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3 Nonsurgical Acne Treatments for Acne Scarring to Boost Your Complexion Nov 2nd, 2022

Having acne is hard enough, with the toll it can take on your psychological and emotional well-being. For many, acne leaves behind scars that continue to affect their mental health, self-confidence, and self-esteem.  At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our board-certified cosmetic dermatologists understand the long-term emotional effects of acne and the scars it leaves...

Why Should I Get A Skin Cancer Screening? Oct 1st, 2022

Every day, nearly 9,500 people in the United States find out they have skin cancer. At the current rates of diagnosis, 1 out of every 5 people in the US will have skin cancer at some point during their life.  At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our board-certified dermatologists are experts...

Say Goodbye to those Last Few Pesky Pounds Sep 7th, 2022

Are you making good food choices and getting regular exercise but can’t seem to drop those last few pounds? You’re not alone. Some areas of the body like to hold on to unwanted fat despite all of your efforts.  If you’re ready to say goodbye to those last few pesky...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer Aug 1st, 2022

Every day, about 9,500 people in the United States find out they have skin cancer, making it the most common type of cancer in the country. When found early, skin cancer is highly curable. But how do you know if you have skin cancer? At Associated Skin Care Specialists, we have board-certified dermatologists who specialize in...

Is Shingles Contagious? Jul 1st, 2022

The same virus ― varicella-zoster virus ― causes both chickenpox and shingles. Chickenpox is very contagious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person with chickenpox can infect up to 90% of the people they come in close contact with, if those people aren’t immune to the virus (meaning...

Do You Sweat Excessively? Try miraDry®! Jun 1st, 2022

It’s estimated that about 5% of people in the United States sweat excessively. However, because it’s an embarrassing problem, this estimate is likely higher, according to the Cleveland Clinic.  But there’s no need to feel embarrassed about your excessive sweating. With advancements in aesthetic medicine, there are effective treatments for your...

Help! I Think I Have Poison Ivy May 1st, 2022

Poison ivy is sneaky. You spend a little time enjoying the great outdoors, and a few hours later you have this itchy, red rash with blisters to boot.  We know how you feel. Help! At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our experienced board-certified dermatologists help many patients every year deal with their poison ivy.  What...

How to Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups Apr 5th, 2022

Eczema isn’t a single skin condition, but an umbrella term for conditions that cause inflamed, irritated, itchy skin. More than 30 million people in the United States have some form of eczema.  Some types of eczema cause ongoing skin problems, like atopic dermatitis, while others only cause problems when you...

I’m Tired of my Tattoo; Do Lasers Work for Removal? Mar 4th, 2022

Despite what you were told when sitting in the tattoo artist's chair getting inked, tattoos are no longer permanent. If you’re tired of your tattoo, laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective tool for getting rid of your skin art, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association...

What to Do About Head Lice Feb 4th, 2022

Every parent dreads that call from the school: You need to come pick up your child. They have head lice.  Your initial reactions may be panic and dread. You may have concerns about who else has head lice and all the cleaning you have ahead of you to disinfect your...

Choosing Your Ideal Dermal Filler Jan 13th, 2022

Dermal fillers are the second most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the United States, just after Botox®. They’re a quick cosmetic injection that gives you immediate results. Though many people use dermal fillers to restore a more youthful look, our highly skilled board-certified cosmetic dermatologists at Associated Skin Care Specialists...

The Many Benefits of CoolSculpting® Dec 13th, 2021

We know you don’t want to hear this, but: Diet and exercise may not be enough to get rid of all the jiggly fat from your belly and thighs. However, you have options that don’t include surgery or downtime.  CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical body-contouring tool that uses innovative freezing technology...

Who’s At Risk for Skin Cancer Nov 10th, 2021

Almost every day, 9,500 people in the United States learn they have skin cancer. Anyone can develop skin cancer. However, there are factors that increase a person’s risk.  At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our highly skilled board-certified dermatologists are experts at preventing, diagnosing, and treating skin cancer. Though we can...

Your Treatment Options for Psoriasis Oct 18th, 2021

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes thick, scaly patches of skin. If you have psoriasis, you know how itchy those scaly patches of skin get, especially when left untreated.  At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in treating psoriasis. We offer many innovative treatment options to...

Our Menu of Laser Skin Treatments Sep 1st, 2021

From aging to acne to unwanted hair, aesthetic lasers address a wide range of skin needs and beauty concerns.  At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our board-certified dermatologists take a comprehensive approach to care, utilizing advanced tools and technology so you get the best possible outcomes. Here, we want to share...

Get Rid of Your Stubborn Fat Once and for All Aug 24th, 2021

Even when you reach your goal weight, you may still struggle to get rid of the belly flab or the fat that clings to your hips and thighs. Eating less and moving more may not help you get the results you want. What are your options for getting rid of...

Who Gets Hives? Jul 21st, 2021

Anyone can get hives. It’s estimated that about 20% of people develop hives at some point during their lifetime.  The red, itchy welts usually appear suddenly and disappear within a few hours. However, it’s not uncommon for new hives to appear as old ones fade, causing an itchy rash that...

Do I Have To Live With Psoriasis Forever? Jun 7th, 2021

Those red, scaly, itchy patches of skin are quite uncomfortable and even embarrassing for some people. Though there are many effective treatments that can help minimize psoriasis flare-ups, there’s no cure. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that will be with you for life.  Knowing that you have to live...

Understanding Magnetic Muscle Stimulation Technology and How It Can Benefit You May 1st, 2021

We all know how important regular exercise is for our health. But even the most dedicated gym-goers have a hard time reaching their ultimate body goals. Crunches, squats, and lunges only get you so far.  We get it. At Associated Skin Care Specialists, we offer non-invasive body sculpting treatments to...

Treatment for Your Poison Ivy Apr 13th, 2021

After spending months cooped up inside, you’re probably itching to get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and warmer weather. Though spending time outdoors benefits your physical and mental health, you may forget the positives if your time enjoying Earth’s natural beauty ends with an itchy poison ivy rash. But...

Why Mohs Surgery Might Be Right for You Mar 1st, 2021

Every day more than 9,500 people in the United States are told they have skin cancer. Being diagnosed with skin cancer is unnerving. However, when caught and treated early your chance of a full recovery is excellent. Treatment for skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer you have...

Understanding the Different Types of Psoriasis Feb 16th, 2021

Up to 90% of people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which causes red, thick, scaly patches of skin. Though this type of psoriasis is easy to recognize and diagnose, it’s not the only way the immune-mediated disease presents itself. There are many types of psoriasis. While most types affect the...

Why Do I Have Rosacea? Jan 1st, 2021

It’s estimated that rosacea affects about 16 million people in the United States, making it a common skin condition. Despite these statistics, you may wonder why you have rosacea.  Here at Associated Skin Care Specialists, we understand your question and your frustration with the skin condition. Our experienced board-certified dermatologists...

Why Do I Keep Getting Hives? Dec 1st, 2020

Hives are common and often develop suddenly and unexpectedly and resolve in 24 hours or less, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. However, not everyone who develops hives is so lucky. In some cases, hives last for weeks or they recur frequently. If you suffer from chronic hives,...

How to Protect Your Skin and Prevent Melanoma Nov 1st, 2020

Though not as common as other types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma is the most serious. When not detected and treated in the early stages, melanoma quickly spreads to other organs.  Rates of melanoma are on the rise in the United States,...

Managing Pain When You Have Shingles Oct 1st, 2020

Thanks to vaccines, many kids will never have to suffer through the chickenpox. But if you had the chickenpox, you’re at risk of developing shingles. Though caused by the same virus, varicella-zoster virus, shingles is significantly more painful and uncomfortable than the chickenpox.  Our board-certified dermatologists at Associated Skin Care...

Can Dermal Fillers Help Acne Scars? Sep 1st, 2020

Despite being the most common skin condition in the United States, acne takes its toll on a person’s emotional and social well-being. For some, the skin condition may leave behind scars that serve as a constant reminder that can negatively impact one's appearance and self-esteem. But you don't have to...

Hyperhidrosis? Remedy Excessive Sweating This Summer With MiraDry® Aug 5th, 2020

Sweating is a normal physiological function that helps your body regulate temperature. When your body heat rises, it activates your sweat glands to excrete water on the surface of your skin to cool things down. Though sweating may be a normal body function, some people suffer from excessive underarm sweat,...

Incorporating Botox® Into Your Regular Beauty Routine Jul 6th, 2020

Lines, wrinkles, and creases are a natural part of the aging process and largely controlled by your genetics. Though you can’t change your genes, there are other factors that influence your aging skin you can change.  Botox® is a cosmetic injection that makes the wrinkles on your skin soften and...

Finish Off Your Weight Loss Journey With CoolSculpting® Jun 5th, 2020

After months of hard work, nothing is more accomplishing than hitting your goal weight. That said, stubborn pockets of fat can prevent you from achieving the trim figure you expected after losing weight. Sound familiar? At Associated Skin Care Specialists, with offices in Blaine, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Coon Rapids,...

How to Prevent a Rosacea Flareup Feb 20th, 2020

Millions of people throughout the United States suffer from a chronic skin condition that makes them appear to be blushing. But few people blush at everything — unless they suffer from rosacea. If you’re one of these men or women, you know that the red blotches spread to affect your...

HOW DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY CAN IMPROVE YOUR SKIN CONDITION Aug 21st, 2018

Imagine you have scheduled your annual skin check. During the course of your visit, your dermatologist identifies a suspicious lesion and recommends performing a skin biopsy. The following week, your skin doctor calls you to explain that the biopsy revealed a lesion that will need to be completely excised. While...

WHAT IS SCAR REVISION SURGERY? Jul 20th, 2018

Scars are usually a stinging reminder of an injury sustained in the past. If you wish to remove a scar, you might choose over-the-counter medications, but they usually provide dismal results. A surgical process is often necessary, and dermatologists often refer to this type of procedure as scar revision surgery....

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH MOHS SURGERY FOR SKIN CANCER May 22nd, 2018

Finding out you have skin cancer can feel overwhelming. With so many different treatments and dermatologist specialists to choose from, it’s hard to know which option is right for you. Depending on the size, complexity, and location of the cancer, Mohs surgery may offer you the best, most cost-effective treatment....

HOW TO CREATE YOUR IDEAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE: OUR DERMATOLOGISTS’ TIPS Apr 19th, 2018

With countless lifestyle bloggers, YouTube beauty gurus, and articles about the latest “miracle product” (which almost always turns out to be an elaborate advertisement), it can be very difficult to know where to look for the skin care routine that’s right for you. There’s even debate over how many steps...

LIGHT THERAPY, LASERS, AND YOUR SKIN Mar 26th, 2018

When you think of “light” and “skin,” you probably jump to the negative effects of the sun on your skin. While sunlight does have dangerous UV rays that damage skin, other types of light can actually help your skin – even reversing some of the effects of sun exposure. Laser...

KEEP SCALP CARE TOP OF MIND THIS WINTER Feb 24th, 2018

As magical as the winter season can be, it’s not always comfortable – outdoors or inside. Cold temperatures, biting winds, and the constantly running heater can lead to less-than-ideal conditions for your skin. Dry skin, chapped lips, and an irritated, flaky scalp are common winter skin ailments. Here are some...

DO I REALLY NEED A SKIN CARE DOCTOR? Jan 9th, 2018

Everyone knows the importance of regular checkups with your general physician and dentist. When most people hear the term “skin care,” however, they think of moisturizers, sunscreen, and other products. As your skin is your body’s largest organ, it’s important to think beyond a bottle of lotion and see a...

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR FOOD AND YOUR SKIN Dec 21st, 2017

Healthy skin goes far beyond what you put on it. You should also pay careful attention to what you put into it through the food and drink choices you make! At Associated Skin Care, our Minnesota dermatology experts know that what you eat can have a significant impact on your...

NO SUN? NO EXCUSE NOT TO USE SUNSCREEN! Dec 5th, 2017

With summer in the rear view mirror, the days are growing shorter and cloudier. The overcast, cool weather may make it seem like it’s less imperative to wear sunscreen – but even in fall and winter, sunscreen is a must! Many people tend to think that if they can’t see...

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH SENSITIVE SKIN Oct 23rd, 2017

Between irritation, dryness, discomfort, and a never-ending search for a “holy grail” product, dealing with sensitive skin can seem like nightmare. Thankfully, following the right routine and using the right skincare products can keep your skin healthy and comfortable! Following these tips from our dermatology clinic can help you achieve...

SWITCHING YOUR SKINCARE WITH THE SEASONS Sep 15th, 2017

As August comes to a close and the weather starts to get cooler, many people anticipate the changing of the seasons. Sweaters are brought out of boxes, fall decorations are dusted off, and gardening supplies are traded out for rakes and snow shovels. As you prepare for fall, don’t forget...