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I built this site to provide expert, unbiased information to you (the consumer) about skin care products, lasers, injectibles and other devices. I wrote all the content, and I have no financial ties to any pharma, device or cosmetic companies. I'm board-certified in Dermatology, have published two books and been a guest expert on The Oprah Show.
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How do you know when a skincare product is causing a problem?
How DO you know? I love your question because it's not always simple is it? Part of the problem with figuring this out is that.....sometimes events occur together in time but aren't actually linked. Let's say maybe you get aRead More ›
Using your name from a blog post!
Dear Skintour fans - My apologies on this - I usually take out the last name if it's in a question.......but I clearly missed one. It helps me if you just sign your first name to start with though andRead More ›
The melasma upper lip "moustache."
That dark line above the upper lip is fairly common for melasma and soooooooo annoying! If you read the section on hydroquinones, you'll know that it's not uncommon for about 10% of people to be irritated by hydroquinones, which makesRead More ›
Do microroller systems - like the Rodan and Fields AMP system work?
I've been testing this system myself and looking at the research.........and I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Here are some of them: What is best "micro needle/prong" size to get an effect? The prongs on these systemsRead More ›
Too much Voluma in the upper cheek area causing problems!
Yikes - that sounds very unpleasant! I'm assuming that the "sausage" problem is clearly visible when you smile and that the doctors can see it also. Here are some things that may help and to think about: Did you show theRead More ›
Problems after a CO2 laser with scarring?
In my opinion, aestheticians and other ancillary personnel should not be using CO2 lasers. CO2 lasers have huge potential to improve scars and wrinkles but they also have more potential than other lasers to cause problems, including scars. The LumenisRead More ›
Brown spots that appear after acne breakouts - what is causing these and how to treat.
I do have some ideas! Here are some things to think about and do. Generally: Depending on where you live, brown spots after acne are worse in the spring/summer due to the increase in UVA/UVB. A high zinc, acne friendly sunscreenRead More ›
Spring is here! It's time to upgrade your daily sunscreen to one that has enough zinc in it to block the UVA (peaks on June 21st). And time to get back in habit of daily sunscreen, if you've forgotten over the winter. This is my favorite daily. It's lightly tinted and lightly moisturizing, but isn't oily. Goes on sheer with just a hint of color and make-up goes well over it. Has 9% zinc oxide. A little hyaluronic acid in it improves skin texture. Paraben free. Men usually like this product.
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