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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! 

December 04, 2017

“This is one of those no-brainers every derm knows. Just say no!” Besides some scary-sounding infections (like MRSA, which can cause a painful abscess), when you pick at your skin you’re risking serious, sometimes permanent scarring. Click here to find out how you should properly take care of a pimple that's begging to be popped.


November 10, 2017

"The federal government is planning some pretty major changes to the way it regulates non-prescription drugs, natural health products and cosmetics. The move is designed to simplify the rules and help assure consumers the products on store shelves "are safe and do what they claim to do," according to Health Canada's consultation document outlining the proposed new framework." Click here to read the full article.


November 09, 2017

"Blackheads, also referred to as “open comedones” are small spots on the skin which surface when oil and dead skin clog the skin pores. When that spot remains closed, a whitehead bump forms (closed comedones). If the spot opens and is exposed to air, it becomes a blackhead. Blackheads appear most commonly on the face, but also on the back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders." Continue to read here.


November 08, 2017

"Scientists at King’s College London report that people who have previously suffered from acne have longer telomeres in their white blood cells compared to those with perfect skin. These telomeres ― sometimes referred to as protective caps ― help keep chromosomes from deteriorating. As a result, cells are better insulated against aging."


November 06, 2017

The fact of the matter is that when it comes to proper skin care, it’s all about trial and error. The following are eight skin care lessons that we all have to learn the hard way....

October 21, 2017

With the cool air of fall upon most of us and winter’s cold, dry winds approaching, it’s time to get serious about caring for the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of skin, the body’s largest organ, which protects the vital tissues within.  Click here to find out how to choose the best moisturizer for your skin.


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: Dermamelan, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, ZO Skin Health, ZO Medical, Jane Iredale, Elta MD & Latisse.

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