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Office Update

Beginning August 1st, 2019, Dr. Eric Harlan, MD & Ann Carlson, PA-C, will no longer be with our practice.  They will continue to see patients at satellite clinics until Dr. Eric opens his own practice in late fall. 

We wish them well in their future endeavors!

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This article is fan-tas-tic!

We often hear that patients want to be in the sun to increase their Vitamin D, but the truth is that the amount of Vitamin D that you gain from sun exposure is less than the raised risk of Skin Cancer.

Check out the article HERE

Credit to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

October 02, 2018
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For your convenience, we have expanded and are accepting patients at our new Grimes location!

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Mercy Family Clinic Grimes

250 SW Brookside Drive

Grimes, Iowa 50111

 

Elaine Selden, ARNP, is ACLS certified and licensed by the State Board of Nursing and Iowa Legislature to diagnose and treat.  She has over 18 years of experience in Dermatology including, but not limited to, mole and skin cancer evaluations, acne, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis, warts, rashes, fungal infections, burns, as well as scalp and nail conditions.  She sees patients of all ages at our Clive, Ankeny, and now new Grimes locations!

Call us today to book an appointment!

September 13, 2018
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A little tid bit on Chemical Peels


Who benefits most?
Acne sufferers, those with melasma (a hormonal pigmentation condition), those with sun spots or sun damage, & those looking to freshen up their overall skin appearance.


How does it work?
Chemical is applied to the skin causing exfoliation, typically causing peeling of the superficial skin. This process may take 48 hours before seeing any peeling, & 5-7 days for the peeling to cease.


Do chemical peels hurt?
It is possible to feel some stinging or an itchy-like feeling during the treatment. This may take about 15 minutes to fade away. Using a fan during the treatment helps relieve this.


Can I peel the skin away?
That's a hard "no." You do not want to pull away skin prematurely. This can lead to side effects like scarring, discomfort, infection, & repeated peeling. There are tips & tricks we give you to help alleviate any immense peeling.


What does a peel cost?
There are many variables when it comes to the cost of a chemical peel. The strength of peel is the biggest factor. There are a wide variety of peels out there. From very superficial to "deep depth." Also, the person providing your treatment. If you're getting a peel from a salon or spa, the price will differ greatly when receiving one from a physician's office. This again, mostly, goes back to the type of peel. Physician's have access to stronger peels. Due to concentration levels in the ingredients, they are treated as "prescprition strength." Most physician grade peels (in the midwest) average $100 to $250 per treatment.

Why do I start?  We all have to age, so why not age as gracefully as possible?

When is the best time to start? Now. The sooner you start taking care of your skin, the better. Just like an organ, the skin needs care. Skin Care. See what I did there?

There are so many products/treatments out there. Where do you start? You can start at any store that sells product. These products may work for you. Sometimes they work long term, sometimes they work for a bit, sometimes they flat out don't work. This may not be because of an ineffective product or treatment, but rather from the inappropriate choice of each or both.

It's true- just like there are health trainers, life style coaches, or nutritionists- there are people who can help you make the right decisions in your skin health. This means knowing exactly what your skin needs for it's condition.

No more going into the department store and being overwhelmed by the vast amount of product or treatments on the shelves.
No more half used bottles of lost money sitting in the bathroom cupboard.
Be educated in your skin and what it needs.

How do I start?  Make friends with an Aesthetician.

Come in and see Chey Anne or Jennifer, and learn what your skin needs to be the healthiest it can be!





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