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.
Which antioxidants are effective, and how do they work within the skin?
There is no doubt that vitamin E functions as the primary antioxidant in the skin and vitamin C acts as a secondary antioxidant. This means that vitamin E donates an electron to a reactive oxygen species, but it cannot function again as an antioxidant until it obtains another electron to donate.
What does having 'sensitive skin' really mean?
Sensitive skin is really a marketing term that has no medical definition. It might amaze you to know that approximately 60 percent of consumers polled in a recent trends study consider themselves to possess sensitive skin.
What is the appropriate dry-down time for sunscreen?
The length of time to wait following sunscreen application before entering the sun is controversial.
Justifying common treatments for which scientific data is old has become more challenging
Even though dermatology is the oldest medical specialty, there are probably more unanswered questions in the field than in other specialties because we can visualize our organ of study 24/7. Thus, more observations can be made, allowing the formulation of more questions to answer. Patients probably ask more casual questions of spouses, family members and physicians regarding their skin than any other organ, as well.
Investigating the utility of glycans, glycomics in reversing skin aging
Glycomics is the study of glycans, which are sugars. Sugars are very important in cell-to-cell communication and represent the newest frontier in skin biology.
Best shaving practices reduce occurrence of pseudofolliculitis barbae
There is no doubt that shaving cream is important in preventing pseudofolliculitis barbae. The purpose of shaving cream is to reduce friction between the blade and the skin, prolong the life of the blade, soften the hair, and improve shave aesthetics.
Tips and tricks to prevent nail splitting, and info on popular shellacs
How many times weekly does the dermatologist get asked about nail splitting? A lot. Most patients ask about fancy vitamins and nail polishes that claim to improve nail health. Remember that nail health is an appearance claim without substantiation, as the nonliving nails really cannot be healthy because they are dead!
Tips to handle follicular activity, from removal to growth alike
It is amazing that hair grows fervently in mature men's ears and not on their heads. Ear hair is particularly challenging because it does not respond well to laser hair removal.
Dermatology is at a trisection of science, art and policy that warrants further study
The medical world is changing; this is fact. Exactly how these changes will translate into practice and affect dermatology is unclear. So unclear, in fact, that many are scrambling to address issues that may or may not be relevant as the model for healthcare delivery is debated on national, state and local levels. This leaves dermatology at the apex of a trisection between science, art and policy that warrants further inquiry.
Exploring theories, potential opportunities of gene-matched cosmetics
A new marketing concept is to design boutique cosmetics that complement the genes of the consumer. The idea builds on the current genomic approach to cosmeceutical research where gene expression is being used to study the effect of ingredients on the skin.


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