SKINCARE Q&A with Dr. Garshick
Our brand is founded in science; science that works. We are led by a pioneering team of research and development experts, plus we are thrilled to have the support and advice of Dr Marisa Garshick, a leading board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan, New York and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Cornell, who brings her practical and professional experience of skin health to the brand.
We wanted to put some of your questions to her to give expert insight and suggestions on products that may help your specific needs, how to use them, why and where in your regimen.
Q: I sometimes get these little white spots, often around my eye area – I believe they are Milia, what is that and how can I treat it?
A: Milia are tiny white or skin colored cysts that develop because the dead skin can get trapped just near the surface of the skin. They can sometimes be stubborn and not go away as quickly as one might expect or pop as easily as a typical whitehead might (though you still shouldn’t try to pop a whitehead!) When they are small, they do sometimes go away without intervention, but if they are stubborn, you can check with a board certified dermatologist about getting rid of them. If you are suffering from congestion that can lead to this, try the 001-Pu range to help purify the pores and clarify the skin.
Q: I am in my mid 20s and I’ve noticed a few first lines appear, my skin tone seems to be changing….HELP! What should I do to tackle this head on?
Q: @nubianbeautyshop asks: How to remove dark circles around the eyes. Which ingredient should I add to my routine to help me remove them?
Dark eye circles can be improved with different ingredients. For hyperpigmentation: brightening ingredients such as antioxidants Glutathione and Vitamin C (004-Br Brightening Face Cream) are excellent to help brighten and unify skin tone. For areas of volume loss: products that help to improve moisture retention such as hyaluronic acid (003-Hy Hydrating Face Cream) helps to bring volume and achieve a more plump appearance. Growth factors, peptides or barley extract help fortify collagen structure and organisation to help improve the appearance of lines.
If you suffer from redness/blue-gray discoloration this can be due to blood vessels sitting near the surface of the skin, improve circulation with products containing caffeine.
Retinol is widely accepted as an effective way of improving fine lines and pigmentation variation as it helps refine the skin surface.
Other clinical treatments can be done professionally, so worth talking to a board certified dermatologist for additional options.
Q: @phunky_pearl asks: How do I get rid of dark spots on the skin caused by pityriasis rosea? And what's the final cure for recurrence of the disease. It's been there for months.
They should continue to improve with time. Generally the best thing you can do is continue to moisturize the skin, be very good about sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day.
Often times once someone gets pityriasis rosea it can last anywhere from 8-12 weeks. If it persists longer, I recommend following up with a dermatologist to see if anything else can be done.
Good news though is once someone gets it, they don’t tend to get it again.
Q: @laura8448 asks: What does skin look like when the moisture barrier is compromised?
Great question, simple answer - It can look dry, dull or feel sensitive, becoming irritated easily with various products and ingredients. Sometimes it can also look red or flaky.
Q: @skinbydanyelle asks: Hello. I’m a Black woman who suffers from hyperpigmentation on my forehead, and the sides of my face. What is the best chemical peel I should get and how many times should I treat my skin for it? And how far apart should the treatments be?
In general glycolic acid peels have been the best studied for this purpose. Some other peels have also been used including lactic acid or salicylic acid but it is recommended to consult with a dermatologist to determine which would be best for you. The number of treatments and the interval between treatments is generally based on the concentration that is used but can range anywhere from 2-6 weeks. Whenever dealing with hyperpigmentation, it can also be helpful to do a test area first to ensure the strength is appropriate.
Q: The 002-Re Renew Polishing Powder – as this is gentle, should I use with a scrubby exfoliator or alternate?
Q: I’ve just started adding retinol to my skincare regimen, can I use Good Science Beauty products alongside, I don’t want to overload. Should they be used at different times of day?
Q: I get bumpy skin after shaving, is there anything I can do to stop this irritation and ingrown hairs?
**Also, check out our article on Men’s skin coming out on Fathers Day!**
Q: I have quite sensitive, intolerant skin, it always feels a bit tight and I’m worried about using an exfoliator but understand the benefits of helping skin turnover. What would you suggest?
Q: I have dry skin with signs of irregular skin pigmentation – I don’t know which products to choose to help these 2 issues and when to use them.
Thanks as always to Dr Garshick for taking time out from her busy clinic to help answer these questions. We look forward to lots more insight from her.
If you have a particularly interesting question or concern, please do get in touch and we will see what we can do to help!