The Best Cleansers For Every Skin Type, According to Derms

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Sometimes picking the perfect skin care can feel a lot like bad online dating. We can read online all day long about a cleanser, even admire all of key points on splash pages and maybe scour the comments for rave reviews, but we won’t really know exactly how it works until we can get our hands on it in person. And even then, someone else’s perfect cleanser may not work the same way for us, especially if our skin type differs. Never fear, we—along with some of the country’s top dermatologists—did the hard work and broke down cleansers by what’s best for different skin types. So go ahead, swipe right on these cleansers.

What Derms Say: “Foaming cleansers are safe for most skin types, except for sensitive skin patients, as these cleansers may cause some irritation,” says Dr. Chang. Washington D.C. dermatologist Noëlle S. Sherber, MD even recommends as part deux of a double-cleansing routine.Foaming cleansers are an excellent choice for the second step in double cleansing (which is an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser).”

What They Recommend: Replenix Fortified Cleanser

Why Retinol Is the Best Anti-Aging Ingredient You Can Use, According to Dermatologists

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From fading age spots to smoothing out wrinkles, the benefits of retinol are pretty legit.

“[Replenix RetinolForte Treatment Serum] retinol formulations are in an emollient base that allows for decreased irritation to the skin,” says Dr. Palm. They also contain several antioxidants that help boost the skin’s reparative properties (which really come in handy when adjusting to retinol).


The 15 Best Neck Creams To Fight Tech And Turkey Neck

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Collagen and elastin production smooth the delicate neck and chest skin to reveal a more even skin tone and texture. “I’m on the younger side—29 going on 30—and [Neckletage] is everything I was hoping for,” says a Dermstore reviewer. “I have lost a lot of weight, around 200+lbs, and with that comes an excess of skin and unfortunately it left me with excess on my neck area  but I’m now on my 4th jar going on 5 and will continue to purchase even after I get my Cosmetics surgeries done.”

How to Get Rid of Dark Under-Eye Circles, According to Dermatologists

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Can I Do Anything to Prevent Dark Circles?

For starters, you’ll want to stay on top of your sunscreen, choosing a solid formula (SPF 30 or higher and broad-spectrum), or opting for an SPF-based under-eye concealer, which will not only help cover up eye circles, but prevent future damage.

You’ll also want to snag an under-eye cream that can help rebuild collagen and elastin (or keep it from breaking down in the first place), says California-based dermatologist Caren Campbell, M.D. Her favorite is Replenix All-trans-Retinol Eye Repair Cream, which is made with key ingredients like retinol, green tea polyphenols, vitamins A, C, E and K, and hyaluronic acid.

10 Retinol Serums Dermatologists Actually Use On Themselves

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Dr. Palm generally opts for a prescription-grade retinoid, but as far as over-the-counter retinol, she suggests Replenix RetinolForte Treatment Serum 3x for patients. “[It] contains an effective concentration of a stable, active retinol to help build collagen, fight fine lines, reverse pigmentary changes, and help other active topical skin-care product ingredients penetrate more effectively,” she says.

How to Avoid Dry, Chapped Skin From Hand-Washing

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The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on our population’s health, work, travel, sports, social lives, and even toilet paper supply. It’s probably also causing a lot of damage to your hands – as a result of the frequent hand-washing that’s necessary to keep us healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. And although a case of dry hands isn’t the biggest health concern on anyone’s mind right now, it makes sense to protect the skin’s barrier, since cracked or chapped hands can actually make the skin more susceptible to various types of infection.

So, what can we do to soothe our hardworking hands?
Slather up at bedtime. Nighttime may be the only time we’re not hand-washing incessantly, so it makes sense to quench and hydrate hands as a last step before bed. Cleanse gently, and while the hands are still damp and warm, coat them with a liberal layer of a plain, thick, fragrance-free cream or ointment. (Lighter lotions, serums, and oils may not be enough to heal dry, chapped hands.). Dermatologist favorites include [Replenix Moisturizing & Protective Hand Cream]. A pair of gloves worn on top can help the moisturizer quench and penetrate even better.

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Topix Pharmaceuticals Acquires Derma E
The natural skin-care business is growing at more than 30 percent.

Topix Pharmaceuticals Inc. has acquired Derma E, a natural skin-care brand.

Derma E makes natural, vegan and cruelty-free skin-care products sold through the natural grocery channel as well as online and at Ulta Beauty. The brand’s products include Microdermabrasion Scrub, $29.99; SunKissAlba Radiant Glow Oil, $19.99, and Overnight Peel with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, $18.99. WWD reported the business was looking for an investor in March 2017.

Topix, which is backed by private equity firm New Mountain Capital, sells skin-care brands like Replenix, Glycolix and Resurfix through the physician channel. New Mountain backed the business in 2016 and spent the first year of investment focused on organic growth, said Andre Moura, managing director at New Mountain. Topix has doubled its sales force, tripled marketing and R&D budgets and launched new products, according to Moura. Now, with the hire of Steve Pinsky, senior vice president of corporate development and M&A at Topix, the business is looking to build through acquisition as well.

“As we look to grow, our focus is not to build on commoditized products, it’s to build on efficacious, defendable products that serve a need in the marketplace,” Pinsky said. “We look for products that are [differentiated], efficacious, that fill a need that most other products out there do not, and Derma E… checked those boxes.”

Founded 34 years ago, Derma E is growing at more than 30 percent annually. The business sits in an on-trend space — natural skin care — but also has repackaged and expanded its distribution in places like Ulta Beauty. Derma E’s co-founders, Linda Miles and David Stearn, credited their senior vice president of marketing, who spearheaded everything from social media to new packaging, with boosting the brand’s growth.

“We have that Ulta, natural-channel stance, and that has worked extremely well for us,” said Miles. Miles will remain involved with Derma E as a consultant, and Stearn, who has been acting as chief executive officer, will retire.

For Topix, Derma E adds a new type of distribution, which Moura said would allow the business to reach more consumers at whatever points they are looking to buy skin care products. Combined, industry sources estimated Topix and Derma-E have close to $100 million in wholesale sales.

Looking forward, expansion opportunities for Derma E include deeper penetration in existing distribution channels, online and international, according to Pinsky. “We see a tremendous growth opportunity across multiple channels and across multiple product categories,” he said.”It can be extended significantly into the whole health and beauty area.”