Why (Most) Sunscreen is Harmful to Your Health

Why (Most) Sunscreen is Harmful to Your Health
Warmer days are finally upon us. But as much as I love being out in the sun as anyone else, I’m not a big fan of slathering myself with conventional sunscreen.Why?Simple. Because it’s toxic. Reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Consumer Reports both warn against the use of several types of the conventional sunscreens that are widely available. A recent study published in the...

Why Don't Doctors Do More About Skin Cancer?

Yesterday, yet another client came to me with melanoma spots that been removed over and over again by her dermatologist. And, yet again, another doctor didn't ask anything of their patient about what they use on their skin DAILY. Every single one of us uses at least a soap. This makes less and less sense to me as the years go by. When a patient has heart disease, they are encouraged to m...

Allergen of the Year!

Allergen of the Year!
Every year the dermatology community gets together to name an Allergen of the Year so they can all learn a bit more about common ingredients that could be causing reactions in their patients. I will say that even as anti-soap as I am, I didn't expect this year's ingredient to be one that even I had come to think of as pretty innocuous. Decyl Glucoside is an extremely common sur...