As a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Modern Dermatology in Seattle, I spend my day doing procedures and my patients need products they can trust to help heal their skin afterward. After years of looking for safe, clean, effective products, I could not find anything I felt comfortable recommending. Available options are either hypoallergenic but then filled with ingredients that accumulate in us and in our world or “natural” but filled with common allergens. I needed products that were safe, effective, selective, and sustainable. They did not exist so I decided to make them.
After three years of developing my formula and hundreds of phone calls to manufacturers who would accommodate my selective ingredients and packaging requirements, I launched my Healing Balm in 2015. What was originally intended to be used as a healing ointment by fellow dermatologists but has been embraced by the beauty industry, the entertainment industry, and even the tattoo industry thanks to the myriad of ways it can be used to treat even the most fragile skin.
My Healing Balm contains only three ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (food), Castor Wax (shelter), and Glycerin (water.) These are the three things you and your skin need to survive. Glycerin is a powerful humectant that pulls water out of the air and keeps that water in your skin. This is really important because your skin can only heal if it has enough water in it. Meanwhile, the Castor Seed Oil provides essential building blocks for your skin while the Castor Wax is a protectant that prevents water loss and anything getting into healing skin that could irritate it.
Here are some of the Healing Balm’s many uses...
Post Procedure Skincare
After every procedure in my office (skin biopsy, suturing, lasering, etc) we apply RESTORE® Healing Balm to the injured skin. We also give it to patients to use at home to aid in the healing process.
First Aid Kit
As a mom, RESTORE® Healing Balm and a Band-Aid is my go-to to treat cuts, scrapes, and burns be it from cooking or a sunburn. And it’s not just me who uses the product in this way. Gisele Bündchen loved the Healing Balm to treat a surf scrape, Madonna for blisters on her feet, and Brooke Shields for a curling iron burn.
People love using the Balm to gloss lips and eyelids. Personally, I use it to hydrate the ends of my long, slightly dried out hair. I’ll apply some Healing Balm to the lower half of my hair at night and rinse it out in the morning for a deep conditioning treatment. It’s also really effective at taming flyaways and keeping unruly brows in place.
At the start of the pandemic, I had a nurse reach out to me and ask how she could heal her dry, cracked hands from over-washing and over-sanitizing. Since our Healing Balm is an incredible hand healer we decided to give her and other healthcare workers free tubes of Healing Balm as part of our #HELPTHEHEALERS campaign. We ended up donating nearly 18,000 tubes to over 200 healthcare cities in 140 cities! To treat dry hands, apply a generous coat of our Balm to hands at night and cover with cotton gloves. I like to pay special attention to my cuticles which can get quite ragged if left untreated. Beyonce also likes to use the Balm on her cuticles!
Since the Healing Balm is hypoallergenic and even food-grade, it is safe for all ages! Use it as a diaper cream or a nipple cream if you choose to breastfeed. The Balm is a wonderful safe option, especially when compared to many of the other commonly recommended lanolin-based nipple creams since lanolin allergy is rapidly increasing - particularly among children with eczema. It is even safe for fur babies when they’ve had to be spayed or neutered to help their wound healing. Since it’s food-grade, it’s OK if they lick it off.
We have partnered with some really inspiring tattoo artists including David Allen who is an incredible tattoo artist based in Chicago working with women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. He creates beautiful tattoos to conceal some of the scarring from mastectomies and reconstruction. Additionally, Lady Gaga’s tattoo artist, Winter Stone, loves our Balm and recommends it to all his clients since it preserves the integrity of the ink better than anything else out there. Petroleum, an ingredient used in many tattoo aftercare ointments, lightens tattoo ink and occludes the skin. Lanolin and Vitamin E are also often used and are common causes of allergic reactions. Since Doctor Rogers RESTORE® contains only well-studied ingredients known to heal the skin, it has become the go-to ointment for lots of notable tattooists and their clients.
I hope this inspires you to try out our Balm and find all the ways it can help you! - Dr. Heather D. Rogers
Meet the author: Board-certified and practicing dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD, is the founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care and Modern Dermatology in Seattle, Washington. She studied at Stanford, University of Washington School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. She lectures nationally, is well published, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Highly respected among the skin care community, Dr. Rogers has been annually named “Top 1% of Most Honored Doctors in the US” by Castle Connolly.