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By Academic Dermatology
May 22, 2018
Category: Skin Care

You need to speak to your Edina dermatologist about skin care

Skin, the body's largest organ, needs more than just lotions and creams to stay healthy. Skin is a protective layer that prevents the escape of moisture from your body, prevents harmful bacteria, fungi, or viruses from entering the body and regulates the body's temperature. Learn more with your Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Tope, at Academic Dermatology.

How to Maintain Healthy Skin:

Preventing skin damage in the first place is a good counter measurement. You should maintain a healthy skin care regimen to counter issues like age spots, wrinkles, and stress for as long as possible. Make sure you wash your face with a gentle cleanser and use lukewarm water to rinse it off twice a day. Pat wet skin dry instead of rubbing it with a harsh towel. Consistent skin exfoliation, at least twice a week, helps remove dead cells. Applying skin moisturizer immediately after a shower, or bath, and wearing sunscreen when outside is an important preventative measure.

Women should remove makeup every day and stop using tanning beds, quit smoking, avoid stress, get plenty of sleep, and drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Visiting your Edina dermatologist is vital, as well as self-examinations.

Skin Infections

Visiting your doctor and examining your own skin is important for keeping an eye out for infections:

  • Bacterial Infection: Keeping your skin clean prevents bacteria from entering your body if you have a cut, or break in your skin. Certain bacteria can cause rashes, such as Impetigo, a common skin infection in children.
  • Viral Infection: Viruses are parasitic organisms that do not respond to antibiotics and need medication to help relieve pain. Examples of viruses are:
    • Human Papilloma Virus
    • Human Herpes Virus
    • Chickenpox, shingles
    • Genital herpes
    • Mononucleosis.
  • Fungal Infections: Fungal infections only infect the outer layer of skin, like in the case of yeast infections, thrush, athlete's foot, or jock itch.

If you want to know more about how to take care of your skin, call your Edina, MN, dermatologist at (952) 746-6090.

By Academic Dermatology
December 17, 2014
Category: Skin Care

Wear sunscreen before hitting the slopes this winter!

When you think about protecting your skin and putting on sunscreen you often picture lying in the sun soaking up the rays; however, it doesn’t need to be warm and balmy in order to rub on the sunscreen. In fact, it’s just as important to protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. If you plan to spend any time out in this soon-to-be winter wonderland, then your Edina, MN dermatologist shares why you should keep that sunscreen handy even once the summer months are over:

  • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends putting on sunscreen about 15 minutes before going outside. This is how long it takes your skin to absorb the sunscreen and start working.
  • When you go sunscreen shopping, opt for one that has an SPF of 30 or more and protects against both UVA and UVB rays (this will help ward away skin cancer and even wrinkles).
  • If you plan to go skiing this year, then one of the first things you should remember to pack is a new bottle of sunscreen (sunscreen does expire so it does no good to grab a bottle that’s been sitting around for years).
  • Sunscreen does wear off, so if you are hitting the slopes or just enjoying an outdoor activity, you’ll want to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.
  • Also, it’s important to protect your eyes. Therefore, you should always wear protective goggles or sunglasses while you ski. And just like your sunscreen, opt for a pair that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • If you don’t plan to wear a helmet while skiing then you’ll certainly want something to protect your head. Therefore, always bring a hat with you to wear while on the slopes.
  • UV rays are stronger at a higher altitude and can reflect off snow, so either wear a bandanna or ski mask to protect your face from the harsh elements.

Even Olympic skiers know the importance of protecting their skin while still enjoying the game. You can too, and you’ll certainly be happy you did.

If you experience any skin problems this winter, don’t hesitate to call your Edina dermatologist for an appointment. Don’t let your skin take a beating during the cold winter months.