Blemishes No More Intensolution

by Dr. Brandt   Blemishes No More
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$35 - 3.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments > BHA
Last Updated:
3/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

The only thing this anti-acne product does intensely is irritate skin. It contains a hefty amount of alcohol along with menthyl lactate, and, in a lesser amount, pure menthol. Irritation not only damages skin but also stimulates an increase in oil production in the pore.

Salicylic acid is present, but not in an amount those with acne will find helpful. It’s incredibly frustrating that such a poorly formulated product comes from a dermatologist who should have done some research before putting his name on a product.

Effectively clears blemishes without over-drying skin. Formulated with Dr Brandt’s Active Impurity Shield, a technologically advanced blemish fighting complex that inhibits bacteria growth, removes impurities and dead skin cells, absorbs and regulates oil and sebum production; promotes faster reduction and improvement in the appearance of blemishes, and helps shield skin from future breakouts.

Water, Alcohol Denatured, Silanediol Salicylate, Glycerin, Menthyl Lactate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ppg-26 Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicylic Acid, Picea Excelsa Bud Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-26, Disodium Edta, Sodium Phytate, Hydroxycinnamic Acid, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

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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  1. ZAW
    Reviewed on Monday, October 21, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Helped to clear my skin
    • I began using this product slowly and it was one of the first products I've ever used for blemishes that actually delivered. I have very sensitive skin but the ingredients weren't problematic for me. My opinion is that this line is more about the formulations than the ingredients. The improvements I saw (reduced inflammation was impressive) led me to look for another product to deal with excess oil and blackheads. I would still recommend this due to its efficacy and being paraben/cruelty free.

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