Say Goodbye to Goggle Tans

This late in the season, ski and snowboard enthusiasts everywhere are trying to squeeze in as much slope time as possible before we collectively bid adieu to our lionesque weather and say hello to a more lamblike climate. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen though; whether on a snowy mountain or a sandy beach, UV rays are still cause for concern. UV rays, sneaky as they are, can travel through glass, clouds and reflect off of water, snow and ice.

Recently published research tells us that though UV rays from the sun aren’t as strong in the winter months as they are in the summer, there is still a need to protect one’s self. Two of the biggest factors affecting UV levels are time of day and time of year. UV radiation is strongest around noon and weakest around the winter solstice (December 21st). Another consideration is that UV levels vary rapidly as the weather changes. Even on a cloudy day, UV levels are still perceptible; on a clear day, UV levels are downright dangerous.

It seems that winter sport aficionados are more vulnerable to UV rays than originally thought, so regardless of weather conditions, always remember to keep regularly applying sunscreen to any exposed skin. And when it is sunny out, don’t forget to wear a hat, protective clothing and lip balm. Overexposure can in turn cause sunburn, photoaging (aging of skin due to UV rays) and skin cancer.

Hardcore “shredders” may wear their goggle tans with pride, but successfully protecting yourself from the sun is paramount in preventing skin damage and truly owning the slopes.


Rock the Red Carpet

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February is a particularly busy time for celebrities (but then again, when isn’t?!) as they find themselves in the middle of award season. Finding the perfect red carpet ensemble can be tricky, but accessorizing can be very simple: great skin goes with everything!

What can be done to create red-carpet-worthy skin? Laser treatments, like Laser Genesis, can be helpful in reducing pore size and improving the overall texture of one’s skin. It also works on redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrafacial, a hydrating microdermabrasion system, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates, leaving the skin glowing.

In case you weren’t invited (we’re convinced all of our invitations got lost in the mail), there are also simple tips you can try at home to achieve a glowing, radiant complexion.

Exfoliate your skin, using a chemical agent, like AHA, or a mechanical agent like a scrub. Remember to be gentle when using scrubs, as they can cause skin irritation if used too aggressively. A clay mask can also help to decongest pores and lift impurities off of the face.

And of course, always wear sunscreen!



Jack Frost-Bite


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The cold weather may send some people into hibernation, but for others, the frosty climate is a wakening, a catalyst to step outside and enjoy a myriad of activities. Tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding and skating all become possible when the temperature drops. Exercise caution and awareness, however, as one of the biggest dangers to unprotected skin in frigid weather is frostbite or frostnip.

Frostnip occurs when the top layer of the skin freezes, but the underlying tissue is not damaged. Frostbite is more severe and occurs when all layers of the skin become frozen damaging tissue in the process. Areas that are vulnerable are our extremities, or the areas furthest from the heart, such as the fingers, toes or tips of the nose or ears.

To prevent frostbite, there are some quick tips for staying warm and protected:

  • Wear layers that are loose, light and comfortable: your first layer should wick moisture from your body, the second should act as insulation and the third should be warm and waterproof
  • Protect your feet and toes with socks and boots
  • Wear a hat, mittens or gloves and a scarf
  • Stay dry and change if any clothing gets wet
  • Keep hydrated
  • Don`t stay out for extended periods of time in extremely cold weather

Knowing the symptoms of oncoming frostbite can also prevent tissue damage. If you are outside and your skin starts to sting, burn, ache or throb, head indoors. Do not warm the skin with hot water or rub it. Try to gently warm the area by holding it to another warm body area (e.g. armpit). If your skin has become hard, pale, cold or feels numb and heavy, seek medical attention.


Family Day

AvantDerm would like to wish everyone a Happy Family Day! In honour of the holiday, we will be open! Please note that the Rapid Access Clinic (walk-in service) is open 8am to 11am.

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday with friends and family alike, and possibly the team!


Happy Valentine’s Day

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AvantDerm would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia, the US Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Talk about Hallmark Holiday!



Upcoming Clinic Closures

Please note that AvantDerm will be closed on Wednesday, February 8 and Friday, February 24. We will be open on Family Day on Monday, February 20.


Now Hiring: Nurse (RN or RPN)

AvantDerm is currently seeking a creative, goal-driven and energetic nurse who is ready to take on a leadership role in helping to provide patients with innovative and exceptional care.


  • Perform physical examinations and procedures such as cryotherapy, injections, cantharone application, skin tag removal, laser therapy, skin biopsies, electrocautery and specimen collection (skin, hair, nails, wound, viral) etc.
  • Assist physician during procedures such as excisions, shave electrodessication and curettage, biopsies and cosmetic procedures.
  • Provide counselling on preventative healthcare, such as skin cancers, atopic dermatitis, acne, phototherapy, etc.
  • Provide education to patients about psoriasis and treat patients using phototherapy.
  • Update and revise operations manuals when necessary.
  • Attend meetings to provide feedback and advice that will help our team to innovate and provide the best patient care possible.


  • Deliver community outreach programs to educate the public about skin disease
  • Participate in clinical research processes and present findings at meetings, workshops, etc.
  • Participate in continuing health education programs


  • Completion of a university degree in nursing science (BScN or BN) or completion of an Ontario college diploma in practical nursing.
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic working environment while maintaining friendly, comforting interactions with patients.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office.
  • Must be able to learn to navigate and use an electronic medical record.

If you are interested in this position please contact us at info@avantderm.com and indicate where you saw this job posting.


Happy New Year

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AvantDerm would like to wish everyone happiness and health for 2012! In the last year, we saw the clinic grow before our eyes, met extraordinary people from all walks of life, overcame unexpected challenges and walked away relatively unscathed! Needless to say, we are looking forward to this next year and all that it may bring.



AvantDerm Holiday Hours

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During the holiday season, AvantDerm will be closed Thursday, December 22 to Monday, January 2. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. If you are experiencing an emergency, please make your way to the nearest hospital.

AvantDerm would like to wish you and your families a very happy holiday and good tidings for the New Year!




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AvantDerm would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all of the gentleman who participated in Movember this past month. Seven years ago, the eleventh month was dubbed “Movember”, where “Mo-Bros” would grow moustaches and fundraise in an effort to increase awareness for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, the most prevalent type of cancer amongst men.

This year, the enthusiasm and generosity of participants resulted in the worldwide movement raising over $90 million dollars. Canada, in all its moustachery, raised approximately $34 million from 245, 000 participants.

Whether you diverted your efforts towards growing a Fu Machu, a Handlebar or a Dali
, AvantDerm salutes everyone involved in the effort to change the face of men’s health.

And now that the time has come to remove the caterpillar atop your upper lip, we have put together some shaving tips so you can put your best face forward in time for the holiday season.

1.        Soften the hair. Wetting the hair with warm water or applying shaving cream allows for a more even shave. Therefore, reducing the sharp edges that may pierce the skin.

2.        Do not shave against the direction of hair growth. This will cause irritation and will contribute to sharper edges of the hair.

3.        Do not pull the skin taut. This will cause the hair to dig deeper into the follicle.

4.        Use a sharp razor each time. Do not use a fancy 2, 3 or 4 blade razor.

5.        Do not shave the area more than twice to get a close shave.

6.        Rinse your blade with rubbing alcohol. Do this before and after every use and replace the blade once a week. This will prevent any bacteria from harbouring on the surface of the blade and will prevent infection.


Light Show

Photo Credit: Flare Magazine

In the December issue of Flare Magazine, you may have noticed expert advice from AvantDerm’s very own, Dr. Davindra Singh. In “Light Show”, an article outlining the beauty uses for lasers, Dr. Singh articulates how lasers can safely be used on darker skin tones.

Check out the link below, the article provides interesting feedback on how you can use laser and light therapies to assist with skin care woes!

Flare Magazine, December 2011. Light Show.



Today we honor those who have served and those who have sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of freedom. Lest We Forget.


Anti-Aging Media Event

AvantDerm is pleased to host Toronto beauty editors and bloggers for a media day, outlining the newest in La Roche-Posay products and the latest in other advancements in anti-aging.

Products and treatments claiming to turn back the clock, reverse wrinkles and make you look ten years younger saturate the market, yet often time the science to support the claims fails to exist. Dr. Singh is experienced in the latest innovations in anti-aging treatment and is excited to share this know-how!



This is No Joke

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While Novak Djokovic may be feeling pleased as punch about his US Open win against Rafael Nadal, he may need to stop by a dermatology clinic before his next Grand Slam. Djokovic is seen above sporting white spots on his neck alongside his menacing grimace. Our impression is that this is due to tinea versicolour, a condition that occurs when there is an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. While this particular yeast is normally found on skin, certain conditions cause it to flourish including heat and humidity. When Roger Federer brought the heat in the semis, it did little to help his situation.

Small spots begin to develop that are lighter than the surrounding skin. When exposed to sun, the yeast acts like a sunscreen; as the surrounding skin becomes darker, the areas affected by the yeast are protected, causing them to look lighter and more noticeable. During the winter months, the affected areas look red and scaly.

This condition is treated using anti-yeast medicines, though the uneven pigment may remain for months. Additionally, the condition may return if the conditions that allow for the yeast to thrive present themselves again.

Dr. Singh would like to extend an open invitation to Djokovic to come down to the AvantDerm facilities for treatment, followed, of course, by a game of tennis!


Ink, Be Gone

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Regrettable tattoos no longer have to be a permanent reminder of a lapse in judgement. New and improved technologies make it possible to remove tattoos with minimal scarring and skin discolouration.

Although the application of tattoos has changed drastically over the course of history, modern tattoos are applied with a needle that penetrates the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, and injects ink into the second layer of the skin, the dermis. The dermis consists of cells that are stable which means that the tattoo is considered to be permanent.

Tattoo removal works to counter the permanency of the inking agents used. Lasers are targeted at the coloured ink below the skin, and the energy is absorbed by the pigment leaving the surrounding areas unharmed. Different wavelengths are used depending on the colour of the tattoo; white and tan inks are more difficult to remove, as they do not absorb the light as well as others, while black ink is the easiest to remove. Once the pigment breaks into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system removes the particles. Many sessions of laser tattoo removal are necessary, each time penetrating deeper to catch all the pigment and leave your skin free of ink.


Though you may have nothing but the fondest of memories of your high school sweetheart, perhaps having their name inked on your body was a rather hasty decision. Luckily, laser technology has the ability to reverse regret and give you a fresh start.