Gene Rubinstein, MD
Gene Rubinstein, MD, is a renowned Los Angeles medical and aesthetic dermatologist, certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He completed undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology. He graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine with honors. Dr. Rubinstein was a research fellow in lasers in dermatology at Harvard Medical School and completed his dermatology residency at U.C. Irvine. He opened Dermatology & Laser Centre in 2003. The practice has two locations: Studio City and Simi Valley.
What is your practice’s philosophy?
Our company philosophy is that we consider ourselves the gatekeepers for dermatology innovation and care. There are new medicines, injectables, lasers and other treatments that continuously come into the dermatology marketplace. Our mission is to stay on top of the latest developments in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and to bring our patients only the best, most effective treatments. Sometimes we are the first to introduce an exciting treatment, and sometimes we wait a year or two to make sure the treatment has proven itself. Many treatments we offer in the practice are the OG, the best in class, and we continue to offer them simply because they work.
What is your practice known for?
We specialize in a comprehensive array of dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and laser therapies. Our providers have a variety of expertise in specific areas—some are more focused on medical dermatology, acne, psoriasis and conditions of the aging skin, and others are experienced in skin cancer surgery, laser skin resurfacing or Ultherapy. Patients are treated by the most experienced providers in a specific concentration.
What are the most popular therapies and services you offer?
We offer many options for skin rejuvenation. Clear skin can be achieved by a combination of therapies that includes lasers, peels, skin care products and medical intervention. As the skin ages and the effects of the sun take hold, we see the appearance of brown spots and small blood vessels, fine lines and loss of collagen. At this stage there are multiple ways we can combat the aging process. To reverse the loss of volume, we can use fillers or energy-based devices such as Morpheus8 microneedling treatment, intense pulsed light therapy and Ultherapy. Sometimes what appear to be benign spots are actually precancerous or cancerous lesions, so we always make sure to know our patients’ skin and examine them carefully every time.
What products do your patients like most?
The RUBINSTEIN MD line was developed with our patients in mind. In addition to our antiaging offering, we have products that address sensitive skin, dry skin of the face and body, and oily skin. Our patients’ favorite sunscreen is Daily Defender CE. Vitamins C and E are used by the skin to produce collagen, which has an important antiaging function. In addition, these vitamins help improve the effectiveness of sunscreen for cancer prevention as well as aging. The melanin tint looks natural with any skin type. Our products, along with recommended regimens, are available on our website.
What are some ways we can use food as medicine?
With skin, it’s a bit more of what you don’t eat versus what you do eat. For example, foods with a high glycemic index—like pasta and cereal—have been shown to contribute to acne. Studies have shown cow’s milk to also have a negative effect on acne. So it is best to stay away from sugary cereal with milk and use a milk substitute in your latte. In addition, some skin conditions—such as rosacea—can be exacerbated by wine, chocolate or spicy foods. A healthy, plant-based diet along with fish is best for overall health. For psoriasis, the Mediterranean diet is recommended by the National Psoriasis Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology.
How does the ambience of your office make YOUR patients more comfortable?
We have a friendly environment, with a bit of a hip industry twist. Many of our patients have come to us for many years, and we treat their entire family. Much of our staff has also been with us for a long time, so we have gotten close throughout the years and even closer throughout the pandemic. It’s most rewarding to see our teenage patients grow up and now have families of their own! Relationships are important to us and make our patients feel valued.
What would patients be surprised to know about your practice?
Our practice is a training ground for up-and-coming physician assistants and other health care providers. Several members of our staff have gone on to PA or nursing/medical schools. We are bringing on two more university graduates who are on their way through their medical careers. We also offer dermatology rotations for PAs and shadow opportunities for aspiring medical students. We love what we do and enjoy helping others on their journey.