Hey Northlanders! It’s time to show your body’s largest organ some love.

That wave of arctic air that greeted your face today could be expelling more than just your tears — you could be losing essential moisture, and your skin might be suffering.

And sure, skin cancer might be a distant thought during our (sometimes too short) summers, but we are indeed soaking up our fair share of risks.

On the other hand, up until a few years ago, getting checked out by a professional in this area was a little easier said than done.

According to Twin Ports Dermatology Owner Heather Smith, it used to take many months before you could be seen by a dermatology care provider. Smith learned this firsthand when her mother-in-law was told she’d have to wait nine to 12 months to have a new, worrisome mole checked out. Being a physician assistant, Smith took action and screened the mole herself, and it turned out to be Melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer.

“She said she probably would’ve never gone in with that nine month wait . . . and just ignored it,” Smith told us. “And if I hadn’t been in the field, she might not be here today.”

After researching the need for accessible dermatology care in the Northland, Smith and her husband decided to open Twin Ports Dermatology in Duluth. With a robust medical team of surgeons, dermatologists, dermatology physician assistants and nurse practitioners, they’re able to offer extensive treatment options at both their clinic and med spa — no referral needed.

Check out everything Twin Ports Dermatology has to offer at their open house this Friday, March 1 from 12-8pm. Stop in throughout the day to see demonstrations, check out special offers, meet with vendors and staff, have a mini consult, and enjoy hor d’oeuves and beverages.

You can also learn more on their website, or follow them on Facebook.

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