This sunscreen provides sufficient UVA protection in a fairly lightweight moisturizing base for normal to slightly dry skin. It contains an impressive amount of anti-irritant willow herb, but if you’re sensitive to synthetic sunscreen actives that may not offer much help. This also contains some other intriguing ingredients, including plant-based olenolic acid. Limited in vitro research has shown olenolic acid to be effective against acne-causing bacteria, which is likely why it was included in a mattifying type sunscreen (Source: Phytomedicine, August 2007, pages 508–516). The arnica and Spanish pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum), however, are unhelpful irritants, although the small amount included is unlikely to be cause for concern. This is a worthwhile daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for acne-prone skin. Note: the “other” ingredients are now listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. This listing is permissible because sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs in the United States. However, it doesn’t make it easier for consumers to determine how much of the “other” ingredients are present in a given formula.
Ideal for anyone who is blemish prone, oily or has combination skin. For face and “back-ne.
Active: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 6.0%, Other: Acrylate/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Anacyclus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butylparaben, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Methyl Meth-acrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl- paraben, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol
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.