DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Fade Cream 15
1.7 fl. oz. for $40
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners With Hydroquinone
Last Updated:07.28.2011
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes
Fade Cream 15 is an effective skin-lightening product that contains 2% hydroquinone. However, you should ignore the claim that it “protects as if you were wearing an SPF 15 because it contains a sunscreen.” There are sunscreen ingredients in this product, but they’re not listed as actives, and these ingredients won’t keep skin shielded from the full spectrum of UVA rays. In particular, the product does not have an SPF rating, and you have to wonder if the FDA knows about this—because making this claim about sun protection without an SPF rating would not make any regulatory board in the world very happy. There isn’t anything else to extol beyond the hydroquinone, which makes this a pricier option while offering no incentives to justify the cost.
A multi-task daytime skin lightening moisturizer formulated with a potent antioxidant complex which provides comprehensive protection against free radical damage. Helps fade skin discolorations and prevent recurrent darkening. Excellent for use on face and hands. Fade Cream 15 protects as if you were wearing an SPF 15 because it contains a sunscreen.
Active: Hydroquinone (2%), Other: Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Alcohol And Cetearth-20, Glycerin, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Benzophenone-3, Peg100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Citric Acid, Dimethicone Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, Nylon-12, Sodium Metabisulfite, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Steareth-2, Sodium Sulfite, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Xanthophyll
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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