Dr. Patrick Treacy

In our never-ending quest to offer the very best in science-based skincare and treatments, Dr. Patrick Treacy has joined Dēpology's Board of Skincare Experts to help us develop and improve our results driven skincare range.

Here we speak to Dr. Patrick Treacy who is a Visiting Professor of Dermatology, Honorary Fellow in Cosmetic Surgery and general practitioner with special interests in dermatology and aesthetic medicine, who is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Full list of Honors and Awards

Dr Patrick Treacy is one of the first pioneers of the field of Aesthetic Medicine. He was awarded ‘Top Aesthetic Practitioner in the World’ (2019) (Las Vegas) as well as ‘Top Medical Aesthetic Practitioner UK & Ireland’ (2019), earning himself a lifetime achievement place in the MyFaceMyBody Aesthetic Medicine Hall of Fame. He has contributed to many new techniques and protocols and has been given specialist research awards by the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (London), Irish Healthcare Awards (Dublin), IMCAS Scientific Committee (Paris), AMWC Scientific Committee (Monaco), Azerbaijani College of Aesthetic Medicine (Baku), and the CMME Medal of ‘Medical Excellence’(Mexico). He has been cited amongst the ‘Ultimate 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders’ for the past four years.

When did your passion for Dermatology start?

Dr. Patrick Treacy: The field of cosmetic medicine was not there before a few of us doctors pioneered it. The history of aesthetic medicine is a recent one, largely forged through the advent of twentieth century technology. It was the emergence of three new technologies: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, botulinum toxin and the IPL laser at the turn of the last century, which gave us the possibility of creating a whole new field of medicine. In that period, I was working in a dermatology clinic in Queensland, Australia but appreciated that a whole new era of medicine could now be created and returned back to Ireland to do so. The twenty-first century brought novel energy-based technologies, which pushed new boundaries, and scientists and engineers experimented with every wavelength to try and help us achieve eternal youth.
Many would say that I have contributed to this pioneering development myself over the years, being acknowledged of being amongst the first to treat HIV lipodystrophy patients with facial endoprosthesis, to develop new botulinum techniques for migraine and trigeminal neuralgia, for establishing hyaluronidase protocols for reversing vascular occlusion and experimenting with using PRP (platelet rich plasma) in androgenetic alopecia and facial rejuvenation.
"I am forever grateful to my medical colleagues who have given me numerous international awards over the years in respect of these developments"

What makes Dēpology an important addition to Skincare Routines?

Dr. Patrick Treacy: With the addition of any skincare products, consistency with your regimen will affect your outcome — for both night and day. For example, the Dēpology Matrixyl 3000 Serum needs to be applied daily over a period of a fortnight to start seeing results. It's important to upkeep your routine in order to maintain these results, it's a similar concept to dieting and exercise.

The products which I like from Dēpology include ingredients that I would recommend or suggest; like hyaluronic acid — which is formulated in their Dissolving Micro-dart Patches and their Matrixyl 3000 Serum. Dēpology is very transparent about their formulations so it's easy to read their full ingredients list for each product- allowing you to choose the right formula for your routine.

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What is your favourite Dēpology product and which product are you most likely to recommend to your clientele?

Dr. Patrick Treacy: I’d mostly recommend their Matrixyl 3000 serum because the formula is gentle for most skin types- but potent enough to show strong results. The Matrixyl within this serums is placed quite high on the ingredient list. Many of its users report multiple benefits within weeks of using this serum.

From your expert opinion, why is Dēpology different?

Dr. Patrick Treacy: The biggest differentiation from Dēpology and other brands on the market is their approach to either re-innovate existing formulations of serums or how they innovate the delivery methods of their skincare like with their Dissolving Serum Micro-Needle Patches.

It's advantageous that they are based in Korea and have access to partners that allow them to undertake emerging ingredients and formulations before other brands

As a Dermatologist, what does your daily skincare routine look like? and is there anything else you do being proactive for your own skin health aside from topical skin care?

Dr. Patrick Treacy: Daily habits normally consist of three steps:

  1. Cleansing — Washing your face.
  2. Toning — Balancing the skin.
  3. Moisturising — Hydrating and softening the skin.

With any skin-care product, apply in order of consistency — from thinnest to thickest. For example, cleanser, toner (if you use it), serum, and then moisturizer. Wash your face twice a day, morning and night, to prevent clogged pores, dullness and acne. Cleanse your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils. Don't go overboard with exfoliating scrubs (use once a week). Regarding toners, here are some hero ingredients to look for:

  • Alpha and beta hydroxy acids - to gently remove dead skin cells and improve sun-damaged skin
  • Hyaluronic acid - to boost hydration, seal in dewiness and plump skin to subtly treat fine lines.

To handle specific issues, look for these products. These active ingredients are normally serum based:

  • Retinol, vitamin B3, peptides - stimulate the production of collagen and elastin
  • Niacinamide - for redness and irritation by decreasing inflammation
  • Vitamin E and C - to fight daily exposure to free radicals that can age
  • Hyaluronic acid - for hydration to prevent moisture loss.
  • Vitamin C - to help brighten dull skin and decrease dark spots