Singapore Dermatologist Dr. Teo Wan Lin
Meet Dr. Teo Wan Lin, an accredited Singapore dermatologist specialising in medical and aesthetic dermatology, who’s also the dermatologist behind the formulation of cosmeceutical skincare line Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals. She’s a practising dermatologist and medical director of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, which provides medical and cosmetic dermatology services. Follow her on Instagram here.
You have amazing skin, any dietary tips for healthy skin?
I start my day with a good breakfast filled with anti-oxidant rich food (which is really good for skin) such as raw salads drizzled with olive oil, smoked salmon and my favorite organic soy or almond drink. At the end of my day, I unwind with a good home-cooked meal with fresh herbs and salads harvested from my aeroponic vertical garden, or meet up with friends and family for a meal outside.
Can you tell us what being a dermatologist is like?
I start seeing patients about 9 am and finish at 6pm. I see patients for both medical and cosmetic/aesthetic dermatology concerns. Dermatologists are the only accredited skin specialists by the Ministry of Health who specialise in cosmetic (or aesthetic) dermatology procedures (find out about what a dermatologist is here). The conditions range from difficult to treat pigmentation issues, wrinkles, acne, ageing, hair loss to medical dermatology diagnoses such as eczema, psoriasis.In between my consultations I also perform surgeries for skin growths (such as cysts) as well as for skin cancers.
As a dermatologist, you see a large proportion of aesthetic dermatology patients, what is your take on aesthetic procedures?
In my office, I treat patients with customised, evidence-based aesthetic treatments using lasers and other technologies such as high-intensity focussed ultrasound, injectables (fillers and toxins) which work synergistically with my proprietary line of specialist dermatologist-grade cosmeceuticals, Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals.
What is your personal beauty and aesthetic philosophy as a dermatologist?
My philosophy as a dermatologist is not to drastically change one’s appearance, as I believe that it is our uniqueness and individuality that makes each of us beautiful, rather than have every woman pressured to conform to how the media makes them feel they should look like. My goal rather it is to restore skin health, reverse and slow down the skin ageing process, with non-invasive technologies in my clinic, and also with pharmaceutical grade skincare, in a way that women can also maintain themselves at home and take charge of their own skin health.
As a botany enthusiast, how does this link to your work as a dermatologist?
I also spend a lot of time researching about botany and the power of phytochemicals for skin health. I am also always on the lookout for unusual edible herbs to grow my current favorite is Artemisia Vulgaris (also known as mugwort) which I grow and also has anti-inflammatory properties for skin, it is is incorporated into the Miel Honey™ Cleanser which we have developed under our brand.