Skincare Demystified with Dr. Andrea Trowers - My Top 5 Skincare Products

In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.

Dr. Trowers exclusively addresses many of your biggest skin care questions in our ongoing series of columns. Her latest column is one that all beauty lovers should read - for the first time she is sharing with all of us her top 5 skincare products to make you look positively radiant! - RLB

My Top 5 Skincare Products

Today I’m going to tell you about the skin care products that can make great skin a reality for you in 2010. Patients ask all the time what my staff and I use on our skin and I’m going to provide you with the insider information that can let you get your glow on!

1. Tazorac- This miracle drug is a prescription strength vitamin A cream (aka retinoid). It works like drano on your pores to fight pimples, helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, to some degree reverses sun damage, helps to treat melasma and dark spots and the two gel formulations (there are two cream formulations also) minimize oil production. It is stronger, faster and overall just better than any of the other topical retinoids out there. However if your dermatologist does not tell you how to use it correctly it can cause irritation. No one is allergic to it, they just don’t know how to use it. If you can’t afford or tolerate tazorac, don’t underestimate retin a (the generic is tretinoin and it’s just as good as the brand). It has all of the benefits of tazorac, but to a lesser degree. So try to get to the good stuff as soon as possible!

2. Skinceuticals vitamin c serums (especially Skinceuticals CE Ferulic)- These products are unbelievable! I admit to not trusting over the counter products to be able to make a significant difference in a patient’s skin. But these serums have the studies and results to back up their pharmaceutical grade products. Vitamin c is an antioxidant and applying it before your sunscreen makes your sunscreen even stronger. Since the sun is the biggest skin ager there is (regardless of your skin type and skin color)…your sunscreen needs all the help it can get! But taking a vitamin c pill or using just any topical vitamin c out there is not beneficial. Vitamin c is a very tricky molecule and it takes a lot of science to get the right formulation and molecule size to get into the skin and provide the desired results. Skinceuticals serums have all that and they give your skin a beautiful glow. My staff and I even put it on before going out at night!

3. Aczone- This prescription drug is your new weapon against acne, oily skin and facial redness. It is a gel that fights acne via an anti-inflammatory mechanism. It can replace your benzoyl peroxide products or be used with them. Its’ advantage over benzoyl peroxide is that….drum roll…it doesn’t bleach out your clothes! So now you don’t have to worry about destroying sheets, towels and clothing with white spots because you were trying to fight a breakout. It also helps to diminish oily skin and facial redness. As one of my patients (whose had rosacea for years and was only minimally improved with oral antibiotics and metrocream) says, “Aczone is the bomb!”

4. Suncreen- I don’t care how old you are or what skin type or color you are. Every single person should be putting on sunscreen every day to their face, chest, arms and hands. Look at a 70 year old with skin of color and one with white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. The person with skin of color always ages better because of they are naturally protected to some degree from the photoaging effects of the sun because of their skin color. Just imagine if they also used sunscreen every day! Remember after an SPF of 30 there is minimal added benefit and your sunscreen must include either zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide for the best protections. Sunscreen have advanced a lot so find one you like. Two favorites at my office are EltaMD UV Shield SPF 45 oil free sunscreen (no smell, no white residue even on dark skin and really truly not oily) and Colorescience SPF 30  magical powder sunscreens. Yes powder! In a cool re-usable brush applicator and several tints.

5. Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator - You would think I’m a paid sponsor for this company, but I’m not and it takes a lot to convince me of a products worth. This serum works like a mini peel every day, so it exfoliates your skin but at the same time is a humectant, meaning it sucks moisture in and traps it. My staff and I were given samples when it first came out, but then we forgot about it. But one day one of medical assistants came in and her skin was positively glowing. She’d found it, used it and now we are all obsessed. If your skin is oily just use it at night instead of twice a day.

Using the above products will make ‘Great skin for 2010’ the first resolution you can cross out on your list! - Dr. Andrea Trowers

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