Zoe Diana Draelos, MD

What are parabens?There has been recent concern about the safety of parabens as they are the most frequently used preservative in skin care products today
What are the safety concerns associated with parabens?Safety concerns over parabens arose because they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors.
Are there any safe preservatives?Providing safe products that consumers can use with confidence requires preservatives. However, the concept of preservation is not unique to skin care products.
Is it worthwhile to advise patients to purchase paraben-free products?Many skin care products are now advertising the “paraben-free” claim, however the parabens must be replaced with another preservative.
What are natural skin care products? Are they preservative-free?No one is really sure what constitutes a natural skin care product, since all ingredients are natural to the earth!
Is 'natural' soap milder?It is unclear what constitutes “natural” soap, since all soap is really natural, however there is a trend toward the purchase of homemade soap.
What is nail shellac?Nail shellac is a long wearing form of nail polish that's removal procedure may cause damage to the nail plate.
How can nail polish change color?Mood changing nail polish is another fashion popular among young women based on the “mood stone” concept pioneered in the 1960s.
What is micellar water and how does it cleanse?Micellar water cleansers, also known as cleansing waters, contain water and a very mild surfactant representing a dilute cleansing solution
How can moisturizers improve the appearance of aging hands?Hand moisturization is difficult to accomplish because the hands are washed more frequently than any other body part, thus experiencing both chemical and physical trauma.