This is a very good fragrance-free AHA liquid that contains approximately a 5% blend of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids). The company wouldn’t reveal the percentage of AHAs, but did indicate that this product is meant for use as a spot treatment over areas with large pores. The pH of 3.8 allows exfoliation to occur, but, ideally, large pores clogged with oil will see greater improvement with a BHA (salicylic acid) product. BHA is oil-soluble, while AHAs are not, so AHAs cannot penetrate beyond the surface into the pore where the clogged pore problems begin.
Other than not being the best for oily or blemish-prone skin, this product is a very good surface exfoliant for normal to oily skin. It also contains some potent anti-irritants and the cell-communicating ingredient retinol plus azelaic acid, an ingredient that may help lighten brown spots and help fade red marks from past breakouts. One caution: this contains aluminum zirconium tetrahydrex gly, which is typically used in anti-perspirants. This ingredient contributes to the product’s matte finish but may make skin feel dry or tight.
Clinically proven to immediately reduce the visible appearance of pores for a Picture Porefect flawless finish. See additional pore minimizing benefits with continued use.
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Lactic Acid, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinol, Malic Acid, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citric Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, 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.