2 fl. oz. for $34
Last Updated:02.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 5%, with Tea Tree Oil is a simply formulated but effective topical disinfectant for blemish-prone skin. The amount of tea tree oil is not enough to function as a disinfectant (it just adds fragrance), but the benzoyl peroxide takes care of that on its own.


A treatment with an active acne inhibitor to reduce the number and severity of acne blemishes.


Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diazolidinyl Urea (And) Methylparaben, (And) Propylparaben, Carbomer, Polyglyceryl-6-Isostearate, PEG-8 Laurate, Diisopropanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Brand Overview

DDF At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several good water-soluble cleansers; excellent Photo-Age sunscreens and every DDF sunscreen includes sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; some truly state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums; a few good AHA and skin-lightening options; a good benzoyl peroxide topical disinfectant.

Weaknesses: Expensive; products designed for sensitive skin tend to contain one or more known problematic ingredients; several irritating products based on alcohol, menthol, or problematic plant extracts; more than a handful of average moisturizers, many in jar packaging.

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.

It will be curious to see what the future holds for this line, as its ownership has recently changed hands. Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble bought DDF in 2007 to expand the line's global reach, but has since sold it to UK-based Designer Parfums. Designer Parfums says it intends to bring Dr. Sobel on board to play a larger role in the company's marketing and development of both current and future products. Sobel himself says he looks forward to "Playing an active role in rebuilding this brand." (Source: www.wwd.com) We'll have to see exactly what that means as DDF moves ahead!

For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.

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I have had acne most of my teen and adult life (I'm 35). My skin responds better to BP than BHA/AHAs. I was first introduced to this product at a dermatologist office. And it is the best, non-prescription product I've tried. My skin is never 100% clear and I'm always in search of a product that will do that. As such, I will try new products but I always end up back here, back with my ol' faithful. It's effective and not over-drying.

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Holy grail product, for me.

This has been the only product I have found to be effective on my acne, which I've been battling for most of my life, I'm 33. I get cystic acne as well as whiteheadd and blackheads and seem to always have congested skin. It's a little thick going on and a little hard to layer makeup over so I tend to just use it at night and spot treat in the day if I decide to wear makeup, which isn't often.

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