In a previous post about faith vs. fact in skin care, I encouraged everyone to take the time and read the facts themselves from trusted sources. To make your life a little easier, I thought I would share some of my sources that I read constantly:
Leslie Baumann, M.D. - Dr. Baumann is one of the hardest working dermatologist I have followed. She runs her own practice, writes for the general public and trade on a monthly basis, conducts clinical research and writes books and teaches at the University of Miami and manages to maintain a family (talk about superwoman). Now, I have heard some dermatologist criticize her book The Skin Type Solution as being too simplistic. My argument back to them is that 1) she is raising the profile of dermatology 2) she is taking an extremely complex subject matter and breaking it down to a level that the general public can understand. The bottom line is that she is THE authority on cosmeceuticals and I follow her advise very closely. Dr. Baumann does try to sell books, but I do feel that her integrity is in tact. She an adviser to several large pharmaceutical and skin care companies.
Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D. - Dr. Draelos is a clinical research dermatologist who is another expert on the subject of cosmeceuticals. If Dr. Baumann is the public persona, Dr. Draelos is the book nerd of the two (though she is a very beautiful lady). Dr. Draelos delves more into the theoretical world of dermatology and is an incessant researcher and prolific writer. Whenever she is lecturing, I find it a point to go and hear her. She is very eloquent and refined and her depth of knowledge on the subject of dermatology is unmatched by her peers. Dr. Draelos sits on several advisory boards of some very large pharmaceutical and skin care companies, though I strongly think that it does not cloud her research.
Cherie Detrie, M.D. - I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Detrie and she is an extremely approachable and charming person. She is the director of Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania and is a protege of the famed Albert Kligman, M.D. Most of Dr. Detrie's research and writings are restricted to professional journals and publications. Therefore, it might be a little harder for the general public to get their hands on. My favorite piece she edited was Revisiting Retinol which was published by Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr. Detrie is one of the foremost experts on rosacea.
Trade Publications Dermatology Times - great source but, not peer reviewed. Though writers are thorough, not experts on the subject.
www.cosmeticscop.com - not really a blog, but her newsletter is highly informative. I've said it many times, I wish Paula had more of a retinoids background.
Not too many people in the world can call up the 1st chair of the Cosmetics Forum for the American Academy of Dermatology, past President of the Women's Dermatologic Society, recipient of the Rose Hirshler Award, and the 2006 recipient of the Clark Finnerud Award from the Dermtology Foundation.
However, I have that luxury. I have the passion for dermatology excellence because of my Aunt's conviction on the subject. Whenever I have a question or thought, I call Nia and she drops everything to give me her insight on the subject. She may never know what she means to me, but I owe her everything.