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Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, Dermatology Consulting Services, High Point, N.C., and a Dermatology Times Editorial Advisor and co-medical editor.
What are facial blotting papers?
One of the most widely used techniques for decreasing facial oil is the use of blotting papers, especially popular in East Asian nations
How does sebum interact with airborne pollution?
One of the current appearance issues receiving attention in the popular press is the effect of air pollution on the skin.
Does dry shampoo work?
Just as facial blotting papers are used to control facial sebum, dry shampoos are used to control scalp sebum.
What is an ultra-hydrating and therapeutic moisturizer?
The terms ultra-hydrating and therapeutic, as they pertain to moisturizer formulation, are pure marketing gibberish, however they have tremendous consumer appeal.
What are sensates in moisturizers and what is their value?
Sensates are substances that induce a certain sensation when applied to the skin.
What does it mean when skin is “well-hydrated?”
What does it mean when skin is “well-hydrated?”
Skin hydration is an interesting term that has great consumer and scientific meaning.
What are parabens?
There has been recent concern about the safety of parabens as they are the most frequently used preservative in skin care products today
What are the safety concerns associated with parabens?
Safety concerns over parabens arose because they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors.
Is it worthwhile to advise patients to purchase paraben-free products?
Many skin care products are now advertising the “paraben-free” claim, however the parabens must be replaced with another preservative.
What are natural skin care products? Are they preservative-free?
No one is really sure what constitutes a natural skin care product, since all ingredients are natural to the earth!

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