Abstract A survey was made of the sterile technique practices of dermatologists interested in dermatologic surgery. The steam autoclave is the most popular method for sterilizing surgical instruments. Dry heat sterilization is often used, as is cold, chemical sterilization. The most popular agent for chemical sterilization continues to be quaternary ammonium compounds despite warnings to the contrary. Gas sterilization is rarely used. Alcohol is the most popular agent for prepping the skin and iodophors are also quite popular. Dermatologists are now wearing gloves for most procedures. Prophylactic antibiotics are used minimally in surgical cases, as is recommended by established standards.