured any Skin Care Doctors staff member exhibiting signs of illness similar to cold, flu, or seasonal allergies, we are asking them not to come to work and have them stay at home.
  6. All surfaces at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. offices are and will continue to be cleaned using products recommended by the World Health Organization before and after each use by patients or staff members. These areas include but are not limited to: exam tabletops, clipboards, pens, countertops, exam beds/tables, doorknobs, and exam light buttons/handles.
  7. We are trying to maintain social distancing within all of our waiting rooms and exam rooms.

This is a fluid situation and we are monitoring the World Health Organization www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov to ensure our prevention measures are up to date with the best available scientific knowledge. Therefore policies and procedures may change or adapt on a daily basis. We will continue to update our staff and community if there are changes to this.

As one additional step to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 we are also including the current best practices from the CDC to slow the spread of the virus.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

Wear a face mask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water