• Skincare

    The Intentional Approach to Skincare

    I believe that we all exist on a skincare spectrum.  On one end we have the “do-littles.”  These are people who don’t give much thought to taking care of their skin.  Those that use whatever’s lying around.  Those from the school of 18-in-1 shampoo/body wash/facial cleanser/surface degreaser/motor oil.  On the other hand, we have the “do-the-mosts.”  These are the skincare fans, mongers, collectors etc.  If it’s new and shiny, they want it in their 20-step routine and they couldn’t tell you why but mind your own business, alright? Both classes of people are often missing the same element in their skincare routine: intentionality.  It’s my firm belief as both a…

  • Acne,  aging,  Antiaging,  Bathing,  botulinum toxin,  Collagen,  cosmetic dermatology,  cosmetic procedures,  Dry skin,  Hair,  Hair loss,  Moisturizing,  photoaging,  retinoids,  sun protection,  supplements

    20 Easy Skincare Resolutions for 2020

    A new year—nay—a new decade, is upon us and I have something to say!  I’m tired of New Year’s resolutions with no substance – you know, the same weak promises that rear their ugly heads year after year like “drink more water” or “take better care of my skin.”  While making substantive improvements to your skin health in the next decade might seem elusive, it’s easy if you break it down to the basics.  Here are 20 super easy resolutions to try for 2020. 1. Wear SPF EVERY DAY! I know I’m required to say this as a dermatologist, but daily SPF provides a whole host of benefits including lowering…

  • Acne,  Moisturizing,  oily skin,  retinoids,  sun protection

    Skincare for Acne: The Complete Guide

    By now, we all know how common a problem acne is, and skincare companies have also taken notice.  Each year, billions of dollars are spent in the hopes of finding the miracle product that will rid us of our blemishes.  While skincare often isn’t enough to treat acne on its own, having the right skincare habits can significantly help decrease the severity of acne or help to make an acne treatment regimen more tolerable.  Here’s your complete guide to skincare for acne. Cleansing This first step in skincare is often a favorite of acne sufferers.  It was definitely a favorite of mine as an acne-prone teenager.  I always felt that…

  • 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. …

  • 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. …