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I built this site to provide expert, unbiased information to you (the consumer) about skin care products, lasers, injectibles and other devices. I wrote all the content, and I have no financial ties to any pharma, device or cosmetic companies. I'm board-certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine, have published two books and been a guest expert on The Oprah Show.
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How often does an eyelid laser treatment need to be maintained and other questions?
The minute we recover from a laser treatment, or plastic surgery for that matter, we start to age again!! And that rate of aging is determined by genetics, sun exposure, skincare products, life health habits, your current age, andRead More ›
Feelings of depression and loss of self esteem when a cosmetic treatment goes badly.
My heart goes out to you on this. I really think that many women feel these feelings when a treatment doesn't go well. It's very diffucult to look in the mirror every day and feel okay if you are seeingRead More ›
What about IPL with Levulan for sun damage, aging and/or oil?
I am not a fan of this combination which has been around now and sometimes in the press for about 5 years now. Here's why: It can produce severe facial burns if not done well or there is too much naturalRead More ›
What "over the counter" retinol and vitamin C brands are good?
I do have some biases here!. I and our clinic clearly can't test ever product out there and I don't like relying solely on ingredient lists since they don't really give a good indication of the feel and the effectivenessRead More ›
How to treat back acne and get the color even afterwards?
Thank you! Back acne can be a probem for many. You can use the same products on your back as you do on your face. It's just a little harder to reach some of the areas. Some drugstores sell longRead More ›
Renova vs. Refissa vs retinol
I'm a little puzzled by your question because Renova and Refissa are the trade names for prescription retinoids (not made by Obagi), similar to Retin A - the generic name is tretinoin. Obagi and many other companies may have aRead More ›
Can nonsurgical treatments like lasers substitute for a neck lift?
The answer to this really depends on accurate self assessment here! Generally, if one has just a little bit of neck laxity (loose skin) and a little crepeyness, then a one or two fractionated CO2 or erbium lasers may beRead More ›
Why does Paula Begoun's site disagree about Phoretin CF the antioxidant?
Okay ....... first I gotta say that I love Paula Begoun and most of what she says! But.....many dermatologists, chemists, and skin care companies disagree with her about the use of small amounts of certain kinds of alcohol in skinRead More ›
A high quality antioxidant goes under your sunscreen, but can be used at night if needed. They prevent damage to the DNA of skin cells by absorbing free radicals created by UV damage, and have been shown to help with pigment problems like melasma, post-acne brown spots, and sun damage. The drugstore products generally don't contain high enough concentrations to be effective.
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