End-of-Summer Skin Problems and Annual Skin Checks

Who doesn’t love cramming in the last bit of outdoor activity with lighter clothes and pleasant temperatures? Here’s the thing: The extra time to get out there and sweat and absorb the sun’s rays can be great for your overall health—but it’s also a unique stressor for your skin. Especially this time of year, it’s not so much sunburns and heat exhaustion. Instead, eczema, acne, and other skin blemishes that are triggered by excessive sweating can rear their heads. Now is the last gasp for summer—and for summer skin problems. Schedule annual skin checks, or get help from one of our local dermatology clinics in Minneapolis, Edina, or Plymouth.


Updating Your Fall Wardrobe

Our clothing choices are another seasonal risk factor. Clothes with more coverage help with sunburns, but if they don’t breathe, they also trap moisture and sweat against our skin. Looking good at school or work shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing your skin health. Nevertheless, when the season changes, it’s also the time to update your wardrobe. New clothes may look great and be the right size and still rub against our skin in ways that cause it to rebel. Even those who are conscious of their skin health when sizing up new clothes aren’t immune from this type of contact dermatitis. Most of the time, these mild rashes go away on their own. Sometimes, it may require returning or donating the clothing item. Worse, if this dermatitis aggravates an underlying skin condition, it could require a trip to the dermatologist for a consultation and prescription treatment.

Annual Skin Checks for All Ages

Fall is a great time for annual skin checks for the whole family:

  • We’re far enough into the school year that your children may be bringing skin conditions home with them. It’s an active time of the year for bugs of all kinds. Not every child has a typical reaction to chicken pox. And as your child develops naturally, several different kinds of skin problems can appear.
  • There is never a good time for acne. Some people’s acne reacts more to the dry, frozen air of winter. Others have it worse in summer from sweating. Even if your blackheads haven’t reached medical-grade proportions yet, a skin check and consultation with a certified dermatologist can help you keep it that way. Review your skin care routine with a knowledgeable expert.
  • For older members of the family, this is among the most popular times for identifying troublesome skin spots. What you had assumed with a sun spot may be a sign of something more serious, especially if continues to darken or grow bigger, while other spots are fading with the sun.

Wondering what you should be doing to prepare for your annual skin exam? Check out these tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Prepare Your Skin for Winter by Visiting our Dermatology Clinic

We’ve enjoyed a long, extended summer with temperatures plenty warm enough for swimming and other outdoor activities. Even now, moderate temperatures and sunny skies offer late summer opportunities. it also means everybody should be taking extra precautions and keeping up with their daily skin care routine. You shouldn’t ignore an unexplained skin blemish. Not at any age. But even if everything is relatively normal with your dermatological health, now is a great time to get that skin check and prepare for winter.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or virtual visit today.

Zel Skin & Laser Specialists Expands Its Staff of Board-Certified Dermatologists

MINNEAPOLIS (September 5, 2019) – Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, a dermatology-directed skin care clinic, announced today that Adam Schmitt, MD/Mohs Surgeon and Erin Sellinger, MD have joined their staff and are accepting new patients for medical dermatology and skin cancer treatment at their Twin Cities clinics. In addition, Mary Meighan, MD is now seeing patients in their Edina location.


Adam Schmitt, MD is a Mohs Surgeon practicing at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists’ Plymouth, MN location where he diagnoses, treats, and manages conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. Dr. Schmitt is specialty trained in Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. He completed his training at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 2019. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Dean’s List, Northwestern University 2002-2003, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Grant 2003, The Dermatology Faculty Prize, and Case Western School of Medicine 2014. In 2016 and 2017, he received the Quality Dictation Author Award from Mayo Clinic and was also awarded the Silver Mayo Quality Fellow in 2017. In addition, Dr. Schmitt was awarded the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting Scholarship in 2017. In 2018, he received the Richard K. Winkelmann Research Award and the Paul A. O’Leary Award for Clinical Excellence, both from Mayo Clinic’s Department of Dermatology. Dr. Schmitt is a member of the American Medical Association, the Mayo Fellows Association, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the O’Leary Society at the Mayo Clinic Department of Dermatology. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, from Northwestern University in 2004. He received his Master of Science in Epidemiology from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2009. In May 2014, Dr. Schmitt received his Doctor of Medicine with honors in Research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is currently accepting new patients at the Zel Minneapolis, Zel Plymouth, and SW Dermatology clinics.


Erin Sellinger, MD is a board-certified dermatologist who treats all conditions of the hair, skin, and nails. She completed her Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship at Saint Louis University in the Department of Dermatology. She was also an Intern at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Sellinger received the prestigious Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of North Dakota. This honor is awarded to a female graduating at the top of her medical school class. She was also an AOA Inductee in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Professional Studies with a Supplemental Concentration in Spanish in 2010 from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Sellinger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and has special interests in Dermatopathology, Procedural Dermatology, and skin cancer screening and treatment. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. She is currently accepting new adult and pediatric patients for general and medical dermatology at the Zel Minneapolis, Zel Plymouth, and SW Dermatology clinics.


Mary Meighan, MD has been practicing medical dermatology in a variety of settings in the Twin Cities since 1991, including an academic teaching clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, and a private practice. Dr. Meighan has received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Dermatology and has been listed among the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors and Minneapolis Magazine Top Doctors for Women. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology, completing her internship in internal medicine and her residency in dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Meighan graduated from the University of North Carolina Medical School in 1985. She is now seeing patients in the Zel Edina location in addition to the Downtown and Plymouth Zel locations.

Media Contact:
Greg Meadows, CEO
United Skin Specialists

Zel September 2019 New Physician Press Release

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