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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.

Thank you for visiting SkinTour! - Dr. I

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I truly wish I could answer every question and 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

Autoimmune diseases - are injectibles and lasers safe?
Hashimotos, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren's, Bell's palsy, rheumatoid arthritis ............these are all autoimmune diseases......just to name a few.    Autoimmune diseases are a group of diseases that are caused by our own immune systems getting confused and attacking our own
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Is there such a thing a too much exfoliation or peeling?
There absolutely is!!  Our skin has a barrier layer for a reason  (stratum corneum and upper epidermis).   It protects us in various ways - here are just a few: it helps to decrease the amount of UV radiation/sun that penetrates deeper
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When a filler treatment doesn't look good???
I'm glad you wrote because I know this is a common problem.   Generally, here are some guidelines.   And........you're right of course, even a good or great aesthetic doctor can make a mistake sometimes..............the biggest difference is that she/he will know
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How can I figure out if I'm a good candidate for Thermage or other noninvasive lifting treatments?
The truth is that this area is  the Wild West right now with device manufacturers and some doctors making all sorts of claims that really can't be proven over a large group of women/men .........and all sorts of devices, treatment
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Could this cleanser or other skincare product be giving me acne?
You're so welcome!   I truly just wish I had time to answer everyone's questions, but I'd be at the computer all day, if I did.  :) Here are some things to think about: Not all bumps that look like acne ARE
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Do chemical peels build collagen?
You're so welcome!  The answer is yes, but not much.   The very superficial peels just refresh the outer layer, the epidermis.  Medium to deeper peels will generally build a little collagen in the superficial dermis where the collagen, living cells,
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Can you have beautiful skin if you have acne??
Grace -  thank you for writing because I think many other share your concerns.  Bottom line - the answer is yes........as long as you can prevent any permanent scarring (indentations in the skin), you will have beautiful skin some day. 
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