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Skin care and beauty expert Dania Mallette talks with skin care and beauty guru, Dr. Leslie Baumann in this exclusive interview about everything from skin care myths to her favorite skin care product ingredients.

Being Dr. Leslie Baumann isn't easy. With her breakthrough book, "The Skin Type Solution", flying off shelves, everyone wants to know how to take better care of their skin. Dr. Baumann keeps herself busy juggling various roles, such as being Professor and Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, a working dermatologist, author and founder of the University of Miami's Cosmetics Center. Luckily, I was able to get some one-on-one with the good doctor.

SCN: Dr. Baumann, there have been a lot of people you've helped through your book, "The Skin Type Solution", but there are still many people out there who don't have a clue. That being said, what is the main misconception you feel people have about skin care?

Dr. Baumann: Many people think that skin care has to be time consuming and expensive. Also that one product works for all skin types-not true!

SCN: What is the most common skin care myth that should never be followed?

Dr. Baumann: Thinking that using all products from one brand will make them work better. Again, not true! You need to know your skin type and what ingredients to look for. You should have ingredient loyalty, not brand loyalty.

SCN: What age should people start worrying about skin care?

Dr. Baumann: ASAP. It's best if you start in your teens. Prevention is key!

SCN: Is it healthy for young girls or teens to start using anti-aging or other beauty products for their skin?

Dr. Baumann: Yes! That is how we found out Retin A prevents aging. Young adults with acne used it in the '70s, and grew up...and they looked younger than those who did not use it. That led to a clinical trial and FDA approval for the treatment of wrinkles.

SCN: What are your favorite active ingredients in skin care products?

Dr. Baumann: It depends on your skin type. Not all ingredients are right for everyone. In each chapter of the book I give lists of my favorite ingredients for that skin type. would like to thank Dr. Leslie Baumann for taking the time to answer our skin care and beauty questions.

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