Move aside, Dr. Pimple Popper. While there’s an undeniable, odd satisfaction of watching extraction videos on Instagram (not to mention we adore Dr. Sandra Lee!), other dermatologists share their careers and live through a different filter. Or, in most cases, with no filter at all. For beauty junkies and skin care lovers, following trusted dermatologists from every corner of the country can offer new anti-aging tips, tried-and-true tricks, product recommendations, and even some laughs. We wouldn't go as far as to say doing so can take the place of your derm appointments, but you can learn a thing or two from paying attention to their posts and stories.
Here, some incredible dermatologists on Instagram you should add to your feed. Trust us, your skin will thank you!
Who: Doris Day, MD, FAAD, MA, a dermatologist in New York CityHer Insta goal: “To provide a glimpse into my world and the things I'm experiencing, learning about, and thinking. I hope to post photos and stories that are inspiring, insightful, and informative. I do all my own writing and posting because I want it to be authentically me. I write mini blogs, inform the public about the latest advances in aesthetics, and do my best to incorporate my travels into that. I lecture about the latest cutting edge advances at meetings, as well as offer before-and-afters and any other topics of importance and interest.”
What to expect: “I share my unique quotes — my latest favorite is ‘nothing looks more beautiful in your 50's than sun protection in your 20's.’ I share videos I make to tell a story or skin care pearl I want to share, as well as personal stories about formative experiences that have shaped who I am as a woman, mom, and physician. I do my best to respond and make every follower so they know they are heard. The sense of community this has fostered has been one of the most rewarding aspects of Instagram for me.”
Her insta goal: “I want to educate patients and all consumers on the importance of skin health. Whether you see a dermatologist or not, everyone should be educated on the importance of taking care of their skin — including every day skin health, sun safety, and how to manage common skin conditions like acne and aging.”
What to expect: “I like to provide helpful information that anyone can benefit from which is why I started #DrugstoreDerm. These pieces of content allow me to recommend efficacious products that anyone can find and afford. The goal is to decrease the confusion you get from standing in front of aisles of products and not knowing what would be helpful.”
Who: Papri Sarkar, MD, a board certified dermatologist and president of the New England Dermatological SocietyHer Insta goal: “I mostly started this for my patients about a year ago because I got the same questions over and over. I'm a big believer that educated patients make the best decisions so I use my IG account to share skin care tips and behind the scenes of what goes on in a dermatologist's office — #scenesfromdermclinic. I also like to share before and afters of common cosmetic procedures I do on a daily basis, like facial rejuvenation with botox and filler, or treating melasma and acne scarring. Along the way, I also share lots of food, flowers, and snippets about my family, too, since that's a lot of what my life is outside of work.”
What to expect: “I have a segment called #askdrpapri where I ask my followers for derm questions and answer them in my story. It's actually really fun because the questions vary a lot! Sometimes it's ‘Help! How do I treat this sunburn that I got this weekend?’ and sometimes it's ‘Who is your favorite Disney hero: Moana or Ariel?’ They keep me on my toes!
His Insta goal: “To educate and inspire people on a clean skin approach.”
What to expect: “As a naturopathic physician specializing in dermatology, I share tips on best and worst foods for skin and essential nutrients. I also discuss best and worst ingredients for skincare. And I share clips from my weekly podcast on a variety of skin, health, and wellness topics. On my IGTV, I share natural skin care and beauty tips. And since achieving confidence is important at The Spa Dr., I focus on positive messages, encouraging words, and tips for natural beauty.”
Who: Sabrina Fabi, MD, associate research director at Cosmetic Laser DermatologyHer Insta goal: “To educate and inspire my patients and the public about what is possible with the aesthetic procedures we do and debunk demystify misconceptions about what we are trying to achieve with aesthetic procedures and what to be careful with.”
What to expect: “As a doctor, I like to share the most cutting edge medical news beyond what is happening in aesthetics, as I believe the biggest breakthroughs in one field happen from learning and applying what other fields are doing. I sprinkle personal aspects of me through photos and quotes that I try to live by, so my audience can relate to me as a human and they have a frame of reference for who I am as a doctor and person.”
Her goal: “My Instagram account is a collection of #heideas I use to educate, entertain and enthusiastically emphasize real life. I create and post everything myself. It’s time-consuming, but I decided it was the only way I could ensure it reflected my brand, aka me. I am waging an enthusiastic battle against the unattainable perfection highlighted on social media. My life is not perfect, nor is anyone’s. So I try at all times to stress what’s real. I film my popular #heideasonthego talks while driving to my office — literally hands on the wheel, without fancy makeup, hair or lighting. Life can be difficult, we all have ups and downs. My goal is to try to help others embrace their inner super hero and make the ride easier.”
What to Expect: “My educational posts focus on cosmetic derm myths and realities from day to day care to the role of noninvasive procedures for prejuvenation, rejuvenation, and maintenance of a healthy vibrant appearance. I try to make all my posts entertaining or at least visually colorful — ‘a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.’ I take advantage of a multitude of iPhone apps to create videos, many of which include cartoon versions of me and soundtracks to emphasize my points including kids songs and classics. If something strikes me as particularly funny, I’ll share it just because sometimes we just need a laugh.”
Who: Dr. Dendy Engelman, MD, celebrity dermatologist in New York CityHer Insta goal: “I use Instagram to share my life, work and love of beauty! It's a blend of educational content, celebrating my family & friends and, hopefully, I'll make you laugh every now and then.”
What to Expect: “I have a few regular series that my followers have started to look forward to. I like to kick off the week with #BAMs, Before and After Mondays, which is exactly what it sounds like: I show before and after photos of a variety of treatments ranging from fillers to Mohs surgery. People love to see the results they can expect from various treatments. Another popular series is #TipTuesday. I love to discover new products, so this is where I share my favorite finds with everyone. I'll sometimes do an ‘ask me anything’ in Stories on Tip Tuesdays, which is always really fun -- we get so many great (and smart!) questions. You can also expect to occasionally see the dance moves of my kids, Gadsden and Ellis; they are so full of personality.”
Their Insta goal: “The Women’s Dermatologic Society Instagram is the epitome of women empowering women. Our goal is to help dermatologists fulfill their greatest potential and we do that by sharing inspiring stories of leaders in dermatology who are dedicated to patient care, mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership.”
What to Expect: “Get inspiration from all of the amazing things WDS members do like the national and international Women’s Shelter service events, learn about the top female leaders in dermatology, and get tips on how to stay safe in the sun.”