Convictions from the Super Humans we admire the most.
Dr Charles is a dermatologist and content creator who is passionate about evidence-based skincare, education, and accessible beauty. Dr. Charles is a graduate of Harvard and Duke and currently practicing medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling with his partner, walking their jack russell-chihuahua, and HIIT.
We use the phrase "think outside of the jar" rather than "think outside the box." What does this phrase mean to you?
“Think outside of the jar” means questioning the status quo. It means asking “why” and looking for an alternate strategy.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I'm opinionated and direct with my feedback.
I’ve always wanted to
be my own boss.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel. I’m rather minimalist in the other aspects of my life (outside of skincare of course :)
What is it that you most dislike?
Onions.. And bureaucracy.
Thriller or comedy?
Describe your medicine cabinet (a verbal shelfie)
I am constantly testing new products (against my better advice) to share with my followers. That means my bathroom/medicine cabinet is always (embarrassingly) overflowing with skincare products. Currently, there are 4 serums, 3 different moisturizers, 3 retinoids, 5 sunscreens, and maybe 6 bottles of exfoliating acids.
I am FULL OF hope; I am FREE OF hesitation.
During medical school, I found myself torn between the hands-on surgical specialties and the outpatient medical specialties that allowed for continuity of care. Dermatology offers a unique balance of daily procedures/surgeries, cosmetics, continuity of care (especially with an older patient population), and the opportunity to build a schedule that varies everyday.
Hyperpigmentation, skin texture, and aging (outside of acne) are the biggest concerns I hear about from my patients.
I think a lot of skincare marketing is intentionally misleading to consumers. In particular, the “clean” or “natural” beauty movement can be problematic. In essence, we all want “clean” products but that ambiguity of the term can often lead to products full of irritants, essential oils, and “natural” ingredients that have either unproven benefits or are directly harmful.
Retinoids. I tell my patients that retinoids are “forever medicine.” They help with skin texture, acne, dark spots, and aging.
Sunscreen, Retinoid, and an antioxidant (exponent vitamin c :))
See number 3 - I like the idea of “clean” beauty, but there’s so much background noise and bad products under that label. I try to educate my followers about ingredients to seek/avoid to know if a product is truly “clean.”
Clinical skincare means ingredients and product formulations that have been tested on actual patients with rigorous and blinded evaluation by third party experts.
Outside of the exponent system (obviously :)), I think we’re seeing a big growth in hyperpigmentation products (tranexamic acid, mandelic acid, azelaic acid, etc). In the clinic, we are also living in a golden age of skin tightening procedures that can start to deliver near-surgical results.
A combination of consumer preference for sustainable beauty and government-levied taxes on single-use disposable products.
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