Skincare Questions

Far from it. In medicine we practice by probability. This means the majority of consumers (I prefer patients, but I am not consulting, hence consumer it is), will benefit from both advice & products listed here. This means the minority may not benefit for straight forward skin care. This is when you may benefit from seeing a medical dermatologist.

Even good products can push the envelope of skin irritation. This especially applies to powerful formulations of ascorbic, retinoic & skin care acids. If you do develop skin irritation, stop the product, & use a bland moisturizer. Obagi Hydrate is one of my favourites.

Recommence application when irritation subsides (usually 2-5 days) but half the product volume. Apply every second day & increase as tolerated. You can conduct a patch test in front of your ear if you are concerned.

True skin allergies are super rare, occurring in less than 1% of people. Skin allergies can be identified via patch testing by a medical dermatologist.

Great question. This selection is based upon my experience as a dermatologist. Just for reference, I get given over a dozen different products every week, from all companies ranging from low end Deciem ‘The Ordinary’ to high end product lines from Skinceuticals & many European brands.

This selection is based upon efficacy, ingredient choice, cosmetic elegance (how nice it feels) & pricing.

Slowly. The biggest skincare mistake is an enthusiastic start. Powerful products can cause skin irritation. Start every second night, apply half of the recommended amount. Slow work up to daily use. If your skin is irritated, stop application until your skin heals.

Very. This especially applies to inflammatory skin disorders such as acne & rosacea. Simple dietary changes, makeup choices & correct skin care products can make a huge difference in the outcome. Additionally, pigmentation concerns can be improved by being sunsmart. More on lifestyle advice @101.skin

Some dermatological conditions may require a helping hand with prescription based medications. These include some forms of acne, including cystic & hormonal acne. Pigmentation conditions including melasma is another example. People with flushing blushing rosacea may require laser intervention. If you have super sensitive skin, a patch test through a medical dermatologist may be needed.

Yes, in most cases you can. If you are unsure, consider the curated collection series of products. These have been chosen to maximise gains, whilst minimising both side effects & costs. If you are unsure, check out my Instagram account @101.skin or @drdavinlim for a guide as to what products are compatible.

No. My day job is a procedural dermatologist. Namely I cut, laser, inject & perform procedures. If you are after skin care advice, please make an appointment with a medical dermatologist or, if you are in Brisbane, book to see my clinical team of nurses & dermal therapist. You will find lots more information on product use, reviews & tips on my Instagram accounts.

It cuts corners, something that I do not like to practice. Complex skin problems are ideally sorted through a real time consultation. As a procedural dermatologist we take a directed history (different from a subjective history), examine in real time (photos do not give the same details as a real time examination), then retake a history based upon examination. This takes a good 10-15 minutes of talk, examination, talk. Online consults are 80% accurate.

I am a procedural dermatologist, namely I consult for procedures that involves scary stuff, like cutting (surgery), big lasers, injectables & deep chemical peels. Though skincare is super important, my work focuses on changing the skin’s landscape. For skin consults, you can book an appointment with my colleagues, or one of my highly trained nurses or dermal therapists @cliniccutis