The Skinterrogation column features Q&A seshes with dermatologists and other major movers and shakers in the skin care industry.
Jack of all trades Dr. Neil Sadick is board-certified in four areas: dermatology, internal medicine, cosmetic surgery and hair restoration surgery. He’s also a Diplomate of the American College of Phlebology and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. The President-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and on the Board of Trustees of the Dermatology Foundation has been in private practice for over 25 years with three offices; two in Manhattan and one in Great Neck, NY. Dr. Sadick has also recently published a book called “The New Natural: Your Ultimate Guide To Cutting-Edge Age Reversal.” Lastly, Dr. Sadick boasts his own skin care brand, Park Avenue Prescription that’s excellent for addressing a multitude of skin care concerns. I caught up with the skin savant to glean tips on everything from anti-aging to acne. Check it out in this installment of Skinterrogation.
Beauty Blogging Junkie: What are your top three anti-aging recommendations?
Dr. Neil Sadick: My top three anti-aging recommendations are: Using a retinol derivative, like in the Park Avenue Prescription PM Rejuvenation Cream, keeping your collagen stimulated using a technology like the Laser Genesis, superficial chemical peels on a regular basis.
BBJ: What are your top three tips for addressing acne?
NS: Three tips for treating acne are:
1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser 2-3 times a day.
2. Facials are helpful in keeping pores unclogged and decreasing sebum production.
3. Use a topical antibiotic in the morning and alternating a topical benzoyl peroxide deriviative with a topical retinoid is an excellent way to minimize acne outbreaks.
BBJ: How often should one exfoliate?
NS: Use of an exfoliating agent 3-5 times per week will keep your cells turning over and keep your sebaceous glands from getting clogged.
BBJ: What are some of your favorite over-the-counter skin care products?
NS: Some of my favorite OTC products are Park Avenue Prescription Reversal Serum, Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer, as well as Christian Dior Capture Totale, which I helped develop.
BBJ: What is your own skin care regimen?
NS: I like to alternate a Retin-A like product with topical benzoyl peroxide-clindamycyin compound nightly and our own photobleaching peeling formula 3x per week. My secret to a shine-free face is using Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion twice a day!
BBJ: What do you recommend for treating hyperpigmentation?
NS: Hyperpigmentation is best treated in-office with light superficial chemical peels and first generation fractional lasers. At home, Park Avenue Prescription PM Rejuvenation Cream is great when used in conjunction with our photobleaching peeling formlas, which contain alpha hydroxyl acid and hydroquinone. Elure is another helpful product for hyperpigmentation because it decreases melanin.
BBJ: I adore Elure. What’s your desert island skin care product?
NS: Park Avenue Prescription PM Rejuvenation Cream because it improves all aspects of global rejuvenation.
BBJ: Tell me about your new book, “The New Natural.” What made you write it?
NS: “The New Natural” was written because it encompasses all aspects of keeping your skin youthful and healthy, employing non-to-minimally invasive approaches, which protect, reverse and rejuvenate skin.It is based upon 25 years of clinical experience and enhances the concept of age prophylaxsis. It is all non-scalpel approaches which can potentially keep individuals away from the knife.
BBJ: What’s one piece of skin care advice you wish everyone would follow?
NS: Topical broad band sunscreen plus antioxidant should be applied 365 days a year. It’s so simple and will keep you looking young and healthy!
Thanks, Dr. Sadick! Stay tuned for more Skinterrogations.