Great for: Psoriasis, Inflamed Skin, Irritated Skin

Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country. Seven and a half million Americans have been diagnosed with psoriasis. It speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, causing them to build up at the surface of the skin. This leads to red, itchy, scaly patches – certainly no fun – and these patches can appear anywhere on your body, although they’re most common on the outside of your elbows, knees or scalp.

In addition to the fact that I have found MetaDerm’s Heal and Prevent psoriasis cream to be highly effective for my mild psoriasis (on my elbows) and for my patients with psoriasis ranging from mild to quite severe- one of my favorite things about this cream is that its 25 active therapeutic botanicals have been clinically proven to be safe, to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis and to help prevent future flares. I also like that Metaderm has been tested by independent experts at the National Psoriasis Foundation and has earned their Seal of Recognition.

The fact that MetaDerm really works and has no side effects means that I can use it safely every day. And to me, that makes all the difference for my patients, for my family, and for myself. Psoriasis treatments can have such broad deleterious effects on your overall health and wellness – the fact that there is a natural option available that works as well if not better than prescription treatments without the potentially serious side effects is certainly a huge relief.

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Great for: All skin types and especially sensitive or dry, irritated skin

Are you obsessed with a squeaky clean feeling after cleansing your skin? Do you scrub and exfoliate your skin regularly, thinking this is going to reveal your healthiest skin? Does your skin feel tight after cleansing?

As a dermatologist, my patients and friends love the squeaky clean feeling. They love exfoliating – even daily. But, their skin is telling a different story. Here’s why: the products that you are using to achieve the squeaky clean feeling often disrupt and destroy the health of your skin barrier. Over-scrubbing and over-cleansing destroys the balance of healthy microorganisms which comprise your human microbiome.

When your body’s microbiome is out of balance, this imbalance impacts your skin’s health and opens the door to inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

As a dermatologist, I cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain the health of your skin’s barrier by using gentle, pH balanced products. Your skin should feel hydrated, smooth and nourished after cleansing – not tight, dry and squeaky clean! That is not a sign of skin health!

One of my favorites is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser which is a soothing creamy cleanser made with La Roche-Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water. It’s soap free, sulfate free, oil free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and paraben free. It leaves my skin feeling gently cleansed while keeping my skin’s natural invisible barrier healthy. It also contains glycerin, which keeps my skin hydrated. I also love that this product is so affordable and accessible. You can buy it right at CVS for under $15.

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