Summer Camp For Kids With Chronic Skin Conditions

Why you should choose Camp Discovery for your child

For one week out of the year, kids with chronic skin conditions from across the United States and around the world will come to Camp Discovery to experience an adventure filled with fun, friendship, and personal growth.

Camp Discovery Is Often The One Place Where They Don’t Feel Different

Summer Camp Discovery 2017 FlyerEach year, more than 300 campers benefit from Camp Discovery, at no cost to their families, many of whom do not have the resources to send their child to a special needs camp.

Camp Discovery Staff

Camp Discovery is staffed with various medical professionals including dermatologists, pediatricians, physician assistants, and nurses. Many of the counselors have chronic skin conditions as well, and can provide support and advice to campers. Camp Discovery is equipped to handle daily medical care regimens and medical emergencies.

A Typical Day

Everyone, regardless of their skin condition, can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and just plain fun!

Transforming Lives

Camp Discovery transforms lives by providing the following:

  • A safe and secure environment
  • Building confidence
  • Creating a sense of belonging

For more information, please contact the AAD office at (847) 240-1737 or contact

Jimmie Crutchfield essay-writing contest – Win $1000 Scholarship

Jerry MalloySponsored by Crutchfield Dermatology Foundation & the Crutchfield Family. Administered by the non-profit “Society for American Baseball Research” (SABR)
The Negro Leagues Committee (NLC) of the society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is pleased to announce their essay‐writing contest for high school seniors. Each year the NLC hosts a Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference. Some initiatives of the conference include: donations of books to local schools and/or libraries, raising funds for headstones of unmarked graves, and the awarding of scholarships.
Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Current high school senior.
  2. Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application.
  3. Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post‐secondary institution.
  4. Carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

Download and fill out the Jimmie Crutchfield 2017 Essay Contest Forms.

Good luck and thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application and reading your essay about the wonderful Jimmie Crutchfield.

8 Ways To Help Identify CPS – Cancer Prone Skin

cancer prone skinAmericans today recognize acronyms and abbreviations for a wide range of important medical terms:  ED, OCD, UTI.  However, we are not familiar with one that could help to save millions of lives: CPS.

CPS stands for Cancer Prone Skin.  Skin Cancer is the most common cancer, with over 2 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year. It is imperative that we make a household term the primary aid in identifying skin that is most at risk.  No matter your skin color, you can get skin cancer.  Some people have a higher risk of developing skin cancer than others, placing them in the CPS category.

CPS typically includes several or more of the following risk factors:

  • Light colored skin
  • Skin that burns or freckles rather than tans
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes
  • More than 50 moles
  • Irregularly shaped or darker moles
  • Used or use indoor tanning devices
  • History of sun exposure from outdoor activities

With early detection and treatment, skin cancer is highly curable.  The most common warning signs of skin cancer include changes in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin lesion or the appearance of a new growth on the skin. “If you have any lesion or mole change at all, or if you have a spot that bleeds and doesn’t heal in three weeks, see a dermatologist,” Dr. Crutchfield recommended. “That’s something everyone can do.”

A person with any of the CPS risk factors should not panic, but they should begin a lifelong routine of visiting their board-certified dermatologist for regular skin check. “Dermatology has made incredible advances in identifying risks and early diagnoses,” Crutchfield explained. “For patients with CPS, routine monitoring is the best means to early detection of skin cancer, leading to a great prognosis for successful treatment.”

“Also remember skin color doesn’t give you a free pass,” said Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III.  “It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, everyone can get skin cancer.”

About Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD:

dr charles crutchfieldCharles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Dr. Crutchfield is an annual selection in the “Top Doctors” issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine.  He is the only dermatologist to have been selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine since the inception of the survey.  Dr. Crutchfield has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians.  Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and dermatology textbook.  He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN, and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

2015 5K Race – Save the Date

2015 5 K race
Crutchfield Dermatology Foundation 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run. Sunday October 11, 2015. Proceeds will benefit the American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery, which offers children with chronic skin conditions a transformational summer camp experience.

Dr. Charles Crutchfield in Dermatology Times Article

Optimize outcomes in patients with skin of color by tailoring therapies

National report — When treating patients with skin of color, dermatologists face a number of challenges, and they must choose products and therapies carefully.

African american deramtology skin care

A 55-year-old female patient before (left) and after treatment with liquid facelift, dermatosis papulosa nigra surgery, Pixel laser and the Skin Active Skin Care Program (NeoStrata). (Photos: Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.)
Diagnosis is the first challenge; common dermatological conditions may have a slightly different appearance in skin of color, depending on the hue of a patient’s skin, says Charles Crutchfield III, M.D.
“If you’re used to something looking pink or red and then you see it in brown skin, it looks completely different,” says Dr. Crutchfield, clinical professor of dermatology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and medical director of Crutchfield Dermatology, Eagan, Minn.

Furthermore, dermatologists will encounter a number of conditions more commonly found in patients with skin of color, such as papular pityriasis rosea, razor bumps and keloids, he explains.

post inflammatory pearls“One of the most significant things is the postinflammatory discoloration, both lighter and darker, that you see in skin of color,” Dr. Crutchfield says. “Any time there is inflammation or injury you can have dramatic change in skin color — usually darker, but sometimes lighter, that has to be managed. Sometimes it can take months to correct.”

Weighing options

To help prevent postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, it’s important to choose the right skincare products, says Zoe Draelos, M.D. Preparations that are recommended in white patients may not be suitable for patients with skin of color.

“The most important concern that’s different from Caucasian skin is that you have to be sure that the products that you recommend, whether they’re prescription or over-the-counter … cause absolutely no irritation of the skin at all,” says Dr. Draelos, consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C., who is also in private practice in High Point, N.C.

For example, Dr. Draelos says, over-the-counter acne products containing benzoyl peroxide can be irritating in Asian, Latino and African-American patients and ultimately darken the skin. In addition, exfoliants containing glycolic acid or scrubs containing granules or beads also can irritate the skin, resulting in postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, she says.

Key Points


  • Common dermatologic conditions may have slightly different appearance in skin of color
  • Products containing benzoyl peroxide can be irritating in Asian, Latino and African-American patients and may darken the skin
  • Moisturizing lotions with ceramides go a long way to correct dermatitis associated with dry skin

Managing acne

In patients with acne, Dr. Crutchfield explains to them that postinflammatory changes can be a particular problem with skin of color. Therefore, they need to understand that he must address the inflammatory papules and pustules as well as the postinflammatory hyperpigmented macules that remain after acne heals. Unfortunately, patients with these macules often believe their acne has returned.

In addition to relying on products that are not irritating, Dr. Crutchfield uses anti-inflammatory products to prevent irritation. To manage dyspigmentation, he uses a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and high-dose hydroquinone or hydroquinone metabolites. He also uses a product compounded by his pharmacist that contains hydroquinone, vitamin C, retinol, kojic acid and a steroid.

A number of new products are being used to manage dyspigmentation of the skin. “Many companies are trying to get away from hydroquinone because of the safety issues that have been raised,” Dr. Draelos says. Therefore, physicians are turning to products such as arbutin and deoxyArbutin, kojic acid, lignin peroxidase (Elure, Syneron/Candela), and licorice extract products such as glycyrrhizic acid, she says.

“Sometimes, people will use a bearberry extract if they’re looking for something in the botanical realm,” she adds.

To address concerns in this population, Dr. Draelos says, cosmetic companies are testing products in people with skin of color before they go on the market. “Usually when we test a new cosmetic, we use a broad, multiethnic panel,” she says.

Furthermore, companies work to formulate products with ingredients that have a low potential for irritation and may include an anti-inflammatory to prevent irritation before it occurs, she adds.

Optimizing results

When treating dyspigmentation, Dr. Draelos educates patients about the importance of using sunscreens. “If the sun is darkening the skin and you’re using these products to try to lighten the skin, you find that you end up nowhere,” she says. “So sunscreen is very, very important, and sun avoidance is very important also.”

To maintain skin quality and health, Dr. Crutchfield also suggests moisturization and hydration. “I recommend a good moisturizing lotion that contains ceramides at least twice a day, but especially after bathing,” he says. “That goes a long way to correct dermatitis associated with dry skin.”

He suggests a combination of CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (Coria) and Vanicream Cleansing Bar (Pharmaceutical Specialties), which doesn’t strip away the skin’s natural oils.

Dr. Draelos says she finds that patients with skin of color often want to try other products.

“So I tell them to put a very, very small amount in front of their ear for five nights in a row, and if they have no trouble there, then they can use it broadly over their face.”

Following this course can sometimes prevent overall facial problems. “Predicting a problem before it occurs is always the best way to deal with it,” she says.

Disclosures: Drs. Crutchfield and Draelos report no relevant financial interests.

Dr. Charles Crutchfield Guest on Access Democracy Show

Dr. Crutchfield is a world renowned dermatologist who practices in Eagan, MN. He is also a professor, mentor, and leader in our community. Alan Miller and Dr. Crutchfield have engaged in past shows on Access to Democracy and as before, the show is always fresh, interesting and educational. On this occasion, Dr. Crutchfield also discusses several typical clinical situations with well known skin conditions.

Eagan Dermatology Office

Eagan Minnesota Map DermatologistListen in as Dermatologist Dr. Charles Crutchfield discusses some of the treatment offerings from his Eagan, MN dermatology clinic. Located at 1185 Town Centre Drive. Very close to Yankee Doodle Road and Lexington Avenue South in Eagan. Call today for your appointment 651 209-3600

Dermatologist in Eagan Minnesota Voted Top Doctor Over & Over Again!

Renowned dermatologist and author Dr. Charles Crutchfield has been named a top doctor over and over again by his peers in Minnesota Monthly Magazine as well as Mpls St. Paul magazine. His skin care dermatology clinic is located in Eagan MN and serves a wonderfully diverse patient list. Dr. Crutchfield is an expert in treating ethnic skin concerns. Take a look at a few of the wonderful things patients are saying in the video testimonials above.

Contact Eagan dermatologist Dr. Charles Crutchfield at 651-209-3600 for your appointment today. Learn more about this great doctor online today Eagan Dermatology

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Dermatology Staff of Eagan

Eagan Dermatology Staff

Dermatologist and author Dr. Charles Crutchfield is photographed here with his medical & office staff all from Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, Minnesota. This practice has been named one of the top 100 places to work in Minnesota. The team includes nurses, estheticians, customer relations, and more. For more information about Crutchfield Dermatology located in Eagan- contact our offices at 651-209-3600