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Sun Protection 101

Along with sunscreen, there are other things you can do to protect yourself from sunlight. Sun-protective clothing is a good option when you know you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. Coolibar and Solumbra and two clothing brands Dr. Carl Thornfeldt recommends, but there are many companies coming into the industry every day. You want sun protective clothing with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50 or higher. We also recommend wearing a cloth hat with a 4- to 5-inch-wide brim all the way around when out in the sun. If you’re nervous about ordering a hat online, we have a great retail display of hats from the Oregon-based company SunDay Afternoons in our waiting room at CT Derm. Don’t forget to protect your eyes with UV sunglasses! 

There is also a supplement that you can take to help protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet A rays penetrate deep into your skin and damage it, causing a tan. Ultraviolet A radiation is primarily used in tanning beds. Ultraviolet B rays are the reason your skin sunburns, along with causing skin cancers.

HelioCare is made from the Polypodium leucotomos fern that is found in Central and South America. The antioxidants help protect your skin from harmful rays and aging. Our providers recommend that you take two capsules in the morning with breakfast. Some patients take it year round, while others only take it during the spring and summer. It takes about two weeks before the HelioCare is fully effective, so start two weeks prior to any warm-weather vacation. This supplement does not replace your sunscreen or sun-protective clothing, but adds another layer of protection.

Did you know that there are certain times of the day you can get less sun exposure when outdoors? Our providers recommend doing your outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. The UV rays are the strongest between those times. If that does not work for you, make sure you have shade available and have your sun-protective clothing, sunscreen, and HelioCare on board to protect yourself.

I am someone who struggles with autoimmune disease and sun sensitivity. Sun protection makes a big difference during the times of year I struggle the most. I love working in dermatology, and I am constantly learning something beneficial for my health.


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As a clinical dermatologist, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt created Epionce® to be the science-backed solution to specific skin concerns. Decades of research went into the physician-strength, clinically tested skincare line, which uses botanical ingredients to boost the skin barrier, improve radiance, and more.

Here is What our Patients Think

All of the interaction with the staff, technicians and doctors have been professional and friendly. The staff is efficient, the wait times are minimal, and the care is exceptional. I highly recommend CTDerm.

Wade W. (Patient since 2019)

I have known from a distance that Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff were very good. But in just one visit, I realize that I had underestimated how good they are. Our son and daughter's skin issues, as well as my own, were not noticed by our dermatologist where we live. It was fully worth the trip from Florida.

Robert H. (patient since 2016)

My experience with Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff has been nothing but pleasurable. The staff are friendly and helpful going the extra mile to meet the patients needs. Dr. Thornfeldt is dedicated to the care of his patients, actively listening and responding as he seeks to see the bigger picture.

Dezra. R (patient since 2019)

The staff at CT Derm is very friendly and helpful. I found the visit very comfortable. Dr. Thornfeldt is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and understanding. I am a former patient of his from when he had an office in Nampa, but due to improved skin issues and major life changes, -- a divorce and move, I didn't follow him to his Fruitland office. After over 12 years, and new skin problems, I knew it was time make the drive. I trust him completely and appreciate his experience and expertise.

Ellen S. (patient since 2018)

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