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Laser Tattoo Removal-What you need to know

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Tareen Dermatology is proud to offer the first Enlighten™ laser in enlightenMinnesota for laser tattoo removal.

Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which breaks down the ink particles that make up tattoos. A ‘picosecond’ is one-trillionth of second, and is 1,000 times shorter than the ‘nanosecond’ pulses used in existing laser treatments for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and require 40% fewer treatment sessions than traditional lasers. The Enlighten laser also uses two wavelengths, one long and one short, to treat a variety of ink colors, even red ink. The Enlighten laser is a safe and effective treatment option for all skin types.

Laser tattoo removal often requires multiple treatments depending on the composition, depth, color and size of the tattoo. Tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin and in order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed for clearance.

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Patients are always worried if laser tattoo removal hurts. Most people compare the procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. At Tareen Dermatology, we use topical or local anesthetics to minimize discomfort.

Baseline, after 10 QS treatments and after 1 enlighten treatment. Photo courtesy of Cutera and Dr. O. Ibrahimi,

Baseline, after 10 QS treatments and after 1 enlighten treatment. Photo courtesy of Cutera and Dr. O. Ibrahimi,

It is common for patients to experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. These side effects are temporary and most patients can return to regular activities immediately following the treatment.

Price varies by size and the intricacy of the tattoo. Free consultations are offered prior to treatment. Contact our office at 651-633-6883 or appointments@tareendermatology.com for more information and to schedule your appointment.

 

Check out our video of laser tattoo removal here

Everything you need to know about Laser Hair Removal

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about swimsuits, shorts and shaving. In the summer months, I often see an increase in the number of patients experiencing painful ingrowns, folliculitis and general skin irritation as a result of shaving. For patients looking for a more permanent treatment option I often recommend laser hair removal.

The laser targets dark, pigmented hair in the active growth stage. Because there are three cycles of hair growth: active, transition and dormant, and since the laser is only effective on one cycle, laser hair removal requires a series of treatments usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. After each treatment, patients will notice a patchy decrease in their hair growth.

Unlike waxing, hair does not have to be grown out to be treated, so you can shave or clip between treatments (however, no waxing or tweezing as this will disrupt the hair follicle). Six to nine treatments are usually required to produce the most noticeable results.

Beware that laser hair removal is not a permanent solution, there will always be some maintenance required as new hair follicles develop. Laser hair removal is also only effective on pigmented hair that the laser can target, no grays or blonde.

At Tareen Dermatology, our laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment option for all skin types.

Sunscreen Recommendations

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There are so many options when it comes to picking a sunscreen. You should always be looking for a broad spectrum 30+ SPF.

There are so many options when it comes to picking a sunscreen. You should always be looking for a broad spectrum 30+ SPF.

The Spring Break season is upon us and as a board certified dermatologist I am often asked by my patients about what to look for when choosing a sunscreen.

When looking for a sunscreen I always recommend a mineral based product that will create a physical barrier on the skin, particularly sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. In contrast, the chemical based sunscreens (long names include avobenzone, octocrylene, ecamsule, etc.) must be absorbed into the skin to provide sun protection. Also good to know – the mineral sunscreens provide almost immediate protection while chemical sunscreens need to be applied approximately 30 minutes prior to going outside in order to be effective.

Zinc is the only ingredient that I use for my children’s sunscreen. In fact, the FDA recommends zinc as the main sunscreen ingredient for babies.

Zinc alone can be very chalky and white so it is important to look for the words “micronized.” This is a process whereby the mineral particles are made finer and more cosmetically elegant (but does not decrease the sunscreen efficacy).

A few brands that I like: Elta MD sunscreen, Vanicream sunscreen (made in Minnesota!), CeraVe AM, and of course the Tareen Dermatology SilkShade.

A few other good tips to keep your skin safe while enjoying the beautiful weather:

  • Look for broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Sun protective clothing and wide brimmed hats can be stylish and comfortable
  • Do not “lay out” to get a base tan: this only provides an SPF of 4 and falsely makes one think they are protected
  • UV blocking sunglasses and lip balm are imperative (ocular melanoma and lip cancers are on the rise!)
  • Remember, there are statistically more skin cancers on the left side of the face and body due to chronic sun exposure from driving- use extra protection on the left side and think about investing in UV tinted windows
  • Examine your skin head to toe once a month and see your dermatologist yearly for a skin exam

As a board certified dermatologist, I can assure my patients that NOT using sunscreen increases the risk of sun damage and skin cancer.

The Redness Bias: Does facial redness influence perceptions of people?  

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Facial redness, flushing, and bumps — also known as rosacea — is a very common problem.  It occurs in up to 10% of Caucasian individuals.  For those who experience redness it can not only impact them socially and emotionally but will often affect other people’s perceptions of them.

 

A recent study conducted by Dr Linda Papadopoulos in London demonstrated that among 6,831 individuals, photos of people who suffered from facial redness were rated to have poorer health and negative personality traits. Those same individuals, when shown with clear faces, were perceived as “well” and “healthy.”  Furthermore, participants were more likely to be friends with or hire the person shown in the image WITHOUT facial redness.

 

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For the individuals who suffered from redness, 77% reported an emotional impact. They reported that other individuals have told them they drink too much or to recommend skin care interventions. However, these individuals reported much more control over their redness and symptoms once they were diagnosed. Once diagnosed with rosacea, 90% felt motivated to deal with their redness.

 

Dermatologists have a responsibility to help our patients deal with both the medical and psychologic impact of rosacea. At Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota we specialize in medical, laser, and lifestyle interventions for rosacea and facial redness.

 

Children’s Eczema: How to prevent this uncomfortable condition

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infant-eczemaEczema –a skin disorder characterized by rough, red, scaly and itchy skin — is on the rise. It is estimated that up to 20% of children in the United States suffer from varying forms of this disorder.

Recent research has given new strategies to help prevent this uncomfortable skin disorder.
1. Daily application of emollients from birth: Applying moisturizer from birth has been shown to significantly reduce the development of eczema. The benefit is due to enhancement of the skin barrier.  Researchers propose that daily application of moisturizer to all babies constitutes an effective, safe and cheap strategy to help prevent eczema.
2. Home water softeners: A study in England determined in children genetically prone to eczema, that hard water exacerbated the condition. Further studies are underway.
3. Probiotics: Maternal consumption of probiotics, especially during the third trimester, may reduce the development of eczema. The science shows that probiotics increase the development of diverse gut microbes. These microbes have a protective strategy against eczema.
Simple and effective strategies for eczema are easy to incorporate into our daily lives and can help protect the next generation against this itchy and uncomfortable skin disorder.

 

 

Winter Skin Care Tips

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winter-skin-care-tips-minnesota-dermatologyWinter in Minnesota means lots of cold, dry air which reeks havoc on your skin. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed and without a change in your skin care, dry air can even make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.To help heal and prevent dry skin follow these few simple steps as provided by the American Academy of Dermatology.

1. Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse.

  • Close the bathroom door
  • Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes
  • Use warm rather than hot water
  • Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
  • Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using so much that you see a thick lather
  • Blot your skin gently dry with a towel
  • Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin

2. Apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Ointments, creams, and lotions (moisturizers) work by best-moisturizer-winter-skin-dermatology-mntrapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap this much-needed moisture, you need to apply a moisturizer within few minutes of drying your hands or body. We like to recommend Cetaphil and CeraVe as good everyday moisturizers for all of our patients.

3. Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion. Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Avoid scented products that can increase skin irritation. Shea butter and coconut oil also work well.

4. Wear lip balm. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Some healing lip balms can irritate your lips if they are scented. If you experience any tingling sensation, do not use the lip balm. We like to recommend Aquaphor to all of our patients.

5. Use only gentle, unscented skin care products. Some skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, stop using:

  • Deodorant soaps
  • Skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)

6. Wear gloves. Our hands are often the first place we notice dry skin. You can reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves. Be sure to put gloves on before you:

  • Go outdoors in winter
  • Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
  • Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
Wear cotton gloves under wool to avoid skin irritation and be sure to avoid wet gloves or cloths which can exacerbate eczema, cracking,  or cause sores.

7. Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent. When our skin is dry even clothes and laundry detergent can be irritating. To avoid this:

  • Wear cotton or silk under your clothing made of wool or another material that feels rough
  • Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic”

8. Stay warm without cozying up to a fireplace or other heat source. Sitting in front of an open flame or other heat source can dry your skin. 

9. Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier. If you can check your home heating system, find out if you have a humidifier on the system — and whether it’s working. Central heating actually blasts hot dry air throughout your home.

10. As always, continue to wear sunscreen on exposed areas of skin. Light actually reflects off the snow and can cause a severe sunburn. It is especially important to reapply sunscreen if you are performing physically extensive activities such as snowboarding or skiing when you can sweat off your SPF.
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Your skin should start to feel better quickly. If these changes do not bring relief, you may want to contact the clinic. Very dry skin can require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin also can be a sign of a skin condition that needs treatment. A dermatologist can examine your skin and explain what can help reduce your discomfort.

 

Bed bugs at your hotel? A guide to prevention.

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As we enter the holiday travel season, I would like to educate my Tareen Dermatology patients about bed bugs, and more importantly, how to avoid picking them up at hotels.

Bed Bug bites often occur in a line or pattern.

Bed Bug bites often occur in a line or pattern.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius is the most common type of bed bug and the type that causes most human infestations.

Unfortunately, bed bugs can live months (and even YEARS) between blood meals. Bed bugs also lay a great deal of eggs and have many offspring. In addition, bed bugs have evolved to become resistant to many insecticides and can survive weeks at extreme temperatures. Thus, PREVENTING bed bugs infestation is the best strategy.

At hotels:

  1. Look around: Bed bugs like right angles, so they can be found on headboards, bed frames, mattress piping, drawers, and windows. They can also be present on the under surfaces of furniture or in peeling paint.
  2. Check for droppings: Bed bug droppings typically are round brown splotches. Check mattresses and sheets as well as other furniture. If droppings are seen, bed bugs have been there and are probably still there.
  3. Follow the 3 foot rule: Check areas within 3 feet or so of hotel beds for evidence of bed bugs as this is the typical distance that they travel.

If you picked them up at your hotel and are now home:

  1. Utilize high heat: Heavy vacuuming and steaming may kill bed bugs if the temperatures are high enough.
  2. Lose the insecticide and forget cold: Insecticides are rarely effective. Bed bugs can also withstand freezing temperatures. Heat and mattress encasements tend to be most effective.
  3. Call Dr. Tareen: For resistant infestations, there are pills and topicals that can be prescribed.

If infestation with bed bugs does occur, do not worry. Bed bug bites are not dangerous. They are however very itchy and do look bad. So, follow the above tips to prevent these little nuisances from ruining your winter vacation.

 

 

The Importance of Skin Cancer Screening at any Age

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“I never used sunscreen when I was younger”, “That freckle has been there forever!”, “I didn’t realize I was able to have a yearly skin check with my insurance”.

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ABCDE of Melanoma

These are comments from patients that we hear everyday in our clinic. Many patients may not know the benefits of skin screening, or what to look for when they do at home skin exams. The great majority of patients do not know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in adults in the United States today. Each year, over three million patients with be diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers and over 75,000 will be diagnosed with melanoma. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are rarely fatal, although they can result in significant problems if left untreated. It is estimated that over 10,000 patients in the United States will die from melanomas in 2016.

Everyday at Tareen Dermatology, we diagnose and treat all types of skin cancers. Each skin cancer can be treated in a variety of ways, and we have resources to treat you. It is important for everyone to have their yearly skin checks and also be aware of what to look for at home.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full body skin exams for all adults over the age of 18, as well as for any younger patients who are at a higher risk for skin cancers. If you have a family history of melanoma, more than 50 moles on your body, or if you have had a significant amount of UV exposure you should be screened for skin cancers. During the full skin exam, your Provider will take a look at all of your skin from your scalp to the spaces in between your toes! If there are any lesions that look suspicious, they may recommend a biopsy. If you need a biopsy, the procedure is quick and easy as illustrated in this video. Biopsy results are usually provided to the patient within 14 days.

Between your in-office skin exams, it is important to also be checking your skin monthly to look for any changes. The ABCDE’s of melanoma provide a quick and easy guideline of “red flags” to look for with moles or freckles. Many patients will come in with concern about a freckle that is changing in appearance, or is suddenly painful, itchy or bleeding. If you notice that you have a lesion that matches any of the ABCDE’s, it is recommended to follow-up in clinic for a spot check.

Skin cancers can occur anywhere on the skin, and they can occur on all skin types and colors. In Minnesota we have one of the highest rates of melanoma in the country. It is important to protect your skin on a daily basis with SPF 30+ UV broad spectrum sunscreens, as well as visit your Dermatologist for a yearly check up.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a skin exam or spot check, please call our office at 651-633-6883or email us at appointments@tareendermatology.com.

 

 

Antibacterial soaps: More harm than good?

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handwashing-banner1As we head into flu season, the benefits of washing hands with soap and water cannot be over emphasized. But what soap exactly should you be washing with?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final ruling to pull triclosan and triclocarban from the market. The reason for the ban on the ingredients was multifactorial:
  • Manufacturers failed to show the ingredients to be safe for daily long term use
  • Manufacturers failed to show the ingredients are better than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infections
The FDA’s rule does not apply to hand sanitizers, wipes, or anti-bacterial products used in health care settings.


According to Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research “In fact some data suggest that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long term.”

 

From my perspective — as a board certified dermatologist practicing in the cold and dry Minnesota climate — I suggest everything in moderation: wash your hands with plain old soap and water, leave the antibacterial soaps for the hospital setting, and moisturize frequently to prevent dry skin and cracks that then subsequently spread infection.


Warts: Causes and Treatments

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Even Dr. Tareen's child are not immune to warts!

Even Dr. Tareen’s child are not immune to warts. But after several treatments they will resolve.

Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have the potential to grow on skin anywhere, and their appearance can change based on where they are growing. For instance, warts on the bottom of the feet (“plantar warts”) can look more flat on the surface of the skin, whereas warts on the fingers or the elbows may grow out from the skin more. We don’t know exactly why some people get warts while others never get them. If you have had a wart yourself, you know that they can be a nuisance but will eventually go away with treatment!

There is no single, perfect treatment of warts: however, at Tareen Dermatology we have a variety of treatment options to help get rid of your warts no matter their location. Treatment consists of destroying the outer layer of skin that the wart grows on, and thus ridding the body of the wart. Most commonly a wart will first be treated with liquid nitrogen or cantharidin, which is an irritant to the skin. The cantharidin may cause a blistering reaction to gently lift away the wart from the skin below. Some patients will undergo laser treatment for their warts, which is performed in-office with no down time. The treatment to be used on your wart depends on their location and size, your type of skin, and the judgement of the Dermatologist.

 

There are also several at home options that may be used, together with in-office treatments, to help rid you of your warts in a more timely fashion. Over the counter wart medications that contain at least 17% salicylic acid can be applied directly to the wart to help destroy it. Studies have also shown that the daily application of duct tape to a wart can help get rid of them faster. Additionally,
Recent studies have shown that taking an over the counter zinc supplement can boost the immune system to help it fight off the wart virus.  If you have questions about these, or other at home treatments, our Providers would be happy to discuss them with you. 
If you have a wart, don’t worry! These are very common and, with treatment, will go away!
If you or someone you know has a wart and would like to begin treatment call (651-633-6883) or email appointments@tareendermatology.com to set up an appointment today.

 

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