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Why your new year’s resolutions should include a couple skin exam

Published on Jan 6th, 2016 by Robin Travers

January is typically the time when many people embark on a set of New Year’s resolutions. Are yours involving a skin exam, or better a couple skin exam? Here is why two is better than one when it comes to skin exams. Two is better than one when it comes to skin exams There are good medical research studies to show us that teaching partners how to assist each other in partner-assisted skin self-examinations helps improve skin cancer detection. And may help save a life! Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. This year, almost … Continue reading »

‘Tis the season for kids’ scrapes and cuts: How to best treat them

Published on Oct 1st, 2015 by Robin Travers

The fall sports season is well underway for kids and parent volunteers are essential to the success of youth sport programs. This year, I took on the challenge of running the First Aid table for two of my son’s meets. Sure, there were a few bumped and bruised knees, and one bloody nose. But by far the most common injuries I encountered among the kids were the scrapes and cuts, road rash and abrasions, after they took tumbles. What’s the best way to treat these scrapes and cuts to minimize the risk of infection in the short term and scarring … Continue reading »

Midday Makeup Sunscreen Dilemmas: Solved!

Published on Aug 20th, 2015 by Robin Travers

Many of my makeup-wearing patients are excellent with their morning sunscreen application. But, what about the midday application of sunscreen? When I ask about their sun protection habits, my patients proudly exclaim that they never leave their home in the morning without applying an SPF 30 sunscreen to their face, neck and hands. Many of them are aware that the efficacy of the sunscreen ingredients begins to diminish after only a few hours. But very few people re-apply their sunscreen in the midday, so many are completely unprotected from sun exposure from noon onward! The main reason for this is … Continue reading »

Outrun the sun: Sunscreen advice for marathoners and mere mortals

Published on Jul 16th, 2015 by Robin Travers

I’ve run the Boston Marathon for the past 10 years. The afternoon before the race, I host a big carb-loading party (and fundraiser for the Melanoma Foundation of New England!) for my running friends, some of whom travel from far-flung parts of the world to run this historic race. One of my friends, Bob, is a very smart man, and he gave me, a dermatologist, a really important lesson about sunscreen among marathoners. Bob runs a speedy (sub-3:00) race. Several years ago, the weather predictions called for clouds, and Bob was not wearing sunscreen. But these clouds unexpectedly parted at … Continue reading »

Jellyfish stings, a summer skin hazard!

Published on Jul 2nd, 2015 by Robin Travers

There’s a new dangerous creature lurking in the waters of Cape Cod and the Islands, and it’s not a great white shark! It’s a little jellyfish called Gonionemus vertens, and stings from this jellyfish have been increasingly reported in Cape Cod ponds and bays. The population of these creatures is spreading for reasons that aren’t understood, and they are unfortunately associated with a painful sting. Gonionemus is a type of hydrozoan, like the Portuguese Man of War. Hydrozoans are not true jellyfish, but they resemble them enough that we often refer to them as such. Like the jellyfish, hydrozoans have … Continue reading »

12 self-tanning tips to get your glow on safely

Published on Jun 30th, 2015 by Robin Travers

The weather is getting warmer here in Boston, and we are putting away our long-sleeves and pants in favor of shorts and bare arms. Many patients at SkinCare Physicians want the “healthy” bronze of a tan… but without the risks associated with ultraviolet light exposure. Here is what our dermatologists have to say about self-tanners’ safety and how to best apply them. What’s in your self-tanners? Most self-tanners contain very safe ingredients, either dihydroxyacentone (DHA) or erythrulose. DHA is a type of sugar molecule that turns brown when it reacts with amino acids in your skin surface, in a reaction … Continue reading »

Get your medical advice from your physician, not a Lululemon bag

Published on Jun 17th, 2015 by Robin Travers

In the year since this blog post was first published, Lululemon’s inaccurate and potentially dangerous sunscreen advice continues to be printed on the bags that they hand out every day to customers. Lululemon WAS informed by the American Academy of Dermatology last year that its ‘sunscreen is dangerous’ quote printed on all its bags was spreading misinformation, and the company admitted that the message is “not research based” . If you are concerned about your risk of skin cancer and the potentially dangerous medical information Lululemon continues to dispense, email their ‘guest education center’ at to voice your concerns. Pass … Continue reading »

Give the gift of sun protection this Father’s Day!

Published on Jun 16th, 2015 by Robin Travers

Stymied about getting a last-minute gift for the Dad in your life? Here is a list of some great stylish, fun and sophisticated sun-protective items that will ensure a summer full of health, happiness and fun in the sun!

Lime and sun together? A risky proposition for your skin

Published on Aug 25th, 2014 by Robin Travers

It’s still summertime, and hopefully we are all taking care of our skin by using sunscreens and sun protection, avoiding insect bites, and treating occasional poison ivy. But there’s another common skin condition that we dermatologists see quite often during sunny weather: phytophotodermatitis. Never heard of it? We see quite a bit of it at SkinCare Physicians near Boston, and the main culprit is LIMES! Understanding phytophotodermatitis To better understand this condition, let’s break down the derivation of the word: “Phyto” = plant “Photo” = light “Dermatitis”= inflammation of the skin So, phytophotodermatitis means inflammation of the skin that is … Continue reading »

Four on the Fourth of July: 4 Holiday Rescues for Summer Skin Emergencies

Published on Jul 2nd, 2013 by Robin Travers

Over the Fourth-of-July weekend, most of us will be participating in outdoors activities and joining summer festivities. With outside fun comes the risk of scraped knees, dermatitis, insect bites or heat rash. Here are four rescue tips for summer skin emergencies, so you and your family can enjoy a safe and worry-free holiday. #1 Road Rash Kids and grownups alike are hopping on their bikes, buckling on their skates, and even bouncing around on pogo sticks! With all of this activity comes the inevitable dangers of tumbles, bumps, and bruises and scrapes. Your holiday rescue: The first step in dealing … Continue reading »

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SkinCare Physicians®
1244 Boylston Street (Route 9)
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467

Phone: (617) 731-1600 Fax: (617) 731-1601

Learn more about your rights and protections related to the No Surprises Act (HR133).

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