Discoloration Reversal-POD
0.45 fl. oz. for $76
Last Updated:02.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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

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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