Jennifer Herrmann, MD, FAAD
Dr. Jennifer Herrmann is a board certified, fellowship-trained dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Herrmann graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned her medical degree from Harvard University. Dr. Herrmann completed her residency training at the University of Alabama where she pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in cutaneous oncology (skin cancer), was awarded the Walter P. Little Award for excellence in dermatology, and served as Chief Resident during her final year. She completed her Mohs micrographic and cosmetic surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco under the direction of Dr. Roy Grekin, a leader in the field.
Dr. Herrmann has received numerous research grants, has lectured to colleagues and the public on skin health, and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed studies and book chapters. With a particular interest in skin cancer prevention and early detection, she has organized multiple educational events and skin cancer screenings for her communities. During her training, Dr. Herrmann led the effort to successfully pass Alabama’s first state law that protects minors from the dangers of indoor tanning beds. Her passion for dermatology has been fueled by inspiring mentors, particularly Dr. Harley Haynes, and she now serves as a mentor herself, teaching dermatology residents at both the Keck School of Medicine, USC and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
In addition to treating most skin conditions, Dr. Herrmann specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery for removing skin cancer; facial reconstructive surgery; laser treatments for wrinkles, red and brown spots; facial rejuvenation with cosmetic fillers and botox; and treatments for leg veins and scarring.
Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology is widely regarded as one of the leading dermatology practices nationally. Led by board-certified dermatologists Drs. Ronald Moy, Edgar Fincher, Lisa Chipps and Jennifer Herrmann - MFC has helped tens of thousands of patients with their skin care needs. From medical dermatology conditions to cosmetic dermatology concerns, there’s little the dermatologists at MFC have not treated. So, who better to ask about the ideal skin care regime? Stop trying department store skin care products with little results. Ditch the Pinterest at home facial masks. In this series of Question & Answer Interviews we go straight to the nation’s leading skin care experts to find out their daily skin care regimen.
How would you describe your skin type?
Sensitive and combination
How would you describe your daily skincare regimen?
Simple! Less is definitely more when it comes to my skin care regimen. As a working mom, time is always a premium, so I use just a few products morning and night.
What is your morning routine?
I cleanse with a gentle cleanser, then apply an antioxidant lotion, followed by a DNA repair cream, and then tinted mineral-based sunscreen. I avoid additional powder or liquid foundations as I prefer a lighter, more natural appearance.
What is your nighttime routine?
I cleanse with a gentle or lightly exfoliating cleanser for brightening, then apply a growth factor serum and twice weekly a retinoid. If I need extra moisture, I use a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer.
What are your favorite skincare products?
- Drug store cleansers
- DNA EGF Regeneration Serum and Intensive Renewal Cream
- Skin Better Science Alto Defense Serum
- Caviar + Cashmere’s Hydraluxe Cream
If you can, what is your one skincare tips to live by?
Simplicity and not over-treating or over-stripping the skin of natural moisture. I also continue to scrutinize new products that hit the market, especially ones grounded in science. I’m intrigued by an emerging class of topicals that use probiotics to help restore healthy organisms to the skin, but currently, we aren’t there yet on product development. As we better elucidate the normal milieu of “bugs” living on healthy skin, I think we will be able to better treat many skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema more naturally by using products that restore these healthy organisms and reestablish balance as opposed to using synthetic medications that wipe out everything indiscriminately.
What other advice to you have to achieve and maintain healthy skin?
While a skin care routine is important, it’s best to compliment one with in-office treatments to maximize skin health and youthfulness. I love to work with my patients to develop programs that help them improve problem areas and achieve their skin health goals while being mindful of budgets and lifestyles. It’s a team effort!
Q: What inspired you to become a dermatologist?
A: Throughout childhood and college, I always had very active left and right brains. Whether it was persevering to better understand how something worked or covering canvases in abstract swaths of color, my passions were either left or right-brained, but rarely both. Not until I was introduced to medicine, did I realize that it required both the analytics that my left brain loved and the art that fueled its right counterpoint. Dermatology, especially, combines these elements perfectly, which keeps it challenging, inspirational, and fulfilling. In Mohs skin cancer surgery, for example, I use my more analytic side to precisely remove cancers, and then recruit my more artistic side to help design and use facial plastic surgery to thoughtfully reconstruct wounds, making scars almost disappear. In cosmetic surgeries, I use both a scientific understanding of tissue-product or tissue-laser interactions as well as an artistic eye to help restore more youthful, naturally refreshed appearances. Relying on both my analytic and artistic senses allows me to best help my patients achieve their healthy skin goals.
Q: Why did you decide to practice dermatology in Beverly Hills?
A: While Beverly Hills is synonymous with “best in class” service, some also associate it with an “overdone” look. I like the challenge of striving for the opposite. I strive to make patients feel and look like the best versions of themselves, not other people. I’m not afraid to tell someone “no,” when I don’t believe a treatment they seek is an appropriate option for them, and my motto is “less is more.” If a patient has a friend say, “nice Botox,” then I have done my job incorrectly. I want patients to look refreshed and more confident, but not “over-corrected” or obviously “done.”
Q: Do you specialize in a specific area of dermatology?
A: While I’m board certified in general dermatology, I have specific post-residency fellowship training in procedural dermatology. I do treat all skin conditions, but am most passionate and have more expertise in Mohs micrographic surgery, facial plastic reconstructive surgery, laser treatments, and injectable fillers and muscle relaxants like Botox.
Q: What makes Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics and Dermatology the leading dermatology practice in Beverly Hills?
A: All of our physicians are exceptionally well-trained, experienced, and strive to provide excellent care to all patients. We are conscientious, try to treat each patient with concierge level care, and give our honest opinions, even if that means “saying no.” With over 30 lasers and devices, we can select the correct and best devices to help smooth lines and tighten skin without having to make one laser fit all problems. This means fewer treatments and more successful results for patients.
Q: What is one piece of skin care advise you frequently offer to your patients in Beverly Hills?
A: Although every patient I see receives a personalized skin care plan, in general, I try to simplify regimens. Many patients bring in a bag of 7-10 skin care items they use, and I help them distill their routine to 2-4 products. I’m a big believer in science and help patients sift through marketing hype and find products that will best serve their individual skin needs. Routines that are too complicated make skin care a chore rather than lifestyle!
Q: What is your approach to providing patient care?
A: Honestly, I treat patients as I would my family and friends with respect, integrity, and thoughtfulness. It’s a privilege to work on the face, and I carefully listen to each patient’s concerns, address these specifically, and formulate a reasonable approach to help patients reach their goals. Whether it’s attacking acne, removing and repairing a skin cancer, or softening facial lines, my patients and I work as a team to help them feel and look more confident in healthier and happier skin!
Q: What is one of your favorite things to do in Beverly Hills?
A: I love exploring new restaurants. A favorite? Café Gratitude on Canon!
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