How To Choose The Best Sunscreen For Your Kids

How To Choose The Best Sunscreen For Your Kids

"How do I choose the best sunscreen for my kids?" is one of the most common questions I get in the office each summer.  As parents, we always want to do what's best for our children, and most of us by now have heard that excess sun exposure causes skin cancer.  Over the past few years, conflicting messages have emerged from some media sources and websites regarding whether or not sunscreens are safe. As a dermatologist and a mother of two young children, this issue is very dear to me, and I'd like to address some of the misinformation out there by writing about this topic, and by helping you select the best sun protection for your little ones.

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What To Do If You're Allergic To The Sun...

What To Do If You're Allergic To The Sun...

Warm weather and sunshine have finally arrived in Toronto, and this time of year I am once again seeing patients with a common and frustrating rash...one that is caused by exposure to the sun.  If you have enjoyed one or two warm spring days outdoors, only to find that hours later you have developed an intensely itchy, uncomfortable red rash, you may have a sun allergy known as polymorphous light eruption (PMLE).  

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Sunscreen And Insect Repellent: Which One, When, And How Often?

Sunscreen And Insect Repellent: Which One, When, And How Often?

Next week is March break for many students here in Canada, and many of us who live in cold climates will be escaping to warmer destinations.  The spread of chikungunya, and more recently of zika virus, have made many of us more aware of the need to prevent mosquito bites when travelling to destinations where these diseases are endemic. In areas of risk it is clear that we protect ourselves and our loved ones both from insects and from excessive sun exposure. This post addresses the question of how to safely do both.

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How To Treat Dry, Cracked Hands

How To Treat Dry, Cracked Hands

Dry hands are an incredibly common problem in the winter.  When the air is cold, moisture in our skin is more likely to evaporate, leaving our skin dry.  The dry skin is prone to chapping, irritation and cracking.  Our hands take a beating because we wash them often and because they are often uncovered and exposed to the winter air. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your hands healthy this winter.

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Should I Use Sunscreen In The Winter?

Should I Use Sunscreen In The Winter?

My patients sometimes look at me funny when I tell them to wear sunscreen in the winter.  Maybe it's because I live in Canada, where winters are long and harsh, and are characterized by none of the sunny weather that one might associate with sunburns and skin cancer risk.  And yet, dermatologists in northern climates usually recommend daily sun protection, even in the winters.  What are the reasons for this?

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