Tease Zone Oil Control Gel
This oil-absorbing gel is DERMAdoctor’s version of OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel, which costs a bit more for almost the same amount of product. Both products use an acrylate-based polymer system that has impressive absorbent properties. The interesting thing about Tease Zone is that the company claims that silicones clog pores, but then they go ahead and include two types of silicone in this product; either they are hypocrites or the marketing department doesn’t know how to read an ingredient list. Not to worry, though, silicones don’t clog pores. However, if you’re concerned about silicones, although there is no health reason to be, the OC Eight Mattifying Gel does not contain them (ironic isn’t it?).
Although DERMAdoctor’s version of OC Eight (which is reviewed on Beautypedia) isn’t a first, it’s comparable to its competitor and worth considering if you want to spend a bit less money reducing surface shine; exactly how long it will take depends on how oily your skin is and what other products you apply to your face.
Up until now, there have been 3 main categories of oil-reducing products on the market. Those heavily laden with fragrance (a definite dermatological no-no); those without fragrance that leave a strong chemical odor; and those that have a heavy, pore-plugging silicone base. Tease Zone is none of the above. It goes on lightly and disappears; you won't even realize you've got it on. But its formulation contains a highly concentrated level of effective patented Polymer Technology - Sebum Sequestering Micro-Particles - that work to keep surface skin oils at bay without parching skin.
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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