NY Derm likes Finacea instead of Retin-A

Alexiades-Armenakas

In an ELLE Magazine December 2009 interview, New York Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD tells us that she has rosacea.

A respected and published dermatologist, Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas says that she is one of the many people who cannot tolerate topical retinoids. Instead she prefers Finacea which she says is great for acne and rosacea, reduces oiliness and lightens brown spots, great for breakouts.

As an aside, given that she sufferers from rosacea, I wonder what sorts of results she sees herself from her own `high performance anti-aging cream’ known as dr.macrene 37 Extreme Actives. Sadly at $275 for 50ml I don’t think many will want to just try-see. If you are interested, here is the dizzying list of ingredients listed by DNA repair, cellular repair, anti-pigment, anti-red, anti-wrinkle, anti-oxidant, pro-collagen, barrier repair properties, to name a few.

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Is Retin-A still the gold standard for anti-aging?
Retinoids have the longest track record, and they’re great for antiacne. But many people, like me, can’t tolerate them. Instead, I use the azelaic-acidbased prescription Finacea, which works on both rosacea and acne and also reduces oiliness, lightens brown spots, and is a great spot therapy for breakouts—it won’t make you red and flaky the next day.

Rosacea? You don’t look red.
Some doctors don’t agree with me on this, but rosacea is very common. By definition, if you stay red and you start to get broken capillaries and bumps, that’s rosacea. Hot weather, showers, drinks, and certain foods can cause flare-ups. Reduce these and you’ll see a change—fast.

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