Kelly Ripa's Dermatologist Tackles Skin Care Questions on SiriusXM

09/27/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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Curious about the redness around your nose, or the lines forming near your eyes? They’re not fun topics to talk about, but cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Fredric S. Brandt tackles them head-on in his new SiriusXM Satellite Radio Show, Ask Dr. Brandt.

“He’s very honest, very personable,” devotee Kelly Ripa told PEOPLE Monday night during a party in New York to celebrate the new show. “He doesn’t make you feel like an idiot. He just sort of addresses the issues that need to be addressed. And he’s fun!”

After working with Brandt “for years” on makeover segments for Live! with Regis and Kelly, Ripa started seeing him one-on-one to learn about bettering her skin. “I didn’t have a routine … I washed my face with soap,” she said. “He really sort of gave me an inside-out frame of mind in terms of beauty and taking care of myself. Once I’ve done the damage, he erases it with his miracle concoctions, lotions, potions, lasers and needles.”

Though one might imagine that answering skin care questions over the radio is tricky — don’t you want a doctor to see your skin? — Brandt told PEOPLE it’s been easy so far. “I call it my virtual office,” he said of the studio. “People ask really practical questions. One woman drives a lot, so she had sun damage on one side of her face. She wanted to know what she could do, so I explained to her that long-wave ultraviolet light goes through car windows.”

But generally speaking, Brandt just wants listeners to take good care of their skin. “You have to maintain your skin, that’s my whole philosophy,” he said. “I always say people take better care of their possessions than they do of themselves. So you’ve got to take good care of yourself first.”

Ask Dr. Brandt runs every Saturday through Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Stars, channel 107.

–Kate Hogan

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