For me, this holiday is a chance to celebrate the collage of memories of the past year that made my heart sing. One of the biggest highlights was when Nicki asked me to join the FutureDerm team, which granted me the privilege of writing for some of the most sincere, fervent, and emotionally resonant readers I’ve ever met. Therefore, this post will be about you guys, just because you’re a reader.
T – Tretinoin
In Spotlight on: Tretinoin, which has a total of EIGHT comments, Harriet stated, “Your blog is my new obsession.”
Thank you, Harriet.
In What is Retinol Metabolism, which has a total of SIXTEEN comments, Mary stated, “Thanks, John! I have both Finacea and 0.025 Retin-A, so thank you for the advice!”
You’re welcome, Mary. And thank you.
H – Hydroxy Acids
In Hydroxy Acids Part II, which has a total of EIGHTEEN comments, Rachel stated, “I love these educational articles. I learn so much that guides my next product choices and may illuminate why some products work for me and some do not.”
I’m so glad. Thank you, Rachel.
In Hydroxy Acids Part IV, which has a total of NINE comments (14 tweets, and 88 likes; the most ever for me!), Janine stated, “You are always so kind and tolerant… God, I wish you could visit my medicine cabinet.”
You guys bring out the best in me. So thank you, Janine.
A – Ascorbic Acid (L-enantiomer)
In Spotlight On: L-Ascorbic Acid, which has a total of SEVEN comments, Karen stated, “Is there any ingredient we should avoid when using vitamin C products? A few sources say we need to avoid sodium benzoate.”
Not only did you bring up an interaction that I’ve never seen before, you also inspired Nicki to write an entire post about this topic. Thank you, Karen.
N – Niacinamide
In Spotlight On: Vitamin B3, which has a total of TWENTY-TWO comments, Rafael stated, “As always one more post of extreme refinement and with excellent information… Thanks again for your attention.”
You guys will always have my attention, no matter what. Thank you, Rafael.
In Should Niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid Be Used Together, which has a total of SEVENTY-ONE comments (the most ever on a non-giveaway post; 2nd overall), Eileen stated, “Not only was the post itself of great interest, but so were your thoughtful responses to all the questions.”
Janine stated, “Thanks for caring, and I honestly mean that.”
Sarah stated, “Thanks for another great post. You’re my favorite contributor to FutureDerm!”
Peach stated, “YOU’RE THE BEST!! I trust you.”
France stated, “Thank you so much John for taking the time to read everybody’s comments and replying… Peach wrote “I trust you” at the end of her comment above… I feel the same!!!”
Berk stated, “This is such a great post! John, you are truly gifted in skincare!”
Kaye stated, “All I can say is WOW! You’re amazing!!”
Eileen, Janine, Sarah, Peach, France, Berk, Kaye, and Kaye… what can I say to all of that; to all of you? Thank you, everyone. Really.
K – Kolor (Color)
In My Top Liquid Face Makeup Products from Sephora, which has a total of EIGHTEEN comments, AwwRITE stated, “This is an amazing post! I’m so happy to see so many foundations reviewed on one page.”
Thank you, AwwRITE.
S – Sunscreen
In Are Inorganic Sunscreens Better Than Organic Ones Part II, which has a total of ELEVEN comments, SFS stated, “Thank you John, beautiful explanations! I can’t wait for next week’s post!”
Your enthusiasm fans the flames of mine. Thank you, SFS.
In Are Inorganic Sunscreens Better Than Organic Ones Part III, which has a total of FOURTEEN comments, Matheus stated, “Well done, just perfect. Dermatologists in Brazil should read this.”
I really hope to become a dermatologist one day. Thank you, Matheus.
In Are Inorganic Sunscreens Better Than Organic Ones Part V, which hasa total of FOURTY-SIX comments, Sarah stated, “What an excellent series! I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single part. Thanks for writing such an information and educational piece.”
Linda stated, “I appreciate all of your research and your generosity in sharing your hard work! You’re the best, John! What a treasure to find all of my research (months) in one place and one person to tie all my loose ends and questions together! I actually just felt relief from the confusion!! Best of luck in your skin care pursuits!!!!”
Chloe stated, “I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog posts.”
Thank you, Sarah, Linda, and Chloe. Your candor and gratitude are without bounds.
In How does Octinoxate Degrade Avobenzone, which has a total of TWELVE comments, Lucas stated, “Great post! This is valuable knowledge that isn’t shared very often, and that’s why I like your posts so much, it’s relevant information that you don’t find everywhere.”
I really try to find interesting concepts while reinforcing established ones. So thank you, Lucas.
In This or That: A Brief Look at Lightweight Sunscreens, which has a total of TWENTY-THREE comments, Erika stated, “Thank you!!!! When you become a dermatologist, can you move to San Francisco so I can be one of your patients?!”
Sarah stated, “Excellent investigative work, John! Thanks so much for another great post! I think another reason why your writing generates such positive feedback is because you are always so responsive to us readers, and your answers are always thorough and helpful. I cannot wait for your next post.”
Thank you, Erika and Sarah. I hope to never disappoint any of you guys.
Alas, we’ve reached the end of the word THANKS.
It also just so happens that Tretinoin, Hydroxy Acids, Ascorbic Acid (L-enantiomer), Niacinamide, Kolor (Color), and Sunscreens represent the five classes of ingredients that I believe, make up the ideal skin care routine: Retinoids, hydroxy acids, antioxidants, niacinamide, and sunscreens. There will be an Ideal Routine Page on my blog that consists of roughly 28 separate posts branching away from the central portal. Currently, the page is empty. However, in the coming months, I plan to release the relevant information section-by-section. So stay tuned! And a tangible way for you guys to thank me is to follow my blog and help it expand.
Oh, and a tangible way for ME to thank you guys is to have a GIVEAWAY! It will run for approximately a month, and will be based on the Sephora Favorites Lash Stash. However, my version will include different mascaras for you guys to try, including two full-sized ones, along with the infamous Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler! If you’ve ever wanted to try that, now is the time! Please see the linked post on my blog for additional information.
This year has been a distinguished one, and once again, I thank each and every one of you for contributing to my joy.