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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.
Does skin poration really work?
Since these devices are sold over-the-counter, no one really wants to know because injection into the skin would technically make the rollers a device that would require Food and Drug Administration attention.
Uncovering the cause of armpit irritation
Antiperspirants and not deodorants are the culprit in skin irritation. The antiperspirant decreases sweating while the deodorant simply provides a pleasant scent to the armpit.
Thicker, creamier sunscreens may trigger acne-like problems
Most patients that complain of acne within 48 hours of applying sunscreen probably are not experiencing true acne with follicular rupture, but rather irritant follicular contact dermatitis or possibly miliaria rubra and miliaria pustulosa. It may be worthwhile to suggest patients try a spray formulation.
Lipsticks are excellent photoprotection
Opaque lipsticks provide better photoprotection than SPF-containing lip balms because they have an unlimited SPF and excellent substantivity.
Trace amounts of lead may be in lipsticks, not health risk
The government regulates the pigments used around the mouth, where ingestion may occur. The amounts are very small compared to the lead contamination possibilities from the old lead-based paints.
Which hand sanitizers are most practical and effective?
What are the different types of hand sanitizers? Which is the best one for the dermatologist to use in the office?
Press Ganey questionnaires do not reflect ‘immeasurables’ in medicine
Quality ratings for physicians are becomingly increasingly important as measures of performance and determinants of reimbursement. One measure gaining traction for physician rating is the Press Ganey score.
For cosmeceutical creation, what's extracted from stem cells is what counts
Stem-cell-based cosmeceuticals do not contain stem cells, but rather stem cells are used for the preparation of the plant extracts used in the formulation.
Examining the ins and outs of skin poration
Skin poration is a not a new concept, but rather the application of acupuncture techniques to skincare. In East Asia, rollers coated with sharp needles have been used for a variety of purposes, from pressure point release for muscle pain to the rejuvenation of skin to a method of penetration enhancing topical products.

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