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Posted: July 27, 2012, from the August 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Always start by looking for key ingredients with science supporting their benefits, such as lactic and salicylic acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), retinoids and fruit enzymes, as opposed to jumping on the latest trend. The next step is to ensure that you are properly trained on the safest and most beneficial way to conduct the protocol. The more you seek out training and push yourself to improve the protocols you provide, the more deliberate and effective your treatment plans will be.

—Danae Markland Career Development Manager PCA Skin

Essential skin care requires a cleanser for washing the face, a reparative cream or lotion to reverse the damage caused by the sun and aging, and a protective moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. Key ingredients include glycolic acid, alpha lipoic acid, retinol, L-ascorbic acid, salicylic acid, peptides and others that will be listed on the label. The concentration of the active ingredient and the pH of the product determine the its benefits.

—Lawrence Samuels, MD Founder Rx Systems PF

Editor’s note: The opinions and viewpoints offered in this column are those of the individuals, and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions or viewpoints of Skin Inc. magazine.