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Demystifying Dermatology: Insights into Common Skin, Hair, and Nail Conditions

Dr. Sandra Skotnicki

CDA member and Toronto-based author of Beyond Soap

Did you know that three million Canadians have rosacea? How about the fact that approximately two per cent of the population may experience alopecia areata during their lifetime, which manifests as round bald patches on the scalp, face, or body? Did you know that subungual melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops beneath the surface of the nail? People may delay seeing a dermatologist because they mistake the discoloration for a bruise.

Many Canadians experience chronic skin, hair, and nail conditions without being aware of common symptoms, risk factors, triggers, and available treatment options. The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), representing Certified Dermatologists, strives to enhance the understanding and practice of medicine and surgery related to the care of skin, hair, and nails.

The CDA has recently updated and redesigned bilingual information on more than 25 skin, hair, and nail conditions on its website. Explore further by clicking the links below.

Skin conditions – From acne to eczema to vitiligo, learn more about various skin conditions that affect the body’s largest organ.

Hair conditions – From alopecia to hirsutism, learn more about various conditions regarding hair – the fastest growing tissue in the body.

Nail conditions – From nail fungus to subungual melanoma, learn more about conditions involving nails, which help protect the delicate tissues at the ends of fingers and toes.

With an abundance of information and disinformation circulating about skin health, the resources provided on the CDA website are invaluable for assisting patients living with chronic skin, hair and nail conditions,

Dr. Sandra Skotnicki

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