Course: Safety of Cosmeceuticals
Safety of Cosmeceuticals
Hera Wu
Supported by Epionce

Cosmeceuticals are not formally regulated by the FDA when they are treated as cosmetic agents. The safety concerns around cosmeceuticals will be discussed along with practical tips for selecting cosmeceuticals safely.


User: Hera Wu
Hera Wu

Hera is medical student at California Northstate University and a clinical research fellow at UC Davis and Integrative Skin Science and Research. She is actively pursuing a medical education and career that focuses on integrative, whole body health, and developing her own understanding and research on the needs of modern population of diverse peoples and unique solutions that work and are safe for use. She is committed to finding the bridge between hard evidence-based science and compassionate patient centered care throughout her medical education. She has interests in cultural shifts that investigate meaning in medicine and medical education as she has been active participant in meditation programs, was on the Wellness Committee, and was a student director of “Healer’s Art” program at her medical school, and is 40-hour training certified Domestic Violence Issues Advocate for the My Sister’s House (a culturally competent program for Asian and Pacific Islander advocacy for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking). Another major research project she undertook was investigation of the Gut-Brain-Immunity connection through looking at modulation of T cell function by serotonin. She also has experience working in the bioengineering industry working with 3D tissue engineering, 3D cell cultures, cellulosic biofuel research.

Hera is from Manhattan, Kansas or “The Little Apple,” and went to UC Berkeley for undergraduate education. She is currently living in Sacramento for medical school and a research year. She plans on pursuing a career in dermatology with interests in integrative approaches and differences in dermatopathology in ethnic skin.

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User: Keira Barr
Keira Barr

Keira Barr, MD is an innovator in transformative wellness, combining her work in integrative dermatology, mind-body medicine and embodied education with body-based trauma healing approaches to skin health. As a speaker,author, and host of “The Skinny Dipping Rx” podcast, Dr. Keira teaches people around the world how to relieve stress and rejuvenate from within. She created the Somatic Skincare™ method to support her mission of revolutionizing skincare as an act of radical self-care, blending science with soul to help women around the world amplify their resilience, confidence and comfort in their skin. Her expertise, bridging the gap between skin health and mental health, has earned recognition in top media outlets like MindBodyGreen, Glamour, SELF and Oprah magazines as well as prestigious medical journals. 

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