DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula

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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Poor Glossy Lip Treatment SPF 15 (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $19.00 0.25 fl. oz.
Good Wash Off Cleanser (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Cleansers/Soaps  $30.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Benzoyl Peroxide Gel DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Benzoyl Peroxide  $34.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Glycolic 5% Daily Cleansing Pads (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula AHAs  $35.00 56.00 pads
Average Acne Scrub (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Scrubs  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Aloe Toning Complex DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Toners  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Cleansers/Soaps  $35.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Good Blemish Foaming Cleanser DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Cleansers/Soaps  $38.00 6.60 fl. oz.
Average Salicylic Wash DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Cleansers/Soaps  $38.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Fade Cream 15 (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Lighteners With Hydroquinone  $40.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Sulfur Therapeutic Mask DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Oil-Absorbent Masks  $40.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Glycolic 10% Toning Complex DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula AHAs  $40.00 8.50 fl. oz.
Average Ultra-Lite Peel, with Elm Extract (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula BHA  $42.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Clarifying Hydrator DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Control Treatment Salicylic Acid Acne Medication DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula BHA  $44.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula AHAs  $52.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 Plus DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Eye Moisturizers  $52.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Intensive Holistic Lightener (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $52.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Erase Eye Gel DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Eye Moisturizers  $52.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator UV Moisturizer SPF 45 DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $52.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Redness Relief (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Serums  $52.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Fade Gel 4 (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Lighteners With Hydroquinone  $56.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Nutrient K Plus (Discontinued) DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $58.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Amplifying Elixir DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Serums  $70.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Discoloration Reversal-POD DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $76.00 0.45 fl. oz.
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