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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.
Truth in advertising could facilitate realistic patient expectations
Both dermatologists and patients have expectations of what might result from an office visit. Dermatologists hope to meet the patient’s expectations and heal or address their concerns. Patients also have an expectation, and meeting those expectations yields patient satisfaction and a good patient/physician interaction.
Ingredients listings hint at concentration
Many of the new cellulite minimizing creams contain retinol as the ingredient that is called out on the front packaging. Remember that when an ingredient is called out on the packaging, this is not a claim and implies no efficacy.
Cyclodextrin complex technology emerging in cosmeceuticals
This technology is perfectly suited to cosmeceuticals because cyclodextrins are oligosaccharides, also known as sugars, and are commonly used in existing cosmetics
Skin lightening is latest antiperspirant fad
The newest fad in antiperspirant/deodorants worldwide is skin lightening of the armpits combined with moisture and odor control. The need for armpit skin lightening is most pronounced among the higher Fitzpatrick skin types, in which armpit pigmentation is common.
Saw palmetto berries may help grow hair
Saw palmetto is a dwarf palm found in tropical climates that produces berries. These berries contain a naturally occurring substance that may block 5-alpha-reductase. This is the same mechanism by which finasteride works to grow scalp hair when taken orally by men.
The benefits of hair serums
Hair serums are to the hair what hand creams are to the hands. They are valuable in improving the appearance of chemically treated hair.
Chemists try to mimic natural moisturizing factor
For years, cosmetic chemists have been looking for the mechanism whereby the skin remains naturally moisturized, and it has recently been identified.
Which hand sanitizer is best for use in the physician's office?
What are the different types of hand sanitizers? Which is the best one for the dermatologist to use in the office?
Hand sanitizers don't cleanse
While the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has credited hand sanitizers with minimizing the severity of the flu outbreak last year, there are some important organisms that cannot be killed by any type of hand sanitizer.
Skin poration popularity spreads to U.S.
Skin poration is a not a new concept, but rather the application of acupuncture techniques to skincare. This trend has now spread to the United States.

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