There is nothing medical, unique, or special about the exfoliation this ordinary, overpriced body scrub provides. The “Medi” in the name implies a medical association, but it’s nothing more than a marketing device to make you believe the price tag is warranted. The fact that dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin is behind this brand doesn’t change the standard mundane formulation. What you’re getting is a fairly gritty scrub whose main abrasive agent is polyethylene beads (ground-up plastic), the same ones found in hundreds of scrubs that cost a fraction of this one. Kunin added a blend of AHAs and this product’s pH is low enough for it to facilitate exfoliation, but that benefit won’t be even partially realized because this scrub is quickly rinsed from skin, as it should be. Moreover, it is absolutely not recommended for anyone dealing with the raised, red bumps inherent to a skin condition known as keratosis pilaris, for which this product is supposedly designed. These bumps, which are easily irritated, cannot be scrubbed away; in fact, using a scrub over these bumps will make them worse due to inflammation. A far better option is to use a leave-on AHA or BHA product, although BHA is preferred because it can penetrate into the hair (pore) follicle and exfoliate the plug. This product is OK as a body scrub for areas not affected by keratosis pilaris, but is easily replaced by less expensive scrubs at the drugstore, or a plain washcloth for that matter.
Buffered glycolic acid formulation allows for a less-irritating chemical exfoliation process. Note; this product is not recommended for those with ultra-sensitive skin. KP Scrub provides an advanced exfoliating action recommended prior to self- tanning or any post-bathing treatment regimen (e.g., body acne, keratosis pilaris, ingrown hairs, bleaching etc.)
Deionized Water, Polyethylene Beads, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Sorbitol, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Willow Bark Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea), Algae Extract, Azelaic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
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.