We were hoping this BHA exfoliant designed for acne-prone skin would be a slam dunk recommendation. With 1.5% salicylic acid in a silky lotion base, this should've been an effective, soothing anti-acne winner. Alas, the pH of 2.5 is unusually low and bound to be too irritating for all skin types. In addition, the formula includes irritating plants such as witch hazel and ginger root. If you're shopping for anti-acne products at the department store or Sephora, note that Clinique, Cosmedicine, Paula’s Choice, and Peter Thomas Roth offer better options.
A night treatment that fights, controls, and normalizes acne. Contains the Clarifying Neutralizing Complex with skin conditioners and glycerin that moisturize to soothe skin and restore balance. Salicylic Acid helps keep pores clear and helps fights and prevent blemishes for restored clarity. Non-comedogenic and paraben-free.
Active: Salicylic Acid (1.5%), Other: Water, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Decylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Steareth-21, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.
The line's success has not gone unnoticed by larger companies eyeing the growing trend of anti-aging skin care and the popularity of niche lines. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for DDF now that it is owned by consumer product giant Procter & Gamble. P&G released a statement that they intend to "infuse the line with a steady stream of innovation", add marketing expertise, and level its global reach and go-to-market capability to drive future growth (Source: www.cosmeticsdesign.com). They certainly have the money and staff to accomplish these goals, but it's worth mentioning that P&G's Olay brand, although mass market and at a lower price point, features many products that rival the best of what DDF offers, and with far fewer missteps.
For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
As of Summer 2011, DDF launched a new website and reformulated many of their products, but their new site contains incorrect and incomplete ingredient lists for most of their products. We've alerted DDF to the issue and are continuing to research these changes in store. In the meantime, we urge anyone considering a DDF purchase based on our recommendation to double check the product's ingredient list against ours in case the product has been reformulated. We will update the brand as information becomes available to us.