Skin Care Expert Dr. Leslie Baumann MD

Written by: Dr. Leslie Baumann



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Hi!  I am board certified Dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann MD, FAAD. I am a skin care expert who literally wrote the books on skin care science. I am a board certified dermatologist and skin care specialist who has devoted my research over the last 25 years to skin types, skin care products, cosmeceutical ingredients, and creating the best custom skin care routines for your skin type.

I also developed the skincare routine quiz and 16 Baumann Skin Types System used by dermatologists and found in many medical textbooks.  You can find the skin type quiz that doctors use at the link below.

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Best Blogs on Skin Care and Skin Care Ingredients

To find the best blogs on skin care or skin care ingredients by a skin care expert- you can find my entire library of dermatologist advice on skincare here at this library link.

Baumann and Cosmetic Dermatology Book

Skin Care Books

I have written 3 bestselling books on skin care and skin care ingredients.

In 2002, I published the first and bestselling textbook on Cosmetic Dermatology (McGraw Hill  2002, 2009, 2022). It is now on it's 3rd edition and in many languages.

For over 25 years I have written a monthly column on cometic ingredients called Cosmeceutical Critique for a dermatology publicationcalled Dermatology News.

These columns were published in another textbook used by dermatologists and aestheticians called Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients. It discusses the research data on various skin care ingredients.  The simplified version of that skin care ingredient book can be found in our skin care ingredient library.

In 2005, I published the NY Times best -selling skin care book The Skin Type Solution that divides people into 16 Baumann Skin Types.

In 2023, I write current blogs online to find Skin Care Tips:

Blogs about Skin Care

Blogs about Cosmetic Ingredients

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Skin Care Blogs by A Dermatologist

Looking for skin care blogs by a dermatologist?

I have written many blogs in my career. This is where to find the best skin care blogs in 2023:

(These ingredient blogs are based on my Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients Textbook, which is the best book on cosmetic ingredients.)

I have written many popular blogs in the past. You may have seen my Yahoo blog for Yahoo Health called The Skin Guru that was popular in 2006-2011. We had millions of readers until yahoo health changed their format and stopped using experts to write their blogs.

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Skin Care and Skin Care Routine Research

Over the last 15 years, I have studied skin types by gathering data in dermatologist's offices worldwide. I tested skin care products on the 16 Baumann Skin Types to see which brands, products, ingredients, and combinations of products were best for each skin type.

In 2014 I developed over 40,000 skin care routines.  From 2014-2021 I tested the custom skin routines on dermatology patients worldwide. I have worked with dermatologist physicians around the world to test these prescription skin care regimens on all genders, ethnicities and in different geographic locations. We developed software to match a skin care routine to skin concerns, and then further personalize and customize them based on skin concerns, skin care brand preferences, lifestyle habits, values, and budget.

I have trained over 200 medical providers to use the Skin Type Solutions System in their medical practices. These dermatologists, doctors, and medical aestheticians helped test these dermatologist-developed personalized custom skin care routines on over 100,000 patients.

Skin care expert Leslie Baumann

Research for Cosmetic Companies and Pharmaceutical Companies

Skin Type Research

I began studying the genetics of skin types at the University of Miami in 2008.  Our first skin genome research trials looked at gene expression in oily skin vs dry skin. 

Our results helped us validate the Baumann Skin Type Quiz so you can easily find out if you have oily or dry skin without doing skin genome testing.

Research on genetics of skin type and skin genome

Skin Care Expert on Television

In 2006, I was on Good Morning American to launch my book The Skin Type Solution that became a NY Times Bestselling Book on skin care.

In 2010, I did a PBS special on skin care for different skin types called The Skin Type Solution. In this show we made custom skin care routines for 5 women and followed them over several weeks to see their skin improve. 

Skin Care Blogs by Dr. Leslie Baumann MD

In 2006 - around 2010 I ran a huge skin care forum at skintypesolutions.com where you could discuss skin care products with others that have the same Baumann Skin Type as you.

Now I write a twice monthly skin care article for the Miami Herald Newspaper and a monthly article for Dermatology News called Cosmeceutical Critique.

Leslie Baumann Research

Dermatologist on You Tube

If you are looking for the best skincare advice from a dermatologist on You Tube, I have many playlists designed to teach you everything you need to know about skincare in 2024.  You can find my playlists of skincare videos on the SkinTypeSolutions You Tube Channel.

Dr. Baumann Skincare Products

I DO NOT have a skin care line called Dr. Baumann Skincare.  There is a Theodore Baumann- a chemist from Germany- who has the last name Baumann and he has a skin care line.  I have asked him to please use his first name Theodore to avoid confusion, but he has refused. I will always use the name “Leslie Baumann MD” so you will know it is me.  

To make it even more confusing, there is another Leslie Baumann who is a dermatologist.  I am the one who was a Professor at the University of Miami for 13 years, wrote the books mentioned above, developed and researched the Baumann Skin Typing System, and who lives in Miami Beach. Here is my Linked In link.

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Best References and Scientific Publications on Skin Care by Dr. Leslie Baumann MD:

  1. Baumann, L. (2008, 2012, 2019). Cosmetics and Skin Care in Dermatology. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. 7t, 8th and 9th eds. New York: McGraw Hill.

  2. Baumann L.  Baumann's Cosmetic Dermatology Ed 3. (McGraw Hill 2022)

  3. Baumann, L. Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients (McGraw Hill 2015)
  4. Baumann, L. (2020). 14 A Scientific Approach to Cosmeceuticals. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, Three Volume Set: Principles and Techniques
  5. Baumann, L. (2013). Nonsurgical skin care and rejuvenation. Gurtner GC, Neligan PC. Plastic Surgery (3rd and 4th ed). China: Elsevier, 25.
  6. Baumann, L. (2018). How to Use Oral and Topical Cosmeceuticals to Prevent and Treat Skin Aging. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics, 26(4), 407-413.
  7. Baumann, Leslie S. “Pre- and postprocedure skin care guide for your surgical patients” Frontline Medical Communications Inc (2017).
  8. Baumann, Leslie. “Cosmeceuticals in skin of color” Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 35 (2016): 233-237.
  9. Castanedo-Tardan, M. P., & Baumann, L. (2009). Ethics of selling skin care. Clinics in dermatology, 27(4), 355-358.
  10. Baumann, Leslie S. “The Baumann Skin Typing System” in Farage MA, et al. Textbook of Aging Skin Skin. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2017): 1579-1594.

  11. Baumann, L. (2009). The Baumann skin-type indicator: a novel approach to understanding skin type. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, 3rd Edition, Informa Healthcare, New York, 29-40.

  12. Baumann, L. (2009). The Baumann skin-type indicator: a novel approach to understanding skin type. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, 3rd Edition, Informa Healthcare, New York, 29-40.

  13. Baumann, Leslie. “Validation of a Questionnaire to Diagnose the Baumann Skin Type in All Ethnicities and in Various Geographic Locations” Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications 6 (2016): 34-40.

  14. Baumann, Leslie S., et al. “A Validated Questionnaire for Quantifying Skin Oiliness” Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications 4 (2014): 78-84.

  15. Baumann, Leslie. "Ethics in cosmetic dermatology." Clinics in dermatology 30, no. 5 (2012): 522-527.