Why Paula Begoun and I occasionally disagree on products!

Paula Begoun endorses you and yet you couldn't disagree more on the Eminence cleanser. She states that it is very bad for your skin. You use it personally. This confuses me. Judy

Okay, so first of all, I absolutely love Paula and her work and she and I agree much of the time on products. We do disagree sometimes though and here’s why. I’ll try to explain it. Paula’s group (she doesn’t do them personally any more) reviews hundreds, if not thousands, of skincare products each year. They can’t possibly test all those products and so they mostly review them based on the list of ingredients on the product – not on personal testing. There are just too many products.


The ingredients in products combine in many ways and the way they actually perform on the skin is not always clear from the product ingredient list so, in my opinion, the way Paula’s site reviews products isn’t as accurate. But, it’s helpful!


We review fewer products. We use the ingredient lists but more importantly, we actually test it on our own skin and our hundreds of clinic patients also give us feedback. This is how I know that the Eminence Lemon Cleanser works very well as a gentle cleanser and I have personally used it for years. Rarely, the citrus in it will cause a problem for a patient but it’s unusual.


Hope this helps!


Dr. I


Check out the Eminence Lemon Cleanser product.



Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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