The amount of AHAs in this cleanser may attract those looking for a good exfoliant, but the problem is that in a cleanser they’re rinsed from skin before they have much of a chance to work. There’s also the issue that using high amounts of AHAs around the eyes can cause undue irritation, and you certainly don’t want to splash this accidentally into your eye. The antioxidants are a thoughtful touch, but they’re of little benefit to skin because they are rinsed down the drain. This is otherwise a standard, but good, water-soluble cleanser for normal to dry skin. It is recommended if you’re OK with the AHAs not doing much for skin and are willing to avoid using this in the eye area. The formula is fragrance-free, always a plus.
Rescues your skin from the ravages of daily life that can prematurely deprive it of a youthful, vibrant glow. This cleanser gently and effectively exfoliates cellular build-up and residue caused by pollution, make-up and excessive surface oils, leaving skin clean and radiant.
Deionized Water, Glycolic Acid (12%), Ammonium Glycolate, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ubiquinone, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 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.