Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Dedicated to excellence

Joel Schlessinger, MD is a practicing double board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Schlessinger has more than 25 years of experience treating a wide variety of skin conditions, including skin cancers, and aesthetic concerns, such as facial wrinkles and body contouring.

Along with his dermatology and cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Schlessinger is also the founder of the Schlessinger MD Skin Research Center, a clinical research facility that investigates new medications and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions and cosmetic procedures. He continues to research, write and contribute to a number of scholarly articles, books and research studies in the field of dermatology which can be found here.

Dr. Schlessinger is also the past president of the Nebraska Dermatology Society, the President Emeritus of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, and the founder of the Cosmetic Surgery Forum.

Voted one of America’s Top Docs and the Best Doctors in America, Dr. Schlessinger has also been consistently voted as the best Omaha dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon for more than 20 years.



Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Rhode Island (1981)

Basic Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1983)

Medical Degree, Clinical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (1985)


Dermatology, Washington University of St. Louis

Pediatrics, University of Alabama, Birmingham


Dr. Joel Schlessinger is double board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, as a Dermatologist and certified Micrographic Dermatological Surgeon, or MOHS surgeon. He was formerly board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Why does it matter?

To practice medicine in the United States, a doctor must be licensed by their state. This license does not indicate what qualifications the doctor has. To be board certified, a doctor must complete additional standards beyond basic licensing and actively keep pace with the latest advances in their specialty to maintain their board certification. The latest advances mean the best options for you and your health.

Awards and recognition

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Elle Genius
New Beauty Top Doctor 2021
American's Top Physicians in Dermatology
New Beauty Top Doctor 2020
New Beauty Brain Trust Annoucement
doctors choice awards

In the media

November 9, 2023

New Beauty

LED Light Therapy 101: Dermatologist Insights on the Popular Trend

October 25, 2023

New Beauty

Why is Eczema So Frequently Misdiagnosed?

October 25, 2023

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Back Acne Scars: Expert Approved Ways to Get a Smoother Back

October 18, 2023

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Collagen Vs. Collagen-Promoting: What’s the Difference?

October 13, 2023

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Acne Talk: What’s New and What Works

September 25, 2023

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The Best Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin, According to Dermatologists

August 21, 2023

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Best Cleanser for Aging Skin: Dermatologists Weigh In on Top Picks for Mature Skin

July 29, 2023

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Dermatologists Share the Best Acne Advancements of the Last 5 Years

July 6, 2023

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6 Retinol Alternatives for Younger-Looking Skin

June 28, 2023

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Why You’re Growing Hair in Weird Places-and How to Get Rid of It

June 23, 2023

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Parabens: Safe or Not? The Truth About the Common Cosmetic Ingredient

June 1, 2023

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24 Self Tanners Dermatologists Love to Use Themselves

May 23, 2023

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Top Dermatologists Say These are the 35 Best Sunscreens for Melasma

May 23, 2023

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Experts Share Tips to Treat Keratosis Pilaris at Home

MAY 10, 2023

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5 Things That Should Never Happen During—And After—Microneedling

MAY 9, 2023

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The Derm-Approved Guide to Beating Summer Chafing

MARCH 9, 2023

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Expert Approved Ways to Treat ‘Bacne’ Scars

MARCH 1, 2023

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16 Dermatologists Share Their Number-One Skin Tip for Men

JANUARY 11, 2023

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Glutathione in Skin Care: What to Know and How to Use It

OCTOBER 26, 2022

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The Ideal Skin-Care Routine for Dry, 50-Something Skin, According to Derms Five critical steps

OCTOBER 4, 2022

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Top Tips For Keeping a Healthy, Balanced Scalp

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

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8 Acne Solutions to Help Treat and Avoid Future Breakouts

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

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How to Treat Dry Skin, According to Experts

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

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Can Gua Sha Ruin Your Botox?

SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin

AUGUST 29, 2022

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The ABCs of vitamins in Skin Care

AUGUST 24, 2022

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A Guide to Neurotoxins: What’s the Difference?

JULY 11, 2022

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The Truth About Silicone in Skin Care, According to Experts

JUNE 22, 2022

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What to Know About Arnica, the Post-Op Skin Protector

MAY 17, 2022

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The Best Eye Creams to Use By Decade

APRIL 12, 2022

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8 Ingredients Derms Want You to Start Using

MARCH 22, 2022

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How to Pick the Perfect At-Home Peel for You

FEBRUARY 3, 2022

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The Best New Acne Treatments to Try This Year

JANUARY 18, 2022

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20 Dermatologists Share the Skin-Care Products They’ve Been Using for 10-Plus Years

OCTOBER 6, 2021

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8 Ways edible beauty can lead to healthier hair, skin and nails

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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The benefits of Malic acid in skin care, according to experts

AUGUST 20, 2021

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What is hypochlorous acid, and how does it protect against COVID-19?

JULY 22, 2021

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The best products to get rid of scars, according to doctors

JULY 15, 2021

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Can salt water clear acne? A dermatologist weighs in

JULY 8, 2021

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Everything to know about the power of peptides in skin care

JUNE 24, 2021

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12 Dermatologists share the skin care products they’ve been using for 10-plus years

JUNE 23, 2021

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7 Things no one ever tells you about getting your first injectable

MAY 4, 2021


What is hypochlorous acid?- and why should you be adding it to your skin care routine right now?

FEBRUARY 2, 2021

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Decade by decade: A guide to facial aging

JANUARY 11, 2021

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21 Doctor-recommended products to help your in office treatments last longer

JANUARY 4, 2021


What is a Vitamin C serum?

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