Discoloration Reversal-Pod shows DDF owner Procter & Gamble is sharing its packaging and formulary information with one of their latest acquisitions. That’s hardly surprising (most companies do this after acquiring a new company), but as consumers you should realize that this product is remarkably similar to P&G brand Olay’s Regenerist Eye Derma-Pod. Please refer to that product’s review for a description of the unique packaging and method of application (keeping in mind that DDF’s version is meant for use on the entire face, but Olay’s can be used that way, too).
The main difference between the two is that DDF included significantly more antioxidants and the potential skin-lightening ingredient undecylenoyl phenylalanine. This ingredient was researched by P&G and, according to a report on www.pgbeautyscience.com, it works “as an MSH (melanin-stimulating hormone) antagonist, preventing the melanin synthesis from starting. In vitro testing shows that the combination of undecylenoyl phenylalanine, N-acetyl glucosamine, and niacinamide show an additive effect in reducing melanin production without damaging skin cultures.” Other non-P&G research has shown promising results with this ingredient, too, so it's definitely one to consider though in all likelihood DDF isn't using enough of it to make a noticeable difference.
Still, if you don’t mind the pod-style packaging and application method (it is at best awkward and the applicator is not the most sanitary), the solution dispensed onto the pads is loaded with good-for-skin ingredients, including glycerin, vitamin E, and niacinamide. You may want to try Olay’s version first, given that the skin-lightening agent in DDF’s option has almost no research proving its worth (and again, who knows if DDF includes enough for it to be effective, assuming it really is). As long as you don’t expect this product to make good on its name, it is an option as a serum for all skin types.
Each single-use pod provides a unique system which gently exfoliates the top layer of skin and allows deep surface penetration of DDF Micro-Radiance Complex. This formula includes three key ingredients which reduce the appearance of existing skin pigmentation. At the same time, they hydrate skin to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dullness on areas where hyperpigmentation occurs. The result is immediately improved radiance and gives maximum results in six weeks.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acetyl Glucosamine, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Polyacrylamide, Panthenol, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Polysorbate 20, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, Palmitic Acid, Thioctic Acid, Mannitol, Glutamine, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Cysteine, Propyl Gallate, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethyl Sulfone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyridoxine Hcl, Cyanocobalamin, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Butylene Glycol
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.