Dr. Wanner received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Professionally, she is a member of several associations including the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and Women's Dermatologic Society. She has co-authored numerous medical publications, is an invited guest speaker, and is frequently used as a clinical expert source for her expertise and knowledge.
How did your passion for dermatology come about?
I had a wonderful dermatologist who helped me with terrible acne, and I wanted to be like her. I also knew that I wanted a field that was both procedural and medical, and I wanted to see children and adults. Dermatology was the perfect fit.
How have you applied your background and experience to your own parenting challenges?
One of my children has atopic dermatitis (“eczema”). As a dermatologist, I know that she has to use sensitive skin products and apply moisturizer every day. Daily application of moisturizer helps prevent her eczema from flaring. However, as a parent, I know how hard it is to add one more step to the daily routine.
Early on, I received advice from a Montessori teacher to empower my children to be responsible and independent. For example, she recommended that I put their dishes and utensils in a low drawer in the kitchen so that they could set the table. I also put moisturizer next to the toddler bed so that they would learn to apply it themselves. They loved doing these tasks, and it also helped me save time too!
What is the #1 piece of expert advice you would love to share with new parents?
“Fragrance can disrupt an important part of the skin called the acid mantle which keeps the skin healthy and protects against infection. Avoiding fragrance is especially important in children who have atopic dermatitis or eczema.”
What are key features that you want in skin care products?
1. Superfood Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
“The Superfood Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is a safe wash without surfactants like sulfates. Surfactants strip the skin of moisture. Imagine a brick house with bricks and mortar: the mortar is the moisturizer, and it’s important not to remove it from the house so the house doesn’t fall apart!”
2. Soothing Baby Face Cream
“Creams like the Soothing Baby Face Cream create a layer over the skin barrier to help the body repair itself. Eczema, for example, develops if the skin barrier has broken down. Washing can strip the moisturizer in the skin and lead to a breakdown, which is why I love cream or lotion for baby’s skin.”
3. Organic Diaper Rash Cream
““The skin is truly an amazing organ. It’s like a raincoat and protects us from harm. However, if the raincoat becomes soaked or if the raincoat becomes irritated by ammonia in waste, it won’t work as well and will break down. The Organic Diaper Rash Cream adds another layer of protection. By adding an additional layer of protection, it helps baby’s skin stay healthy.”