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By Academic Dermatology
March 06, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Dry skin can be an annoying issue. Find out what could be causing this problem.dry skin

It can be frustrating to look in the mirror and suddenly notice flaking skin. Most people notice it during the colder, winter months but dry skin can happen any time of the year. If you experience this problem often and feel stumped by what could be causing it, our Edina, MN, dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Tope, can give a little insight into what could be to blame.

The Products You Use

Not all soaps are created equal, so if you find yourself dealing with itchy, dry skin you may want to point a finger at the soap you are using. If you are using a soap that is too harsh on your skin it could strip away moisture your skin needs. In any case, it is always a good idea to opt for a fragrance-free soap that is gentle and mild.

Hot Showers

While anyone who loves to stand in a steamy, hot shower will be disappointed to hear this, this could actually be the main cause for your dry skin. While it might feel great at the time, taking hot showers can rob your skin of its natural oils. If you suffer from dry skin then it’s time to turn the temperature down so that it’s warm (not hot) and don’t linger in the shower for more than 10 minutes.

The Climate

We all know that once winter hits we don’t always feel as spry. The same goes for our skin. If the air outside is dry our skin could soon be screaming for some much-needed moisture. In fact, many changes to the climate can lead to skin issues.

Blasting the heat in your home may seem like an easy fix for getting warm but it could serious strip away moisture from your skin. Instead, consider using a humidifier in your home and keeping the temperature to around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do go outside make sure to protect your skin with scarves, hats, coats and gloves.

The Aging Factor

We all get older. This is just a fact of life. Of course, we don’t exactly need our skin reminding us all the time. This is when our Edina skin doctors can help you revamp your skin care regime to meet your changing needs. You may now need to make subtle changes to your routine like applying a thicker cream to your face and body every morning. Look at the ingredients used in your skin care products. Ingredients such as retinol can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles without drying out the skin.

If you are having trouble getting your dry skin under control then it’s time to turn to the skin experts at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN, who can help get your skin back on track. Call us!

By Academic Dermatology
January 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: scars  

Scars can be highly obvious and cause you to become embarrassed of your appearance. Luckily, with help from your dermatologist, youscars no longer have to live with your scars. Learn how scar removal works and what it can do for you with Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN.

What is a scar? 
A scar is the skin’s response to injured tissue. When wounded, the skin produces collagen, which helps reconnect the tissues which have opened due to injury. A scab forms over the healing wound to protect it from the outside elements while the tissues grow slowly back together. When the body finishes healing, it no longer requires the protection of the scab, allowing it to dry and fall off, leaving a scar in its place. Sometimes, scars fade on their own over time. However, many scars need the help of a dermatologist to become more discreet.

How does scar revision work? 
Scar revision surgery techniques and results vary based on the scar, the area of the scar, the blood supply to the area and the size of the scar. While there is a risk to any surgery, scar revision is normally safe and effective. Depending on your scar, your doctor will use a technique which will make it less obvious and more aesthetic. Some scars like keloids may require steroid therapy to reduce discomfort and, sometimes, even shrink the scar.

Scar Removal Treatment in Edina, MN 
If you feel as though your scar requires scar removal treatment to improve its appearance, you should contact your dermatologist. A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin. Together, you and your doctor can determine the best course of treatment and expectations for results according to you, your scar and your skin.

For more information on scar removal, please contact Dr. Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN. Call (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment for a scar removal consultation with Dr. Tope today!

By Academic Dermatology
November 09, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: nutrition  

Clear, youthful looking skin is the holy grail of every skincare routine. As the largest organ of the human body, tasked with providing a nutritionprotective barrier to external elements and pollutants from our environment, the skin can be incredibly resilient. And like the rest of the body, the health and appearance of our skin, especially facial skin, depends on a number of individual lifestyles, health, environmental, and genetic factors.

Dr. Whitney Tope, a dermatologist at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN advises patients of all ages to think about the food on their plate as the first step in a skincare routine.

What to Eat and Drink For Better Skin

From acne and freckles to fine lines and wrinkles, the skin can act as a barometer for what is going on inside our bodies. Nothing will wreak havoc on a complexion like a poor diet and dehydration. According to a study conducted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, nearly half of all Americans do not drink enough water on a daily basis. When coupled with the consumption of food and drinks that can have a negative effect - like excessive caffeine and sugar - the skin is vulnerable to damage on a daily basis.

In addition to drinking enough water, Prevention Magazine recommends adding foods that have been shown to promote clear, healthy and younger looking skin, by boosting collagen and infusing the skin with essential minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, such as:

  • Greens
  • Antioxidant-rich tomatoes
  • Berries and apples
  • Eggs (rich in protein, antioxidants and lutein)
  • Almonds and walnuts
  • Healthy fats like avocado and extra virgin olive oil
  • Whole grains

Skin Rejuvenation in Edina, MN

What does skin resurfacing and rejuvenation entail? Professional skincare treatments help treverse some of the damage done to our complexions, which may be caused by sun exposure, poor diet and nutrition, environmental irritants and genetics. Skin rejuvenation treatment options at Academic Dermatology include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Botox
  • Fillers
  • Acne treatment

Find a Dermatologist in Edina

Radiant, beautiful skin is the result of a comprehensive skincare routine and healthy lifestyle habits, like a nutrient-rich diet, exercise, self-care and professional maintenance and rejuvenation treatments from a skincare professional. To learn more about the best professional skin resurfacing techniques for your complexion, contact Academic Dermatology by calling (952) 746-6090 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tope and the Academic Dermatology team today.

By Academic Dermatology
September 09, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Acne treatment can often feel confusing. Find out about the different kinds of acne and how we handle them.

Acne is all the same, right? Actually, it’s not! It may cause the same red, inflamed bumps on your skin but not all acne is created equal. acneYou have blackheads, whiteheads, pustules and even painful cystic acne. So while acne by any other name will still cause the same embarrassing symptoms, our Edina dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope has treatment plans to target all acne differently.

The purpose of acne treatment it to help speed up the healing process of your current breakout and to prevent new pimples from forming. Treatments can also be used to reduce or even eliminate the potential for acne scarring. Drugs are often used to handle the main issues that play a role in the development of acne such as bacteria, inflammation and oil production.

Your acne treatment plan will be based off the severity of your condition. Sometimes over-the-counter medications and skincare products can be recommended to target your acne while other patients will require one or more prescription medications.

Treating Whiteheads, Blackheads and Mild Inflammatory Acne

Our Edina skin doctor may recommend a combination of OTC and prescription medications to target milder acne cases. Most topical medications contain one of these acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, sulfur or benzoyl peroxide.

No acne treatment is designed to eliminate this skin problem over night. It will take some patience on your part to keep using the medication as directed. It can take up to two months to see noticeable results.

Treating More Serious Inflammatory Acne

If you are dealing with a more moderate-to-severe case there are other treatment options available to you including,

  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal medication (e.g. birth control pills)
  • Retinoids

Treating Cystic Acne

For those few people who don’t find relief from their severe inflammatory acne with the above treatment options, as well as those with cystic acne, they may require a stronger medication. Sometimes an oral medication called Isotretinoin is the best course of action. This medication is designed to protect the skin from scarring. This treatment usually resolves acne in about 15 to 20 weeks.

If you are looking for quality dermatology treatment in Edina then look no further than Academic Dermatology. We are dedicated to improving the look and quality of your skin to make you feel confident in your appearance.

By Academic Dermatology Cutaneous Surgery & Laser Center
July 07, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Veins that have become enlarged, dilated, and engorged with blood are known as varicose veins. While they tend to develop in the legs and feet, the condition can technically affect any vein in the body. There are several factors that can increase the risk and predispose a person to develop them, but the most common cause is prolonged periods of uninterrupted standing or sitting, which can interfere with Varicose Veinscirculation. Repeatedly sitting or standing for hours puts excessive pressure on the veins and reduces blood flow, which causes the veins to swell and eventually protrude. Varicose veins can appear bulky and rope-like under the skin.

Varicose Vein Diagnosis and Treatment in Edina, MN

Anyone can develop varicose veins, but they are more common in women. As people age, veins begin to lose elasticity, which makes it more difficult for the valves to effectively pump blood back towards the heart, causing it to pool in the veins. As a result, the risk of developing varicose veins also increases with age.

Other risk factors include:

  • Heredity and family history - they tend to run in families, so having a parent or close relative with varicose veins can also increase the risks
  • Obesity/being overweight - excessive weight puts additional pressure on the veins which can cause them to swell and protrude

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

In most cases, they do not pose a health risk and are generally a cosmetic problem. However, Dr. Whitney D. Tope, a dermatologist at Academic Dermatology Cutaneous Surgery & Laser Center in Edina, MN, recommends seeking treatment if symptoms develop. In some cases, they can cause pain and discomfort, and lead to rare but potentially serious complications like ulcers, bleeding, and blood clots.

Find a Dermatologist in Edina

Varicose and spider veins can be a cosmetic nuisance and affect self-esteem and quality of life, as well as cause potentially serious complications in rare cases. For more information on safe and effective treatment options, contact Academic Dermatology Cutaneous Surgery & Laser Center in Edina by calling (952) 746-6090 to schedule a consultation today.

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