There has been a great deal of interest over the past few years in "natural" treatments for skin conditions. My patients often ask me about "alternative" treatments for acne, and many have tried tea tree oil prior to coming in to see me. Does tea tree oil work in treating acne? I'd like to review our current scientific understanding of this issue.Read More
Toronto Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Levy’s dermatology blog.
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.Read More
It is a common scenario; two exhausted parents bring their infant in to my office. The child is covered in red, rough patches and scratch marks. He's clearly uncomfortable and his parents tell me he doesn't sleep well. They were given a prescription for hydrocortisone by their paediatrician, but are worried that it will harm their child so they have been reluctant to use it. No one in the house has slept well in months and everyone is on edge. The parents desperately want to help their child and everyone just wants to get some rest!Read More
Does using a moisturizer prevent wrinkles? The internet is full of stories of women who have used one brand or another's moisturizer for decades and have aged gracefully. Unfortunately, the notion that moisturizers on their own prevent wrinkles is a myth (these women were likely genetically blessed). Unless your moisturizer contains sunscreen or other active ingredients that are known to mitigate skin aging, it alone will not prevent wrinkles.Read More