Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand on debunking skincare myths, helping her patients feel confident, and more.
Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand is an internationally recognized leader in cosmetic dermatology. Due to her incredible expertise across both the medical and cosmetic areas of the space, she has been highly sought after for giving lectures, contributing to journals, and advising the media on all things skincare. We sat down with her to learn more about her career and the insight into what people should be talking about in skincare.
Q: How did you get into skincare?
From an early age, I learned that taking good care of my skin and hair was an essential part of my overall health. I learned this by watching my mom take great care of her skin. Over time, it was fun to learn more about the science behind skincare products: ingredients, research, and product quality.
Q: What do you love the most about what you do?
I love everything about being a dermatologist! I have the best job! It is an honor to help patients of all ages feel more confident in their skin. Being a part of that transformation and seeing the smile and confidence on my patients' faces is one of the best parts of being a dermatologist. I also get to be at the cutting edge of science and research.
Q: What is a myth about skincare that you want to debunk?
Nothing works immediately! With any skincare product, consistency is key. You need to use products for at least six weeks to notice a difference. The science behind skincare products has come a long way, but there’s still no such thing as an instant fix. You need to give it time to really appreciate the benefits.
Q: What is one product everyone should be using, no matter what their skin type?
Serums are powerful skin allies. They are filled with concentrated doses of active ingredients, which can mitigate a number of issues, from dark spots to wrinkles. Everyone can benefit from an antioxidant serum in the morning to protect from daily aggressors. My favorite serum is a daily vitamin C in the morning to help brighten dull skin and decrease dark spots with continued use.
Q: What do you wish people were talking more about in skincare?
The need to wear SPF year-round and while indoors! Sunscreen is not just for the warm months or when we are outside. We are exposed to blue light more than ever from our phones, laptops, and tablets daily. Having a broad-spectrum sunscreen is key. The best way to prevent photodamage, and ultimately skin cancer, is prevention. As a dermatologic surgeon, I like to educate my patients of all ethnicities about the need to protect their skin year-round.