Posts tagged with "Dermatologist"

‘Her biggest challenge will be credibility’: Can Jennifer Aniston conquer skincare?

Septembr 8, 2021

The question is not, which celebrity is launching a skincare line this year, but who is not? Jennifer Aniston is set to launch her own beauty brand, LolaVie, on September 8. But can even the über-popular star of Friends and The Morning Show make it in the ever-more-crowded celebrity beauty space?

The competition is fierce, with Ariana Grande, Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles all rumored to be following Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner and Alicia Keys into the skincare market, The Guardian reports.

Initially at least, fans buy into the celebrity brand as much as the products themselves. “Fans of Hailey Bieber, who’s in her early 20s herself, care more about buying into Hailey and her ‘cool girl’ status than product efficacy,” says Allison McNamara, founder of beauty company Mara.

But that doesn’t make for a solid long-term strategy. The road to Goop levels of success isn’t always obvious. “Celeb endorsements are a dime a dozen: you can’t build a brand off of that,” Jill Manoff, editor-in-chief of beauty website Glossy told The Guardian, adding, “Aniston’s biggest challenge will be credibility. She has access to the greatest dermatologists, cosmetic physicians. Her skin is not the result of some over-the-counter products.”

Manoff says Aniston would benefit from linking up with a dermatologist. “Selling herself as the expert would be a challenge.”

Credibility in the beauty world comes from independent (often called “honest”) product reviews online and social media engagement, says Manoff, and celebrities need to ensure they are establishing fans of the brand rather than fans of themselves.

Aniston’s fanbase, says McNamara, “is older than Bieber’s, which makes it even more challenging because her products need to work. Women in their 40s know good skincare and know when it’s working (and when it isn’t).” She says they are looking for “products that visibly improve skin concerns such as wrinkles, sagging and aging”.

There is one thing Aniston has got right even before launch, however. “Brands that don’t name themselves after the celebrity have more staying power,” McNamara told The Guardian. The challenge will be making LolaVie known separately from Aniston’s celebrity. “In terms of longevity, only time will tell.”

Research contact: @guardian

Could acne treatments be causing acne?

July 26, 2019

There’s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper of TLC and YouTube fame gets almost 5 million views per video or show.

As Dr. Amy Wechsler, a New York physician who is board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, recently told the TODAY Show audience, “There are so many people out there who like to pop their own pimples—they’re usually smaller than the ones that are on these videos—and they get satisfaction out of seeing something come out from the body that they feel like doesn’t belong.”

In fact, a recent story in Medium’s health section, Elemental, reports that acne appears to be “more prevalent than ever”—among both teens and adults.

The Elemental story also cites a statistic from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: Roughly one-third of adult women have acne, while only one in five men do.

Could that be attributed to the fact that many women have more complicated skin care routines—involving the application of multiple over-the-counter and prescription acne medications?

The dermatologists with whom author Markham Heid spoke for the article suggested that some of the most common and popular acne medications, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, might in fact be affecting the skin microbiome in such a way that acne bacteria is then encouraged to flourish.

Harsh cleansers might do the same thing, they said, as might certain antibiotics and foods. “What we put on our skin can improve or disrupt the survival of these [skin] microorganisms,” said one dermatologist.

“This is something we didn’t know before, but we’re paying attention to now.”

So maybe your next skincare routine should be … just water?

Research contact: @Medium