This mattifier is said to control oily skin and reduce pore size while helping pore walls “snap back into shape”—it isn’t true. Because pore walls can become stretched and enlarged due to clogging from excess oil, dead skin cells, and other debris, using the right products can help, but this isn’t one of them. The only information about the ingredients and their supposed benefit for the pore come from the company that sells the ingredients, but even according to their information it was only a 16% improvement.
A lightweight product like this can help in terms of improving skin texture, but it does little if anything to affect what’s going on inside the pore. This is an OK option for light moisturizing, but it’s not without a couple problematic fragrant plant extracts that won’t help skin improve in any way. Please see More Info for further details on why irritation is bad for oily skin and what’s behind the EVERMATT name.
- Lightweight, gel-like texture smoothes over pores without making them look greasy.
- Temporarily improves skin texture.
- Formula doesn’t address what’s happening inside the pore lining that causes pores to clog and become enlarged.
- Contains a couple plant extracts known to be irritating, which won’t improve oily shine or pore size.
The EVERMATT portion of this product’s name is a variation on the trade name for the ingredient blend sold by cosmetic raw material supplier Sederma. The company maintains that their complex (which is a blend of a plant extract with oleanolic acid) helps control oil and reduce pore size. Their before and after photos are intriguing, but, ultimately, the improvements resulting from their clinical trials weren’t all that impressive. For example, pore size was reduced by only 16%. Aside from not being independent research, a 16% improvement is barely noticeable. The research might have had a more positive outcome if the product contained BHA (salicylic acid) as an exfoliant or if it contained niacinamide.
Why Irritation is Bad for Oily Skin
Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pore, so skin ends up being more oily and the pores become (or stay) enlarged. Treating oily skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function is the best approach to see improvements.
A treatment gel that reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, smoothes skin texture, and provides a matte finish. Formulated for the t-zone, this product gently clears pores, reduces excess oil, and restores pore walls to help snap them back into shape.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, PEG-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Enanti-a Chlorantha Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Oleanolic Acid, Dimethyl Oxobenzo Dioxasilane, Xanthan Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract
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.