Dr. Brandt

Dr. Brandt At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on the company Web site; some novel products in the Laser Lightning Line.

Weaknesses: Expensive; overwhelming number of products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; no products to comprehensively address acne or oily skin; every Pores No More product is a disappointment; jar packaging.

Dr. Fredric Brandt is a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rests on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) includes the many celebrity clients he claims to work with, while the second is his assertion that he performs more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. (The picture on the back of his book shows him clad in white, wearing surgical gloves, and holding a syringe.) According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt is using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, as he claims they do.

Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is one of the more disappointing ever assembled by a dermatologist.

Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable, in any way, shape, or form, to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.

Dr. Brandt positions his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies are all the more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell–damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a too-expensive-for-no-good-reason line that should be approached with extreme caution.

The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you're a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.

For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.

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Average Anti-Irritant Comforting Cleanser (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Cleansers/Soaps  $40.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Irritant Laser Relief (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $85.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Anti-Irritant Soothing Moisturizer (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $65.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Blemishes No More Cleansing Pads (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Blemish/Acne Treatments  $25.00 60.00 pads
Poor Blemishes No More Intensolution Dr. Brandt BHA  $35.00 3.70 fl. oz.
Poor Blemishes No More Oil-Free Hydrator Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $35.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Blemishes No More Redness Relief Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Blemishes No More Spot Blotter & Concealer (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Blemish/Acne Treatments  $25.00 0.35 fl. oz.
Average r3p Cream Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $125.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor r3p Eye Dr. Brandt Eye Moisturizers  $80.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Contour Effect (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $185.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Crease Release, with GABA Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $150.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor dr. brandt Detoxygen Experience Dr. Brandt Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $78.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Laser A-Peel System Dr. Brandt AHAs  $75.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor Microdermabrasion Body (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Body Scrubs  $45.00 4.40 fl. oz.
Poor Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream Dr. Brandt Scrubs  $75.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Laser Lightning Foaming Cleanser, for All Skin Types (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Cleansers/Soaps  $45.00 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Laser Lightning Toner, for All Skin Types (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Toners  $45.00 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Light Years Away Brightening Eye Cream Dr. Brandt Eye Moisturizers  $90.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Light Years Away Whitening Cream Dr. Brandt Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $110.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Light Years Away Whitening Cream Cleanser Dr. Brandt Cleansers/Soaps  $45.00 3.17 fl. oz.
Poor Light Years Away Whitening Essence Dr. Brandt Serums  $99.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Light Years Away Whitening Renewal Solution Dr. Brandt Toners  $50.00 3.90 fl. oz.
Average dr.brandt lineless lines no more for lips Dr. Brandt Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $30.00 0.25 fl. oz.
Poor Lineless Anti-Glycation Serum (Discontinued) Dr. Brandt Serums  $90.00 1.50 fl. oz.
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