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Physical Chemistry Facial Microdermabrasion + Multiacid Chemical Peel
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $75
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.60
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This product is little more than a very expensive scrub. It isn’t “beautiful medicine” for skin and it doesn’t work in any fashion to improve wrinkles, discolorations, or acne scars, at least not any more than any other scrub. What’s ironic is that if this were a leave-on product rather than a scrub, it would be an effective AHA product due to the amount of glycolic acid and the pH of 3.6. However, because this is massaged over skin for a couple of minutes and then splashed off, the AHA isn’t going to have much, if any impact. The airless jar packaging helps keep this scrub from becoming an unsanitary mess in your shower. This is an OK option as a scrub for all skin types and it’s fragrance-free, but its most impressive benefit is rinsed down the drain, which doesn’t make the price easy to stomach. Why does everything DERMAdoctor sells have to cost so much?

Claims

DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry helps to reduce the appearance of numerous skin conditions including: Fine Lines/Wrinkles. Uneven Complexion. Post-Acne Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Enlarged Pores. Facial Keratosis Pilaris. Ideal for those using any anti-aging regimen; allows active ingredients to penetrate the skin at a deeper level. Can also be used to evenly exfoliate the face prior to applying a facial self-tanning agent. Not recommended for those with ultra-sensitive skin. This is beautiful medicine.

Ingredients

Water, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Macrobeads, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Azelaic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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