Kim Kardashian West’s favorite skincare products

With your skin being the largest organ in the body, the routine you use daily is important. Kim Kardashian West is known for her dewey, clear and ultimately “perfect” skin. Although her routine will cost you a pretty penny, being able to look into her beauty cabinet shows just how serious she takes her regimen.

  1. Kim Kardashian Spends Over $4500 on Her Skincare Staples
  2. 7 Anti-Aging Products Kim Kardashian Stocks in Her Bathroom Cabinet  InStyle
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10 skincare products for your body

Skincare routines are mainly focused around the face even though it only makes up a very small percentage of our overall skin content. The rest of our bodies tend to receive the least amount of care and the cheapest valued products. With a growing market of body-skincare brands, there is no excuse not to make your body just as much of a priority.

  1. 10 best body skincare products  The Independent
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Skincare Tips for Traveling

Cabin air is not the healthiest for your skin and can be a huge factor that goes into your skincare routine if you are on a plane more than the average person. Traveling weekly for work and business trips can be tolling on your skincare and the routine you have set at home. Here are a few tips to keep your skin hydrated and clean throughout your busy traveling season:

  1. Skincare For Business Travelers  Forbes
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The 9 Best Oils for Fine Hair Types

Having fine hair is no excuse anymore for having dry hair. With advancements in science and technology, there are many different oils out there to help your hair become more beautiful and saturated. We have the nine best oils for fine hair types, and you’re going to want to read this if it applies to you:

This luxury oil is formulated with sandalwood, cedarwood and argan oil and protects the hair from UV damage. It also happens to be one of our deputy beauty director’s all-time favorites. Here’s why.

“My hair is so fine that even some dry shampoos weigh it down (usually the wetter formulas that contain a lot of alcohol). But because I highlight it, and I don?t cut it very often, my ends are very dry. This beautiful-smelling stuff can go on damp or dry hair, but I like to use it once my hair is dry to smooth down frizz and add shine. Once I?ve blow-dried my hair, I squeeze out the tiniest little drop and rub it between my palms. Then I run it over the ends of my hair and whatever?s left I usually skim over my face-framing layers, which are fuzzy thanks to the fact I have a bad habit of pulling my hair back when it?s wet (which is a big no-no according to hairstylists). I also like to use it almost like a gel if I?m wearing my hair in a slicked-back ponytail or tight, low chignon.”

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Dermatology scale validates quality of life

The quality of life can supposedly be determined by a dermatology scale. There are various scales out there that can study hyperpigmentation disorders among adults, and then show the person’s quality of life from the results. Who knew so much can be told about someone just from a possible skin disorder

Can having a skin condition impact the quality of your life? Absolutely, claim Boston University School of Medicine researchers who have set out to find the best tool to measure the impact on patients.

Several dermatology and disease-specific tools have been developed to measure the impact of skin disease including the widely used Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and the non-validated Skin Discoloration Impact Evaluation Questionnaire (SDIEQ). But the question remains: is one scale superior to the other, and/or easier to use?

In this study, BUSM researchers compared the DLQI with a short questionnaire (SDIEQ) to determine the impact of dark spots on a patients’ quality of life

After analysis of 321 adults with hyperpigmentation disorders using both scales the researchers found that DLQI and SDIEQ were similarly effective in measuring quality of life, however SDIEQ was simpler to use and less time consuming.

“Knowing how a condition impacts a patients’ quality of life is essential and a helpful guide in making treatment choices,” explained corresponding author Neelam Vashi, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at BUSM and director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center at Boston Medical Center. “Measuring health related quality of life is also important in patients when it comes to allocation of resources.”

Vashi added that further studies are needed to validate the use of this tool in different patient populations and potentially other disorders of pigmentation, such as vitiligo.

These findings appear as a Research Note in the Journal of Dermatology.


Food allergy is triggered by perfect storm of genetics and skin exposure to infant wipes, dust and food

A lot of people you know may have a food allergy of some sort, as it is more common than not having any allergies. Some recent research has shown possible links between environmental factors and genetic factors coexisting to trigger this allergy. When it comes to children, this perfect storm is rather easy to concoct on it’s own:

Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. Food allergy is triggered when these factors occur together.

“This is a recipe for developing food allergy,” said lead study author Joan Cook-Mills, a professor of allergy-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s a major advance in our understanding of how food allergy starts early in life.”

The paper will be published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on April 6.

Food allergies are on the rise and affect an estimated 4 to 6 percent of children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18 percent among children under age 18 years from 1997 to 2007. Recent data also show hospitalizations with diagnoses related to food allergies have increased among children.

Food allergy risk factors can be modified at home

The good news is factors leading to food allergy can be modified in the home environment, Cook-Mills said.

“Reduce baby’s skin exposure to the food allergens by washing your hands before handling the baby,” Cook-Mills said. “Limit use of infant wipes that leave soap on the skin. Rinse soap off with water like we used to do years ago. “

Scientist discovers the ‘perfect storm’ triggering food allergy

Cook-Mills made the discovery by using clinical evidence about food allergy in humans, the effects of food allergen and environmental allergen exposures and neonatal mice with genetic mutations that occur in humans.

Clinical evidence shows up to 35 percent of children with food allergies have atopic dermatitis and much of that is explained by at least three different gene mutations that reduce the skin barrier.

Cook-Mills used a neonatal mouse model with skin barrier mutations and tried exposing its skin to food allergens like peanuts. The peanuts alone had no effect.

“Then I thought about what are babies exposed to,” Cook-Mills recalled. “They are exposed to environmental allergens in dust in a home. They may not be eating food allergens as a newborn, but they are getting them on their skin. Say a sibling with peanut butter on her face kisses the baby. Or a parent is preparing food with peanuts and then handles the baby. “

Next, she read about skin research studies that delivered compounds through the skin by using soap. “I thought oh my gosh! That’s infant wipes!” Cook-Mills said.

The top skin layer is made of lipids (fats), and the soap in the wipes disrupts that barrier, Cook-Mills explained.

Skin problems that occur with skin barrier mutations may not be visible until long after a food allergy has already started. The neonatal mice with the mutations had normal-appearing skin, and the dry itchy skin of dermatitis did not develop until the mice were a few months old, the equivalent of a young adult in human years.

After the neonatal mice received three to four skin exposures of food and dust allergens for 40 minutes during a two-week period, they were given egg or peanut by mouth. The mice had allergic reactions at the site of skin exposure, allergic reactions in the intestine, and the severe allergic food reaction of anaphylaxis that is measured by decreased body temperature.

A skin barrier dysfunction was necessary for food allergy to develop in the mice, but there is a wide continuum of severe to mild skin dysfunction with eczema or atopic dermatitis, which in its mildest form may simply appear to be dry skin.

In patients with skin-barrier defects, there are changes in the proteins in the skin that are a result of mutations in the genes. These gene mutations in patients are primarily heterozygous, which means there is a mutation in one of the two copies of a gene.

Accordingly, in the preclinical studies, neonatal mice were also heterozygous for skin barrier mutations. The mice were co-exposed to food allergens such as egg and peanut proteins, allergens in dust (house dust mite or Alternaria alternata mold) and sodium lauryl sulfate, a soap present in infant cleansing wipes.

These novel animal studies provide a basis to test interventions that will more effectively block the development of food allergy in infants and children, Cook-Mills said.

She is currently studying molecular responses in the skin that are unique to this combination of genetics and skin exposures. The goal is to determine unique signals in the skin that occur during development of food allergy. This will lead to approaches to intervene with those skin signals and block the development of food allergy.

The study was supported by National Institutes of Health grants R01 HL124120, U01 AI131337 and R01 AI095282.


Surgery vs. Non-Invasive Procedures

The trends are shifting and more and more people are deciding to avoid plastic surgery procedures like face lifts and tummy tucks and choosing injections and laser treatments instead.  The article below talks about how the trends have shifted and gives recent statistics on popular treatments and procedures.  If you’ve been thinking about starting a career in laser and skin aesthetics, now’s the time because, as this article shows, business is booming!

Americans are ditching plastic surgery, but are still super vain

By Jeanette Settembre


People are choosing the needle instead of going under the knife.

Since 2000, the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures has dropped 6 percent. But it’s not that we’ve become less concerned with our looks: In fact, people are simply opting for non-surgical alternatives like injectable fillers and Botox to reduce forehead lines, crows feet and wrinkles, according to data released Thursday by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The number of people choosing minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures has increased a whopping 200 percent since 2000. Since then, the number of facelifts has gone down by 6 percent; nose jobs are down 44 percent; cheek implants are down 37 percent and forehead lifts decreased by 67 percent.

“There seems to be a small decline in the surgical procedures and an uptick in the minimally invasive because we’re in a day in age where everyone is interested in what they can do with minimal downtime and good results,” Dr. Jeffrey Janis, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tells Moneyish.

Botox is the No. 1 minimally-invasive procedure with 7.2 million people getting the wrinkle reducing injections. That’s up 2 percent since last year, and 819 percent since 2000. At No. 2 on the list is soft tissue fillers for areas such as cheeks and lips, followed by chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion for smoother skin.

On its face, that’s decent news for our pocketbooks: While the average cost of a facelift is $7,048, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, fillers cost between $500 to $1,000 depending on how much work you’d like to be done. However, you typically have to do fillers much more frequently.

What’s more, people are choosing to shape different parts of their bodies with non-surgical treatments, rather than liposuction. Non-surgical cellulite treatments that tighten skin — using ultrasound, radio frequency, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medication to reduce fat cells — are up nearly 20 percent since last year. And non-invasive fat-reduction procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7 percent, while skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas increased 9 percent. The cost of liposuction ranges from $2,000 to $3,500 per treatment region, not including the cost of anesthesia and other fees, while fat freezing costs typically start at around $750. Fat freezing alternatives and lipo can last a number of years, but without diet and exercise, results of both wear off eventually.

“Unwanted fat is something that affects so many Americans,” said Janis. “Plastic surgeons are able to give patients more options than ever before for fat elimination or redistribution. Patients appreciate having options, especially if they can act as maintenance steps while they decide if getting something more extensive down the line will be right for them.”

Of the surgical procedures, breast augmentations were most popular, followed by liposuction, nose jobs, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks. And one surgical procedure that is falling flat, according to Janis, is buttock implants, with a decline of 56 percent since last year.


Wearing Makeup During Laser Treatments

If you have ever wondered whether or not you can get laser treatments done with makeup on your face, Kim Kardashian just answered that question for you. The celeb recently documented a laser treatment she was getting on social media and noted that, first, the makeup on her face needed to come off. If you have been wanting to try laser treatments for your facial region, removing your makeup is just one thing you can do before your appointment to prepare.

The next time your dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or aesthetician tells you that your makeup has to come off before they perform a laser treatment or facial on you, tell them, “Well, Kim Kardashian West didn’t have to.” They may not buy it as an excuse to let you stay made-up, but it’s true: She did wear a full face of makeup during a laser treatment, and she documented the whole thing.

Kardashian West visited Skin Thesis, a medspa staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners in West Hollywood, where she kept the front-facing camera focused on herself during her appointment with the clinic’s director and co-founder, Melissa Haloossim.

“OK, guys, I am getting a Laser Facial. I have to wash all this makeup off,” Kardashian West says to viewers, at which point Haloossim starts removing the foundation, concealer, and bronzer Kim K. may have been wearing. However, she leaves on her smoky pink eye shadow, eyeliner, and dramatic lashes, as well as her pale matte lipstick and scrupulously shaped brows, intact. Yes, the Snapchat flower-crown filter the media mogul is sporting the entire time is known for adding a little glam, but there’s no denying that she’s still wearing a whole lotta actual makeup.

“We’re doing a Laser Facial, so we’re gonna plump up the skin, stimulate the collagen, work on pores, tightening everything up,” Haloossim explains, telling viewers about the $375 treatment. Skin Thesis’s online menu doesn’t indicate exactly which kind of laser is used during its Laser Facial, but its website says the laser is “gentle and non-invasive,” with no downtime.

So, is it OK that Kim K. kept her eye and lip makeup on during a laser treatment? We asked Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, for the scoop. “You do not necessarily need to fully remove eye makeup and lipstick if you are not treating the skin in those areas,” he explains.

However, it’s a damn good thing that Haloossim removed everything else. “Makeup must be fully removed from the area of skin being treated with a laser because it can interfere with the laser penetrating into the skin,” explains Zeichner. But it’s not just efficacy that’s a concern. “The makeup can also potentially enter the skin through an open wound created by laser, leading to inflammation and infection.” Yikes.

Following the laser, Haloossim starts their $225 Oxygen Facial, “which I love,” Kardashian West says, lips and eyes still fully beat. The Skin Thesis menu says it “uses pressurized oxygen to infuse a serum of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides into the dermis to instantly hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.”

Although Kim K. didn’t give followers an unfiltered look at the end result, we’re guessing it wasn’t long before she reapplied her KKW Creme Contour and Highlight Sticks once she was done.

More on Kim Kardashian’s beauty routine:

If you think $225 is a lot for a facial, wait until you see the million-dollar facial:


Treating Whiteheads

Let’s talk about whiteheads.  Pimples.  Zits.  Blemishes.  No matter the name, they are a nuisance to everyone from time to time.  Whiteheads are different from blackheads and are sometimes easier to get rid of/treat.  We know many people will pop whiteheads in hopes of they will go away just like that, but is that the smartest thing to do?  Learn the answer in the article below.

A Dermatologist’s Pro Tips For Getting Rid of Whiteheads

Once and for all.

It’s time to get rid of whiteheads once and for all. The pesky pimples’ white heads—that’s where the very original name comes from—are agonizingly noticeable and tend to pop up at the most inconvenient times. To figure out how to fight these blemishes, we enlisted the help of Dermatologist Dr. Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group. Read on to find out how to get rid of whiteheads and prevent new ones from popping back up.

What exactly is a whitehead?

“A whitehead is a buildup of keratin (substance produced by skin cells) and oil from sweat glands inside a hair follicle,” says Dr. Greenfield. Whiteheads and blackheads are both comedones, which are small bumps or blemishes on the skin usually causes by a clogged pore, but they do differ. “Whiteheads are also called closed comedones because the pore does not extend to the skin surface,” explains Greenfield. “Blackheads are open comedones because they are open, and allow the keratin and sebum to oxidize which turns it black.”

Should you extract whiteheads at home?

You can, but unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s not recommended. “If the technique is not sterile, you can cause an infection in the skin,” says Greenfield. “Also, pimple popping can easily lead to scarring which is hard, time consuming, and costly to treat.” Your best bet is contacting a dermatologist. They have three important things: the tools, the knowledge, and the degree. The only three things you have are your fingers, an insatiable need for instant gratification, and the free trial version of the Headspace app. “Our goal as a dermatologist is to treat the acne without leaving any scars,” says Greenfield.

What are some non-popping at home remedies for whiteheads?

It starts with prevention. “You can try a salicylic acid spot treatment when you see one developing,” says Greenfield. “Sometimes they can help prevent and acne papule from enlarging and can help them resolve.” If you see a whitehead forming, try grabbing one of the products listed below to catch the pimple in the earliest stage.

The Ordinary: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, $4.90,

Orgins: Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, $17.00

Peace Out: Acne Healing Dots, $19.00

What products can you recommend for whiteheads?

“I recommend retinoid and glycolic acid washes and moisturizers, Retinoids balance sweat gland productions and stabilize cell turnover on the face which helps control white production,” says Greenfield. If you’re using retinoids to fight whiteheads in the winter, Dr. Greenfield urges users to pack on the moisturizer since retinoids are very drying. It’s best to ask your dermatologist for a prescription retinoid, but here are a few over-the-counter options.

Obagi: Retinol 1.0, $61.00

NeoStrata: Retinol & NAG Complex, $48.00

Jack Black: Deep Dive™ Glycolic Facial Cleanser, $22.00

Mario Badescu: Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $16.00

So you’re going to pop your whitehead at home anyway. (We get it, no judgement.) How should you prepare?

Be clean! “Clean it [the whitehead] with an antibacterial like rubbing alcohol,” says Greenfield. “Clean your hands and sterilize any other instruments that you will use.”

What’s the process of popping a whitehead? What’s the best after care?

The process is fairly straightforward. “Opening up the skin with a needle and using a comedone extractor to remove the contents of the pore,” explains Dr. Greenfield. In regards to after care, “wipe away any debris left over and hold gentle pressure with a gauze pad for up to approximately one minute.”



What Microneedling Does

Microneedling has become a very popular treatment in aesthetician’s and dermatologist’s offices over the last couple years because of the alleged benefits to your skin that it brings. However, not many people know a lot about microneedling because other treatments sometimes overshadow this procedure. We think the future is bright for microneedling! It is a relatively simple procedure that helps fight your acne scars, large pores, and more. Learn about what it’s like to try microneedling in the article below.

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In movies about a woman trying to get pregnant, there?s always that scene in which the protagonist looks around and sees nothing but infants in strollers, swollen bellies, signs advertising DJ school for toddlers. I have a similar obsessive streak, but in my movie, I?d be faced with a sea of Rihannas, Cate Blanchetts, Pharrells?flawless visage after flawless visage. I?d stroke my own imperfect cheek and weep.

My skin problems began in puberty with a case of cystic acne that haunted me right up until last year, at age 25. (Aczone, my friends: Ask your doctor about it.) Even though I?ve now got my blemishes more or less under control, I?ve been left with enlarged pores and scars around my cheeks and mouth. For this, I?ve tried all manner of over-the-counter peels, exfoliants, and ?miracle? witchy cures (apple cider vinegar shots, anyone?) to no avail.

Then, via the wonderful world of Instagram, I caught wind of the microneedling craze. Microneedling is a process that?s exactly what it sounds like?tiny needles penetrating the skin hundreds of times?usually at the hands of a wand-wielding dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. Popularized in the 1990s by a Canadian plastic surgeon after he found he could fade surgical scars with an inkless tattoo gun, it?s used to treat all kinds of textural woes, from acne scars to enlarged pores. According to Mary L. Stevenson, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health, the counterintuitive process, also known as collagen induction therapy, is thus: The needles create wounds that trigger an ?inflammation cascade,? the same natural healing process that occurs when scar tissue is formed after, say, a scraped knee?rendering skin, to crib from Ernest Hemingway, ?strong at the broken places.? But because the needles are so short (0.5 to 4 mm, tinier than a garden ant), the process is very controlled. While clinical assessments of microneedling are in their relative infancy, the results are promising: A 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology showed ?a noticeable enhancement in skin appearance, post-acne scars, and patient satisfaction? in all 10 patients after six bimonthly sessions. And while lasers are more prone to causing accidental hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones, microneedling does not.

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While microneedling isn?t exactly new, it?s only in the last couple of years that at-home devices have flooded the market. Most DIY treatments involve running a small manual device (think a spiky paint roller) over the skin. Experts agree that at-home rolling should never be done with needles exceeding 0.5 mm?the risk of infection is too high?yet those same experts will tell you that at that particular length, little damage is being done to the skin, and therefore little actual collagen-building is being triggered. Which isn?t to say that at-home rolling is useless. According to Stevenson, DIY devices might increase the effects of certain topical treatments, while Manhattan-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, notes that if you?re looking to reduce post-acne hyperpigmentation, the exfoliation ?likely may give some effect. You?ll notice I put in three qualifiers.?

After a few weeks experimenting with a 0.3 mm at-home roller, I notice that my skin feels softer but not markedly changed. I want my pores teeny and my acne scars gone?now. And so, on the recommendation of superstar dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, I make my way downtown to Jeannel Astarita, the founder of Just Ageless NYC Medical Spa.

A single microneedling treatment runs between $500 and $750, and it?s rarely sold as a one-off (patients with deep scars often opt for a series of three to six treatments). But for my rosacea and acne-prone skin, traditional microneedling could spell disaster (inflammation! Exacerbated breakouts!). It turns out I?m in luck: Astarita can offer the EndyMed Intensif, a relatively new device that couples microneedling with radio frequency to treat both active acne and acne scars. Delivered via 12 highly conductive gold-plated needles, the heat kills acne-causing bacteria and lessens inflammation. (Because it?s basically two treatments in one, it?s more expensive; my treatment, which Astarita provides gratis, would normally cost $1,200.) After cleansing, exfoliating, numbing, and disinfecting my skin, Astarita starts stamping the thicker skin on my cheeks, nose, and chin, programming the needles to go to a depth of 2.5 mm, followed by my delicate undereyes and forehead at 1.5 mm. It?s no more uncomfortable than a light pinch?for the first few pulses. Then the discomfort gradually increases until tears stream down my cheeks. (Astarita explains that because the Intensif uses a slower in-out motion for its needles than straight microneedling, it?s considered marginally more painful.)

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But almost as soon as it begins, it?s over, and Astarita is applying postprocedure topicals?an antioxidant and a skin-strengthener. When she finally hands me a mirror, my face is a shocking shade of burgundy. It subsides to that of a particularly bad sunburn by the time I get home, and the pores on my chin?this isn?t for the squeamish?look like they?re purging sebum. In actuality, ?it?s a result of the inflammation,? Astarita texts me the next day during a check-in. ?The pores weep.? Per her advice, I slip two damp muslin cloths into the freezer and apply them periodically, feeling not unlike Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard?s gruesome makeover scene.

Everyone?s skin reacts differently to these procedures, but it?s typical to be red, dry, and flaky for a few days. I?d planned to work from home on the Friday following my treatment, and at the early-morning sight of my swollen, pink visage, I?m glad I did. I commence a weekend of extreme moisturizing, and by Monday, one colleague remarks upon my smooth skin (hallelujah!).

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By the one-month mark, my pores look definitively smaller, and the scars that have bothered me for years are far less noticeable. Time will tell as to how much collagen- induced filling and tightening I?ll experience?the effects continue to develop for up to six weeks postprocedure?but for now, I?m basking in my own glow.

Not ready to commit to an in-office treatment? Here are the tools you?ll need to baby-step your way at home.


Skimping isn?t an option when it comes to needles in your face?at-home dermarollers like the Rodan + Fields Amp MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller System (1) may help with product penetration. And while in-office post-treatment topicals include injection-grade hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich plasma (via your own blood?as in the vampire facial), there are ultraeffective over-the-counter alternatives. Astarita swears by antioxidants, like SkinBetterScience Alto Defense Serum and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, and peptide promoters, like DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum (2); Zeichner recommends simple wound-healing balms, like La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (3). ?You may have a fantastic micro- needling procedure,? he says, ?but if you use the wrong products afterward, you may run into problems.”

1. Rodan + Fields Amp MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller System, $220; rodanandfields.comSHOP

2. DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum, $220; defenage.comSHOP

3. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, $11; amazon.comSHOP

This article originally appears in the February 2018 issue of ELLE.