Meet Naturium’s advising dermatologist Dr. Alexis Stephens
Board Certified Dermatologist Alexis Stephens, D.O. has a specific interest in patients with skin of color. She received her medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and her dermatology training at Nova Southeastern University where she also served as chief resident and was awarded resident of the year. Read on to see how she explains the power of niacinamide, azelaic acid & bakuchiol.
The breakout star:
Niacinamide Also known as vitamin B3, this powerful ingredient has the ability to strengthen the skin barrier, balance oil production, reduce the look of pores, brighten skin tones and calm inflammation. Even better, it works well with all of your other products, and even helps moisturizer work harder, so you don’t have to stress about where it fits in your routine. “Niacinamide is so versatile. It’s one of the most stable actives in skin care with a neutral pH and it’s great for all skin types. This is unheard of in skin care!” –Dr. Stephens
Dr. Stephen’s “ride-or-die” active:
Azelaic Acid Like niacinamide, azelaic acid helps calm inflammation, so it’s great for almost all skin types—even those with sensitive skin or rosacea. It also helps to very gently exfoliate and decongest pores and brighten skin. Derivatives of azelaic acid like the main ingredient used in Naturium Azelaic Topical Acid 10% are great for balancing oil production, and plays well with other actives and boosts the efficacy of them, too. “It’s really great for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation…which is the dark spot you get after acne. It [also]…kills the bacteria that produces acne and it can help decrease the amount of dead skin cells you have clogging your pores." –Dr. Stephens
The plant-derived rival to retinol:
Bakuchiol This ingredient has been called a natural alternative to retinol, and while it’s not a one-to-one match, you can get some similar anti-aging benefits with less chance of irritation. Use it to boost the effects of anti-aging skin care products—combined with retinol and other antioxidants, it packs a big punch. "The clinical data and research shows that this is a phenomenal ingredient that turns on the same genes as retinol.” –Dr. Stephens