Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Dr. Debra Jaliman’s Top 5 Skin Rules

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Even if you polish and moisturize your skin to perfection, you can still end up with breakouts and brown spots. Luckily, skin doctor Debra Jaliman is clearing up common questions in her comprehensive new book, Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top NYC Dermatologist(St. Martin’s Press). Here are five things she wants you to know:

Using a moisturizer with sun protection every single day is non-negotiable. “Daily sun exposure can lead to skin cancer—period. I know you want to be tan, but you don’t want to be a beautiful corpse. It also causes brown spots. I’m living proof that sunscreen can make a difference. I used to walk my dog first thing every the morning without SPF—it was only five minutes a day—and I got dark spots. Fortunately, brighteners like can Elure help lighten spots in a few weeks.”

You shouldn’t wait until wrinkles appear to start using anti-aging products. “Collagen production starts declining in your late ‘20s, so that’s the ideal time to start using retinols, antioxidants, and collagen-boosters. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum is a good one. Use a Clarisonic so the ingredients absorb better, then examine you face in the mirror, and ask yourself, Where will my wrinkles appear? You should concentrate on those areas.”

Zapping zits at home is easy with the right tools. “Mild cases of acne can be treated at home. Blue light devices are effective because they kill bacteria on the skin’s surface; Tanda’s works well. For breakouts, use benzoyl peroxide with lipo-hydroxy-acid for red, inflamed pimples, and salicylic acid if you have sensitive skin. Veltin is also a genius prescription product for acne-prone skin.”

Sunscreens with retinyl palmitate may do more harm than good. “Patients are always surprised that I tell them to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate—check your favorite sunscreen, it’s probably there. Since it’s a derivative of retinol, it increases cell turnover and makes you more susceptible to sun damage. In this case, it’s actually better not to use a sunscreen at all than to use one with retinyl palmitate. A good alternative is EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41; it doesn’t clog your pores and it feels like there is nothing on your skin.”

Dermatologists do more than just Botox.“Women come into my office all the time for Botox and I have to fight with them to also get a full-body check for moles. Finding melanoma at its earliest stages helps in the long run. So if you really think about it, Botox can save lives.”

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