Sigh…. Another dermatologist is offering a product claiming to be a needle-free alternative to Botox injections; they all seem to be on a bandwagon that has nothing to do with ethical medicine. Of course, it doesn’t work like Botox, and this doctor assuredly does lots and lots of Botox injections, so what’s the point. Not to mention that even Botox doesn’t work like Botox if it’s rubbed on skin rather than injected into key muscles that control expression lines.
This silicone-based cream is said to contain four active agents, but the fact is that not a single ingredient in this product is “active,” at least not anywhere close to how Botox acts once injected. The blend of silicones and wax in this specialty product can serve as a soft spackle for wrinkles and expression lines, but the effect is temporary (meaning moments). DERMAdoctor’s claim of lines disappearing for 24 hours is ludicrous, and if it were true, once daily application is all it would take to be wrinkle-free every day, and that is not going to happen with what amounts to little more than an ordinary formulation. This would receive a Good rating if it did not contain the fragrance chemical eugenol, a known irritant, and weren’t in jar packaging, which means the good ingredients you want for your skin wouldn’t stay stable. Given these facts and the ridiculous price, you’re better off experimenting with other “line filler”–type products, such as Good Skin Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler or Estee Lauder Perfectionist Correcting Concentrate.
Temporary, needle-free muscle relaxant for facial lines. Clinically proven to reduce up to 90% of lines within 10 minutes of application. Contains four active agents that target 3 points within the neural electrical pathway which results in the relaxation of muscles of expression and the disappearance of lines on upper face for up to 24 hours. Lines relax without losing the ability to show expression.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Steareth-2, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Behenate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Phospholipids, Eugenol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben
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.