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DERMAdoctor
Body Guard Exquisitely Light SPF 30 for Face & Body
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $25
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

The name for this fragrance-freesunscreen is misleading because most consumers wouldn’t describe its texture as “exquisitely light.” It’s an in-part avobenzone sunscreen in a lotion base, and its soft matte finish is short-lived at best. This wins praise for its broad-spectrum sunscreen, but it isn’t a slam dunk for those with oily, breakout-prone skin. The company’s claim that 45% of those enrolled in clinical testing showed a reduction in surface skin oils and acne improvement is meaningless. First, DERMAdoctor doesn’t make their clinical study available for scrutiny; second, who knows how many people were involved in the study or what else these people were using or doing to their skin to reduce oiliness and acne? Third, what did the other 55% experience? Did their acne and oily skin get really bad? The bottom line is there’s no way to determine with 100% certainty that any sunscreen will not cause or worsen breakouts or clog pores. What you can do to minimize the risk of breakouts is choose sunscreens with a light, fluid or thin lotion texture.

Claims

Avert sun damage with an exquisitely light, oil-free sunscreen that provides protection, clarity and relief.  Calming botanicals are a lifesaver against harsh elements - like wind, sun and pollution.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 1.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 6.0%, Other: Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aqua (Water), Butyloctyl Salicylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Triethanolamine

Brand Overview

DERMAdoctor At-a-Glance

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.

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