Dr. Howard Murad: Dermatologist. Pharmacist. Nineteen patent-holding skincare pioneer. Author. Painter. Cook. Life coach? If you attend one of his newly launched Inclusive Health Retreats, you might think so. Since he founded Murad Skincare in 1989, Dr. Murad has developed holistic theories of skincare to complement his extensive knowledge of topical treatments. “I always say, healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness,” says the doctor, who launched dietary supplements in 1995. Since 2003, Dr. Murad has written four books that include not only skincare advice but also recipes and nutritional tips, plus his inspirational quotes and original paintings. Today, he continues to treat the whole person both at his Los Angeles spa and his retreats. The Sephora Glossy caught up with Dr. Murad to hear more of his inside-out wisdom. HOLLY SIEGEL

	What’s the best way to sum up your skincare philosophy?
	The number one problem with medicine today is spot treatment: focusing on the disease or condition instead of the patient. What is needed is an approach that treats the whole patient. I call this approach Inclusive Health, which is based on the principle that in order to have beautiful skin you must truly be healthy and happy.

	How would you describe how you’ve brought your holistic approach of Inclusive Health to your skincare products?
	From the beginning, I knew I wanted skin health to be synonymous with the health of the body overall. When I first began my practice, I was one of the first to employ an esthetician and also one of the first to open a medical spa, which I called Sense of Self. It was opened to allow patients to focus on themselves as a whole instead of just their skin’s appearance. 
	As it relates to skincare, our products contain all the elements to make the skin as healthy as possible, such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and hydrators. On top of that, we add the appropriate ingredients to address specific problems, whether that be acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, etc. The whole idea behind IH is that we need to take a 360-degree approach to everything that we do.

	You have such a laissez-faire approach to skincare, but what would you say is the biggest mistake women make in caring for their skin?
	My approach often seems laissez faire because I don’t believe in telling someone that they have to do something. Each person should do what they feel comfortable with and what they feel works best for them—this is when you see the best results. On a more specific note, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not to treat their skin at night, as this is when your body is repairing itself.

	What recent developments in skincare are you most excited about?
	Because skin health is a reflection of overall health, the next advances in skincare will come through lifestyle modifications, such as my Inclusive Health System, that bring about a fundamental improvement in health. In fact, preliminary analysis of a recent 24-week Inclusive Health pilot study suggests measurable changes in genetic expression that are consistent with an improvement in overall health, cellular health, and suppression of aging factors. 

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    I’ve used Murad’s acne-clearing and anti-redness lines. I tend to mix and match products - it isn’t really recommended,...
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