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By Academic Dermatology
January 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Drs. Whitney Tope and Dawn Tope, the dermatologists in Edina, MN, understand what it means to have acne. About 5 percent of adults acneand 80 percent of adolescents suffer from acne, which can cripple an individual's confidence.

More About Acne

The secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands is a natural process. This oil gland is meant to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, but this isn't always the case. The sebum moves from the root of the hair follicle to the top, the surface of the skin.

When you're suffering from acne, though, the sebum doesn't reach the surface of the skin. Instead, it creates a blockage, which consists of sebum and dead cells.

Whiteheads are formed when the opening of the hair follicle is completely blocked. Blackheads, on the other hand, are formed when the hair follicle's pore is still open. The inflammation of whiteheads and blackheads can produce red pustules that, when inflamed, lead to the scarring of the skin.


Treating acne isn't easy and your Edina dermatologists know just what to do. Here are a few techniques that may help with acne:

  • If your acne is only mild, Benzoyl Peroxide may help in reducing the blockage of the skin pores
  • Your hair follicles are susceptible to infections, which is why antibiotics, both oral and topical, may be important to consider
  • Using sources of Vitamin A, such as tretinoin, helps exfoliate blocked pores
  • Some people may use a metal instrument that removes and extracts whiteheads and blackheads manually or by force

Acne Scars

Unfortunately, no matter how much you may try to keep your skin healthy and eliminate acne, scars may develop. This shouldn't worry you though. Modern technology has several techniques to help reduce or eliminate those scars.

Here are some procedures your dermatologist provides:

  • Microneedling
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser Skin Treatment

For more information on acne, acne scars, and the various acne treatments, don't hesitate to call your Edina, MN, dermatologist.

By Academic Dermatology
November 16, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: scars  

How your skin doctors in Edina, MN can help your skinscars

If you have scars that make you self-conscious, it’s time to erase them! If you have scars from past surgeries, acne, or an injury, it’s time to erase them for good! It’s time to think about a cosmetic dermatology procedure. You don’t have to live with scars because there are many dermatology services that can erase your scars. Your dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN wants to share a few of the scar removal techniques.

Skin rejuvenation with lasers is a very effective type of scar removal. The laser works to resurface your skin by penetrating the layers of your skin. Collagen production is increased promoting your body’s natural healing abilities. After a laser treatment, your skin will appear smooth and revitalized. Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are comfortable, quick and safe, and require little or no downtime.

Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL, is another treatment using high-intensity pulses of light to stimulate collagen production, which helps your skin look younger. IPL therapy can reduce or eliminate scarring, leaving you with smooth, beautiful skin. IPL therapy is painless, non-invasive, and requires no downtime.

Scarring can also be reduced or erased with chemical peels. Today’s chemical peels use a beneficial combination of antioxidants, vitamins and other skin-nourishing ingredients in combination with hyaluronic acid to exfoliate the upper skin layers and reveal the younger, smoother skin underneath. After a chemical peel, your skin will look smooth and dewy and your scarring will be significantly reduced.

Microdermabrasion is another effective way to reduce or eliminate scarring. The treatment uses tiny micro-crystals which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, revealing the younger-looking skin underneath. Microdermabrasion feels similar to a massage as the crystals polish your skin. Treatment is quick, taking between 20 and 45 minutes per treatment. Recovery takes about 1 to 3 hours.

These are just a few procedures you might consider if you want to reduce or eliminate acne scarring. You don’t have to let scars take over your beautiful face! You can erase them thanks to state-of-the-art dermatology treatments. For more information about scar removal and other cosmetic and medical dermatology services, call your dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN today!

By Academic Dermatology
September 19, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin rejuvenate  

Are you unhappy with the changes in your skin? Whether you're concerned about texture issues, visible blood vessels, wrinkles or scars, skin rejuvenationskin rejuvenation treatments offer a solution to many skin problems. Our Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Tope of Academic Dermatology, discusses several types of rejuvenation treatments.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels cause the top layers of skin to peel off a few days after a chemical solution is applied to your face in our Edina office. Once the skin flakes away, your skin will look smoother and younger. Chemical peels can be helpful if you have acne, age spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles.


Microdermabrasion treatments also remove the top layers of the skin. Unlike chemical peels, the results are immediately noticeable. A fine spray of crystals produced by a handheld device exfoliates the outermost layers of skin, eliminating shallow scars, dark patches, acne lesions and wrinkles.

Injectable treatments

Dermal fillers and Botox treatments offer a simple, temporary way to improve your appearance. Fillers not only make cheeks and lips look fuller, but also soften creases and wrinkles, fill in scars and make crow's feet less obvious. Botox injections block nerve impulses from reaching facial muscles, which causes wrinkles due to dynamic facial expressions to smooth out.

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments

Laser treatments are an excellent choice if you're concerned about lines and wrinkles, age spots, dark patches, acne scars, large pores, rosacea, spider veins and broken capillaries. Laser light stimulates the production of collagen, a natural body protein that helps keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free. It also offers an effective way to break down hemoglobin, responsible for spider veins, and melanin, the pigment that causes freckle and age spots.

Laser treatment isn't painful, although you may experience a little stinging during treatments. Before your treatment, a cooling gel will be applied to your skin to ensure that you're not uncomfortable when the light is aimed at your skin. In most cases, you'll need three or more treatments to improve your skin problem.

Revitalize your appearance with one or more of these skin rejuvenation treatments. Call our Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Tope of Academic Dermatology, at (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment.

By Academic Dermatology
July 14, 2017
Category: Dermatology

In the past, lasers were a thing of science fiction, only imaginable in conjunction with stun guns or robots. However, thanks to great strideslaser skin treatments in modern technology, lasers are commonplace in treating medical conditions, especially in the dermatological field. Find out more about laser skin treatments and what they can do for your skin with Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN.

Laser Skin Treatments in Edina, MN 
Laser skin treatments are versatile and can help many skin conditions. Some common laser skin treatments offered by most dermatologists include:

  • Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal systems use lasers to target and destroy the follicle of the hair, preventing future hair growth after several sessions.
  • Laser Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing treatments focus on improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. The treatment uses lasers to penetrate the skin and remove the top layer of dead and damaged skin cells.
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation: Laser skin rejuvenation is similar to laser resurfacing, but uses tiny beams of light to penetrate deeper into the skin to help promote the body’s natural healing processes and improve the skin’s appearance.
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatments: This procedure treats unsightly blood vessels or veins on the skin. The treatment targets the unwanted vein, directing the laser’s energy to a specific area to destroy the vein and fade its appearance while keeping the surrounding skin intact. These treatments help improve the appearance of spider veins, port wine stains, hemangiomas, and redness from rosacea and other skin conditions.
  • Laser Peel: Similar to a chemical peel, a laser peel removes the topmost layers of facial skin to help even and smooth its appearance. Deeper laser peels result in more significant results, improving deeper lines and wrinkles.

If you think you could benefit from laser skin treatments, your dermatologist can help you determine which treatments are the best choice for you and your skin. For more information on laser skin treatments, please contact Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN. Call (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tope today!

By Academic Dermatology
May 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Redness  

Is redness causing you to feel embarrassed? Find out what might be causing it.Skin Redness

Have you been battling red skin for a while? Not sure why redness is occurring or what you can do about it? Our Edina, MN, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope may have some of the answers you’ve been looking for. Here are some of the most common causes of redness:

  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sunburn
  • Chemical burn
  • Allergic reactions
  • Poison ivy
  • Bug bites
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea

What is rosacea?

When people think about skin redness they often think about rosacea. This skin condition can lead to visible blood vessels on the face, red bumps or rashes (which may look like acne), dry eyes and itchy skin. If you suspect that your skin’s redness and irritation could be due to rosacea then it’s time you called our Edina, MN, skin doctor for an evaluation. Even if you don’t think you have rosacea, if you’ve been trying to calm your skin’s redness without results, it’s also time to give us a call.

How can I keep redness down?

It’s also a good idea to evaluate your daily skin routine to check for things that may be making your redness worse. If you find that you use a lot of exfoliating skin care products you may want to limit their use or be gentler when applying them.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid cleansers with harsher ingredients. If you use acne-fighting cleansers and notice that your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to talk to us about better skin cleansers and products to use.

You should also apply a moisturizer every day to your skin to keep it supple and hydrated. Dry skin is also more prone to redness, so making sure you find the right moisturizer for your needs is very important. If you need suggestions, we can help!

Also, what you eat could also be fueling your redness. It’s never a bad idea to limit or even avoid hot beverages, alcohol or spicy foods, which can exacerbate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with redness or other skin issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, to book an appointment with us. Let’s get to the source of your problem quickly so that we can treat it right away.

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