Dermatologists demand performance and results from the products they recommend to their patients.
High-end serums. Proprietary moisturizers. A mass market sunscreen. Dermatologists will suggest all of them to their patients—but only if they believe in the formulation’s ability to repair and protect skin.
A diverse arsenal of products can help a dermatologist better serve a diverse patient group.
“My practice has patients from as young as a few months old, to teenagers with acne, to women concerned with aging, to elderly folks with skin cancer,” noted Dr. Tony Nakhla, a board-certified dermatologist with practices in Santa Ana and San Clemente, CA. “Realizing that you need something for everyone and at different price points, we carry three lines.”
They are: OC Skin Institute, a skin care line (named after his practice) that is designed for a younger, acne-prone patient with treatments like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide; Luzerne Labs, for the client who wants plant-based regimens and might be nervous about intensive skin care; and Eighth Day, his newest line, which is designed for the serious anti-aging client as it is formulated with human stem cell proteins and is priced between $85-$325.
While Nakhla takes a cutting-edge approach when formulating high-end products like Eighth Day, he will also suggest sunscreens that are available OTC, as well as products for cracked skin, eczema, and fungal rashes that consumers can easily pick up at the local supermarket, mass retailer or pharmacy.
“These include Aveeno Positively Radiant, Aquaphor and Zeasorb AF powder,” Nakhla told Happi.