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Melasma, pigment, spring and pregnancy!

April 28, 2020
For everyone……spring is here in the northern hemisphere anyway!   We are about two months from the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year on June 20,21.  This is the time of year when UVA starts to peak. ...

Should I use a separate antioxidant under my sunscreen or just use a sunscreen with antioxidants?

April 21, 2020
I love that you asked this.  In my opinion, this is a marketing ploy on the part of large manufacturers.  It’s a little like my the zinc issue.  My patients come in and say, “I found this great sunscreen at...

Some love, and some instant skin pick-me ups.

April 14, 2020
Marta, your comment made my day.  Thank you!  Thinking about London in WWII really helped me put things in perspective.  A great book on the subject is The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson. I’m still smiling at your...

Skin, mucous membranes, and social distancing

April 7, 2020
We’ll see, but this may be my last post related to Covid-19 because I’m thinking we will all be up to speed on most of it by then.  You all please write me with Covid-19 questions, if you still have...
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