Dr. Whitney Bowe is the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin (April 2018). She is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz. She and her work have been fea-tured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Al-lure, InStyle, Vogue, Elle, Reader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine. For more information, please visit https://drwhitneybowe.com
What do I do best?
People tell me every single day that I seem to have endless energy and motiva-tion. This is very likely because I often feel as though I’ve been given a second chance at living a healthy life, as I share in The Beauty of Dirty Skin. My sister lovingly calls me an octopus because I seem to have eight arms doing different things at once – personally and professionally! I believe that the thing I do best is to set goals in motion, plan a path to achieve them, and work towards them with a genuinely passionate and enthusiastic attitude that keeps everything in focus. This mentality and approach applies not only to my own goals, but to my patients’ goals as well. I am so inspired to share my knowledge and research surrounding healing your skin and body from the inside out and the outside in. I watch the transformation in my patients as we heal their skin through diet, lifestyle changes and the most effective products available – healthy radiant skin and a healthy, strong body often pave the way for substantial changes in every aspect of life. Witnessing and being a part of this transformation is so inspiring. It is the reason I wake up before the sun every morning to watch it rise. My days are truly filled with intention and passion to make an impact and a difference by educating peo-ple about skin health and the connection between your gut, brain, and skin for lasting and very attainable health benefits.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I never compromise my integrity, first and foremost. As a doctor and a media ex-pert, my opinion can truly impact people’s decisions about their health – the foods they eat, the sun protection they use, and the skincare products they select. I don’t take that responsibility lightly – I take it very much to heart. If I offer an opinion or make a product recommendation, I always do my due diligence. I will personally test EVERY product and pour through the data… reading each line of the studies supporting (or failing to support) the product’s claims. The reason I started my Dr. Whitney’s Picks page (https://drwhitneybowe.com/dr-whitneys-picks/) was to be able to share this information in an easy, accessible way. People rely on the information I share and I want to always stand behind my recommen-dations. I am here to empower my audience through information and doing that job with passion and integrity makes me the best version of myself.
What are my aspirations?
On a personal level, I aspire to inspire my 6 year old daughter, Maclane, to not only believe in herself, but to believe that her dreams are possibilities through hard work and an action plan. There is nothing that brings me more joy than set-ting a goal, and achieving it. That sense of accomplishment, especially if it re-quires hours of work/commitment, is just the most empowering feeling. I want my daughter to experience that inner strength. I want to inspire her to set goals and to pursue her dreams. I want her to learn that sometimes, failing is part of the journey to success. I want her to learn that fear can be overcome by taking a step forward. I believe that living your goals and dreams is where true happiness lies.
On a professional level, my goal is to empower people through education, infor-mation, and the most effective tools available, to face the world—quite literally—feeling their best and ready to take on new challenges. I live by the plan I share in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, and it has changed my life. When I saw the amazing transformations in my patients as well, I wanted to reach as many peo-ple as possible with this book. You will not only have radiant skin, but the “side effects” of my plan include increased energy, increased focus, lowered stress lev-els, and even weight loss! It’s a guide to overall wellness that is easy to follow and to understand. Making these changes had such a profound impact on my life, I can’t wait to help others feel the same way.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success is the completion of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. This book is the culmination of over a decade of my life’s work and I am so excited to finally be able to share all of this information! In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, I share proven methods to achieve healthy skin on any budget. My integrative approach to der-matology is unique because I address chronic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and even premature aging, from the inside out and from the outside in. I don’t simply place a band-aid on the issue by prescribing a medication. I help my readers to address the underlying cause of these conditions to get right to the root of the issue for lasting, healthy skin. My 3-week plan to healthy, radiant skin is very accessible and realistic – it really works and that is the best part!
My Most Challenging Moment?
As I share in The Beauty of Dirty Skin, I faced a life threatening illness when I was just ten years old. A “bad bug” – a parasite – made its way into my intestines from fish I had eaten on a family vacation. It made me incredibly sick and caused chronic pain. Even worse, the doctors were unable to find it. They treated me with antibiotic after antibiotic which destroyed the healthy bacteria in my gut, leaving behind an infection kind of bad bacteria called C. diff. We had no idea if I would survive. My body fought back and my will fought back even harder. When I came out of that ordeal, I not only wanted to fight for my health every day of my life, but I also wanted – needed – to understand more about the balance between our body’s “good bugs” and “bad bugs” and their impact upon our health. This start-ed me down the journey to my life’s work – all of which led to my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin. In my book, by “dirty” I mean the healthy bacteria that thrive on our skin and in our gut – which are essential to our skin health and overall health.
You choose to be happy. You make that choice every day.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
One of the people who impacted every aspect of my life and who I am today was my father, Dr. Frank Bowe. He became completely deaf when he was three years old, as a result of a childhood illness. He was able to speak, but he sounded “dif-ferent” in the sense that his voice lacked the typical inflections that hearing peo-ple use when speaking. His peers (and adults) assumed he was not smart or ca-pable because he was deaf. He spent a lot of time alone. Thankfully, one teacher believed in him. She had his IQ tested and it turned out to be incredibly high. She empowered him to believe in himself and what he was capable of achieving. Once he started down this path, he graduated from college, pursued his PhD at NYU, met my mother, who was studying sign language, fell in love, and started our family.
My mom became a sign language interpreter and therapist for special needs chil-dren while my dad tirelessly and passionately pursued his goal of changing the world for people with disabilities. He led a nationwide protest which ultimately led to the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a couple, my mom and dad shared a dream to help the world to see the value of the person behind a disability. This perspective is part of the fabric of who I am and how I see the world and the peo-ple around me – their abilities and potential.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Anywhere warm and sunny! I love to travel to warm destinations with my family so that we can enjoy the pool, beach, and the relaxing island pace. Of course, I always pack my floppy hat, sunscreen, and UPF bathing suit to keep my skin healthy and sunsafe! Some of my favorite destinations are Aruba, Turks and Cai-cos, The North Fork and The Hamptons, where we have a summer home.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I am asked for my product recommendations all the time – so I share them on my Dr. Whitney’s Picks page: https://drwhitneybowe.com/dr-whitneys-picks/! I share recommendations for women, men, and children – something for everyone. My page includes my favorite makeup, hair care products, skincare products, and self care, pampering items as well. I use and love every one of these products, have reviewed the science behind each skincare product in depth, and recommend these products to my patients and family.
My Current Passions?
Speaking at intimate events. I’ve spent 10 years treating patients one on one and I love that intimacy and authentic bond. I’ve also spoken to millions through my appearance on GMA, RR, Dr Oz. But right now, I’m truly loving connecting with people in smaller, intimate settings like health and wellness events that limit the attendance to between 50 and 150 people. I love the energy and exchange of ideas in that kind of setting.