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Hydroquinone for hyperpigmentation – Is it safe? Ask Doctor Anne

If you talk about hyperpigmentation, there is one ingredient you are bound to get questions about: Hydroquinone. Is it effective? Is it safe?     Or will it make my skin turn blue and give me cancer? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, then keep reading – this blogpost is for you. How hyperpigmentation happens Before I get into the ingredient, a few quick words on hyperpigmentation. I have a whole series answering your questions about that topic that I am going to link here and I…

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Hyperpigmentation – What is it and where does it come from? Ask Doctor Anne

Summer is well and truly over, it is raining cats and dogs out there, and the last sunny days are only a faint memory… But one that I am reminded of whenever I look into the mirror. Why? Because each summer accentuates the hyperpigmentation I have on my face thanks to acne, age and two pregnancies.     So my main skincare focus for fall is how to fade my hyperpigmentation, but before I go into that, I figured we would talk about the mechanisms that lead to these pesky…

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Is Alcohol in skincare bad? | Ask Doctor Anne

Alcohol is going to kill your skin cells! Alcohol leads to premature aging! Alcohol is drying and destroys the skin barrier!     I bet you have heard that before. But if it is true, why is it still present in skincare? Are companies deliberately trying to harm their customers? I don´t think so. But let´s talk about it: the different kinds of alcohol, the benefits of using it in skincare and the possible side effects it can have.   What is an alcohol and what different kinds are there?…

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Sunscreen pills – Everything you need to know about oral sun protection | Ask Doctor Anne

Sunscreen pills – I admit I hadn’t even heard about them until recently, when quite a few people started asking me whether I would recommend oral sun protection.     A quick search revealed that not only sunscreen pills (although they go by a different name, we will get to that later) are very much a thing, but that they are also easily available in Germany. So what are they and what do I think about them? I did my research!     Sunscreen pills, also known as oral sun…

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How to reapply sunscreen over makeup – 5 different ways | Ask Doctor Anne

ADVERTISEMENT INFO: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. I RECEIVED NO MONEY TO WRITE IT. PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER.   You have made a habit of wearing sunscreen daily, you have figured out which filters work best for your skin type and you know how much exactly you need to cover your face and neck (if not have a read here), and now on top of that you are told you need to reapply regularly? Even over the full face of makeup you wear to the office?     How exactly…

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Is the SPF in my makeup enough for adequate protection? | Ask Doctor Anne

If my foundation already has an SPF, do I really need a separate sunscreen? Yes. Does that mean the SPF in makeup or moisturizers is worth less than the SPF in a dedicated sunscreen? No! Confused again? I totally get that.     So let me explain why the SPF in makeup products is on the one hand absolutely legitimate, but you on the other hand should not rely on it exclusively for your protection!     I bet you have something like that in your stash as well: a…

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How much sunscreen do you really need for your face and neck? | Ask Doctor Anne

Now that we have talked about the different forms of sunscreen, the best one for sensitive skin and the importance of UVA protection, it is time to talk about the most important things:     How much sunscreen do I need for my face and neck? How often do I need to reapply? And: What about my Vitamin D levels? These were among the questions I got quite frequently, so I decided to dedicate a whole video to that topic. As always you need to adapt what I say to…

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Why is UVA protection important and how is it labelled? Ask Doctor Anne

In the previous videos I made on sunscreen (just type sunscreen in the search bar), I often mentioned „broad spectrum“ sunscreen or talked about the UVA and UVB protection What I did not yet adress in depth though is why UVA protection is so important and how you can identify sunscreens that offer adaequate protection – because it sadly isn´t as easy as looking at the SPF.     I had so many questions on that topic that I decided to dedicate a whole video of the Ask Doctor Anne…

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Can you be allergic to sun? Polymorphous light eruption and other forms of sun allergy | Ask Doctor Anne

Sun poisoning, sun allergy, polymorphous light eruption – these are only a few names for a subgroup of dermatologic conditions making it almost impossible to go out and enjoy the sun. I suffered from a mild form in my teens and early twenties – not fun! Every year when I was first exposed to the sun for a longer period of time, went on holiday, went on a hike, basically exposed skin that had been protected from direct sunlight before, my neck and décolleté, sometimes even my upper arms and…

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What are the best sunscreens for sensitive or acne-prone skin – Chemical or physical? Ask Doctor Anne

After I wrote my blogpost on the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen, there was of course the question: “Which one is the best sunscreen for my acne-prone or sensitive skin?” As always the answer is a deeply unsatisfying That depends, but what can I say? It´s complicated!     I am only briefly going to touch on the „natural vs chemical“ debate that thankfully rarely appears in my comments – everything is a chemical. But I quickly wanted to address the „chemical filters are absorbed in your bloodstream and…

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