07.28.2011
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DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula
Wash Off Cleanser
Rating
8.5 fl. oz. for $30
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:07.28.2011
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
Wash Off Cleanser contains a tiny amount of coltsfoot extract, which can be problematic in leave-on products due to its alkaloid content. Because this is a rinse-off, water-soluble cleanser it shouldn’t be a problem for most skin types.
Claims
Ideal cleanser for those who desire a clean feeling, but prefer not to use soap. Gently yet thoroughly cleanses without drying. Perfect for normal or oily skin.
Ingredients
Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Lauramide Dea, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide Mea, Polyquaternium-10, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Allantoin, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Dimethicone, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Laureth 10, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid
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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