Going to the dermatologist is like going to the dentist, the gynecologist, and the optometrist. Yes, going to the dermatologist means going to the doctor (okay, maybe slightly more exciting), including all that a doctor’s appointment entails. You sit in a dreary waiting room and fill out a ton of paperwork, and the whole thing is just an ordeal. What if a derm visit could be easily achieved and effortless? That was precisely the vision of Dr. Nancy Samolitis and Danielle Nadick, co-founders of Facile Dermatology + Boutique in West Hollywood. It’s part dermatology office, part spa, part beauty boutique, and all facile (a word that literally means easily achieved and effortless). Needless to say, I was sold before even stepping in the door.
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The space is beautiful; unlike any dermatologist’s office I’ve ever seen before. But when choosing a dermatologist, you base your choice on the dermatologist. Dr. Samolitis has over 15 years of experience and immediately made me feel like I was in good hands. Plus, her office is basically my version of heaven—peel me, laser me, run needles all over my face—I want it all. And she does it all. Think everything from cortisone shots to Cryofacials to fillers.
I’ve been fighting a bout of acne, but when I ventured into Dr. Samolitis’s treatment room, she was full of solutions. She wrote me a prescription for a topical medication (Aczone) and an oral medication (Spironolactone) and sent me home with samples of an antibiotic to kick-start the acne fighting. That day she also introduced me to the Facile laser, a rejuvenating laser that improves skin texture and reduces redness—a quick and easy way to calm my breakouts.
To make matters even better, Facile is also part boutique. The shelves are stocked with products from brands like Avéne, Nia 24, and Malin+Goetz, and Facile’s own line (I’m personally a fan of its retinol). It’s a mix of dermatologist favorites like PCA skin (I highly recommend its Clearskin, $39) and natural brands like One Love Organics (its Cleansing Sponge, $10, is my go-to). An enjoyable dermatologist visit and beauty shopping? I’ll take it.
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