Welcome to SkinTour!

I built this site to provide expert, unbiased skincare information to you (the consumer) about skin care, products, lasers, injectibles and other devices. I wrote all of the content, and I have no financial ties to any pharma, device or cosmetic companies. I’m a board-certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine, have published two books and been a guest expert on The Oprah Show.

Thank you for visiting SkinTour! – Dr. I

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Product of the Month

Mineral Corrector Palette

This easy to carry, rectangular compact covers bruises, red spots, acne, brown spots, and just about any other discoloration you can think of.  It comes with 5 shades and a “cheat sheet” on the back that reminds you which colors covers what.   Our patients love this, and it’s great for any post injection bruises.  Comes with it’s own small brush.  Layer 2-3 shades for best coverage.

News on SkinTour

Spring & Summer Regimen

I change my skin care regimen in the summer for a number of reasons.  It’s partly just to switch things up and stay fresh.  But I am also out in the sun and light much more, so I focus a lot more in summer on sun protection – double-sunscreening and water and sweat resistant sun protection.  And I drop my retinol strength down from renova/glycolics to the 0.25 Retinol from SkinMedica.  You can read more about my seasonal regimens and why I switch regimens in my article on seasonal skin care.

Ask/Blog with Dr. Irwin

I truly wish I could answer every question, and I try to pick those that will help the most readers. Giving your age helps and the exact product or technology used. Please check back frequently because questions may be answered up to 2 months later.
Thank you for reading! Dr. I
Why do these procedures cost so much?? Kudos to you for asking about this!   I’ve been thinking a lot about that too lately and trying to figure out whether there’s a better, slightly less expensive way to offer these treatments to more people and still ensure high... Read More ›
Bumps on the face, how to deal with them. I’d like to remind everyone….please…..bumps on the face may be a sign of medical disease, and you need to make an appointment with your dermatologist or primary care doctor.   On this one, I’d vote for a dermatologist, if possible.  Retinol... Read More ›
Nutrition, dairy, sugar and skin Ok –  so there’s a lot said on the web about nutrition, dairy, sugar and skin that isn’t true, it’s just someone’s opinion.   We all know that.   Also, nutritional fads come and go.  Think about all the ones YOU”VE seen... Read More ›
Where can I get training to work as a medical professional in this area? Hi Linda – Aesthetic dermatology is clearly a growing area with increasing demand from “baby boomers” who are getting older, but also a younger group 30-50, who really want to focus on prevention, rather than just repair. So here’s the... Read More ›
Skin filler problems: when filler treatments go terribly wrong. My heart goes out to you on a skin filler problem like this.   I can tell that you are suffering.   If I had a magic wand and could make this all go away, I truly would.  This type of event... Read More ›
Belatero, other fillers and puffy bags or “cords” under the eyes. Okay ……..maybe I wasn’t clear enough about this but…….any filler can cause puffy bags or “cords” under the eyes, not just Belotero! That puffiness or cord effect has to do with 3 things: Your own soft tissue around the eye... Read More ›
Brown spots, dark spots and veins on the legs that make wearing skirts and shorts difficult! Many women and some men, especially over 50, feel self conscious enough about their legs that they are  changing clothing and activity choices.   I remember some years ago when I first realized this …….and how much it affects whether a... Read More ›
Can Botox help in preventing the corners of the mouth to turn down? Or can it improve this problem? Yes – it can if it’s injected into a muscle in the area just lateral to the chin in exactly the right spot.   There is a muscle called the depressor anguli ori (DAO) that pulls the corner of the mouth... Read More ›