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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.

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.

 

The key ingredient you should look for in sunscreen is ?

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Tareen Dermatology SilkShade Tinted Sunscreen Dermatology Roseville Twin Cities Minnesota Zinc

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!

 

Natural Treatment Strategies for Rosacea

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Tareen Dermatology Green Tea wiseGEEK photo

Green tea has been shown to reduce inflammation (Photo courtesy of wisegeek.com)

Rosacea, a chronic vascular condition leading to redness, sensitivity, and broken blood vessels on the face, is very common in Minnesota. Here are a few natural ingredients to look for in skin care products to help manage your rosacea 
1. Niacinamide:  This is a B vitamin that decreases inflammation. Oral niacinamide dosed at 750 mg a day with a copper and zinc supplement was shown in a study to benefit 75% of users at 8 weeks. Topical niacinimide has also been shown to reduce the burning associated with rosacea.
2. Licorice: Licochalcone A (licorice extract) has been shown to help improve the stinging, tingling, and tightness associated with rosacea. Studies have shown that it takes at least 8 weeks for licorice extract to show an improvement.
3. Green tea: Catechins are the main anti-inflammatory ingredient in topical green tea. In studies, both oral and topical green tea have been shown to decrease the inflammation associated with rosacea.

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota embraces a natural, yet scientifically accurate approach to skin care. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues urge you to try these organic remedies for rosacea today!



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!

 

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