Aimee PaikDoctorateDegreeAmerican Board of DermatologyBoard Certified DermatologistChief Medical OfficerDermatologist100A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among many others.
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Aimee Paik, MD

Dr. Paik has been Apostrophe’s medical director since the company was founded in 2013. She has been a board-certified dermatologist since 2012 and is passionate about dermatology’s ability to help others feel confident and comfortable in their skin. Her expertise has been featured in Coveteur, Women’s Health, and Skincare.com. She is also dedicated to her patients in her dermatology practice in California.

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Sun Exposure & Tretinoin or Retinol

One of the biggest tricks about using tretinoin or retinol is making sure you're skin is keeping your skin protected from harsh sunlight.

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Doxycycline Hyclate vs. Monohydrate

Doxycycline a popular antibiotic used — among other things — to treat acne. But it comes in two forms, and you should know the difference.

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Tretinoin vs. Isotretinoin (Accutane)

In the Great Tretinoin vs. Isotretinoin debate, who's the victor? How are these two medications similar, and how are they different?

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Exfoliating With Tretinoin: Tips

Tretinoin is one of the most popular topical ointments to treat acne and signs of aging, but how does it work with exfoliating scrubs?

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Tretinoin Skin Peeling is Real

One of the most unpleasant side effects of using tretinoin is tretinoin skin peeling. Luckily, it doesn't have to be the end of the world.

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A Guide to Using Tretinoin for Acne

People all over the world use tretinoin for acne with proven results. If it's an option you're considering, here's what you should know.

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Does Tretinoin Cream Help Acne Scars?

Tretinoin is one of the most popular topical treatments for acne in the world. But did you know you can use tretinoin cream for acne scars?

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How to Use Tretinoin Cream

Start by choosing the right strength of Tretinoin cream, and the recommended  time to apply tretinoin cream or gel to your face is at night, shortly before you go to bed.

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How to Use Tretinoin for Wrinkles

Clean and dry your face, apply a small amount, avoid eyes, and use with a moisturizer and sunscreen.

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Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid With Retinol

Hyaluronic acid and retinol are two very effective acne treatments. And when you use them together, the results may be even better.

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Can You Use Tretinoin With Moisturizer?

It’s perfectly safe to use a moisturizer with tretinoin. In fact, tretinoin without moisturizer is generally not recommended. 

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Commonly Missed Areas With Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen daily is crucial to keep your skin healthy, but these are some of the most commonly missed areas when applying sunscreen.

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Adapalene (Differin) v.s Tretinoin

Both tretinoin and adapalene work well to remove and prevent acne, but from an anti-aging perspective, tretinoin is the better choice for most people.

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Rosacea Triggers

Wondering what could be causing your rosacea flare ups? Read on to find out what the most common rosacea triggers are.

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Period Acne

Wondering how your period affects your acne? Here's what you need to know about period acne and hormonal breakouts.

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Tretinoin and Sun Sensitivity

Wondering if tretinoin causes sun sensitivity? Here's a dermatologist's take.

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Best Ingredients For Hyperpigmentation

Dealing with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or melasma? Here are the best ingredients for hyperpigmentation.

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Is Tretinoin Over The Counter?

Wondering if you can pick up OTC tretinoin at your local drugstore? Here's what you need to know.

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What Tretinoin Strength is Best For Acne

Tretinoin is a very effective acne treatment. Let's talk about the tretinoin strengths and percentages that will effectively treat your breakouts.

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Tretinoin for Acne

Considering getting tretinoin for acne? We're breaking everything you need to know about tretinoin acne treatment.

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A Guide to Prescription Acne Medication

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Scalp Acne: Causes and Treatment Options

Dealing with scalp acne and wondering how to treat it? We're breaking down the main causes of scalp pimples and the best treatments for them.

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The Science Behind Spironolactone

Originally used to treat high blood pressure, more and more doctors have been prescribing spironolactone to treat hormonal acne with great success. But how and why does this drug work?

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Acne 101

We’ve asked our medical director, Dr. Aimee Paik, some of your most burning acne questions! She covers the basics about the different types of acne.

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Topical Acne Meds: An Overview

Despite all the well-deserved buzz about them, classic topical treatments are classic for a reason: they work!

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Skin Aging 101

Curious about how retinoids can help your skin? Apostrophe's medical director is here to help!

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How Pregnancy Affects Your Skin

Not everyone experiences that famous pregnancy glow. Learn how you can handle some of the more challenging changes that can come along with pregnancy.

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Telemedicine And The Trans Community

Telemedicine has the potential to help many in the trans community access healthcare safely. Apostrophe wants to help.

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Skincare Across Race

Your skin's health concerns change based on race, but most people only know to watch out for sun damage. We asked three of our dermatologists about the skin issues specific to people of color.

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The Solution For Longer Fuller Eyelashes

How does Latisse®, a prescription solution that helps your own natural lashes grow longer and thicker, stack up to the competition?

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Will Latisse® change your eye color?

So you notice your friend, or your hairdresser, or your coworker seems to have sprouted longer and fuller eyelashes overnight. How'd they do it?

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Tretinoin vs. Retin-A

You're interested in using a prescription retinoid, but which is right for you? We're here to help!

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Apostrophe's Partner Pharmacy

In case you haven't heard, Apostrophe is now working with our own partner pharmacy! We spoke with our Pharmacist-In-Charge, Luke Wright, about all the ins and outs of running a pharmacy.

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How To Choose Your Sunscreen

Let us help you find the best sunscreen for your skin and protect yourself from damaging radiation.

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Acids 101

You may have been hearing more and more about acids in skincare lately. Here's the breakdown.

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Sunscreen Application 101

Read on to learn how to maximize on your sun protection once you’ve tracked down the perfect product.

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Hormonal Acne 101

The narrative around acne is so strongly tied to our teenage years, many of us expect it to disappear on its own once we hit our twenties, only to be hit with hormonal acne in our adult years.

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OTC vs Prescription-strength Retinoids

For skincare veterans and newbies alike, retinoids can be an important cornerstone of anyone’s skincare routine.

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Apostrophe: dermatology, delivered.

We’ve redesigned the patient experience from the ground up, including our name: Apostrophe.

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Prescription vs. OTC: Acne Treatment

There are so many options when it comes to acne treatment. Here's what you can get when you're ready to move beyond the drugstore acne aisle.

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Latisse®: what you need to know

Thinking about Latisse or already on it? Check-in here first so you have everything you need to know!

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Fact or Fiction: Water and Acne

You know staying hydrated is important for your overall health, but does drinking water help acne?

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Long, Lush... Eyebrows with Latisse?

If you’ve ever overplucked, experienced a waxing mishap, or simply were born with thinner brows, you know how agonizing the process of growing in your brows can be.

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Multiple Ingredients, One Bottle.

Sometimes two is better than one! Apostrophe's treatments often combine multiple active ingredients to give you more bang for your buck. Read on to learn more!

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What Is A Compounding Pharmacy?

Apostrophe launched a compounding pharmacy! How does a compounding pharmacy differ from your typical neighborhood pharmacy and why do people use them? Read on to find out!

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The Ultimate Guide To: Ingredients

Everything you ever needed to know about the ingredients on your skincare labels!

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Deep Dives

Is CBD Skincare Worth The Hype?

Thinking about adding CBD to your skincare routine? Here's what you need to know!

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Do You Need To Reapply Sunscreen?

Wondering if you really need to reapply sunscreen? We’re sharing a dermatologist’s take on reapplying sunscreen and if you really need to do it.

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Skincare Tools: Hit or Miss

Wondering if skincare tools are actually worth it? Dr. Aimee Paik shares her take on 4 popular skincare tools.

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Acne Severities

We're breaking down the differences between mild, moderate, and severe acne and how to treat them.

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Oral Acne Medications

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about oral acne medications.

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Debunking Anti Aging Myths

Wondering what anti aging myths are fact or fiction? Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Aimee Paik is debunking 5 popular anti-aging myths.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

Dealing with dry skin this winter season? Here are our top winter skin care tips for combatting dry, flaky skin.

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Realistic Skincare Resolutions

We're talking about making realistic skincare goals for the new year. Here are our top skincare resolutions for 2022!

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Are Nose Clogged Pores Blackheads?

We're breaking down what those pesky "blackheads" are on your nose and how to treat them.

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OTC vs Prescription Acne Treatments

We're breaking down the difference between these two types of acne treatments.

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Clindamycin for Acne: How It Works

Here’s everything you need to know about using this topical antibiotic for acne.

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Adult Acne Causes and Treatments

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about adult acne.

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The Best Ingredients For Acne

We’re breaking down our derms’ favorite acne-fighting ingredients.

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Body Acne Causes & Treatments

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about body acne and how to treat it.

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All About Tretinoin

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about this popular vitamin a derivative.

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How Long Does Hydroquinone Take to Work

Do you have dark spots or uneven skin tone? Hydroquinone is a powerful ingredient used to even out skin tone. Read to find how long it takes for it to work

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Hydroquinone Acne Scar

Wondering how to use hydroquinone to treat acne scars? We're here to help! Read on to learn more about it

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How to Apply Hydroquinone

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Prescription Acne Medication

Having non stop acne breakouts? It might be time to visit a dermatologist and be given prescription acne medication.

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Online Dermatologist

Planning on visiting a dermatologist but don't have the time to do so? Get treatment from an online dermatologist.

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Best Oral Medication for Acne

Do you have an acne outbreak and are wondering what is the best oral medicine for acne? We're here to help!

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Antibiotics For Acne

Looking for effective antibiotics for acne? We've got you covered! Continue reading to learn more

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Apostrophe Is Now Available Nationwide!

We’re sharing some exciting news and welcoming new states to Apostrophe.

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Is Acne Genetic?

Here’s what you need to know about genetics and acne.

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What is Teledermatology?

Here’s everything you need to know about treating acne and rosacea online.

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Deep Dives

5 Acne Facts You Didn’t Know

We’re sharing five things you didn’t know about your breakouts.

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Oral vs Topical Spironolactone

We’re breaking down the difference between these two hormonal acne treatments.

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Sun Safety Tips

Discover our top sun safety tips for your skin with this helpful guide. Read on to learn more!

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Skin Conditions Caused By Sun Damage

Are you protecting your skin? Read on to learn about the many skin conditions caused by sun damage.

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Best Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

Don't know what to look for when buying sunscreen that won't irritate acne? Discover the best sunscreen ingredients with this complete guide.

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Azelaic Acid vs. Retinoids

Trying to find the right skincare ingredients for your skin? Learn about the main differences between azelaic acid vs retinoids with our latest guide.

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When to Use Azelaic Acid In Your Routine

Don't know when to use azelaic acid in your skincare routine? Our pros have got you covered! Keep reading for more.

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Can You Use Azelaic Acid Every Day?

Wondering if you can use azelaic acid everyday? Find out now with this helpful article.

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What SPF Should I Use?

Don't know which SPF you should be using on your face? Find out from our experts with this complete guide.

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The Main Types of Acne Scars

We’re talking about the main types of acne scars and how to treat them.

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Apostrophe's Products

Debunking Tretinoin Myths

Dr. Aimee Paik breaks down the truth behind popular tretinoin myths.

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Sunscreen Tips For Acne-Prone Skin

We’re debunking some common myths about sunscreen and acne.

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All About 'Screen

We’re breaking down all you need to know about our first non-prescription product.

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Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen

We’re breaking down the difference between these two types of sunscreens.

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Hormonal Cystic Acne On The Chin

Learn about the potential causes & treatments for hormonal cystic acne on the chin.

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Tretinoin vs Retinol

Wondering how tretinoin and retinol differ from each other? Read on to find out.

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Does Tretinoin Treat Hormonal Acne?

Wondering if tretinoin treats hormonal acne? We have the answers.

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How Does Hormone Imbalance Impact Acne?

Hormones play a large role in the presence of acne at every age. Find out how!

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How Long Does Spiro Take To Work?

Wondering how long it takes for spironolactone to work? Find out here.

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Hormonal Cystic Acne

Find out everything you need to know about hormonal cystic acne from our experts.

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How to Get Rid of Hormonal Acne

Struggling with hormonal acne? Learn how to get rid of hormonal acne now!

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Get To Know The Derms On Our Platform

Here’s everything you need to know about the derms we work with and why they love what they do.

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Combining Skincare Ingredients

We’re breaking down which skincare ingredients you should (and shouldn’t) combine.

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The Six Main Types of Acne

We’re talking about the different types of acne and how to treat them.

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Deep Dives

2021 Skincare Trends: Hit or Miss?

We’re breaking down if these four popular skincare trends are a hit or miss.

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What is Healthy Skin?

We’re defining what “healthy skin” is, and why you should be celebrating real skin!

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Sensitive vs. Sensitized Skin

We’re breaking down the difference between sensitive and sensitized skin.

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Deep Dives

Do You Really Need to Double Cleanse?

Double cleansing is really popular in the skincare industry, but is it a necessity?

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Bakuchiol vs. Retinol

We’re breaking down what bakuchiol is and how it compares to retinol or retinoids.

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What is Purging?

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about the purging process.

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Deep Dives

Debunking Sunscreen Myths

We’re sharing our take on some popular misconceptions about SPF.

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How to Treat Acne During Pregnancy

We’re breaking down how to safely treat acne while pregnant or trying to conceive.

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All About Benzoyl Peroxide

We’re breaking down all you need to know about this popular acne-fighting ingredient.

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Deep Dives

Should You Use A Spot Treatment?

What are the different types of acne spot treatments? Do you need to use one?

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Deep Dives

Skincare Routine Myths

There are lots of “rules” on how you should do your skincare routine. Are they valid?

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Deep Dives

What is “Medical Grade” Skincare?

What is “medical-grade” skincare, and is it better than other products on the market?

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Exfoliating Acids 101

We’re breaking down each type of exfoliating acid and if you need them in a routine.

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Deep Dives

Does Collagen in Skincare Work?

We’re breaking down the truth about all those hyped up collagen products.

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How to Identify Your Skin Type

We’re breaking down the elusive skin type plus all your FAQs answered by Dr. Paik!

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All About Topical Spironolactone

We’re answering all your FAQs on this innovative hormonal acne treatment.

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How To Create a Basic Skincare Routine

Putting together a proper skincare routine can be tricky– we’re here to help!

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Using Acne Patches With Prescriptions

We’re demystifying how hydrocolloid patches can fit into your prescription routine.

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Making the Most of Your Prescription

Dr. Aimee Paik drops her best tips on getting the most out of your prescription.

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All About Doxycycline

Dr. Aimee Paik breaks down all the need to knows about Doxycycline

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All About Azelaic Acid

Dr. Aimee Paik breaks down this sensitive skin all-star

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Education

Unpacking the Types of Vitamin C

We're unpacking the most popular types of Vitamin C so you know what's worth it.

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Deep Dives

Can Your Skin “Get Used To” Skincare?

A common myth is that your skin can "get used to" skincare... but is it true?

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What is the Skin Barrier?

Unpacking one of the most important, and easy to disrupt, features of your skin.

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What You Need to Know About Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a trendy ingredient, but does it live up to the hype?

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How Tretinoin Changes Your Routine

“Keep it simple” should be your new skincare routine mantra.

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Recommended Skincare from Our Derms

These products can help you gracefully adjust to your new retinoid.

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Education

Which is Better: Retinol or Retinoids?

Here’s your ultimate guide to the most popular Vitamin A derivatives.

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Education

Is Spironolactone Safe?

Dr. Aimee Paik answers your most important questions on Spironolactone.

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Apostrophe's Products

How to Apply Your Tretinoin

Tretinoin can be tricky to adjust to but your application technique can help!

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Deep Dives

Can Your Diet Cause Acne?

Dr. Aimee Paik deep dives into the science behind how diet can affect breakouts.

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Deep Dives

Do You Really Need an Eye Cream?

Are eye creams necessary or are they just moisturizers with fancy marketing?

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Education

Hormonal Acne 101

We asked Dr. Aimee Paik to give us the details on hormonal acne and how to treat it.

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Deep Dives

Unpacking Fragrance: The Science

How Fenty Skin sparked a conversation about fragrance in the skincare community.

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On Avoiding the 'Retinoid Uglies’

Retinoids are loved by many, but how do you manage the initial rocky relationship?

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Why Glycerin Is Super Underrated

Everything you need to know about this old school dermatologist favorite.

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Deep Dives

Do You Absorb 60% of Your Skincare?

An investigative look at a pervasive myth that just won’t die!

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Skin Structure 101

What does your skin and Ogres have in common? They both have a lot of layers.

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Deep Dives

A Chemist's Most Hated Skincare Claims

10 mins with Chemist Confessions: misinformation, trends, and ingredients they love

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