Born To Be Mild Medicated Face & Body Cleanser
7 fl. oz. for $24
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
Born to Be Mild Medicated Face & Body Cleanser is a fragrance-free, water-soluble cleanser that is formulated to fight seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that results in irritated patches of flaky skin. The active ingredient is 2% zinc pyrithione, which is indeed an effective topical agent for cases of seborrhea. Zinc pyrithione has an inhibitory effect on the species of yeast believed to be responsible for causing seborrheic dermatitis. It is an option, but so is the topical over-the-counter drug ketokonazole, which some research has shown to be even more effective against seborrheic dermatitis. An in vitro study showed that zinc pyrithione is a better active against seborrhea, but in vitro research isn’t as convincing as real-world, in vivo use (Sources: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Physiology, November/December 2002, pages 434–441; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March/April 2000, pages 78–80; and Mycopathologia, December 2006, pages 395–400). Those struggling with persistent areas of flaking or who have been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis should definitely give this cleanser a try, but only from the neck down unless you are very careful to keep this cleanser away from your eye area. You may want to experiment with it and Nizoral Shampoo, which is available at the drugstore, to see if its active ingredient (ketokonazole) works better for you.

The first cleanser of its kind to effectively treat the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis AND be gentle without causing a worsening of irritation, dryness or redness. So mild, we put DERMAdoctor Born To Be Mild Medicated Cleanser to the test, head to head against Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Independent clinical trials results found Born To Be Mild Medicated Cleanser 100% as gentle, non-irritating and non-drying as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser!


Active: Pyrithione Zinc (2%), Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

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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