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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How to use Topical Retinoids

Retinoids are compound that are chemically related to vitamin A, which dermatologists frequently use to treat skin conditions such as acne, skin aging and sun damage.  The most commonly used over-the-counter retinoid is retinol, but there are several prescription retinoids that are stronger, and may be more effective.  All retinoids lead to exfoliation, and can cause skin irritation, especially if not used properly. 

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How to Choose the Best Sunscreen

With sunny weather having finally arrived, more people are heading to the drugstore to buy sunscreen for themselves and their families. There are so many products on the market today that the choosing one can seem daunting. Fortunately, selecting a sunscreen that provides excellent sun protection doesn't have to be complicated; it boils down to looking closely at the bottle's label for one of a few key ingredients along with the SPF.

 

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