08.05.2011
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DERMAdoctorLitmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel
8 fl. oz. for $27
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Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel claims to contain “buffered glycolic acid to gently exfoliate surface skin cells,” but there’s one major issue with that. When used in a well-formulated leave-on product, glycolic acid can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, it is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work.

Otherwise, this fragrance-free cleanser removes makeup without making skin feel dry or tight and is best for normal to oily skin. Just be aware that this concentration of glycolic acid means that it should not be used around the eyes.

Pros:
  • Cleanses skin and removes makeup without making skin feel dry or tight.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • The amount of the glycolic acid makes this a problem for use around the eyes.
  • Cannot effectively exfoliate skin as claimed.
Last Updated:01.24.2017
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Tested on animals:No
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Contains buffered glycolic acid to gently exfoliate surface skin cells to reveal softer, smoother, healthier-feeling skin.

Ingredients

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate

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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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