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DERMAdoctor
Wrinkle Revenge 3 Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser
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7 fl. oz. for $26
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This cleanser is very similar to DERMAdoctor’s Wrinkle Revenge 1 Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser, except this version includes a much greater amount of AHAs. That doesn’t make it better, but it does lead to increased concern about using this near the eye, as well as the overall higher potential for irritation when you apply this amount of acid to skin. The main problem is that the AHAs are rinsed from the skin before they have a chance to work. The antioxidants are a thoughtful touch, but again, they’re of little benefit to skin because they, too, are rinsed down the drain. This is otherwise a standard, but good, water-soluble cleanser for normal to dry skin. It is recommended with caution because of the relatively high amount of AHAs and the risk of irritation they present even with brief skin contact.

Claims

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.

Ingredients

Deionized Water, Glycolic Acid (20%), 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

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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