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Dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, is best known at Dr. Pimple Popper and when it comes to skincare, she certainly knows how to zap zits. Thanks to her viral pimple-popping videos, she has amassed over 3.6 million Instagram followers (and counting!) and has a reality show on TLC. It’s safe to say that blemish-obsessed viewers can’t get enough.
But after the gross-out thrill of watching Lee obliterate the largest of pimples, many of us are left thinking, ‘Are there any products I should be using to keep the acne at bay?’ The superstar dermatologist recently launched her own line of zit-busting products, and she spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle about other skincare tips, including her favorite classic drugstore product to safely clear clogged pores and her anti-aging must-have.
Read on to learn about Dr. Pimple Popper’s top skincare tips!
Refresh skin—with these $6 pore strips.
Every once in a while, our skin needs a bit of a refresh. When it comes to congested pores around the nose and cheeks, Lee turns a tried-and-true classic from Bioré. “Bioré Pore Strips have safely been taking care of pores for over 20 years! Not to mention they are super easy to apply at home,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
Shop it: Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $6, amazon.com
Use a retinol at night.
Like most dermatologists, Lee regards retinol as the Gold Standard of anti-aging skincare. In fact, she considers retinol or tretinoin “the number one anti-aging topical treatment option.”
“Tretinoin is a prescription but the over-the-counter option is retinol and both help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, lighten brown spots and even can prevent the development of skin cancer.” She recommends the top-rated Replenix serum, which is packed with retinol and antioxidants for optimal anti-aging benefits.
Shop it: Replenix RetinolForte Treatment Serum 10X, $95.50, dermstore.com
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
“Lotions are lighter and water-based and creams are oil-based, so they’re more moisturizing,” explains Lee of the moisturizers on the market. Her favorite hydrating ingredient, however, is Hyaluronic Acid. “It’s hydrophilic and attracts moisture and keeps it in the skin. I like Alastin’s Restorative Skin Complex. I’m especially dry so I love using my SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum as my nightly moisturizer,” she adds.
Shop it: Alastin Restorative Skin Complex, $195, amazon.com
Wear sunscreen every day—and reapply.
Lee recommends using physical sunblocks with ingredients like Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide if you’re not acne-prone, but the most important thing about sun protection is reapplying throughout the day. “Many people don’t do this because they have makeup on or don’t like to get that tacky feeling on the hands after applying sunscreen and it may not be convenient to wash hands after,” she explains. “This is why a product like SLMD UV Bounce, a powdered sunscreen is so important because it can be applied over your makeup and has an easy applicator brush built-in.”
Shop it: SLMD UV Bounce, $40, slmdskincare.com
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