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Facially Conscious™

Facially Conscious™

"Get the Skinny on all things Skin!"
A one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes look at all things skin care, ingredients, esthetics, and dermatology from those who actually know. 4 Skincare Authorities. 4 Points-of-View. 10 Decades of Experience. All at your fingertips. Just click 'play'. When it comes to the skin we've heard it all. Now you can, too.

Dr. Vicki Rapaport- The Beverly Hills Dermatologist
Rebecca Gadberry - The Legendary Skin Care Pioneer
Trina Renea - The Skin Master
Julie Falls - The Highly Educated Consumer

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Bella Fill and Other Nose Enhancements: What You Need to Know, featuring Dr. Alexander Rivkin and Dr. Brandyn Dunn

Bella Fill and Other Nose Enhancements: What You Need to Know, featuring Dr. Alexander Rivkin and Dr. Brandyn Dunn

May 23, 2023

This week we are doubling up with not one but two guest hosts, first-time host Dr. Alexander Rivkin & returning host Dr. Brandyn Dunn. Join forces with Dr. Rivkin and Dr. Dunn as they uncover the ins and outs of nose fillers…

Beauty Unlocked: Celebrity Esthetician Trina Renea Reveals the Secrets to Being a Great Esthetician

Beauty Unlocked: Celebrity Esthetician Trina Renea Reveals the Secrets to Being a Great Esthetician

May 16, 2023

Trina Renea shares her expertise on the benefits of professional facials, including personalized skincare routines, deep pore cleansing, and specialized treatments that can't be achieved at home. She also highlights the impo…

Lighting Up Your Skin: The Alma Hybrid Laser with Dr. James Wang

Lighting Up Your Skin: The Alma Hybrid Laser with Dr. James Wang

May 9, 2023

Get ready to delve into the world of cutting-edge laser technology with Dr. James Wang, our resident expert from Metropolis Dermatology. In this episode, Dr. Wang shares his latest findings on the Alma Hybrid Laser, from its…

Nutrition, Rosacea, Acne & Inflammation with Elissa Goodman

Nutrition, Rosacea, Acne & Inflammation with Elissa Goodman

May 2, 2023

From rosacea and acne to probiotics and diet, we talk about it all with integrative holistic nutritionist, Elissa Goodman. LIKE, FOLLOW & REVIEW US ON YOUTUBE , INSTAGRAM , & WHERE YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS ! Send us an EMAIL t…

Rosacea and Lasers with Dr. James Wang

Rosacea and Lasers with Dr. James Wang

April 25, 2023

Is There a Laser That Can Help Control Rosacea? Yes, there is! Our resident laser expert, Dr. James Wang of Metropolis Dermatology, joins us to discuss which lasers he recommends to treat rosacea, what they do, the results …

Flushing & Blushing Rosacea Triggers, Plus Skincare Ingredients That Calm Rosacea

Flushing & Blushing Rosacea Triggers, Plus Skincare Ingredients That Calm Rosacea

April 18, 2023

Almost 70-percent of rosacea episodes are triggered by what you put on your skin. Learn which ingredients you might want to avoid and which ones could help calm the heat and redness common with this skin disorder when our re…

Recent Blog Posts

Drugs & Cosmetics That Cause Flushing & Blushing

Almost 70 percent of rosacea episodes are triggered by flushing and blushing caused by drugs and cosmetic ingredients, according to the National Rosacea …

Is IR good or bad for skin?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that infrared light 'curdles' collagen. One savvy listener called me out on it. So here's a little more info about the ray o…

April is National Rosacea Awareness Month!

We're celebrating National Rosacea Awareness Month in a big way this April! Every episode will offer valuable insights, from how to identify the signs (t…

About the Hosts

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Dr James Wang

Board-Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist

Guest | Dr. Wang is a Harvard and UCLA-trained double board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. He specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancers, psoriasis, eczema, and acne (including the safe use of Accutane). He is also an expert in anti-aging skin care, injectables, as well as laser treatments for scars, sunspots, and broken blood vessels. He has been named each year as Superdoctor, Top Doctor, and Top Dermatologist in various publications in the Los Angeles area.
He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and, concurrently, his MBA in healthcare policy from Harvard Business School.
From Boston, he came to southern California to complete his medical internship at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center and his dermatology residency training at UCLA. His interest in the microscopic diagnosis of skin conditions ultimately led him to complete a clinical fellowship in dermatopathology at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell/NY-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is a specialist in diagnosing skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, as well as given presentations at national and international conferences. The Pacific Dermatology Association awarded him the Arnold W. Gurevich Prize. In addition, he received an international grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to staff an infectious disease and complex medical dermatology clinic in Gabarone, Botswana.
He has trained with top cosmetic injectors in Los Angeles, both at UCLA and in Hollywood. He specializes in the natural-appearing injection of neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport. In addition, he injects Sculptra, Restylane, Voluma, Volbella, and Juvederm. His focus is on symmetry and subtle rejuvenation of the face and lips. He is a firm believer in dermal fillers being used to refresh and lift the face, not to create overfilled cheeks and duck lips.
Dr. Wang loves the warm weather and friendly people of southern California. He enjoys good food, international travel, skiing, and golf. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Jan Marini

Founder & Chairman

Guest | JAN MARINI, Founder and Chairman
Jan Marini, founder of Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., is one of the most respected names in professional skin care – having founded the professionally dispensed market with MD Formulations / MD Forte followed by the founding of Jan Marini Skin Research in 1994. Since that time, she has formed associations with some of the world’s leading physicians and research scientists to develop cutting edge solutions to today’s most common skin concerns, including a host of technological firsts and has been awarded numerous patents. In 2019 Jan was recognized as one of the top 20 Innovators in the Aesthetic space by NewBeauty Magazine.

Jan has been frequently featured on television and in print media. Her extensive knowledge and status has made her a sought after speaker at events and conferences including presenting at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, The UCSF Plastic Surgery Alumni Conference and The Dermatology Nurses Association.

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Dr. Ben Talei

Head & Neck Surgeon

Guest | A native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in physiological sciences, receiving both college and departmental honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain.
He then received his medical degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools – University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society after having donated immense amounts of time and energy to the free clinic in San Diego, along with other charitable foundations.

Dr. Talei then completed his residency training in head & neck surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, Cornell University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital. There, he worked with some of the most prominent facial plastic surgeons, including his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. Dr. Talei then served as chief in his residency at Columbia University and Cornell University. He also served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the unique group of surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. First, he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously, he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the resident head and neck surgeons at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training with Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes and Throat Hospitals. There he treated the most rare and devastating vascular birthmarks and congenital anomalies while refining his techniques in pediatric facial plastic surgery. Dr. Talei is dual board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Following his pursuit to educate growing surgeons, Dr. Talei has become an International Professor for facial plastic surgery for the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico which is one of the top plastic surgery training programs in the country along with a rich history of education. Surgeons from all around the world visit the Beverly Hills Center on a weekly basis to learn Dr. Talei’s techniques. Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee. Dr. Talei is also the Advisory Chair for the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA).

Dr. Talei is also an avid author and speaker. He has been invited to speak at national meetings and has contributed significantly to medical literature with his research and publications in medical journals and textbooks. His publications on advanced face and neck lifting techniques and revision rhinoplasty are used to teach doctors nationwide. As a sub-specialist in deep plane facial rejuvenation, facelifting and minimally invasive rhinoplasty, Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. The modified upper lip lift also known as the deep plane upper lip lift is also a procedure pioneered and perfected by Dr. Talei, as he performs more than any surgeon in the world. He is most well-known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Dr. Talei has a dedicated expertise to the face, and he has been featured on E! News, Fox, NBC and Inside Edition, amongst a host of other editorials. Dr. Talei is also a member of the editorial board of Modern Aesthetic magazine.

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Dr. Brandyn Dunn

Plastic Surgeon

Guest | Dr. Brandyn Dunn is a fellowship trained facial plastic and
reconstructive surgeon practicing in Newport Beach, CA.
He grew up in Hawaii where he received his masters in public
health and medical degree from the University of Hawaii. After
medical school, he moved to Southern California where he
completed residency training in Head and Neck Surgery at the
prestigios University of California, Irvine. Following residency,
he was selected for a highly coveted fellowship in Facial Plastic an
d Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas. Dr. Dunn has
a passion for rhinoplasty and aging face surgery and is committed to
achieving elegant and natural results.

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Dr. Nayan Patel


Guest | For over three decades, Dr. Nayan Patel has been devoted
to unlocking the key to logevity and good health as one ages.
A critical compnent is the body's naturally occurring Master
Antioxidant Glutathione, which ensures that the immune
system functions properly and is essential for tussue building
and repair and making nexessary chemicals and proteins
needed in the body. Glutathione (GSH) supports liver health
and detoxidication, improves athletic performance, and speeds
up recovery, boosts immune function, increases and improves
sleep, and so much more. Now that same tissue-rebuilding,
detoxifying power of Glutathione is producing real results in
the skincare world. Glutathione can defend the skin from
environmental stress and prevent signs of aging and detoxify
the skin from existing damage with groundbreaking products
which are new on the market. It's all due to the delivery system
that infuses the skin with this powerful antioxidant in a
cutting-edge way : sub-nano tchnology - so that it can reach
the inner layers of the skin, making it much more efficient.

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Shani Darden

Esthetician + Skin Expert

Guest | Considered the secret behind Hollywood's most flawless faces,
expert esthetician Shani Darden sets herself apart with her results
- oriented approach to skin care. Her passion for simple, yet
effective solutions has earned her clients' trust and respect in
a town where beauty, health, and wellness standards are high.
Shani trained as an esthetician under a leading dermatologist,
eventually going out on her own. She developed a passion for
creating products she could not find, sending clients home with
custom-made formulas between visits. Her Retinol Reform serum
quickly built a huge celebrity following. Today, Shani is sharing
her proven formulas and trusted expertise so people everywhere
can achieve their best skin. In June 2019, Shani opened her first
flagship studio in Beverly Hills where she treats clients, develops
high-performance formulas and shares her expertise with her
followers on social media.

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Mindy S. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Independent Cosmetic Consultant, R & D, Scientific Affairs

Guest | Dr. Goldstein is a consultant in the personal care, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries working with small to large ingredient and finished good companies. Her specialties include researching and developing bioactive ingredients, developing ingredient strategies for innovative products, producing technical presentations, assisting with INCI nomenclature submissions, and provides expert witness work in legal issues. She is a member of numerous professional and scientific organizations including the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, where she has twice served as national president, and the Personal Care Product Council's (PCPC) Nomenclature Committee, where she is chair of the subcommittee that approves ingredient names for new materials in the areas of biotechnology, botanicals and ferments.

Dr. Mindy received her Bachelor of Science with honors in Biochemistry, Masters of Science in Pathology and Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences in the area of UV and gamma radiation damage to DNA and DNA repair from New York University. She has been credited with more than eleven publications in scientific journals and books and has been awarded patents in the area of raw materials, encapsulation and controlled release.

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Dr. Mark Lees

Clinical esthetician, author, educator, product developer

Guest | Professional esthetics icon, Dr. Mark Lees, whose eponymous multi-award winning clinical skincare spa is located in Pensacola, Florida, is a regular guest on Facially Conscious. One of the world's most noted skincare specialists, Dr. Lees is an award-winning esthetician, product developer, esthetics educator and author who has taught thousands of estheticians, nurses and doctors during his 30+ year career.

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Doris Day, M.D., F.A.A.D., M.A.

Board-Certified Dermatologist and Founder of Day Dermatology & Aesthetics

Guest | Dr. Doris Day is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Day Dermatology & Aesthetics in New York City. Highly sought after for her clinical expertise, she regularly lectures at national and international medical and aesthetic meetings, teaching other physicians the art and techniques of soft tissue fillers, laser treatments and facial rejuvenation with a focus on the importance of assessment and understanding the global aesthetic. In addition, she consults on product development and marketing strategies for such companies as Allergan, Galderma, Merz, L'Oreal, and P&G, where she serves on medical advisory boards and training panels to help grow their brands.

Between 2004 and 2018, Dr. Day published three books for consumers: 100 Questions and Answers About Acne (2004), Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with Dr. Day’s Revolutionary Four-Step Program for Ageless Skin (2006), and Beyond Beautiful: Using the Power of Your Mind and Aesthetic Breakthroughs to Look Naturally Young and Radiant (2018); and has hosted her own award-winning two-hour live call-in radio show for Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio since 2008.

Her specialties include laser dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, product development, and medical/broadcast journalism.

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Julie Falls

The Highly-Educated Consumer

Co-host | From the surf of Miami to the hills of Hollywood, Julie Falls spends her days working in the entertainment industry and the rest of her time questing after all things skin throughout Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and anywhere her job takes her. She is the ultimate super-curious and highly-educated consumer our listeners can relate to - making her the perfect counterpart to the rest of the Facially Conscious team. Known as Julie.com (@juliefdotcom) to her friends, she knows way more than she should for someone who’s never gone pro. In fact, for every skin care product, procedure, ingredient, or tool out there, there’s a good chance Julie’s already looked into it. If there’s a question about skin or skin care, Julie.com’s the one to ask it - and the highly skilled pros at Facially Conscious are the ones to answer.

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Trina Renea

The Skin Master

Co-host | When Trina Renea became an esthetician she realized the key to success was lifelong learning - a goal that sets her apart from most skin care practitioners. 

For over 30 years, she’s explored the fields of cosmetic chemistry, medical esthetics, dermatology, and plastic surgery, becoming an expert in a wide expanse of professional skin care brands, equipment, and treatments. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists with three certifications in cosmetic sciences from UCLA and continues to attend spa, medical, esthetic, and scientific conferences worldwide.

Now considered a skin master due to her broad expertise, Trina is a consultant to the Southern California beauty industry and medical esthetic community, selecting and training staff, developing treatments, guiding product selection, and helping professionals best serve their clients. 

In 2004, she founded the Facial Bungalow, a clinical spa offering advanced skin care technologies where she continues to work one-on-one with clients to this day. In 2008 she created Trina Renea Skincare.

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Rebecca Gadberry, LE, FSCC

Our resident cosmetic scientist and marketing and regulatory expert

Co-host | Rebecca Gadberry is a skin care industry legend valued as one of its preeminent ingredient authorities. At the forefront of many of our most popular skin care trends (AHAs, barrier repair, multi-antioxidants, pollution protection, free-from lists, blue light protection, peptides, microbiome, epigenetics, bespoke, and on and on) as well as one of the original cosmetic science communicators and ‘myth-busters’, she has received numerous awards for her work as an educator, journalist, skin researcher, and product developer - including being named the first Marketing Fellow of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (FSCC) and the 13th licensed esthetician in California. During her 55-year career, she has been a leader in the growth of skin care from a luxury reserved for the rich to a 'must' for anyone with skin. She has developed over 1500 cosmetic products sold nationally and internationally in the spa, medical, on-air, direct, and natural product channels, published over 600 articles in consumer and professional journals and scientific texts, and taught the ground-breaking cosmetic science program at UCLA to thousands of industry professionals worldwide. Retiring from skincare in 2015, this passionate truth-teller has come back to address the exorbitant amount of misinformation plaguing the cosmetic sector, online and off. In 2023, Rebecca returned to teach the cosmetic science program at UCLA and is now Director of Product Development and Education at YG Laboratories, the company from which she retired as CEO in 2015. She is excited to be working with a team of innovative cosmetic chemists utilizing new, sustainable raw materials and advanced biologically-focused ingredients to deliver skincare results that were not possible eight years ago.

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Vicki Rapaport, MD

The Beverly Hills Dermatologist

Co-host | The scion of a famous dermatology family, Vicki Rapaport, M.D. (‘Dr. Vicki’ as she’s known to her patients and friends) has been in the dermatology field since the time she could first help out at her father’s Beverly Hills practice in the early 1980’s. Now the derm-in-chief, she sees thousands of patients a year, each one unique in their own way. She has consulted in product, procedure, and treatment development for successful medispas and skin care brands has appeared as an authority on infomercials and TV shows and has published articles on everything from the effects of the sun and its harmful rays to eyelid dermatitis and topical steroid addiction. Dr. Vicki is dedicated to bringing honest, clear-cut facts to our Facially Conscious listeners - info that could cost hundreds if she shared it during an appointment in her office.