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Creams for Wrinkles

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how-to-use-retinoidsAs a certified dermatologist, I am often asked by patients if there are any creams to prevent and treat wrinkles. Luckily, there is! Retinols are vitamin A based derivative that increase cell turnover and help build collagen. Retinols are also great for treating blackheads/whiteheads and help reduce the appearance of some sun spots by exfoliating them away. Until three months ago, prescription strength retinols could only be prescribed by an MD, however Differin recently became a great OTC alternative. Differin, also known as Adaplene .1% gel, is available over the counter at retailers like Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc and costs approximately $15 for a 15 gram tube.

Retinols are available in varying strength from low to strong potency. Adaplene is considered a low potency option and is great for people with sensitive skin. However, some individuals may need a stronger retinol such as Retin-A (also known as Tretinoin which is a mid potency medication) or Tazorac (the strongest available retinol). It is best to consult your dermatologist before using any of these medications to determine they are safe for you to use.


Even though adaplene is considered a low potency retinol, it is important to be educated before using it.


All topical medications should first be patch tested on a small area of skin to see how you react to them. For many people, adaplene is a strong retinol and they experience peeling, redness and irritation with overuse. It is best to start using a retinol only a few times a week. When applying a retinol, you should always follow it with a moisturizer to prevent excessive peeling or irritation or even apply moisturizer before and after the retinol, sandwiching it in between to layers of moisturizer. It is best to use a moisturizer that is noncomedogonic product, like Cetaphil or CeraVe, that won’t clog your pores. For people who don’t want the added step of applying moisturizer, the  Tareen Dermatology Retinol Repair 50 is a great option which has moisturizer added to its formulation.


It usually takes two weeks for your skin to get used to a retinol and over several weeks you may be able to increase your usage to every other night or nightly. Retinols are safe to apply long term by all ages but should be discontinued when planning pregnancy.
For other information or to discuss further treatment options, call Tareen Dermatology at 651-633-6883  to schedule your appointment today.

Foods for Clear Skin

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Fish and walnuts omega 3

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We already know that two main foods have been shown to flare acne: Dairy and foods with high glycemic indexes (ie white bread, pasta, potatoes).  These foods increase hormonal and oil production and also spur inflammation.

New data shows there are foods to incorporate in your everyday diet to help minimize inflammation and maximize a clear complexion:
1. Probiotics: These are found in yogurt, saurerkraut, and pickles. Probiotics encourage healthy bacteria to grow in your digestive system.
2. Omega-3 Fatty-Acids: These are found in salmon and walnuts. These good fats help fight inflammation and also hydrate the skin from the inside.
3. Zinc: Individuals with lower levels of zinc have been found to have more severe acne.
A healthy diet will make you feel good and make your complexion glow!


A Probiotic A Day To Keep the Dermatologist Away?

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Woman with perfect skin eats yogurt to keep her skin healthy!

Having probiotics even 3 times a week can have many benefits for the skin. Photo Credits: nenetus/Shutterstock.com

Probiotics – helpful bacteria that protect the body from harmful bacteria – are everywhere in the media these days. In addition to yogurt, other sources of probiotics include kimchi and the tea beverage kombucha.  For skin health, several studies have shown that probiotics may be beneficial for acne/rosacea, eczema, infections, and even anti-aging.


Probiotics have been shown to reduce inflammation (by preventing the body’s immune response to surface bacteria), thus reducing redness and lesion counts in these conditions.


Probiotics may help reduce the number of infections, particularly with MRSA (a harmful bacteria that lives on the skin) in people with eczema. Probiotics may also help increase the health of the skin barrier and reduce inflammation.

Chronic Wounds:

Studies are underway utilizing topical probiotics to help heal wounds. One study currently shows that a probiotic based gel is more effective than the current standard of care silver based dressing.


Ingestion of probiotics may help protect the skin against sun damage. A study found that mice supplemented with probiotics three times a week experienced less UV damage, and more hydrated skin than those who were not supplemented. Furthermore, the mice that were supplemented had more thick and lustrous fur.

For all of these conditions, the optimal doses of probiotics have not been defined. At our Minneapolis dermatology clinic, I counsel my patients: “A probiotic a day may help keep the dermatologist away!”


Does diet influence acne?

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foods that prevent acne breakouts

Probiotics help prevent acne breakouts

At Tareen Dermatology, we utilize a combination of holistic and medical approaches to achieve clear skin for our patients. Recent research demonstrates that diet may have a significant impact upon acne production. Here is the scoop:

What food to AVOID if you are acne prone:

1. High glycemic index foods: These include foods such as white bread, white potatoes, crackers, pretzels, white rice and other processed, carbohydrate heavy foods. In a 10 week study of teenagers with acne, biopsies of the skin were taken before and 10 weeks after a low glycemic diet. During the 10 weeks, the teens instead consumed multigrains, vegetables, and protein. All of the teenagers’ acne improved. Skin biopsies demonstrated less oil production and overall less inflammation.

2. Skim milk: Skim milk increases the amount of insulin produced by the body. Insulin stimulates acne production and in some women who are prone to excess of testosterone, also facial hair. Cheese and yogurt have not been shown to stimulate acne.

What foods to EAT if you are acne prone:

Yogurt and probiotics: Yogurt with live and active cultures and probiotics actually help protect against acne production. Probiotics regulate the amount of “good bacteria” in the digestive tract and reduce levels of systemic inflammation. Studies have shown that probiotic consumption can also reduce formation of eczema (an added bonus!).

In summary, at Tareen Dermatology we embrace a natural and holistic approach to acne and all skin disorders. This includes dietary interventions and the appropriate use of scientifically proven medications to give our patients healthy, smooth, and glowing skin.

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