Dr Philip Tong
A fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Dr Tong is a highly specialised dermatologist based in Sydney. After completing his studies as the inaugural Dean’s Fellow in Dermatology, he underwent training in multiple world-class Australian and International hospitals, while also earning a PhD in advanced biomedical imaging and skin immunology.
Today, he runs a practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs while overseeing clinical trials as Deputy Director of Research at The Skin Hospital. His passion for skin health has seen him speak at national and international conferences as well as regularly appearing in press and on radio. Dr Tong’s clinical interests and expertise include acne, eczema, rosacea and skin rejuvenation. His knowledge in all things skin makes him the ideal Vida Glow Skin Panellist!
“For patients that already practice proper skin health, Vida Glow can deliver that next level of beautiful skin.
What attracted you to dermatology during your medical training?
The skin is an important organ of the body and it is often the first thing people see. It can have a huge impact on the self-confidence and wellbeing of patients especially when they have symptoms such as itching or pain from their skin. I’d like to be able to help these people achieve healthy skin, whether it is for their eczema, acne or changes relating to skin ageing.
As a dermatologist, what are the key things you tell your patients to look for when purchasing skincare products?
Like many things in life, one application is not going to assist you in achieving your skin goals when it comes to skincare products. It requires patience and persistence as well as the right advice when it comes to cleansers, serums and moisturisers. I recommend patients pick products for which they like the feel of it on their skin and stick with it for at least 3 months before switching.
What role do supplements play in your consultations with patients?
Certainly, supplements do play a role for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. Supplements can be considered nutrients that are added to one’s diet to provide a more complete nutritional profile that can be neglected in 21st-century living. Most products that I recommend are ingestible products that help replenish trace elements and micronutrients that may not always be optimal. Provided recommendations are followed and safe quantities are taken, they are generally safe and suitable for most age groups.
What do you recommend patients look for when choosing a collagen supplement?
When patients are selecting a collagen supplementation, I ask them to look at where the product is made and where the ingredients are sourced from. I would also look to see if the product has been certified by a food testing laboratory and has been accredited through the appropriate channels. I would not recommend marine collagen supplementation to those with allergies to fish.
Why do you recommend Vida Glow Marine Collagen?
Vida Glow’s Marine Collagen is a particularly good product given that it is manufactured to a high industry standard with care with how the raw ingredients are sourced. It uses marine collagen, which is hydrolysed and of low molecular weight allowing it to be rapidly dissolved in water and easily absorbed and distributed in the human body. Although collagen supplements can originate from various sources (porcine, bovine, and marine), the majority of scientific evidence for hydrolysed collagen has been performed with marine collagen.
What is the advantage of a low molecular weight collagen powder?
The advantage of the low-molecular weight collagen contained within Vida Glow Marine Collagen is that it is highly digestible, easily absorbed and distributed in the human body. It easily dissolves, has a neutral odour and is colourless making it a useful addition in other drinks. Furthermore, these products are considered to have a low risk of allergenicity.