If you’re dealing with skin-related issues, it makes sense to bring your woes to a dermatologist who can provide tips and guidance for taking care of your skin. But have you ever wondered what they do to protect their own skin?
Dermatologists are professionals, after all, and in case you haven’t noticed, they often tend to have the clear, glowing skin we’re in constant search of for ourselves.
So, what exactly do they use? Or perhaps more importantly, what don’t they use? Below, four dermatologists revealed the products and ingredients they actively avoid.
As with anything skin care-related, don’t make any drastic changes without consulting a dermatologist to speak about your individual needs and concerns.
1. Spray-On Sunscreens
Spray-on sunscreens may seem like a godsend to those who hate applying lotions, but they’re not universally loved by the professionals.
Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York said she would never use a spray-on sunscreen on her face or body, because in her professional opinion, the sprays don’t provide a thick enough layer to ensure the full SPF level noted on the bottle.
“Half of it goes into the air, barely any of it gets onto your skin, you’re breathing in half of it. It’s just not the right way to get good coverage,” she said, noting that she does allow some exceptions. “If you have a kid that will not sit still and you’re just desperate for something and you can get a fraction of a spray or nothing otherwise, OK, fine, you spray. But no self-respecting dermatologist would ever use a spray sunscreen.”