What do you tell patients to look for most in skincare — any ingredients or products in particular?
I tell patients to look at the long list of ingredients on the back label and that the ingredients at the top of the list have the highest concentration in the bottle, and the ingredient as the end of list are in very small quantities in the cream. Also, of course, I love hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil for dry skin, tea tree oil for acne, Retin-A for wrinkles, and aloe for sensitive skin.
What do you think are the best in-house dermatological services for patients? What gives the biggest bang for the buck?
I like the results of a good IPL treatment for brown spots, as it is one of the least expensive cosmetic services. Also, in house peels can really make a person’s complexion and appearance much better. Old-fashioned freezing of pre-cancerous sun spots is certainly worth the money to prevent skin cancer.
At what age do you think more invasive cosmetic treatments should be started?
I really don’t see the need before the age of 35 to have laser treatments for facial wrinkles but it depends on sun exposure, where in the country the person lives with intensity and frequency of the sun, history of acne lesions, etc.
What do you feel are the most commonly made mistakes in skincare?
Picking the wrong shade of foundation or powder or sunscreen.
Share your skincare regimen.
I have a ridiculously simple skin care regimen because I am sensitive to most topicals and can’t use most of the great products out there. So I just wash my face with Free and Clear soap and apply natural sunscreen high in zinc and titanium oxide several times a day. When I need a moisturizer in the colder weather I use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer with only a few added ingredients.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
Recently I have become very interested in the studies and clinical results which show that topical CBD oil from hemp is anti-inflammatory using many different pathways, and helps with the appearance of aging, dry skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatologic problems. I am particularly impressed with Sopris‘s CBD products.