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Interview with Cherie Dobbs
Posted: July 16, 2007
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C&T: When you presented at the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists (SDSS) in February, did a particular line of questioning develop from your audience?
CHERIE: At that meeting in Washington, the biggest question we were getting asked was about our ingredients. That’s something I’m pretty particular about – minimizing the preservatives, trying to avoid unnecessary fillers that can irritate the skin. I’m not saying we need to eliminate it all together. Certain products will still need those higher concentrations or special preservatives to help keep the product stable. But what we see in our industry are people with various skin concerns. The average consumer that has great all-around normal beautiful skin probably can tolerate a lot of different products out there. But for those people that we see – people with severe acne, rosacea patients – they have a harder time with those ingredients. Their skin almost resists. It’s up to us to kind of use other ingredients to build that skin immunity back up. So I try to eliminate a lot of the possible irritants because even though there might be an active ingredient that’s supposed to address that skin concern, all the surrounding ingredients may cause irritation down the road. That’s another thing I’m always learning and teaching the estheticians.
C&T: What would you want to say about peptides?
CHERIE: Whether you’re 20 or 60, I would recommend peptides. I haven’t found anybody or any type of skin that would have contraindications to using the peptide. They’re amazing. I’m seeing more and more uses every day. I think peptides are going to be the new wave of the industry. We can take very active, viable ingredients like that peptide to whatever we’re trying to accomplish and get some phenomenal results with several different types of skin. Even the colors of skin we can seriously address as well.
C&T: How does pep talk fit into training?
CHERIE: I try to give as much information about peptides and describe how the peptides work; they work in different ways; I talk about the peptides that I use. I found some cases where a person is very sensitive to retinol will do very well with peptides because they help address the same concerns that we would normally address with a vitamin A product. I just explain to the consumer or the professional all the advantages of the peptide: how they help to hydrate the skin at the same time they are helping balance out the sebum and minimizing acne. We find that a successful esthetician is going to be innovative, to the point where they are going to want to push that border to see how far they can really go with that skin; they have good results; that’s how another new idea develops.