• aging,  Antiaging,  Collagen,  supplements

    Collagen Supplements Might Actually Work

    If you know me, you know how I feel about a lot of the claims made about dietary supplements.  As we know, the regulation of supplements is fairly lax when compared to actual medications.  Because of this, they don’t have to go through rigorous trials to prove their effectiveness before making it to the market.  However, this doesn’t stop people from using them in droves.  One such supplement is collagen. Like Hansel, collagen supplementation is so hot right now. Lately, I feel as if I’ve been bombarded with ads about it from social media to the subway and beyond.  People seem to be downing collagen pills and drinks like mimosas…

  • aging,  Antiaging,  botulinum toxin,  cosmetic procedures,  Uncategorized

    Botulinum Toxin: What You Need to Know

    Botulinum toxin injection is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the US for both women and men. Its brand names have crossed over to become household names and it has been cemented into our cultural zeitgeist over the last two decades. Yet there is still so much mystery surrounding botulinum toxin including its effect, how it’s administered and what could possibly go wrong.

  • aging,  Antiaging,  photoaging,  sun protection

    Why Do We Age?

    All things change.  Seasons march on, time passes and before we know it, we’re almost different people.  It’s quite marvelous when you think about it—we’ve all come a long way.  However, there is one aspect of this never-ending metamorphosis that most of us don’t embrace: the change in our appearance.  Somewhere along the way, beauty became equated with youth and we now spend countless hours and dollars trying to retain or regain some semblance of our younger selves.  Unfortunately, most of us ignore the simplest question about this whole process: Why do we age? Science tells us that answer lies both within us and in the world around us. What…

  • Hair,  Hair loss,  Uncategorized

    Biotin Probably Won’t Grow Your Hair and Could Be Dangerous

    One of the top concerns in every dermatology practice is hair loss.  While the concern of losing one’s hair is very common, it can manifest in different forms from true disorders to subtler findings like more hair shedding or breakage over time.  In my experience, many patients have tried to their own remedies before they even see me for hair loss, and biotin supplements are by far the most common strategy my patients have used.  A new study found that roughly a third of all patients seen at a dermatology practice had used biotin supplements, and about a third of those patients had been recommended the supplement by a doctor. …

  • Bathing,  Moisturizing

    How to Simplify Your Skincare Routine

    Like Marie Kondo, I love a mess, just not when it comes to skincare.  While there’s no shortage of great products out there, I’ve found that a lot of my patients have been overdoing it, and who can blame them?  With trends like double cleansing and 12 step skincare routines rising to prominence, it’s never been more popular to have a maximalist approach when it comes to products.  While using skincare as selfcare and really taking your time to focus on your dermatologic health are great things, product overload can lead to a whole host of issues.  Using too many occlusive moisturizers, serums and essences can lead to comedonal acne. …