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MAKEUP AND BRUSH CARE

In addition to harboring bacteria, expired cosmetics may cause skin irritation and eye infections. Recording the purchase date on each cosmetic can be helpful to ensure that items are replaced at recommended intervals.
 

PRODUCT
Powders (including blushes, bronzers, and shadows)
Liquid Foundation
Concealer
Cream Shadows and Blushes
Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Lip Liner
Pencil Eyeliner
Liquid or Cream Eye Liner
Mascara
REPLACE
2 Years
1 Year
12-18 Months
12-18 Months
1 Year
2 Years
3 Months
3 Months
 
Use a specialty brush cleaner or a small spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol for daily brush cleaning – simply spritz brush thoroughly and swipe brush several times on a tissue. Brushes should also be washed at least once weekly to remove buildup of oils, pigments, and breakout-inducing bacteria.
 
1) WASH
Swirl the bristles in warm water diluted with a gentle cleanser or shampoo. To cut through intense pigments, try dishwashing liquid.
 
2) RINSE
Run the bristles under a steady stream of warm water until it is clear, and all soap and debris are removed. Blot the brush with a clean towel and gently shape the bristles with fingers.
 
3) DRY
Standing a brush upright is a no-no! Water can wear away the glue around the metal band that secures the bristles to the handle causing the bristles to loosen over time. Instead, lay tools flat on a towel.

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ACNE RECOMMENDATIONS

Acne can cause more than blemishes. Studies show that people with acne can suffer from low self-esteem and depression. Fortunately, most insurance plans cover acne visits and acne medications prescribed by a dermatologist. To learn more about acne, visit AAD.org. Complimentary consultations are also available with our esthetician to review treatment options for scarring and discoloration.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP MINIMIZE ACNE FLARES:

  • clean your phone with an antibacterial or alcohol wipe daily
  • change your pillowcase frequently
  • wear mineral makeup
  • clean makeup brushes after each use
  • avoid touching and picking acne lesions
  • apply ice to calm inflamed lesions
  • cover skin while spraying hair products
  • cleanse skin after washing and conditioning hair
  • avoid hot water, aggressive scrubbing and abrasive cleansers
  • take time to relax – stress provokes acne

RECOMMENDED ACNE PRODUCTS

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SUNBURN TREATMENT

To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. See our 10 quick tips below and visit AAD to learn more.

1. For immediate relief, soak the sunburned areas in cold water (but not ice water) or with cold compresses for 15 minutes.
2. Keep skin moist with neutral moisturizers. If using aloe vera gel, be sure it’s 100% pure aloe vera and alcohol-free. You may also use EltaMD Moisturizer (available at our clinic).
3. A topical over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may be applied to relieve itching.
4. Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.
5. Drink extra water.
6. If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.
7. Avoid loofahs, scrubs and exfoliating products.
8. Do not pull hanging skin as this can remove attached areas that are not yet ready to come off. Cut any hanging pieces of peeling skin with clean scissors.
9. Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals.
10. Severe sunburns should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Symptoms of second-degree sunburn (aka “sun poisoning”) include intense pain and blistering, accompanied by fevers, chills and nausea.

Lastly, we can’t help to not add that prevention is the best remedy. Complimentary consultations are available with our esthetician to learn about optimal sun protection.

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VITAMIN D GUIDELINES

Vitamin D is crucial for your health. Getting vitamin D from a healthy diet is a safer alternative than indoor tanning or the sun, which can increase your risk of skin cancer.
 
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SKIN CANCER SCREENING

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And while it’s most common in fair complexions and those with a history of even one bad, blistering burn, it can develop in any skin tone or types, anywhere on the body. The good news is that the disease has a very high cure rate when caught early and removed surgically, frozen with liquid nitrogen, or treated with low-dose radiation.

The music world lost a legend in May 1981 when reggae artist, Bob Marley, died after a four-year battle with a melanoma that started on his toe. A melanoma even a millimeter deep is already deep enough to breach the bloodstream and export cancer to the rest of the body. More often than not, as Marley’s case shows, such an aggressive melanoma is nearly impossible to treat. Yet the five-year survival rate for those that catch melanoma before it spreads is an astonishing 99%. In other words, Bob Marley probably could have survived had he allowed a timely amputation.

Help encourage early detection of skin cancer by reminding your friends and family of the importance in scheduling a skin exam with a dermatologist. Fortunately, most medical insurance plans cover this routine visit. Please be sure to remove all nail polish from fingernails and toenails since skin cancers can form below nails and nail beds.

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUN

When you think of summer, you think of beaches and outdoor fun in the sun. However, keeping your family protected while outdoors is challenging when information about the risks and benefits of sun exposure are confusing:

• Sun provides Vitamin D.
• Sun exposure can cause skin cancer.
• It causes 90% of all skin cancers.
• Overcast days are not much safer than those that are sunny, as 70-80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can get through the clouds.
• The sun is about 80% stronger when reflected off sand and snow.
• The sun’s rays increase in intensity by about 4% for every 1,000-foot rise in altitude.
• It’s better to play or engage in sports before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. If that’s not possible, try to avoid being out at high noon.
• The sun weakens the immune system, reducing your defense against infection.
• In general, people can get all the vitamin D they need for strong bones from fortified milk, salmon, vitamin supplements and/or brief, casual exposure.
• Zinc oxide provides superior protection from UVB and UVA rays. Your daily sunscreen should have an SPF rating of 30 or higher and should also contain at least 5% zinc oxide.

So, the question is, why do some doctors say that sunlight is good for you if others say it is dangerous?
 

 

What are the dangers of the sun?

 

Overexposure to the sun, at a minimum, prematurely ages your skin. The ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible and can affect skin even on cloudy days. The damage can be visible with uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, a mild sunburn that causes redness and itching or severe burning that can cause blisters and peeling skin.
Over time, the damage to your skin adds up. At a minimum, it can cause a loss of elasticity that leads to sagging and wrinkles. In other cases, it can result in skin cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer.
1. Basal cell carcinoma
2. Squamous cell carcinoma
3. Melanoma
If you’ve spent time in the sun, you should make it a practice to examine your body for moles, lesions or other signs of sun damage. Our dermatology office offers mole mapping to monitor for changes in moles. The mapping can be scheduled at any time.
 

 

Is some sun exposure good for you?

 

Light exposure to the sun can be fun and healthy, as long as you follow a few sun safety facts. Exposure to the rays of the sun can help regulate our moods by producing serotonin, the hormone that can make us feel relaxed and happy. Sun exposure can help prevent and treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

It also helps to manage our circadian rhythms by producing melatonin that helps us to sleep when the day is done. The same melanin that is produced in response to UV rays also triggers an increase in the production of vitamin D levels that creates strong bones and can prevent some diseases.
 
 

How much sun a day is healthy?

 

The amount of UV exposure needed each day could vary according to the individual’s risk factors. However, a useful sun safety guide is around 15 minutes of sun exposure during non-peak hours per day, several times per week. It is still critical to use UV protection.

A broad-spectrum coverage with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended by dermatologists for all skin types to prevent skin damage. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. It is also a good idea to use an antioxidant serum as a part of your skincare routine to prevent free-radical damage.

If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, some procedures can reverse signs of sun damage. Our office performs chemical and laser peels that resurface the skin, remove hyperpigmentation and improve the skin’s texture. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at North Metro Dermatology today.

 

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INDOOR TANNING: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SAFE TAN

Studies have found a 59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use. Research demonstrates that even people who do not burn after indoor tanning or sun exposure are at an increased risk of melanoma if they tan indoors. Even one indoor tanning session can increase users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. Learn more about the dangers of tanning in the article by Dr. Sherri Long and Dr. Anudeep Rahil published in Minnesota Health News.

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TOP DOCTORS
Dr. Sherri Long and Dr. Anudeep Rahil are awarded “Top Doctors” again for Mpls./St. Paul magazine! READ MORE HERE!

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NMD REWARDS PROGRAM

Receive $10 credit with every $200 purchase. Only esthetician services and products are eligible for reward earnings and credit may only be applied to future esthetician services and product purchases. NMD Rewards may be combined with other offers. No registering or tracking on your part. There are no limitations and no expiration. Phone orders included.
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Birthday Special

Don’t let your skin age another year! Retinol Repair Serum ($56 value!) FREE with any cosmetic treatment during your birthday month!
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