Dr. Sheu, MD, FAAD is a board-certified medical dermatologist. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and particularly enjoys getting to know the families and friends of her patients. She does not practice cosmetic dermatology (which focuses on skin beauty rather than skin health).

Locations

Dr. Sheu practices at Valley Medical Center's Maple Valley clinic on Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road. The reception desk is shared with Urgent Care. Please note, the clinic has moved and Valley Medical Center no longer offers dermatology services in Covington.

Products

I am often asked for skin care recommendations and am happy to share the names of products that I personally enjoy. 

This list is based on my personal experiences. It does not constitute medical advice nor does it reflect an endorsement by my employer. 

A cosmetic dermatology office, an aesthetician, or an associate at Sephora or Ulta would be a better resource for a personalized step-by-step skincare routine. As an Amazon Associate I earn [peanuts] from qualifying purchases.

Prices are approximate. 

Last updated on 5/2/24

Sunscreens:

  • Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50+ - Korean sunscreen, my current favorite. Great texture, finish is smooth and not greasy. Note: uses newer UV filters that are not approved in the US (the FDA has not approved a new sunscreen ingredient in decades).
  • La Roche Posay Melt-In Milk SPF 100 – chemical sunscreen. Reasonable price on Amazon, especially when they have a $5 coupon. Good texture, easy to spread, excellent protection.
  • Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – nice texture, expensive, as a result, recommended only for face 
  • Coola Sun Silk Drops - nice texture, easy to spread, also expensive. I use on face only because it is pricey.
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 - cosmetically elegant mineral sunscreen. Official active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Like many "mineral" sunscreens, it also contain in its inactive ingredients list butyloctyl salicylate, which is very similar in chemical structure to the FDA-approved (and regulated) chemical sunscreen ingredient octisalate.

Face wash:

  • Cerave Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser – a little goes a long way
  • La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Wash ($15.99 for 13.6 oz) – a little goes a long way 
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Face Wash (usually under $10 on Amazon) – I use this when I am breakout-prone. This is salicylic acid-based. Not as popular as the Paula's Choice BHA toner that went Tik Tok viral but this does the job at a nicer price point. 
  • Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Removing Face Wash - I use this only on very oily areas such as the T zone, sometimes does too good of a job at removing oil (you should stop if your skin gets too dry). Not linking because it was way overpriced on Amazon versus the store at the time of this writing.

Face lotion:

  • SkinFix Barrier+ Triple Lipid Peptide Cream - pricey but nice for very dry facial skin. Sephora carries a mini size so you can try a less expensive smaller quantity before you buy.
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream – large quantity, can use as a face and body moisturizer
  • Walmart Equate Beauty Moisturizing Cream – “dupe” for Cerave Moisturizing Cream

Body lotion:

  • Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm – good for hands and very dry skin on the body. Absorbs better than most ointment-type moisturizers
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream – good for normal and dry skin
  • Walmart Equate Beauty Moisturizing Cream – “dupe” for Cerave Moisturizing Cream
  • Vanicream Moisturizing Cream - good for sensitive, allergy-prone skin. Recommended for use on the body (not the face).
  • Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair - good for dry and cracked heels 
  • Amlactin Daily Moisturizing Lotion - for keratosis pilaris (rough and bumpy skin) on the arms and legs. Must be used daily to see a smoothing effect, but as with all keratosis pilaris, this effect is temporary (e.g., it only works when you use it consistently). Cheapest to buy in bulk at Costco if you like it.

Sensitive, highly allergic skin:

  • Products by the brand Vanicream and Free & Clear – includes the Moisturizing Cream, Cleansing Bar, Gentle Body Wash, Antiperspirant, Shampoo, Conditioner

Antiaging:

  • Adapalene (either by the brand Differin or La Roche Posay) – use 3 nights a week to start, slowly work up to daily use. Use with a daily moisturizer to mitigate dryness and irritation. Marketed for acne but slightly helpful for fine lines and skin discoloration as well. This should not be used by people who are pregnant.

Antiaging (stuff I've tried that I haven't personally loved)

  • CeraVe AM - I find this to be drying
  • CeraVe PM - Not moisturizing enough  
  • Burt's Bees Firming Night Cream - weird smell and doesn't absorb well into my skin
  • CLn Acne Cleanser - drying, I prefer Neutrogena Oil Free Face Wash which also contains salicylic acid but is less drying and much cheaper