• Allergic Contact Dermatitis,  Allergies,  Ingredients,  Preservatives

    The Truth About Parabens

    When it comes to skincare, some ingredient names are 4 letter words.  Over the last decade or so, parabens have become infamous due to conflicting claims about their safety.  Many product labels now tout that they are “paraben free” and many a skincare lover tries to avoid parabens at all costs.  Most of these aforementioned skincare junkies know that “parabens are bad for you,” but probably couldn’t tell you why though (rly y tho?).  Skincare companies have jumped on consumer concerns about parabens and used them as a marketing ploy.  However, in the process, we may have cleared the way for even more hazardous ingredients to become ubiquitous. Here’s the…

  • Acne

    Acne Myths and Facts

    I, like so many people, have struggled with acne for most of my life.  It started insidiously when I was a teenager, and then progressed to overtake most of my face and leave me with scars.  Back in those days I thought I could cleanse my way to clear skin. Countless TV and magazine ads had taught me that if I emulated any of a number of famous blonde ladies and splashed my face with a bunch of water that all would right itself.  Instead I ended up with irritated skin and a soaked bathroom.  As the years have gone on, I’ve been able to gain control of my acne. …

  • Antiaging,  Dry skin,  hyaluronic acid,  Moisturizing

    Hyaluronic Acid Could Be Your Hydration Hero

    We are in the midst of a hydration revolution! Over the last year, hyaluronic acid (HA) has become the “it” ingredient in skincare. While I remember using products rich in this now-ubiquitous ingredient over ten years ago, it’s enjoying a new spike in popularity. The catchy claim that this ingredient can “hold 1000 times its weight in water” fits in perfectly with the dewy, glow-obsessed moment we’re having right now. However, most HA users know little to nothing about its origins or cosmetic uses. Here’s what you need to know about hyaluronic acid.

  • aging,  Antiaging,  botulinum toxin,  Collagen,  cosmetic dermatology,  cosmetic procedures,  photoaging,  retinoids,  sun protection

    How Do Our Faces Change Over Time?

    I love people watching.  There’s something about observing strangers from a distance and making up outlandish stories about what their lives must be like that I find quite fun.  Whether playing games like this or just simply walking down the street, many of us see thousands of faces per day, developing a sophisticated sort of facial recognition.  This mechanism of the mind takes a snapshot that we likely don’t give a second thought to, but I’d challenge you to realize this: for each face we see, our minds automatically assign an age.  Of course, we don’t realize that it’s happening, but all of our minds are crunching the numbers for…

  • 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. …