Although this topical disinfectant with 5% benzoyl peroxide has a clever name, the amount of alcohol it contains will cause undue dryness and irritation, not to mention that alcohol creates free radical damage. This is further compounded by the senseless addition of menthol and peppermint oil—further proof that just because a skin-care product is created by a dermatologist (in this case, Dr. Audrey Kunin) doesn’t mean it is a good choice (or any consideration whatsoever) for skin. What’s especially frustrating is that without the irritants, this would have been a state-of-the-art anti-acne product because it contains a time-proven active ingredient, several antioxidants, and some good anti-irritants.
Claims: Skin stressed out by unsightly blemishes surfacing inconveniently before that all-important event? This high-tech fusion of Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western Medicine is the most convenient, effective, at-home method of rapidly resuscitating skin back to clarity.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%) Other: Water (Aqua), Denat. Alcohol, Glycerin, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Quercetin, Lecithin, C12-C16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Bentonite, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristyl Alcohol, Myristyl Glucoside, Sorbitol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Evodia Rutaecarpa Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Japanese White Tea) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract, Caffeine, Superoxide Dismutase, Disodium EDTA, Tea Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Titanium Dioxide, Peppermint Essential Oil, Menthol, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben.
Strengths: Company provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site; well formulated AHA products; sunscreens provide critical broad-spectrum protection, good oil-control product; a couple of great, though pricey, cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly poor anti-acne products; anti-wrinkle products making imossible claims; clinical studies alluded to are not made available to the public (which is odd, given that this is a brand fronted by a dermatologist); some product formulas suffer due to jar packaging.
The DERMAdoctor line is the brainchild of Kansas City-based dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin. Dr. Kunin's Web site retails not only the DERMAdoctor brand but several products from other brands, many of which have ties to specific dermatologic concerns (everything from athlete's foot to warts). Many of these specialty products are available from your local drugstore, but Kunin's site provides helpful, mostly reliable information concerning various skin-care concerns.
We wish her own products followed the strength of her advice, but alas, most do not. This is another dermatologist-developed line with plenty of products whose names and claims make you think they're a cosmetic corrective procedure in a bottle (or, in some cases, a jar, which is never a good packaging move). There are some products to pay attention to, though whether you want to strongly consider them or not comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending (DERMAdoctor products aren't cheap).
DERMAdoctor isn't exactly "your prescription for beautiful skin" but Dr. Kunin gets enough right that her line isn't one to gloss over, particularly if you're shopping for sunscreens, AHA products, and facial cleansers. Those with acne should look elsewhere, because DERMAdoctor's products don't have the solution, despite their cute product names.
For more information about DERMAdoctor, call (877) 337-6237 or visit www.dermadoctor.com.