As a board-certified Dermatologist and a board-certified Dermatopathologist, Dr. Wendy E. Roberts specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Ethnic Skin of Color, Geriatric Dermatology and Generational Dermatology. Dr. Roberts and “The Roberts Skin Type Classification System©” inspired her recent appearance on The Today Show and a nationally televised, first of it’s kind, ‘skin health’ program, entitled “America’s Ethnic Skin” addressing the special concerns, challenges and issues affecting an increasingly diverse America.
Dr. Roberts is the Founding Director of Dermatopathology of Loma Linda Division of Dermatology. Dr. Roberts has tackled and triumphed over a comprehensive range of skin problems, diseases and conditions using innovative methods that have earned her national recognition. Dr. Roberts is a forerunner in her medical specialty. Her pioneering research includes developing a Dual therapy regimen for the treatment of Melasma and other disorders of facial hyperpigmentation. Dr. Roberts has also developed a Skin Type Classification which is published in the May, 2008 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology “The Roberts Skin Type Classification System ©” which is groundbreaking in its approach to identifying and communicating medical details regarding all skin color types.
In 2004, Dr. Roberts founded a national outreach skin cancer screening program called “Play Safe in the Sun” which travels to LPGA tournaments and provides free Sun Safety education and skin cancer screenings.
Dr. Roberts is currently President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS). She is a Past-President of the State of California Dermatologic Society (Calderm). As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Dr. Roberts has served on numerous committees including the 2008 American Academy of Dermatology Nominating Committee, Organizational Structure Health Care Delivery Committee and Melanoma and Skin cancer screening. She was also appointed to the Stanford University Medical Alumnae Board Governors to which she currently serves.
Dr. Roberts is frequently quoted in the national media including New Beauty, Self, Allure, Essence, Prevention, Readers Digest, O – The Oprah Magazine, CNN radio, XM radio, CBS, NBC television, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of numerous published articles and textbook chapters.
Here are some specific skin tips to keep in mind when trying to create a perfect, even complexion:
- Problem: Large pores, blinding face shine, greasy and heavy appearance. Many people complain of oily skin, especially in the warmer months when sweat and sun keep you feeling greasy instead of glowing. Oily skin can highlight your pores as well as any imperfections, and it can also make your skin appear less toned and even.
- Dr. Wendy’s Tip: In order to help treat oily skin, consider pore-minimizing products such as morning clay masks that deep clean and minimize pores (try Neostrata Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque). You should also use mineral makeup powders, which help to remove surface sebum and also deposit color and SPF (Color Science).
- Problem: Flakiness, Dullness, Lack of glow. Dry skin can appear rough, flaky, and aged. It can even lead to breakouts because people often over-moisturize in attempt to regain their skin’s balance.
- Dr. Wendy’s Tip: Instead, only moisturize the face twice daily. Always hydrate with a splash of water before applying moisturizer. Do not use scrubs or exfoliators because this will only dry you out more and may actually damage the skin versus improve it. The spectrum of heavy moisturizers, from Cerave to La Mer, work well when consistently applied.
- Problem: Blotchy, red, irritated looking skin. Sensitive skin cannot only be blotchy and irritated; it can also be painful and uncomfortable. The best way to treat sensitive skin is to make sure that everything you put on it is tailored for those with sensitive skin.
- Dr. Wendy’s Tip: My morning regimen recommendations: CLn Facial Cleanser (developed by Dermatologists specifically for Sensitive skin), Aveeno Ultra calming moisturizer, and Physicians Formula makeup (which was developed by an Allergist).
- Problem: Breakouts, blemishes, acne scars, distressed skin. Dealing with breakouts is no fun, but for many people, zits last long past puberty. The good news is that you can do many things to help cut down on your amount of breakouts.
- Dr. Wendy’s Tip: Rest assured, your acne is most likely not related to your skin care products, so buying expensive creams won’t do much good. Instead, see a Dermatologist and get acne resolved so you don’t waste time and money on ineffective treatments. One of my favorites is Skin Medica Acne System, which has three synergistic products that control acne. It works great for my acne patients!
- Problem: Irritated skin, uneven skin tone, brown marks and hyperpigmentation
- Dr. Wendy’s Tip: Just like oily or dry skin, skin of color has different characteristics that require specific care. Using harsh or incompatible products on skin of color can lead to irritation or even dark spots known as hyperpigmentation.