August 20 2014

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Face Brushes, Yay or Nay? Our Doctor In Residence Weighs In


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

I’ve been reading a lot about skin brushes that exfoliate for a better overall cleansing experience. Is this actually a better, more effective way of washing your face or is it just hype?

There is nothing like fingertips! Any time you use a pad or a brush to apply something to the skin and then reuse such an object, it can become contaminated with bacteria that will feed on the leftover keratin that remains. Clean fingertips, or an applicator that is easily cleaned—like a spatula—are best.

Dr. Macrene Alexiades is a Harvard-educated dermatologist and scientist with a research center and private practice in New York that focuses on laser and aesthetic dermatology. She is the creator of the cult favorite antiaging skincare line 37 Extreme Actives, which will release a new product in September at Neiman Marcus.

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