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 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!
What is nail shellac?
Nail shellac is a long wearing form of nail polish that's removal procedure may cause damage to the nail plate.
What is nail caviar?
A popular trend amongst teenagers, nail caviar may be doing harm to water sources.
How can nail polish change color?
Mood changing nail polish is another fashion popular among young women based on the “mood stone” concept pioneered in the 1960s.
Is 'natural' soap milder?
It is unclear what constitutes “natural” soap, since all soap is really natural, however there is a trend toward the purchase of homemade soap.
Why does skin feel tight after cleansing?
No one knows exactly why skin feels tight after cleansing, however one general theory is widely accepted.
What is micellar water and how does it cleanse?
Micellar water cleansers, also known as cleansing waters, contain water and a very mild surfactant representing a dilute cleansing solution


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