June 2018 - Zel Skin & Laser Specialists - now Schweiger Dermatology Group
acne myths

Acne Myths

For most of us, acne is nothing new. Maybe we experienced breakouts as a teenager, or maybe it was just a single pimple that came up at the very worst time. Either way, the part of acne that most people struggle with is the aesthetics. Nobody tends to like what it looks like and people who suffer want rid as soon as possible. Everyone has their own preconceived notions about acne and what to do about it. For Acne Awareness month, we’re busting some of the acne myths that float around and sharing the truth about this frustrating condition.

Myth: Acne only occurs in teenagers.

Acne can develop at any time, and one of the most common times we see acne is actually during the 20’s and 30’s, particularly in women. There are many treatments that address both aging skin AND acne, so do not hesitate to seek treatment if you develop adult acne or have acne scars that don’t go away on their own. We all dread the thought of spots and we do all we can to avoid jawline breakouts! But are they really that bad? If you think so, you could check out a custom skincare company who can help with your breakouts in your need of crisis.

Myth: Popping a pimple makes it go away more quickly.

It’s actually the opposite that is true! Popping a pimple can lead to increased inflammation, which can make the blemish stick around longer. This increased inflammation may also increase your chance of developing a scar from the acne lesion. Leave the ‘pimple popping’ to the experts. We often have same day appointments available and can carefully extract the pimple and put a tiny bit of an anti-inflammatory medicine right into the pimple, which helps it to flatten within a couple of days.

Myth: Greasy food causes pimples.

In recent years, there have been studies that link some dairy products and diets with a high glycemic index (foods that raise your blood sugar) to the development of acne. Thankfully, greasy foods haven’t been shown to contribute to acne. Still, we recommend everything in moderation.

If you have acne or are experiencing a new acne breakout, that isn’t improving with over-the-counter treatments, we recommend coming into the office to meet with a Dermatology provider, who can examine your skin and determine the most effective treatment regimen for you. A simple routine can often make a dramatic difference in the appearance and health of your skin. Some people have found that hemp seed oil has a positive effect on the reduction of acne.

Zel Skin Expands Its Team of Certified Physician Assistants


MINNEAPOLIS (June 24, 2018) — Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, a dermatology-directed skin care clinic with locations in Minneapolis, Edina and Plymouth, announces the addition of three Certified Physician Assistants (PA-Cs) to its growing medical staff. Joining the team are Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH, Lauren Sundick, PA-C, and Wendy Timmons, PA-C.

Brooke Moss

Brooke is a certified physician assistant with years of experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. She sees patients for dermatology issues including total body exams, acne and acne scarring, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, sun spots and melasma, as well as numerous other conditions of the skin, hair and nails. She also sees patients for cosmetic treatments including BOTOX®, dermal fillers and laser skin rejuvenation. Moss holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master’s Degrees in both Health Sciences – Physician Assistant and  Public Health from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington D.C. Moss is accepting new patients at our Edina and Minneapolis locations.

Lauren Sundick

Lauren is a certified physician assistant specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. She has expertise in medical dermatology, including skin cancer screening, rashes, mole removal, melasma, and other conditions. She is particularly skilled in the treatment of acne for both teenagers and adults. Sundick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and studied as a Physician Assistant at Touro College in New York City, where she worked in a private dermatology practice. Sundick is currently accepting new patients at our Plymouth and Richfield locations.

Wendy Timmons

Wendy is a certified physician assistant in medical and general dermatology for hair, skin, and nails conditions. In addition, she provides annual skin checks, biopsies, excisions, and cryotherapy. Timmons holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1997. She earned a Master’s of Science in Medicine, including the Valedictorian Award, from the Western Michigan University Physician Assistant Program. Timmons is currently accepting new patients at our Plymouth location.

About Zel Skin & Laser Specialists 

A dermatologist-directed skin care clinic led by Dr. Brian Zelickson, Zel Skin & Laser Specialists has been serving the Minneapolis-metro area with three locations for over 50 years. Services vary by location but include general, medical, and cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery, and virtual dermatology visits. Zel has participated in 100 clinical studies, seen more than 100,000 patients, offers 80 treatment options, and 75 skin care products. The clinical team includes Jennifer Biglow, MD, Elisabeth Hurliman, MD, PhD, Mary Meighan, MD, Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH, Rachel Stevens, PA-C, Lauren Sundick, PA-C, Wendy Timmons, PA-C, Karl Vance, MD, Alvin Zelickson, MD Emeritus, and Brian Zelickson, MD.


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