10.01.2010
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DERMAdoctorAin´t Misbehavin´ Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 fl. oz. for $30
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Last Updated:12.29.2016
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Tested on animals:No

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser is a water-soluble, detergent-based lotion cleanser that contains 2% salicylic acid as an active ingredient as well as a hefty amount of glycolic acid. Although when used in a well formulated leave-on product, both ingredients can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin, they're far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser or scrub. That’s because they are rinsed off before they can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits, think again.

Because DERMAdoctor is making acne-fighting claims for this cleanser that aren’t likely to occur, its rating is not as good as it would have been otherwise.

Aside from this claim, this is an otherwise good cleanser for normal to slightly oily skin, in that it doesn't include any potentially-aggravating ingredients (such as alcohol or menthol) and it is fragrance free. Just keep in mind that if you are looking to exfoliate skin for blemish-busting benefits, this is not the product to do so.

Pros:

Gentle formula effectively cleanses normal to oily skin.

Fragrance free.

Cons:

Salicylic acid and glycolic acid included won't be able to fight blemishes as claimed.

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Formulated to clear blemishes and work synergistically with your daily acne control regimen. This soothing, non-foaming formula is ideal for anyone looking to reduce excess oiliness, mattify shine or simply refresh their complexion.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Sorbitol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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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