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Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

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An epidemic is sweeping our nation – skin cancer is on the rise with over 4 million new cases diagnosed every year in the United States.  The vast majority of these skin cancers are of the basal and squamous cell carcinoma type. These types of skin cancer have an indisputable link with sun exposure. Melanoma type skin cancer is also increasing- this more deadly subtype has both a sun induced and genetic component. As a society, we are now quite conscious about sunscreen. Are there other things we can do to help prevent this epidemic of skin cancer?

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  1. Nicotinamide: Also known as vitamin B3 – nicotinamide has been shown in several trials to reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer. A trial of 386 Australian patients who had more than 8 skin cancers over the past 5 years showed that those who took nicotinamide had a 23% reduction in skin cancers compared to those who took placebo.  Furthermore, those in the nicotinamide group had a 13% reduction in precancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses.  Not only is nicotinamide effective, but it is quite affordable (typically about 6 cents per day) and well tolerated, with no major adverse effects.  Here is a link to a previous Tareen Dermatology blog post on nicotinamide: http://www.tareendermatology.com/cms/2015/06/29/a-pill-today-to-keep-cancer-away/

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  1. Polypodium leucotomos: Also known as the calaguala plant, this product is commercially available in a standardized product called Heliocare. The evidence for this plant extract is that it acts as an antioxidant- protecting the skin against free radical damage that stimulates mutations and skin cancers. Since free radicals also contribute to skin aging, Heliocare is also thought to have a cosmetic benefit!

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  1. Milk thistle: Also known as Silybum marianum, this plant is still being studied to reduce skin cancer. In animal studies it does have a protective benefit.  Furthermore, it is safe and inexpensive.

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At Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota we hope that all of our patients both protect their skin with sun protective clothing and sunscreen as well as prevent skin cancer with these great natural strategies!

Melanoma Monday

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Today is Melanoma Monday!

moles-atypicalThis is an important day for all of us at Tareen Dermatology, as it gives us the opportunity to remind our patients that although melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, it can be prevented with good sun protection and easily treated when caught early. We recommend that all of our patients have what we refer to as a ‘full body skin exam’ once a year, so that we can monitor your skin for new or changing moles. If you have had a skin cancer previously, we may even recommend that you come in more frequently. During this visual exam, we identify lesions or moles on your skin that should be monitored or removed for evaluation.

So why is it so important to be monitored for melanoma (and other skin cancers)?

The reason we recommend the once year skin exam is because melanoma can be treated successfully if diagnosed early. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 87,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2017 alone. Although melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer, it is the most common cause of death from skin cancer. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 people will die of melanoma in 2017, that’s approximately one person every hour.

Malignant melanoma evolving from a preexisting mole

Malignant melanoma evolving from a preexisting mole

We don’t share these facts and statistics from the American Cancer Society to scare you; we share them with you to remind you of the importance of regular dermatology visits to screen for melanoma and other skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma can increase due to factors like genetics, history of multiple sunburns and tanning bed use; however, a recent study by The Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that the daily use of sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent!

What can you do at home to monitor your skin for melanoma?

Great question! Performing self-checks at home is an important way to catch a new or changing mole. If you notice something new or changing, we recommend scheduling an appointment for evaluation with one of our Tareen Dermatology providers right away.

Here is what we recommend you look for when checking your skin at home – we call this the ABCDEs of Melanoma:

ABCDE of Skin Cancer

ABCDE of Skin Cancer

A – Asymmetry

B – Border Irregularity

C – Color Variation

D – Diameter greater than 6mm

E – Evolving (does that mole look different than it did last year?)

On this Melanoma Monday, please remember to schedule your yearly skin exam at Tareen Dermatology and make a pledge to practice safe sun habits to protect yourself and your loved ones in 2017.

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

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.

 

How to Rejuvenate and Slim Your Neck

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What can I do about my turkey neck?

2016 is the year of the neck! We now have great options to help with extra fat, sagging, and loose skin.  Before 2016, options were limited to more invasive procedures such as lower face-lifts or liposuction but now there are amazing injectables and technology to rejuvenate the entire neck area.

Options for treatment:

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Dr. Tareen self-administering a Kybella treatment

1. Kybella: This molecule is injected locally into the chin fat. It dissolves the locally resistant pouches of fat very effectively and once the fat is destroyed it never returns.

2. Coolsculpting: This procedure uses patented freezing technology to cause death of the fat cells. Once the fat cells die, they are slowly excreted by the body. The great aspect of Coolsculpting is that the loose skin slowly tightens as the fat dissolves away.

3. Skin Tightening: A deep wavelength of light is used to heat and tighten the sagging tissues. This can also be used on the face to lift and sculpt.

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Before and after one coolmini Coolsculpting treatment

Please tune in to Twin Cities Live on this Monday, August 22 at 3pm where Tareen Dermatology will be featured discussing all of these great options and highlighting our TCL rejuvenation specials!

 

The key ingredient you should look for in sunscreen is ?

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SilkShade Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a great natural source of topical Zinc.

Sunscreen and its ingredients are a controversial and personal topic. The media inundates us with mixed messages – at one end berating individuals for not frequently re-applying and on the other end claiming that sunscreen and its ingredients actually CAUSE cancer.

I always strive to be the voice of reason for my Minnesota patients. As a board certified dermatologist, I can assure my patients that NOT using sunscreen increases the risk of skin cancer. However, I agree that constant use of many chemicals MAY (and I stress may) be harmful.

Thus, the key ingredients that I stress for my patients are minerals, particularly zinc oxide. These mineral based sunscreens (which typically contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on top of the skin as a shield and protectant from the sun. 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.

I hope this sheds light on a confusing topic and encourages more of my patients and friends to safely protect their skin with my favorite ingredient zinc!

 

Vitiligo: Causes and Treatment

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Tareen Dermatology patients before and after completing treatment

Actual Tareen Dermatology patients treated with excimer laser for vitiligo

 Vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder which causes white, de-pigmented patches to appear on the skin. 

Although it is unknown why the immune system attacks the pigment cells, we now have excellent treatments to help achieve re-pigmentation of the skin.

One of the most exciting advances in the treatment of vitiligo is the excimer laser. The excimer laser utilizes an anti-inflammatory, focused wavelength of light to target inflammation in the skin and stimulate re-pigmentation. 

Phototherapy, which utilizes safe narrowband UVB, is another successful treatment modality for widespread vitiligo. These quick and painless treatments utilize a full body light source to target inflammation and bring back the skin’s natural color.

There are many benefits to the excimer laser and phototherapy treatments for vitiligo including:

-Safety: These anti-inflammatory wavelengths of light only target the skin. There is no systemic absorption, thus treatments are safe for almost all ages and individuals.
-Efficacy: Treatments bring back pigmentation (either completely or at least partially) in over 80% of individuals.
-Cost: Insurance covers the cost of most treatments (including Medicare).

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota is proud to offer these safe and effective laser and light treatments for vitiligo. Individuals with these white patches do not need to suffer anymore – Tareen Dermatology is happy to help! Dr. Mohiba Tareen will be on ABC’s Twin Cities Live, channel 5, discussing vitiligo treatments on Monday, August 1st at 3 pm or contact our office for more information.

A Natural Option to Treat Warts!

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Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Many warts resolve on their own. It may be advisable to seek the help of Dr Tareen and her colleagues if warts are large, painful, rapidly spreading, or causing social stigma.

There are many treatment options for warts. My own 5 year old son had a monster wart on his foot that we attacked with liquid nitrogen, laser, cantharidin (a topically applied medication), as well as home treatment with duct tape. After 6 in office treatments his wart is finally gone! Luckily, I can get most of my patients wart free with less than 6 treatments.
Kashi Tareen Wart Before After

After many years of stubbornness, Kashi’s wart is finally gone!

A recent study highlighted oral zinc supplementation for treatment of pediatric warts. In children who were treated with zinc, 87% of the children cleared the wart in 2 months compared to 0% in the placebo group. The dose of zinc recommended is zinc sulfate 10 mg/ kg/ day (up to 600 mg/day) for up to 2 months. All children in the treatment group reported nausea, but no other side effects. No recurrence of the warts was noted at 6 months.

Thus, zinc, which is safe and natural, can be used for wart treatment (although nausea may be rate limiting). It is always nice to have a natural option!

 

 

Gingko Bilboa- Restoring Natural Pigments in Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where the skin loses its pigmentation. The reason the immune system starts attacking the skin pigment cells is unknown. Vitiligo is not uncommon – it is estimated that 1-2% of individuals will suffer with an area of vitiligo at some point in life.

Before and after of vitiligo treatment.

Before and after of vitiligo treatment.

Recent treatment advances are helping individuals achieve regimentation.  A combination of excimer laser treatments (which utilizes a targeted, non-cancer causing wavelength of light) as well as topical creams can be very effective and life changing.
A recent Cochrane review of vitiligo treatments published on Feb 24, 2015 also lists gingko as an effective treatment for some individuals with vitiligo. Patients given gingko biloba 40-60 mg 2-3 times per day, 10 minutes before meals, showed improvement in the their pigmentation. Importantly, very few adverse effects were noted.
Thus, gingko biloba may be a great, safe adjunct for individuals with vitiligo. In conjunction with laser therapy and topicals, we may be able to restore natural pigmentation!

 

Dr. Tareen’s Personal Experience with Precancerous Moles

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Read about Dr Tareen’s personal story about precancerous moles in this month’s edition of the national magazine Marie Claire.com

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Minneapolis Dermatologist Dr Mohiba Tareen shares her close call with skin cancer

Dr. Mohiba Tareen shares her story with her close call with cancer

Age at diagnosis: 33

As a dermatologist of Indian descent, Dr. Tareen knew everything there was to know about skin cancer. When an abnormal lesion developed while she was pregnant, she knew to get checked—stat. 

Her story:

“Though skin cancer is rare in my culture, I know that melanoma is one of the most common malignancies found in pregnant women. So when I noticed a new mole had developed on the sole of my foot during my second pregnancy, it was a bit scary. I saw that the mole was growing and quickly had it removed. Luckily, it was detected in the pre-cancer stage—otherwise, it could have caused significant morbidity, as cancer can spread quickly during pregnancy.”

Her message:

“Women with brown skin tones: Even you need regular full-skin checks! I have several patients of color with pre-cancers and skin cancers.”

Click here for the link to the full story (or click on my photo above to take you directly to the magazine article)

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