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Friday, September 24, 2010

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Dr. Bernard Gramlich, Skin Care Innovator

Dr. Bernard Gramlich (better known as Dr. Gram) is a revolutionary innovator in the skin care field. With over a decade of experience in pharmaceuticals, Dr. Gram has helped countless patients solve their multitude of skin problems including severe acne, sun damage and skin aging with his passionate “put your skin first” philosophy.

Dr. Gram’s devotion to gentle skin care started when his pregnant wife broke out in severe acne while she was pregnant. Many of the acne products on the market contained harsh ingredients and were not safe to use during pregnancy. So Dr. Gram got to work. He created his Clarifying line that is safe and effective, yet clears up acne without drying your skin.

Dr. Gram is constantly creating new products to meet consumer needs and make sure different skin issues are met and solved. His skin care line was the first to address anti-inflammation, which is known as the #1 enemy to otherwise healthy skin. Inflammation can cause premature aging, skin damage and acne. In order to fight this growing issue he has placed his signature Nurta-Vita Complex into all of his products. This important mixture utilizes the synergies between Niacinamide, glucosamine, and two types of Vitamin E to fight inflammation and aging as well as moisturize, renew DNA, balance skin and slow skin discoloration.

Along with his Nutri-Vit Complex, Dr. Gram’s latest line of products utilizes the hottest ingredient in skincare, apple stem cell technology. The life of a skin cell can increase up to two weeks when using GRAM Skincare because the apple stem cell technology and Nutri-Vit Complex work synergistically to fight premature aging.

When creating his line, Dr. Gram knew that he wanted to make products that were great for skin and also good for the environment. His commitment to creating products that are sulfate and paraben-free is something that sets him apart from others. He wants every customer to know exactly what they are getting when they buy his products.

Dr. Gram has been featured in many national magazines including: Elle, Marie Claire, and Self. His Clarifying Mask and Eye Rescue were nominated for CEW beauty awards. Dr. Gram is also an avid blogger, always sharing his advice and knowledge to the general public. He recently hosted a launch party in New York City with prominent New York beauty experts and bloggers. The response to his new line of products was overwhelming and the internet buzz for GRAM Skincare is amazing.

The way Dr. Gram handles his patients as well as the care he puts into his skincare line helped him to become a definite name in San Diego as well as a notable mover and shaker in this complex field of work. We are so pleased to present him as our latest Mover and Shaker!

Peachy Deegan interviewed Dr. Gram for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: Were you fascinated with skin care growing up, and if not, when did your interest begin?
Dr. Bernard Gramlich:  Growing up, I was like any other little boy and didn't care too much about skin care. My interest in skincare started ten years ago when I started making prescription skincare as a compounding pharmacist. Skincare turned into a passion after my wife, friends, and family started asking me to make formulas to help them with their skin issues. The results they were getting pushed me to continue to perfect the formulas and launch them to for everyone to use.

What do people in Manhattan need to be the most concerned with in their pursuit of the greatest skin?
NYC is like other large cities around the country. It has frequent changes in climates: hot, cold, humid. Also, pollution and smog is a huge environmental factor in the city. These are all factors that can cause inflammation of the skin and cause damage like age spots, winkles and texture issues. The key is to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Make sure you are washing your face at least twice a day and using moisturizer after cleansing.

How should women and men differ their skin care, if at all?
Although many people assume that men can pay less attention to their skin than women, this is not true. The process and concerns are fairly similar between men and women. However, men shave their face so they need to take extra care when shaving and make sure they are using a shave gel that does not dry or irritate the skin.

How do consumers know if a product is good for the environment or not?
Although many products claim to be good for the environment, it's all in the ingredients. Consumers should familiarize themselves with ingredients that are bad for the planet and avoid products that use those ingredients. Many products also have symbols on them that will help the consumer shop, such as the recycle symbol.

Can you tell us what apple stem cell technology is and why it is beneficial?
A remarkable apple was discovered in Switzerland. The apples bloomed in winter and the skin of these apples had amazing regenerative properties. The stem cells were harvested from the skin of this special apple. After much testing, scientist discovered that these stem cells worked best in skin and hair care products. The benefit of using these apple stem cell in skincare products, like GRAM Skincare, is that they protect the longevity of the skin stem cells, which delays aging of the essential cells.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
Wow...tough question! Results drives me to my pursuit of excellence. I want my products to give the consumers the best results so I'm always striving to be better. Anyone who uses my products and loves them also drives me to continue to make my products better for them.

What are you proudest of and why?
The eye rescue...because it is the best eye product on the market today. It was also my first product that I was able to utilize the apple stem cell technology in.

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do?
Professionally, I just keep striving to improve my products with the latest technology. I think in the now and not far into the future. As long as I have quality products on the market that work, I am proud and happy.

What honors and awards have you received in your profession?
In skincare, I took 2nd place at the Julie B awards and was nominated for the CEW awards. I have also received Pharmacist of the Year award and Best Small Chain Entrepreneur Award.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan?
That's so hard to say! I love NYC and the whole city.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan?
The M&M store

What is your favorite drink?
Iced Tea

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
Dos Caminos- I had my GRAM Skincare re-launch party there a few months ago (Thanks again for coming!)

What is your favorite Manhattan book?
The Manhattan Project

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why?
A store in Time Square...because then it would be seen by a lot of people and more people could benefit from GRAM Skincare.

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience?
Running on the highline

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else?
Walk the city at 4am and get pizza

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience?
I went to an art show last time I was in the city and I met tons of celebrities that were just as nervous meeting me as I was meeting them. Plus the art was amazing.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
I think that the hype that the city generates is perfect...I love coming to the city.

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
I like the "Product Alert" column because GRAM Skincare has been lucky enough to be featured on it. Plus, I always like reading it and keeping up on other hot, new products that are in the market.  I like all of the columns because they are well written, informative and very entertaining.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I love to spend time with my wife and son, I love my girlies (dogs) almost as much as I love life. My only other passion besides skincare is golf...I would go crazy if I could not play golf.

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