Like all medical professionals, dermatologists subscribe to the Latin proverb "primum non nocere," or first, do no harm. But, when it comes to your beauty routine, sometimes they really, really want to smack you upside the head. “It’s amazing what some people do to their skin,” says Dr. Doris Day, dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
We’re not talking obvious skin sabotage like chain-smoking Pall Malls or sprawling in a tanning bed. Some habits, like enthusiastic exfoliation and loading on anti-agers, are actually good practices gone wrong. However, with the expert tips and fixes straight ahead, “it's surprising how much the skin can forgive,” she says. As for those dermatologists? Just don’t make them angry. You wouldn’t like them when they're angry.