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

The SkinMedica HA5

There’s a lot of buzz about hyaluronic acid (HA) as a moistuizer for skin. This one contains 5 different types of HA in it for optimal longevity.  What’s nice is that hyaluronic acid binds water in the skin without adding oil, so it’s great at adding extra hydration for very dry skin……put it under your regular moisturizer.  And….it’s great for those with oily skin and acne because it hydrates without oil.  Also, helpful when the the weather is getting hotter and more humid.  Very light.

News on SkinTour

An update on Coolsculpting

We are now several years into the CS experience and while good, it’s not great. IF you have a fair amount of fat you want to remove or a lot of areas, it’s probably going to be less money and less time to do liposuction  with an excellent plastic surgeon. ‎IF you have just 1-2 small to medium areas in the abdomen, ‎flanks, inner thighs and some areas on the back, CS will be effective but expect 1 to 4 treatments, depending on the size of the fat pocket.

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
Does moisturizing REALLY help to prevent wrinkles? This is an interesting question because no university to my knowledge has studied this in a long term study.  We really don’t have proof one way or the other.  But……….here’s how I think the question should be answered.    If we... Read More ›
The neck: Is there a skincare product that can diminish crepey neck skin? It seems like neck skin is the holy grail of skin care right now.   Do you know a single woman over the age of 50 who doesn‘t want to improve her neck.  I can think of very few!   Nora Ephron,... Read More ›
Is coconut oil a good skin moisturizer? Coconut oil seems very faddish right now.   Not only is it in Trader Joe’s and other markets,  but it’s being put various lotions, cream and sometimes just used straight.    Dermatologists are starting to see some reactions to coconut oil.   When... Read More ›
Chemotherapy, radiation and compatibility with injectibles like Botox and fillers Some people may think this is an odd question since you are clearly fighting for your life.  Good for you for making it through this incredibly hard last year.   Our office is right across the street from our  hospital tumor... Read More ›
Irritation or allergies to skin care products. Irritation or allergies to skin care products seem to be appearing more often.  Okay……so have you ever read the entire label on most skin care products???  Yikes!   There are a lot of chemicals in most of these.   I’m truly hoping... Read More ›
Lasers to help skin after menopause? Are there lasers to help skin after menopause? Many women notice some thinning of the skin after menopause and wonder if there are lasers to help with skin after menopause.  Thinning skin after menopause is not in our imaginations…….there are... Read More ›
A globally bad experience with botox and fillers in a cosmetic surgeon’s office First of all, my heart goes out to you for this really bad experience with botox and fillers.  I know that neither you …or the surgeon….were looking for this result.   The question is now ….what to do?  And, how can... Read More ›
Treating wrinkles from nose to mouth (nasolabial folds). Treating wrinkles from nose to mouth, or the nasolabial folds, is probably the most area requested for fillers, even more than lips.   FDA approved for most fillers in the U.S.   Remember one key fact, deepening folds in this area almost... Read More ›