While a perfect skincare routine is important year round, here are eight fundamental skincare steps you should keep in mind as the weather gets warmer.
Our most important tip for the summer is to wear your sunscreen. Sun exposure causes fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, premature signs of aging and puts you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Our team of physicians recommends mineral-based sunscreens that are SPF 30 or higher. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 is one we recommend in the office. This Oil-free SPF helps calm and protect sensitive skin and fits all skin types, even acne prone skin. It is lightweight and silky and may be worn with makeup or alone. You can purchase this product at any of our clinic locations. It’s also important to note that sunscreen needs to be reapplied about every 2 hours. So, pack extra sunscreen in your bags when spending long summer days outdoors.
Use a Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C helps treat and prevent hyperpigmentation from sun damage. It is also known to improve the appearance of fine lines and can help with collagen production.Our team of physicians recommends the ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense. This advanced serum is clinically proven to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier while defending against environmental stressors and premature signs of aging. ZO Daily Power Defense can be purchased at our Lake Oswego location. We recommend layering a few drops on your skin in the morning after cleansing, followed by moisturizer and SPF.
Schedule a Summertime Facials
Consider treating yourself this summer with hydrating, non-invasive facial treatments. A Hydrafacial is one of the most effective, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments available today. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection that removes dead skin cells and impurities while simultaneously delivering moisturizing serums into the skin. The best part is there is no downtime. You can expect to leave our office with a clean, radiant glow. Schedule your H2O Dermabrasion at our Lake Oswego location here.
Lighten up on the Makeup Application
In the hot summer months, try to wear makeup that is not going to occlude your skin. The combination of makeup and sweat can be clogging your pores. Take a close look at your makeup product labels and only keep those that are not formulated with non pore clogging ingredients. Consider purchasing a tinted moisturizer with at least SPF 30. Tinted moisturizers give your skin a beautiful glow coverage while also keeping it protected. We like to recommend the Tinted EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. You can purchase this product at any of our locations.
All that sunscreen, makeup, and sweat can cause your pores to clog. Exfoliation is a great technique to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and reduce blemishes. Try the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating polish or the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. Both products gently remove dead skin cells to instantly reveal smoother, softer, and glowing skin. You can purchase these products at our Lake Oswego location. Be careful not to over exfoliate. Consider exfoliating once a week. Too much exfoliation can damage the skin and cause more irritation.
Fake Tan > Real Tan
In the summertime, it’s tempting to want that sun-kissed glow. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Being tan is a result of sun damage. The darkening of the skin is actually a response to UV radiation causing damage to your skin cells. Consider using a sunless self-tanner to give you that bronzed summer look.
Wear Sun Protective Clothing
Another effective form of protecting yourself from the sun is wearing sun-protective clothing. The more skin your outfit covers, the better your protection. Choose hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants/skirts whenever possible. Sun-protective clothing is the simplest way to stay safe; unlike sunscreen, you never need to reapply!
Blackheads. This type of blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in an open pore. When the pore fills with debris and stays open, you'll see a blackhead. To treat this kind of acne, our dermatologist recommends using a retinoid. Adapalene is a common retinoid that can be bought over the counter.
Whiteheads. This blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in a closed pore. To treat this acne, we recommend OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products. Retinoids can also be an effective treatment for preventing this kind of acne. Resist the urge to pop, as this can make your acne worse.
Papules. This early pimple is when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build deeper into the skin, causing many red bumps and rough texture. Using OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments can be beneficial. A retinoid can also be a good treatment for this kind of acne. If you have many stubborn bumps, we recommend you come to see us.
IMPORTANT If you see little improvement after 6-8 weeks on an at-home skincare routine, we suggest you schedule and appointment with one of our physicians for prescription-strength medications and other procedures such as our acne facials and chemical peels.
Acne Nodules and Cysts. Also known as cystic acne, this type causes painful pus-filled pimples deep in the skin. This is the most severe acne and is likely to cause scarring. This kind of acne is difficult to keep under control with over-the-counter treatment. If you have acne-like them, you'll want to see a dermatologist immediately for treatment. The sooner you start treatment, the fewer permanent scars you will have.
Other Effective Tips for Treating Acne
If your acne doesn't improve after two or three months of home treatment, schedule an appointment with our dermatologist. We have many prescription medications and routines to treat your acne. In addition, we will help determine your acne triggers and put you on the best treatment plan suited for your skin type. At Clear Choice Dermatology, we find that getting the care you need for your acne can not only ease your physical symptoms but bring a great deal of emotional ease as well.
To learn more about acne or get the treatment you need, call our office or schedule an appointment through our website. We would love to help you return to a complexion you feel confident about.
Salem, OR., May 16th, 2022 – Clear Choice Dermatology will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 1st, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at 1610 12th S SE Salem OR, 97302.
Free skin cancer screenings will be offered to all new patient donors by our physician assistant Mark Davis PA-C.
“Clear Choice Dermatology is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Dr. Collin Blattner, DO. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”
According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.
Sandy, OR., May 3rd, 2022 – To meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of patients seeking dermatology services, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Collin Blattner is pleased to announce the addition of a new Clear Choice Dermatology Clinic in Sandy, Oregon. The clinic will be opening its doors for the first time on June 1st, 2022, located at 37587 HWY 26, Sandy, OR, 97055.
The demand for dermatology services in Oregon far outweighs the number of providers, with patients often waiting months to get an appointment. Clear Choice Dermatology has the philosophy of prioritizing patients first, making this expansion the perfect fit for the community.
Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon Dr. Collin Blattner says, "Patients having to wait months for a dermatology appointment is unacceptable. By expanding our practice and using the latest scheduling technologies, we can ensure that patients can get in to see us in a timely manner."
Clear Choice Dermatology in Sandy will be staffed by dermatology physician assistant Kristofer McAllister, PA-C, and a team of highly trained medical assistants to provide patients with a full spectrum of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. "It's a joy to serve the people in Sandy and the greater Sandy area," says physician assistant Kristofer McAllister. "I feel connected to Sandy because it's where I've practiced the past two years. I'm grateful to be extending Clear Choice Dermatology to this area and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces."
Kristofer McAllister's PA-C, sixteen years of clinical experience, equips him with the knowledge and latest techniques available to treat all skin conditions. "We are very excited about expanding our clinic to Sandy," said practice administrator Nadia Vizza. "Our experienced staff and advanced technologies will give our patients in Sandy and the surrounding areas unmatched care."
About Clear Choice Dermatology– Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic whose goal is to provide effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus. In an era of corporate and private equity influenced medical ownership and care, Clear Choice Dermatology brings back the individualized and personalized medical care of the 20th century with the modern advances of the 21st century. Clear Choice Dermatology providers diagnose and treat every disorder and lesion encountered on the skin. We love taking care of people of every age, race, and gender. We treat each person like family and take this approach when making treatment plans. By employing pharmacologic, surgical, and holistic techniques, we seek to free patients of pain, stress, and anxiety related to skin disorders. We believe that the skin is the most vital system in the body, and we focus on making patients feel great about their skin.
About Dr. Collin M. Blattner, D.O., FAAD – Dr. Collin M. Blattner is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgeon. Dr. Blattner has a passion for surgical, pediatric, and medical dermatology. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in highly regarded journals. He has also written six dermatology textbook chapters and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Women's Dermatology and has completed numerous lectures and professional presentations at the national level. He is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Women's Dermatology Society, and the Medical Dermatology Society. He also serves as Dermatology Faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and teaches part of the Dermatology Course at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. He has had the opportunity to work with and learn from many leaders in the field of dermatology and enjoys all the daily challenges of dermatology.
About Kristofer McAllister, PA-C–Kristofer McAllister, a Certified Physician Assistant, was raised in Eastern Oregon and brings 16 years of clinical experience to Clear Choice Dermatology. He graduated from Pacific University, receiving a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2005. Before his Physician Assistant studies, he graduated with distinction from Western Oregon University with a focus on biology and chemistry. Kristofer prides himself in serving all patients with compassion, concern, and attention. He welcomes all dermatologic conditions but has a special interest in diagnosing and managing skin cancer. He looks forward to providing a great solution to his patient's skin issues. Kristofer is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. On his days off, Kristofer enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching their sporting events, fly fishing, and working on his farm.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit our website at clearchoicederm.com or call 503-506-0474.
Read The Dermatologist latest article about Multimedia’s Influence on Dermatology Education. The article mentions our very own Dr. Collin M. Blattner, DO:
Collin Blattner, D.O.’15, is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon at Clear Choice Dermatology, which has several clinic locations in Oregon. He is the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in the Columbia Gorge. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, written six dermatology textbook chapters and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology. Blattner also serves as dermatology faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and teaches part of the dermatology course at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, OR (Boose, 2022).
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Boose, B. (2022, February 28). Collin Blattner, D.O.'15: News: Des Moines University. Des Moines University - Medicine & Health Sciences. Retrieved March 2, 2022, from https://www.dmu.edu/blog/2022/02/collin-blattner-d-o-15/
Lake Oswego, OR., February 8th, 2022 — Amid the national blood shortage crisis, Clear Choice Dermatology will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, February 24th, from 10 AM to 3 PM at 123 C Ave Lake Oswego, OR 97034.
Free skin cancer screenings and free cosmetic consultations will be offered to all new patient donors. Screenings and consultations will be provided by our physician assistants Mark Davis PA-C and Taylor Pottatz PA-C.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call (503) 905-9006 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code clearchoicederm. To schedule your free skin cancer screening or free cosmetic consultation, visit our website here or call (503) 905-9006.
“Clear Choice Dermatology is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Clear Choice Dermatology’s Dr. Collin Blattner, D.O. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues, and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. “
The nation is experiencing a blood shortage. We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have enough to supply. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.” According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.
About Clear Choice Dermatology– Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic whose goal is to provide effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus. In an era of corporate and private equity influenced medical ownership and maintenance, Clear Choice Dermatology brings back the individualized and personalized medical care of the 20th century with the modern advances of the 21st century. Clear Choice Dermatology providers diagnose and treat every disorder and lesion encountered on the skin. We love taking care of people of every age, race, and gender. We treat each person like family and take this approach when making treatment plans. By employing pharmacologic, surgical, and holistic techniques, we seek to free patients of pain, stress, and anxiety related to skin disorders. We believe that the skin is the most vital system in the body, and we focus on making patients feel great about their skin.
Salem, OR., January 11th, 2022 – Clear Choice Dermatology will be opening its doors for the first time on January 18th, 2022. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion on Friday, February 4th, 2022. The event will start at 1PM PST at 1610 12th St. SE Salem.
The Grand Opening will be a family-friendly event with free raffles for concert tickets, Botox injections, and other great prizes. Enjoy warm drinks, food, and free product samples. Our physician assistants Taylor Pottratz PA-C and Mark Davis PA-C, will also be offering free skin cancer screenings and cosmetic consults for all new patients.
Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic that offers general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology, including Mohs surgery. The physician, Dr. Collin Blattner, D.O., is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skincare using the Mohs procedure.
"I am honored to serve the community of Salem," says Dr. Collin Blattner, DO. "I feel personally connected to this place because it's where I completed my residency and fellowship. It is wonderful to come back and serve the community again."
Dr. Blattner's years of medical experience equips him with both the latest techniques and prescription medications available to treat all types of skin conditions. His teams of physician assistants, medical assistants, and estheticians provide you with a full spectrum of dermatologic care from medical, surgical to cosmetic.
"We are very excited about expanding our clinic to Salem," said practice administrator Nadia Vizza. "Our experienced staff and advanced technologies will give our patients in Salem and the surrounding areas unmatched care."
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Clear Choice Dermatology is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday 2/24/2022 from 10AM-3PM.
Free skin cancer screenings will be offered to all new patient donors. Visit link to schedule your time slot: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=ClearChoiceDerm
When your skin becomes textured and discolored, it can make you look dull, tired and older than you really are. To get your youthful look back, you might need to give your complexion a pick-me-up with a chemical peel. This exfoliation technique treats many skin concerns, such as rough texture, sun damage, acne and enlarged pores. Here are the top five major benefits of chemical peels:
Peels give the skin a youthful, more refreshed, and glowing appearance overall. Want to enhance the look and feel of your skin? Call us at (503) 905-9006 or schedule an appointment online.
Check out this article by Life&Style where Dr. Blattner and other dermatologist give their thoughts on facial steamers.
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Finding melanoma at an early stage is crucial, and early detection can vastly increase your chances for cure. Therefore, it is important that you can identify any growths on your skin that may be harmful and worth getting checked by your dermatologist. For melanoma specifically, a simple way to remember the warning signs is to memorize the A-B-C-D-E's of melanoma. This is an acronym designed to help the public and clinicians identify features in a skin lesion that may suggest an early melanoma.
A is for Asymmetry: One half of the spot is unlike the other half.
B is for Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
C is for Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red, or blue.
D is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser, they can be smaller when diagnosed.
E is for Evolving: The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice changes in your skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn't heal, a change in an old-growth, or any of the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma. It is highly recommended that you receive a full-body exam at least once a year with your dermatologist. Visit our website at www.clearchoicederm.com or call (503) 905-9006 to schedule an appointment with us!
American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/find/at-risk/abcdes
Clear Choice Dermatology, LLC is proud to announce the newest addition to their experienced team— Taylor Pottratz, PA-C.
Taylor Pottratz will be accepting patient appointments starting October 24th at The Dalles, Lake Oswego and Salem locations. She will be offering free skin cancer screenings for new patients during her first few months at each location.
“We are thrilled to welcome Taylor to our experienced team," said dermatologist and Fellow Mohs Surgeon, Collin Blattner, DO. "She joins us with a strong focus on general dermatology, to provide additional compassionate and quality care and be part of providing effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus to our patients.
Taylor Pottratz is a nationally board-certified physician assistant and brings multiple years of dermatology experience with her to Clear Choice Dermatology. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. She then earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree at A.T Still University in Mesa, AZ. Taylor worked in a dermatology practice in Portland, OR prior to completing her PA education. After her clinical year, she completed an extended elective in dermatology in Portland, OR.
She loves all aspects of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Taylor’s goal is to ensure that her patients leave their visits with their questions addressed and feeling knowledgeable about their skin conditions. She is compassionate and committed to providing optimal quality of care and creating individual treatment plans for her patients to best suit their dermatological needs. She is excited to have the opportunity to positively impact the health of her patients. Taylor is an active member of several dermatology societies.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Clear Choice Dermatology team! My goal is to educate patients about their dermatological conditions, leaving the office with all their questions addressed. I am excited to work in the community to provide optimal patient care."
To schedule an appointment with Taylor Pottratz, patients are encouraged to schedule online or call the office at (503) 905-9006.