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jbSKIN medical-grade therapeutic skin care products are carefully selected by Dr. Baron for their maximum effectiveness and ease-of-use.  As a medical and surgical dermatologist for over 16 years, and having practiced and trained with the beacons of aesthetic medicine in the mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and Western states of the US, British Columbia, Canada, and Victoria, Australia, Dr. Baron makes it a special focus to research and dispense the most beneficial skin care products that show scientific evidence to back them up. For Latisse, Elta MD and Oils of Aloha, click on the names below to get more detailed descriptions of these individual product selections. "Our skin is the largest body organ and works hard to keep us healthy--let's do what we can to keep it strong!"

Also, scroll down to see new patient-requested Q&A stream on sunscreens!

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Gizmodo's Jessica Boddy shows insight on various sunscreen vehicles and application methods--wow! 

(This is a fun and informative 5-minute video, not created by Jennifer Baron, M.D.)


GLYCOLIC 15% BODY LOTION

Our most popular lotion, sells out every month!  A light, oil-free lotion ideal for covering large areas of the arms, legs and body.  Designed to help achieve a softer smoother skin texture.  Wonderful for dry skin and great for Keratosis Pilaris.  Also contains liposomal vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and Green Tea Extract for hydration and reduction in solar damage.

UREA/GLYCOLIC 15/15 CREAM 

For especially rough, thickened skin on the soles of the feet, knees, elbows and hands, this cream means business!  In a surprisingly short time of daily or twice daily application, you will achieve smoother, softer, healthier skin.  Both primary ingredients work to slough away dead skin cells even in areas that have been thickened for a long time.  Smells clean and fresh (no bad odor, like older urea formulas), and combined with natural glycolic acid (from sugar cane), gives your skin a healthy, smooth freshness. Synergistic combination of both ingredients provides equivalent benefits as 40% Urea (prescription-strength).

INTENSIVE HAND CREAM

This hydrating cream will NOT leave the hands greasy while it holds in moisture throughout the day. Excellent for dry, cracked or chapped skin.  Designed for the medical office, kitchen, school, and all other workplaces (indoor and outdoor), this product offers an affordable solution to a debilitating skin condition.

HEALING OINTMENT WITH ELEMENTAL SILVER

While it has been known for many decades, new data is even more supportive of the wound-healing benefits of elemental silver for abrasions, burns, scars, and dry chapped skin.  The ointment protects the skin barrier while the silver reduces contaminants and promotes healing.  This is one of Dr. Baron's go-to treatments for rapid wound healing and serious dryness.  Chemical-free and natural.

GREEN TEA ANTIOXIDANT LOTION

Light-weight and instantly soothing, this lotion is designed to neutralize free-radical damage caused by a day in the sun.  Oxidative ultraviolet damage is known to result in photo-aging (brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of tissue elasticity, etc.) as well as skin cancer.  Contains the powerful antioxidants Green Tea, Resveratrol and Caffeine.  Also contains rich emollients Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides to help smooth and soften dry, irritated skin. (Dr. Baron uses this every night!)

GREEN TEA ANTIOXIDANT CLEANSER

Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser is rich in botanicals and protective antioxidants, creates a gentle cloud of pearlescent lather that thoroughly foams away oil, debris and makeup without excessive rubbing. Specially formulated to eliminate impurities and pollutants while avoiding stripping skin of vital moisture and essential lipids. This pH balanced formula, designed without harsh soaps or detergents, purifies the skin while diminishing feelings of discomfort. A rich blend of antioxidants, including Green Tea Polyphenols, Emblica, Ectoin and Bisabolol, nourish, soothe and hydrate the skin.

REVITALIZNG FACE SHEET MASK

Our sheet mask is made from 100% ecologically-friendly cellulose fiber (Lyo Cell) that is soaked in a therapeutic serum which is gently absorbed by your skin in 10 - 20 minutes.  After a home treatment, you emerge relaxed and with glowing skin that lasts for days. Customized ingredients include caviar extract with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, hyaluronic acid to retain epidermal hydration, apple and wild cherry fruit extracts which contain brightening vitamin C and reparative antioxidants and chamomile flower extract to reduce the appearance of dark spots from sun damage.  An amazing DIY mask treatment that will make your friends and family wonder how you look so good.  Perfect for your next holiday gathering, office party, girls' weekend/guys' night out, wedding, or just your own personal skin care day.  Also a favorite for gifting.

 

 

ULTRA-HYDRATING SERUM

Quenches dry skin, instantly smoothing and reducing fine lines. This is a unique blend of antioxidants and humectants in a gliding, lightweight formula. Ideal for post-microneedling, post-peel, and dry winter skin. Very gentle and extremely hydrating without being greasy. Hyalurinoc acid, glycerin, antioxidants, zinc, copper. Allergen free, ideal for sensitive skin.

VITAMIN C BRIGHTENING SERUM

Delivers hydration and promotes skin healing to visibly improve dryness and help with new skin turnover.  This serum can be applied to the entire face, neck and chest to even out pigmentation, neutralize free radicals (from sun damage), increase skin firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Your skin will look and feel fresh and rejuvenated while the active ingredients work to physically strengthen and revitalize your skin.

INTENSIVE MOISTURIZING CREAM

Ideal for post-procedural and extra sensitive dry skin.  Restores the protective skin barrier and seals in hydration if used immediately after cleansing and or our ultra-hydrating serm.  Our richest moisturizer!  NOT greasy.

REBRIGHTALYZE KIT

Freshly-compounded in the office on the day of purchase for maximum potency, this kit combines the botanical skin tone evening ingredients of Kojic Acid, Arbutin and Bearberry along with skin protective antioxidants to fade excess pigment, soothe the skin and help with redness.  Also contains the antioxidants silymarin, ascorbic acid, green tea polyphenols and emblica to calm and soothe the skin.  Wonderful product for anyone needing assistance in skin tone, hyperpigmentation, melasma. Excellent pre-procedure to prepare the skin.

REBRIGHTALYZE LOTION

The ReBrightalyze Enhancement Therapy Lotion combines the skin toning enhancement benefits of Kojic Acid, Hexylresorcinol, Arbutin and Bearberry with the powerful free radical quenching capabilities of Silymarin, Emblica, Vitamin C, Curcumin and Green Tea Polyphenols, optimized in a penetrating vehicle.  Perfect for anyone needing assistance in skin tone, hyperpigmentation, melasma. Excellent pre-procedure to prepare the skin. Compounded at the physician site for maximum potency.

MEGA ANTIOXIDANT SERUM

This "Power of Three" multi-tasking serum contains enough green tea extract to equal 500 cups of tea. 90% polyphenol isolates is the active ingredient within the super antioxidant and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and pores while calming inflammation. Green tea-derived caffeine stimulates circulation as it boosts the entire formula's efficacy.  Resveratrol, the well-documented powerful antioxidant found in the skin of the red grape, is the "third muskateer" in this powerful anti-aging serum.

SMOOTHING RETINOL 3X CREAM 

Assists in achieving smoother, firmer and more evenly toned skin. This retinol-based formulation helps achieve more radiant looking skin while delivering the skin-enhancing benefits of green tea polyphenols. The benefits of retinol include medically-proven anti-aging properties. Enhances the turnover rate of the skin. Fights acne and blemishes. Removes superficial skin pigmentation. Aids in the formation of collagen to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Coupled with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea, reduces irritation and photosensitivity. Formulated with hyaluronic acid in a hydrating base. Can be an integral part of an existing skin rejuvenation regimen.

FORTIFIED FACIAL MOISTURIZER 

This moisturizer delivers smoother softer skin with liposomal vitamins while still remaining cost-effective.  For dry skin that requires a heavier but elegant moisturizer. Contains Vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and Green Tea Extract.  Anti-aging, Dry skin, Mature skin.

VITAMIN C EYE CREAM

This rich emollient formula calms the skin and helps to mask fine lines and promotes more radiant, bright skin under the eyes.  Cucumber and chamomile extracts soothe the skin.  Contains liposomal vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and Green Tea.

RETINOL EYE CREAM

This eye cream has been specially formulated to contain a comprehensive system of all-trans retinol, peptides, chelators, antioxidants and moisturizers for the reduction in the appearance of under-eye dark circles, and puffiness.  Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and increase in the firmness and tightness of the delicate skin around the eyes.  Enhanced skin texture and smoothness.  Also contains the antioxidant power of green tea polyphenols.  Contains Dipeptide VW a peptide that can stimulate proper lymphatic drainageand tissue fluid balance, and PAL-GQPR a peptide that can enhance skin firmness and elasticity.  Contains Emblica a pro-oxidant free, cascading antioxidant that can lighten, inhibit collagen breakdown and stimulate GAG production.  Contains Vitamin K which is a key vitamin that can reduce bruising and promote healing in closed wounds.  Contains Arnica. 

RESTORATIVE NIGHT CREAM

Our only overnight restorative treatment, formulated with anti-aging and damage-reversing active ingredients.  Fruit-derived stem stell serum combined with antioxidants and greaseless emollients lend an elegant feel to this clinically-proven therapeutic rescue system.  Active ingredients include Green Tea Polyphenols, Resveratrol and Caffeine.  This soothing, paraben-free and hypoallergenic moisturizer helps guard against environmental damage while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in mature skin, leaving skin looking supple, firm and collagen-rich. Suitable for sensitive skin and those on retinoid therapies.

NECK FIRMING CREAM

Delevoped for the delicate skin of the neck and upper chest areas, this blend of ceramides, peptides, niacinamide, antioxidants, apple stem cells and botanical extracts promote skin healing, firmness, and elasticity.  Visibly reduces signs of aging and sun damage while the active ingredients improve elasticity, lighten pigmentation, and counteract oxidative changes in the epidermis and dermal layers of the skin.  Used in Dr. Baron's office for post-procedure neck and chest treatments, such as Skin-Tyte, Microneedling, and Broad-Band Light for maintenance therapy as well as mono-therapy for these areas.

 

 

GLYCOLIC PADS

These pads are convenient and easy-to-use as they gently exfoliate, moisturize and assist in the removal of oil and residue on the skin.  Great for travel, work, school sports.  Ideal to tone and prepare the skin.  Contains witch hazel for additional toning.  Contains liposomal vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and antioxidant Green Tea Extract.

GLY/SAL SPRAY

This spray combines 10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid in an effective treatment for acne and folliculitis in hard-to-reach areas, such as the shoulders and back.  Convenient and easy to use, can bring to gym and spray on right after work-out.  Dries up acne without being harsh on skin.

ULTRA-LITE MOISTURE DEW

An elegant facial moisturizer recommended for all skin types, and for patients undergoing retinoid therapy (topical or oral). This greaseless cream is made from the purest food-grade aloe vera gel which has been carefully processed and is rich in natural mucopolysaccharides. Squalane, a stabilized natural emollient found in healthy skin, and dimethicone further prevent moisture loss.

BPO WASH WITH ALOE VERA

Unique combination of 10% Benzoyl Peroxide plus aloe vera wash that thoroughly cleanses acne-prone skin with a special soap-free cleanser. Provides anti-bacterial activity against Propionibacterium acnes without causing irritation.

 


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KUKUI NUT AFTER-SUN, ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, and DRY SKIN LOTION

Light and non-greasy, extremely nourishing lotion for sun-exposed skin, directly from Hawai'i.  Soothes skin and nerve-endings and reduces inflammation through omega-3 inhibition of the COX pathway.  Also a life-saver for dry, eczema- and psoriasis-prone skin, year-round.  Also very soothing as an after-treatment lotion, especially for Broadband Light (BBL).  Enriched with Kukui Oil, Macadamia Oil and Vitamin E to provide soothing natural relief for dry skin and sunburn. Use daily as an all over face, hand and body lotion. Fragrance Free.

 


 

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ELTA MD Sunscreens, recommended by the SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION  

 

 

 

 

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Q&A (new!)

**these are questions from patients and answers from Dr. Baron based on available research and literature. Please email any general skin and/or skincare product-related questions that you have for this section to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Q: Do sunscreen expiration dates really mean anything? Some do not have expiration dates . . .

A: Yes. Sunscreens are required by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remain at their stated "strengths" for at a minimum of 3 years from the time they are opened.  It is true that there are variables that reduce this 3 year effective period: 1) physical (mineral) sunscreens have a longer shelf-life than chemical sunscreens, 2) all sunscreens lose their strength if they are left in a hot car or in direct sun, and 3) sunscreens that are stamped with an expiration date may fall under the 3 year rule.  So, if you want to be safe and confident that your sunscreen is reliable, go with a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide active ingredients ONLY), keep your tube or bottle in a cool, dark, and dry place when not using, and use it ALL up before three years! For a full body application (ie. for t-shirts and shorts weather) you should use a minimum of one ounce--that's one full shot-glass--per application, and re-apply after 2 hours if you're still outside.  Less can be used for just face, neck, scalp, chest, hands and forearms, for a typical day throughout the year, but, you should run out far before 3 years if you're sincerely trying to protect your skin.

 

Q: Sunscreens should be applied at least 20 minutes before exposure so that they have time to "bind" with the skin. How are the sunscreens prevented from passing through the skin into the bloodstream?

A: Okay, there are some major differences with the way that physical and chemical sunscreens do the job they do. Physical sunscreens (only two active ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) bind directly to the skin surface and physically reflect ultraviolet radiation across the entire UV spectrum (UVA + UVB), they also start working IMMEDIATELY, and they are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. But, they do need to be reapplied every 2 hours if you're active, sweating, or swimming. Chemical sunscreens (there are many compounds, some of which are killing ocean coral and others are linked to cancer in laboratory animals) bind to a deeper layer of the skin and require at least 20 minutes to become effective. They do not reflect UV rays, but the chemicals actually absorb them an convert them to heat which then dissipates.  They also need reapplication every 2 hours. Also, none of the chemical sunscreens that are currently FDA-approved cover the entire UV radiation spectrum like zinc oxide does. In fact, most chemical sunscreen agents ONLY "attenuate" UVB rays, and do nothing to prevent aging, dark spots, wrinkling, and oxidative damage to skin, including skin cancer.

 

Q: Do UVA and/or UVB rays get through glass windows, like a car sunroof, or window at my office?

A: UVB rays are effectively blocked by glass, but UVA rays are reduced by only about 50% through glass.  People working in industries that keep one side of their face close to a window, i.e. airplane pilots, truck drivers, etc., often show extensive damage on that side of their face after years on the job and have a much greater frequency of skin cancers on the more exposed side as well. There are some optical coatings that can be applied to glass to reduce the penetration of dangerous UVA rays. Talk to Dr. Baron if you feel you have too much through-glass sun exposure on a regular basis and/or you have a history of previous skin cancer. She can assist with permitting the installation of protective optical coatings to windows in certain medical cases.

 

Q: Should sunscreens be washed off at day's end? If yes, why?

A: This quesion varied answers amongst the "experts." Generally speaking, the answer is yes.  Sunscreens, like any topical product, contain many ingredients other than the active UV-reducing agents. These "inactive" ingredients range from oils, to preservatives (formaldehyde-releasers), fragrances, botanicals and colorings (can be allergens), and they also trap dust, dirt, debris, sweat and whatever else you may have been around through the day's activities. So, to keep your skin clear of blemishes, free from allergic rashes, and clean to absorb whatever nighttime skincare routine you may do, i.e. antiaging with topical vitamins A and C, and anti-oxidants to reduce the chance of accidental sunburn and prevention of wrinkling, you will probably benefit most by cleansing your face.  No major scrubbing is needed, just a gentle, moisturizing cleanser is fine. And if you had a long day at the beach, a full body cleanse in the shower is recommended!

 

Q: What is a chemical sunscreen?

A: This is a short list of the chemical sunscreen agents used in common sunscreens on the market today: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate.

See the Elta MD sunscreen website for a great visual breakdown of the chemical vs. physical sunscreens as they relate to actual protection against the full ultraviolet radiation spectrum at Earth's surface (UVA + UVB), scroll down on linked page to see graph.

As described above: 

 Physical sunscreens (only two active ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) bind directly to the skin surface and physically reflect ultraviolet radiation across the entire UV spectrum (UVA + UVB), they also start working IMMEDIATELY, and they are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. But, they do need to be reapplied every 2 hours if you're active, sweating, or swimming.

Chemical sunscreens (there are many compounds, some of which are killing ocean coral and others are linked to cancer in laboratory animals) bind to a deeper layer of the skin and require at least 20 minutes to become effective. They do not reflect UV rays, but the chemicals actually absorb them an convert them to heat which then dissipates.  They also need reapplication every 2 hours. Also, none of the chemical sunscreens that are currently FDA-approved cover the entire UV radiation spectrum like zinc oxide does. In fact, most chemical sunscreen agents ONLY "attenuate" UVB rays, and do nothing to prevent aging, dark spots, wrinkling, and oxidative damage to skin, including skin cancer.

 

Q: Is there such a thing as a true sunblock?

A: Yes, a combination of physical sunscreen plus a UPF50-graded broad-brimmed hat (3-inch brim) plus long-sleeved and long-legged sunprotective clothing with UPF50-graded fabric and a big dose of common sense--ie. don't "try" to get a "tan," step into the shade whenever possible, bring a canopy or golf/beach umbrella to an outdoor event or prolonged outing--all of these in a reasonable combination will block the sun's harmful rays and prevent major damage to your skin. This may sound like a lot of things to consider for some "fun in the sun," but, as a skin cancer surgeon, I have seen the alternative and it is sobering, to say the least. Also, while darker skin types tend to burn less, skin cancers still happen if there has been enough exposure. I took a nickel-sized basal cell carcinoma off of a black man's eyelid. I could go on, and on, but I think you get the picture. Have fun and go outside, just think ahead. It is really up to you!