Forefront Dermatology Expands to Port Huron

Blue Waters Dermatology joins Forefront Dermatology
 
Here we grow again!

It’s our pleasure to welcome Dr. John Pelachyk of Blue Waters Dermatology to the Forefront Dermatology family! Dr. Pelachyk’s clinic is located at:
1602 Military Street
Port Huron, MI, 48060

Dr. Pelachyk provides expert treatment for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, warts and skin cancers, as well as, dermatopathology which is definitive microscope diagnosis of diseases and conditions of the skin, hair and nails.

Dr. Pelachyk has been providing leading-edge skin care to the Port Huron community for more than thirty years. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology.

“Becoming part of the Forefront Dermatology team will allow me to focus on what I really love, treating my patients, said Dr. Pelachyk. “Addressing their concerns and giving them the best possible clinical outcome is very important to me.”

For more information on Forefront Dermatology’s eastern Michigan team of dermatologists and for a listing of Forefront Dermatology locations near you, please call (855) 535-7175 or visit us at Forefront Dermatology.

Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. changes its name to Forefront Dermatology

At Forefront Dermatology formerly Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Join Us On Our Day of Giving!

Day of Giving

We are happy to announce the third annual Day of Giving event!

This year’s event will be held on February 25th at all Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology offices. The Day of Giving event is a great opportunity for our doctors and medical staff to give back to the communities they serve. The way it works is for every patient who has an appointment on February 25th, Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology will donate money to the Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin Foundation which supports community sponsorships and non-profit organizations.

“We’re honored to be part of the communities we serve and attend to their skin health needs; giving back to local causes is just one more way we’re able to connect with our patients,” said Dr. Victoria Negrete, who is a Board Certified Dermatologist at the Neenah, WI location, and is the Chairperson of the Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin Foundation.

The Day of Giving is a company-wide initiative designed to connect Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology physicians and staff with their local community and give back to the programs that help neighborhoods come together.

“We are now into our 3rd year of the Day of Giving and feel pride in being able to give back to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Kenneth Katz, President and Founder of Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology. Last year’s Day of Giving event raised a substantial amount of money and supported numerous events and charities. This year the event has been expanded to include the practice’s newest locations in Milwaukee, Muskego and Pleasant Prairie, WI; Batesville, Corydon, Greensburg, Greenwood, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, and Scottsburg, IN; Centerville, OH; Louisville, KY, and East Lansing and Hastings, MI.

We hope to see you on February 25th at a Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin or Forefront Dermatology location near you!

Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. changes its name to Forefront Dermatology

At Forefront Dermatology formerly Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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HydraFacial Open House Event

Hydrafacial Open House Event

Come to the Neenah clinic to learn about the HydraFacial® – the new breakthrough in aesthetic technology.

Dr. Victoria Negrete and David Kuphal, PA-C invite you to attend their Open House Event featuring the new HydraFacial:
When: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 ● 3-8:00 pm
Where: 188 Rockwood Lane, Neenah, WI 54956

Reserve your spot – email RSVP@dermwisconsin.com
Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP!

Discounted Introductory HydraFacial Packages will also be available the day of the event!

The HydraFacial resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, including Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial® is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective.

Visit the official HydraFacial Site.

Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. changes it’s name to Forefront Dermatology

At Forefront Dermatology formerly Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Dermatologists Recommend These 5 Tips for Skin Health

Remember skin health during winter

Ice skating, sledding and building snow people with your children make for the perfect winter day. You love these outdoor activities; unfortunately, your skin isn’t as thrilled about winter as you are. In fact, your skin is protesting; it’s dry, dull and cracked.

These 5 tips from the doctors at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin will have you happily enjoying the outdoors, and will put you on the road to winter skin health.

1. Use Sunscreen Daily

The temperature might be in the teens, but the need to protect your skin from the sun is a year-round activity. Apply sunscreen like it was summer. Use a broad-spectrum product with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, apply to all skin exposed to the elements, and don’t forget to reapply often.

2. Protect Your Lips

You lips are especially sensitive to the elements; the dermatologists in Wisconsin suggest you always wear a lip balm with sunscreen (minimum SPF of 15). If your lips do become chapped, avoid licking them, as this adds to moisture loss. You can gently exfoliate your lips while in the shower to keep them soft and remove dry skin.

3. Keep Dry

Dress appropriately when enjoying outdoor winter activities: layer and wear waterproof or water-repellent clothing. If your clothing does become wet, swap it for something dry, or call it a day. Wet clothing can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.

4. Stay Hydrated

It might be winter, but you can still work up a sweat skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. Well-hydrated skin provides a better natural barrier for your body and is less susceptible to environmental toxins.

5. Moisturize Often

Cold temperatures and dry winter air rob the skin of moisture. Frequently applying a cream- or oil-based moisturizer can help lock in your skin’s natural oils. Selecting a moisturizer that also provides sun protection is an added bonus.

Winter brings different skin health challenges. Chronic dry skin, seasonal acne and eczema are common winter complaints. The dermatologists of Wisconsin offer advanced, experienced care personalized for your skin health needs. To make an appointment, call 855-337-6947 or you can go online to schedule an appointment.

Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. changes it’s name to Forefront Dermatology

At Forefront Dermatology formerly Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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4 Steps to Healthy Holiday Skin, Dermatologist Approved

Happy Holidays

‘Tis the season to be stressed out, short on sleep and managing a long to-do list. What’s the first thing to suffer when you’re busy burning the candle at both ends? It’s your skin, and it will quickly show the stress of the holidays. What can you do to prevent tired, dull-looking skin? The doctors at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin share these 4 steps to healthy holiday skin.

1. Don’t skip your daily skin care routine.

Healthy skin requires maintenance, especially during the holidays. Don’t let your skin care slip: cleanse and moisturize your face daily. Use sunscreen, remove your makeup before going to bed, and exfoliate once a week.

2. Be selective with your food and beverage choices.

Hors d’oeuvres, cookies, and champagne are standard holiday fare, but they are a far cry from a well-rounded meal. Indulge but use common sense: don’t let thumb-print cookies with red and green sprinkles replace your daily serving of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

3. Stick to your regular exercise program.

The holidays are stressful; exercise helps reduce stress as well as burning calories. Stress can trigger an acne flare-up, so help manage your skin (and the extra pounds) with an exercise session, a walk around the block, or a jog on the treadmill.

4. Enjoy a good night’s sleep.

While you sleep, your body repairs itself. Getting a good 8 hours of sleep, especially during the hectic holiday season, allows both your body and your skin to recuperate and get ready for a new day.

During the holiday season and throughout the year, dermatologists in Wisconsin are leading the way in skin health. We offer the most innovative techniques and treatments to provide you with the best care possible. If you have skin health questions or a chronic skin condition, or if you would like to learn more about our facial rejuvenation and enhancement procedures, call 855-337-6947 to schedule an appointment or go online. Happy holidays!

About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Cosmetic Gift Card Sale 20% off

Cosmetic-Gift-Card-Sale

Give the gift of beauty this holiday season with a cosmetic gift card from Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin. The 20% off cosmetic gift card promotion runs from November 24th to December 23rd, 2014 and can be purchased online or in-store at any of our clinics. Online sales end December 15th. Cosmetic gift card purchases can be used on cosmetic products and procedures like (but not limited to):

To take advantage of this great savings of 20% off a cosmetic gift card, purchase online between November 24th and December 15th or stop at one of our convenient locations throughout Wisconsin from November 24th to December 23rd, 2014.

This is a great gift for yourself or someone else. Give the gift of beauty this year.

About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Dermatology Associates changes to Forefront Dermatology

Dermatology Associates changes to Forefront Dermatology

We are at the forefront of dermatology, to provide you with the best skincare possible

It all started in Wisconsin, the home state of our founder, Dr. Katz. It’s here that he opened the first Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin clinic. The practice is continuing to grow and currently has over 40 clinics throughout the states of Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. With this growth has come change: more physicians to provide care, more convenient clinic locations, and more advanced treatment options. What has not changed is the continued dedication of the staff and the quality care that has been present from the start.

So what is changing?  Our name.

With clinics in multiple states, the name Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin no longer embodies all that we are and everything that we offer to our patients. As trusted providers, we have worked hard to be at the forefront of dermatology care, and we are proud to bring that name to all our clinics. Going forward, Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin will be known as Forefront Dermatology.

The physicians, healthcare professionals and staff that you have come to trust with your skin health needs, will still be here. We will continue to provide you with the same personal care and expertise you have experienced in the past. All of our locations will continue to provide both medical and cosmetic services to meet your skin health needs.

We thank you for trusting us with your health, and feel privileged to provide you and your family with quality care. We look forward to your next visit; you can request an appointment online for all of our locations. Prefer to talk to us on the phone? Give us a call at 855-535-7175 and one of our staff will help you schedule an appointment.

About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Join Us in Celebrating World Psoriasis Day

World Psoriasis Day

Get the Facts on Psoriasis, Join Us in Celebrating World Psoriasis Day

Today we celebrate World Psoriasis Day, an opportunity to connect and engage with patients, treatment providers and the public. The team at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin invites you to join the global discussion as we work to raise disease awareness, educate the public and empower patients.

This year’s theme, Build a Better World for People with Psoriasis, addresses head-on the challenges faced by psoriasis patients. The goal is to drive positive change for people living with psoriasis. One path to achieving change is through public education. We encourage you to get involved and help spread the word. One way to make that happen is by adding your voice to the World Psoriasis Day Thunderclap campaign.

To do our part, we’re helping you get to know psoriasis. We’re sharing the stats, facts and emotions behind the disease.

Get to Know Psoriasis

  • Globally, 125 million people have psoriasis
  • 7.5 million people in the US suffer from psoriasis
  • 10-30% of psoriasis patients will develop psoriatic arthritis
  • Onset of psoriasis is typically between the ages of 15 to 25
  • Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, affecting 80% of patients
  • 2004 direct treatment costs were estimated at $1.2 billion
  • Psoriasis is not only a physical condition; many patients experience an intense emotional response as well
  • 60% of patients say psoriasis negatively affects their quality of life
  • Women and young people report the greatest negative impact on their quality of life
  • In 26% of people with moderate to severe psoriasis, the disease has caused them to change or discontinue their normal daily activities

Psoriasis is…

  • The most prevalent autoimmune disease in the US
  • Not contagious; you cannot catch it from another person
  • Not the result of poor hygiene or being unclean
  • Not temporary; it is a chronic, long-term disease
  • Treatable and manageable but not curable

If you or a family member has psoriasis, it’s important to know that while not curable, there are many treatment options available to manage this disease. The team at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin can help you with diagnosis, exploring treatment options and long-term management. Call 855-337-6947 for an appointment or you can request one online.

To find a dermatology clinic that provides personalized care in your area, click here.

About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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Trick or Treat: Tips to avoid being tricked by skincare products

Woman scared by spider

The dermatologists in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin want to take the scare out of skincare, sharing tips for navigating your skincare product needs.

Trick or Treat: Tips to avoid being tricked by skincare products

Have you been to your local pharmacy lately? Looked down the skincare aisle? There are literally hundreds of options for managing your skin. This can be a little overwhelming, even a little scary. This Halloween our dermatologists want to take the scare out of skincare, offering these tips for navigating the skincare aisle.

Understanding Alcohol-Free Skincare Products

Skincare products containing alcohol can cause dry, red, flaky skin. They can aggravate already-stressed skin. A simple solution is to use alcohol-free products. Easier said than done. Read the label on ten different products and you’ll find most contain alcohol. Are all these products bad for your skin? The answer lies in the type of alcohol contained in the product.

Ethanol is the alcohol that causes skin dryness. Ethanol alcohol evaporates quickly, taking your skin’s natural oils with it. This can lead to skin irritation and dryness. When checking labels, watch for denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40, ethanol, methanol and benzyl alcohol.

Fatty alcohols don’t cause skin dryness and are often referred to as moisturizing alcohols. Good alcohols to find on product labels include behenyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, arachidyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and myristyl alcohol.

Bottom line: not all types of alcohol found in skincare products are drying.

Staying Protected in the Sun

Protecting your skin from the sun is a year-round job and what can be more confusing than the ever-growing aisle of sunscreen products? You want to safeguard your skin, but should you be protecting against UVB, UVA rays or both? What exactly does SPF tell us and why are some of the SPF ratings off the charts? With skin cancer on the rise, selecting the best sunscreen product for your needs is more important than ever.

Both UVB and UVA rays play a role in premature skin aging and the development of skin cancer. UVB rays are the ultraviolet rays that cause your skin to burn. In the past, UVA rays were not thought to be harmful to skin, but studies have changed that thinking. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are now thought to be a major contributor to skin cancer.

SPF stands for sun protection factor, and it tells you the protection time the product provides against UVB rays (not UVA rays). “Sweatproof,” “waterproof” and “all day protection” are nice words, but sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes before going out into the sun (so it has time to be absorbed into the skin) and reapplied every two hours to provide the best protection.

Bottom line: use sunscreen every day, select a product that matches your activity (swimming, gardening, shopping), and make sure it provides an SPF of 30 and protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

Fragrance-Free vs. Unscented Products

You have sensitive skin and perfumes give you a headache. The answer? Use fragrance-free skincare products. But when the product says fragrance-free, is it truly free of fragrance? Well, that depends. Are you looking for a completely unscented product or just a fragrance-free product?

Many things are used to give our skincare products a specific smell. If you check the label you’ll find fruit and flower distillate waters, essential oils and even the word “fragrance.” A fragrance is a mix of various ingredients (sometimes a very long list), so it’s often easier for the skincare company to simply list “fragrance” as one of the ingredients. Fruit and flower distillate waters and essential oils change the smell of a product but are not considered a fragrance. For that reason, a company can add them to skincare products but still label the product as “fragrance-free.”

Bottom line: if you’re looking for an unscented skincare product, you’ll want to be sure the label does not list fragrance, essential oils or fruit and flower distillates. All of these indicate a product that has been scented.

The skin health experts at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin are available to help you take the scare out of skincare. Call 855-337-6947 for an appointment or schedule one online.

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About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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The Need for Sun Protection Doesn’t End With Summer

Parents outdoors piggybacking two young children and smiling

The Need for Sun Protection Doesn’t End With Summer, Skin Cancer is a Year Round Risk

Did you know that a whopping 80% of skin cancers are preventable? Yes, that’s right, we said 80% are preventable. As summer ends, people often put away the sunscreen and wide brimmed hats until next season. With skin cancer on the rise, that might not be the healthiest option. Protecting your skin from the sun is a year round job, no matter what the season.

Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin offers these year round tips for preventing skin cancer and staying healthy.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Use Sunscreen Daily

Whatever the season, whatever the weather make it habit to start your day with sunscreen. Use a daily moisturizing lotion that has sunscreen included; look for a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

Keep Covered

Don’t put away that wide brimmed hat or baseball cap; use them year round to keep the sun off your face and neck. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect your arms and legs.

Love The Shade

Out watching a sporting event, attending your child’s after school activity, gardening over the weekend? Find that shady spot, staying cool and sun protected at the same time. No shade? Bring an umbrella or pop up canopy.

Ban The Tanning Bed

Year round tans are beautiful, as long as they’re fake. People who use tanning beds are 74% more likely to develop melanoma. Don’t do it, it’s not worth the risk. Self-tanning lotions and spray tans offer a safe alternative for a year round healthy glow.

Be Snow Prepared

Snow might be cold but it’s also reflective and can quickly magnify the sun’s rays. When skiing, playing the in the snow with your kids or shoveling the drive, be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVB and UVA rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher.

Monitor Your Skin

You and your family are one of the best defenses against skin cancer. Get to know your skin, monitor moles and watch for changes. Help each other, check backs, scalps and hard to see places. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection and treatment can be life saving.

These tips provide a good baseline for year round skin protection and minimizing the damaging effect of the sun’s rays. If you or a family member has questions about skin cancer or a mole that needs to be checked, we encourage you to make an appointment with our staff. Dermatology Associates offers state of the art skin cancer treatment in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan and are your partners in healthy skin.

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Request an appointment online.

About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. & Forefront Dermatology

At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. and Forefront Dermatology, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.

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