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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?


  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!

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.

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”.


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.



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!”


Ready to Get Rid of That Double Chin and Saggy Jawline?

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Is your double chin aging you? Does the heaviness at your jawline make you feel older and less attractive? Do you dislike your jowls when you look in the mirror? Welcome Kybella! This remarkable new FDA approved treatment dissolves the excess neck fat that comes with aging. After Kybella treatments, you will be back to having that firm, taught jawline of your youth. Furthermore, Kybella naturally dissolves the excess fat to leave you with a natural, not artificial appearance. Learn more about Kybella treatment with expert board certified Minnesota dermatologist Dr. Mohiba Tareen.

Learn about this safe and effective new treatment:

Kybella's Before and After pictures show dramatic improvements in the neck and jawline shape, visible from both front and side profiles!

Kybella’s Before and After pictures show dramatic improvements in the neck and jawline shape, visible from both front and side profiles! (Courtesy of kybella.com)

What is Kybella? Kybella utilizes a substance known as deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring acid has been safely shown to dissolve only fat cells. The excess neck fat is dissolved, leaving the normal skin behind.
Who is a candidate for Kybella? Individuals with a double chin or excess fat around the jawline are excellent candidates for Kybella. Because Kybella requires no general anesthesia, it is safe for almost every individual.
How long does Kybella last? Since Kybella dissolves excess fat cells it does not wear away.  There is no Botox/Dysport or dermal filler that needs to be repeated every few months. As long as you maintain your weight, your jawline should stay taught and youthful, as the fat cells are permanently destroyed!
Is Kybella painful? Minnesota dermatologist Dr. Tareen is known for her expert, painless injection technique. Dr. Tareen utilizes several different types of numbing mechanisms to reduce discomfort, making Kybella an exciting, interactive experience!
Can men have Kybella? More than half of all patients requesting Kybella at Tareen Dermatology are male. A man’s jawline is very important for projecting both youth and masculinity. Kybella will bring back that defined and handsome jawline of their youth.
Can I be allergic to Kybella? In the clinical trials for Kybella, this was not a commonly reported side effect. The most common side effects are temporary numbness, bruising, and pain. These side effects were quickly resolved and most patients in the clinical trials were very happy with their treatment! Over 79% of those treated with Kybella were very happy with their choice.
Who should perform my Kybella treatment? Only trust a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform your Kybella treatments. Damage to the facial and neck nerves may occur in the hands of a novice. Due to her expertise with cosmetic injectables and skin cancer surgery, Dr Tareen is the natural choice. Combining kindness and expertise, Dr Tareen will safely and painlessly perform your Kybella treatment in Minnesota.
How much does Kybella cost? Individuals vary with the amount of product required. The average cost is $1500.
Kybella is a revolutionary breakthrough that we have all been waiting for. A smooth, tight jawline is a marker for youth and attractiveness. Say goodbye to your double chin and saggy jawline quickly, cost effectively, and safely in the hands of expert dermatologist Dr Mohiba Tareen!

Please contact our office at 651-633-6883 or email Rachel@tareendermatology.com for further questions.

Dr. Tareen’s Guide on Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Summer

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Baby Kamran is wearing his hat to protect him from the sun

Kamran sporting his new hat and ready for the summer sun!

  1. Sunscreen is your friend: It is estimated that 90% of aging and skin cancers are related to ultraviolet light. A broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays will keep your skin safe and young!
  1. Sometimes more is not necessarily better: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 and above. SPF 15 protects against 93% of the sun’s rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97%, SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 100 blocks 99%. Thus, some dermatologists advocate that any sunscreen over 30 just gives users a false sense of security. More important than the number on the bottle is frequent re-application (every 2-4 hours), particularly after swimming or sweating.
  1. Use Sun Smarts: It is not just about sunscreen- the judicious use of sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sun protective clothing is equally as important as sunscreen. For my own children, I like rash guards and clothing that physically limits ultraviolet light on the skin. Two great affordable websites include www.coolibar.com and www.swimoutlet.com.
  1. Use an anti-oxidant: Topical anti-oxidants include vitamin C and ferrulic acid. These ingredients help neutralize free radicals -toxic compounds generated by sun and pollution. They provide an extra layer of protection from the sun and brighten the skin!


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