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February 10, 2018

One dermatologist explains why you get acne in the winter and shares the best ways to treat it.

The cold weather takes a huge toll on our complexion. The dry air, harsh temps and sharp winds turn our skin red, splotchy, dry and uneven—and it doesn’t end there for some of us. Winter acne is a thing, and for those who battle blemishes year-round, breakouts can worsen during the frosty months. Sounds weird, right? Shouldn’t we be breaking out more in the heat, when we sweat? To help us understand winter acne and find a way to treat it, we’re turned to Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto dermatologist and spokesperson of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, for help so we can welcome the new year with a fresh start face.

January 13, 2018

It’s the perfect time to incorporate some small but important changes in how you take care of your body. The best place to start is your face and, specifically, not damaging it every morning. First, do not put that bar of body soap on your mug. Ever.

“Soaps and cleansers today are on opposite sides of the spectrum,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades, a New York–based dermatologist during a quick facial cleanser 101. “The key ingredient in soap is lye, which is a base and is really going to destroy the acid mantle on your face that protects the skin from microbes, bacteria, and viruses.”

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January 04, 2018

Maybe you’ve been told men’s skin is different from women’s skin (hint: it’s thicker, physically and not necessarily figuratively, and contains more oil glands). Perhaps you’ve also been advised by a friend, partner or lover that it’s time to start taking care of your skin. That’s especially true in the winter, with its harsh seasonal elements like wind and low humidity. Where to start? Click here to learn five skin care tips for men.


December 28, 2017

When I was a teenager I suffered from acne. It’s rarely highlighted as a big issue, but it affects a huge number of people and can cause a lot of anguish. I struggled with my dyslexia at school, but acne made everything much worse. It was hard to fit in and be confident in my own skin.

By the time I was in my twenties my acne had disappeared and I soon forgot about it – but this isn’t the case for many others. Joanna Salvage, who was head of the spa on Necker Island, is one of those people. Now 28, she has suffered from acne rosacea for 13 years and counting. But rather than let it get her down, she is determined to use her experience to help others. Click here to read more.


December 27, 2017

Ever look at an unfamiliar spot or blemish and wonder if it's a blackhead, pimple, or sun spot? Worse, ever consider that it could be something more? To the untrained eye, unusual skin presentations can cause confusion and alarm. They can also go misdiagnosed, often not getting the attention they require. This is because many skin conditions can seem similar in appearance to one another, says Shari Marchbein, board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.

"For example, a pink flaky spot or rash can be eczema, dandruff, ringworm, psoriasis, or even a skin cancer, like squamous cell carcinoma," she says. Unfortunately, patients sometimes report to the dermatologist's office sharing a previous diagnosis that is incorrect and having missed out on valuable treatment time. Because this occurs more often than documented, we've highlighted the top four skin conditions most commonly, well, diagnosed — and how to look out for them. Click here to find out.


December 26, 2017

Few things can wreck a person’s confidence like a big old pimple. It would be cruelly ironic if stressful situations — a wedding, say, or a public speaking engagement — could trigger a breakout. Unfortunately, experts say the associations between stress and acne are now well-established.

“When we went into our study, we were uncertain of the results — we thought we might debunk some myths,” says Dr. Alexa Kimball, a professor of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She’s referring to a study she and colleagues conducted back in 2003, when the links between stress and acne were still largely anecdotal. But Kimball’s research on university students found stress could indeed trigger an acne episode. And the greater the stress, the more pronounced the breakout. Click here to read the full article.


December 23, 2017

As if acne itself weren’t annoying enough, pimples can leave their mark long after you thought they were gone. Scars leave a long-lasting depression or textural change, while post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation creates a purple, gray, or brown mark. Acne is caused by inflammation, and depending on the degree of that inflammation and your skin type, that blemish could leave discoloration or an indentation when your skin tries to heal, says Ivy Lee, MD, a dermatologist based in Pasadena, California, and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. The best way to prevent either one is to attack acne before it starts, she says. “It’s much harder to deal with [scars] than treating and preventing acne,” she says. (Try this easy way to get rid of pimples.) Still, avoiding certain habits will make your skin more likely to clear up without leaving a mark. Click here to learn how to treat 5 common types of acne scars.

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December 19, 2017

Acne needs no introduction—for most, it’s an embarrassing blemish which only occurs during puberty, while others can literally be scarred by it. The medical name is acne vulgaris, which occurs when one’s pores are clogged with dead skin, dirt, and excess oil. This includes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, hormonal breakouts, cysts, and scarring. It primarily affects the areas of the skin that host a high number of oil glands, such as the face, chest, and back. “While many people do outgrow their acne by age 20, others do not. The issue with waiting is that you may have to face seven to 10 years of embarrassment and other psychological issues as a result, as well as scarring that develops, which is then expensive and painful to try and fix, and will never be fully fixed,” says Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a dermatologist for the Toronto Dermatology Centre. Click here to read the fill article.

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December 14, 2017

Want to know the difference between acne and spots? There isn’t one, according to Dr Anjali Mahto of the British Association of Dermatologists. How many spots you have is irrelevant – even a few can really bother people. Those afflicted can become anxious, avoid social events and even stop going to work. “The mistake people make is to think acne is a cosmetic condition,” says Mahto. So if you think you might have acne, you probably do.

December 11, 2017

Dr. Benjamin Barankin, as team dermatologist for TFC, is very proud to congratulate the team on winning the MLS soccer cup final this past Saturday. This is an amazing soccer team and with great coaches and other staff that have come together to give the great city of Toronto a much needed championship win. We wish the TFC team ongoing success! 

Call 416-633-0001 or email us today for an acne consultation. Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre is located at 4256 Bathurst St., Suite 400 (Bathurst & Sheppard) within Toronto Dermatology Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and serves patients in North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, York, Aurora, King City, Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Bramptom, Newmarket, Maple, Cambridge, Pickering, Ajax, downtown, uptown, midtown, and all of Greater Toronto (GTA)

Dr. Benjamin Barankin and Dr. Anatoli Freiman are dermatologists at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre, providing complete medical, cosmetic, surgical and laser skin care. Our acne centre provides a variety of physician-grade skin care products, prescription creams and gels, prescription pills for acne, as well as a variety of services that treat acne and prevent acne such as: facials, oxygen facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion (medical-grade, SilkPeel DermalInfusion), BBL / IPL (photorejuventation), photodynamic therapy, and acne scar removal such as by subcision, TCA CROSS, fillers, excisions, and laser resurfacing using the ProFractional laser. Our physician-grade skin products include: Alyria, Cosmelan, Clayton Shagal, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, ZO Skin Health, ZO Medical, Jane Iredale, Elta MD, Latisse & Neotensil.

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