Dr. Teo Wan Lin (Zhang Wanlin; Chinese: 张婉琳) is a board-certified dermatologist and chief scientific officer of prominent dermocosmetic skincare and haircare line Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals. Dr Teo’s research in the skin microbiome has been published in top dermatology journals such as the the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Journal of Dermatology. She is also the host of beauty podcast Dermatologist Talks – Science of Beauty on Spotify. Follow her on Instagram and Tik Tok @drteowanlin.
As an accredited dermatologist, Dr Teo is regularly interviewed and consulted for her expertise by the media on skincare, skin diseases like acne, sensitive skin and eczema, as well as on new product launches. She is widely quoted by women’s magazines as a regular contributor and resident beauty specialist for various beauty magazines such as THREAD by Zalora, BURO 24/7, Daily Vanity, Female Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health and Men’s Folio.
From 2017, Dr Teo entered into an exclusive collaboration with Singapore’s leading women’s magazine HerWorld, for a monthly “Ask a Dermatologist” feature, which answers some of the most pressing beauty and skincare questions from the perspective of an accredited dermatologist. Read more about these features with HerWorld by clicking here. She was also the lead author of the only medical study on pigmentation led by skincare supplement giant, Crystal Tomato® performed at the National Skin Centre in 2014 and published in the Journal of Pigmentary Disorders.
Dr Teo is involved as a beauty panel on Singapore Women’s Weekly and Her World for their yearly skincare and cosmetic makeup product reviews. In addition, she is the founder and key formulator of Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals, one of the top dermatologist -formulated cosmeceutical lines in Asia, which has been featured in top magazines such as The New York Times Style Magazine, Elle Beauty Book, Her World, CLEO, Clozette and Ellément.
A prominent Asian researcher in the area of cosmeceutical skincare, she is the author of “Skincare Bible – Dermatologist’s Tips for Cosmeceutical Skincare” which was published July 2019 by leading bookstores Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor and Apple Books.
Dr. Teo attained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the National University of Singapore and subsequently went on to qualify as a medical specialist – an accredited dermatologist certified by the Specialist Accreditation Board, Singapore. She is also a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK).
Dr. Teo also holds the United States Medical License (ECFMG), as well as membership of the American Board of Laser Medicine and Surgery. She is a Member of the European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology (ESCAD) and the International Society of Pediatric Dermatology (ISPD).
Prior to founding TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, Dr. Teo was a dermatologist at Raffles Hospital and National Skin Centre, where she practised medical and cosmetic dermatology, catering to a diverse patient clientele. Dr. Teo spent a year prior to entering the dermatology advanced specialty training (AST) programme at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore’s largest surgical training centre. She also completed her paediatric dermatology rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, while attaining her United-States Medical License in 2009. Dr. Teo has expertise in treating challenging conditions in cosmetic and medical dermatology affecting both the caucasian and asian skin types, in adults and children.
On the research front as an accredited dermatologist, Dr. Teo was the first author of several research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, in the field of skin cancers, skin surgery, drug allergies as well as pigmentation disorders. These findings have also been presented in numerous international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2015 Dermatological Society of Singapore-Neutrogena Scholarship for the American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Francisco. She was also the scholarship recipient for the prestigious 22nd World Congress of Dermatology(WCD) 2011 held in Seoul, Korea, awarded by the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS).
Dr. Teo was awarded the Best Poster Presentation for her paper “Loss of EBER expression in Cutaneous Extranasal spread of nasal-type Natural-Killer T-cell Lymphoma” which was subsequently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (American Society of Clinical Oncology) in 2011.
Her rapport with her patients, medical knowledge and surgical expertise contribute to Dr. Teo’s popularity with patients in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She received the Best Service Award 2009, awarded by the Service Quality Department of Singapore General Hospital, in recognition of excellent patient care. She is passionate about the science and evidence behind treatment of medical and aesthetic dermatology and is well-known amongst her patients to provide exceptionally precise explanations of skin physiology and their skin conditions to help them understand the treatments involved.
A contemporary art lover, her keen eye for a modern aesthetic is reflected in the minimalist space which she designed for TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre. She integrates her artistic sensibility with her research background and specialist dermatologist training, by means of customised, evidence-based aesthetic treatments using state-of the-art machines, injectables (fillers and toxins) which work synergistically with specialist dermatologist-grade cosmeceuticals. She is widely quoted in women’s, men’s and parenthood magazines, as well as on television for her expertise as an accredited dermatologist.
Dr. Teo was previously on the Singapore national fencing team for women’s epee and had represented Singapore in numerous regional and international competitions. She was awarded the German Ambassador’s Cup in 2003 for being the valedictorian in the German language.