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Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry

What it is:A one-step facial rejuvenating treatment with a combined 19.5 percent multi-acid resurfacing complex with microdermabrading polymer beads. What it is formulated to do: Polymer beads physically dissolve microfibers to break anchor cells and help lift away debris.What else you need to know:Exfoliating properties retexturize dull, dry, or blotchy complexions while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, ultraviolet damage, post-acne discoloration, enlarged pores, and facial keratosis pilaris (surface bumpiness). Smoother, vibrant, younger-looking skin is revealed.
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Question
Is this ok to use with other acne products?
I'm currently using Clinique's acne system- which is mainly salicylic acid based cleansers, etc. Has anyone combined this product with other acne formulas? Thanks!!
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
kristy7379
(Austin, TX)
on Physical Chemistry
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would think it can be used with some other products in moderation DEPENDING ON YOUR PARTICULAR SKIN sensitivity and the type of acne product you are using with it. The best thing for you to do is not overdo it and talk to a dermatologist. I personally use it with other DERMADoctor Ain't Misbehavin Acne products (the face wash and the serum and the sulfur mask) and Poetry in Lotion. But my skin is not really sensitive at all. I only use this once a week and I am careful to remember the acne-prone skin needs one to be gentle with the cleansers and harsh products and that too much, too many, and too harsh are all things that aggravate acne more.

A dermatologist is your best bet for a good, reliable answer to the question based on your specific skin type and what other acne product you want to use.
answered 1 year ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 2
Hi,

Please do NOT ever ask reviewers for medical advice as they're not medically trained. Acne is a medical condition. Mixing certain products may be contraindicated. Only your doctor can answer specific questions like that, since he or she knows your specific skin condition and might have specific feelings on certain products or ingredients. Reviewers are too willing to give medical advice when they have no medical background to do so. While I do have a medical background, I am not in any position to give any medical advice to you.

Please note that while some doctors feel one thing about certain products, others differ in opinions. Everything depends on your doctor and your specific condition and issues in addition to products you might already be using.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 3
I've been using the PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY about every other week, along with my nightly use of Pro-Activ which contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and I haven't experienced any adverse reactions like drying or burning.

But I only use the Pro-Activ at night and wash with a gentle non-medicated cleanser in the morning like Clinique's Foaming Cleanser otherwise my skin gets too dry.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
alex575
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
You can definitely utilize this with any other regiman, use 1 time a week at night and build up your tolerance to the glycolic and bye bye acne scars!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
is this better than microdermabrasion?
I've recently considered getting microdermabrasion to get rid of my acne scars and even out my skin tone. Microdermabrasion is 80 bucks a pop around here which is about same cost for this product. I know microdermabrasion requires multiple sessions which can get pricey, but I'm willing to pay with the little college budget I have if it means I get solid results. Have any of you seen better results with this product than with microdermabrasion? Any feedback would be fantastic!
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
happycurls21
(Greenville, NC)
on Physical Chemistry
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Basically does the same thing, except that microdermabrasion is shooting crystals at your skin with air. That does exfoliate well, but causes small microtears in the skin that are not good for skin health.

We are so focused on fast results in our society, we start ignoring long-term health of the skin. Skin gets healthier, looks better, and ages less in the long run when we are gentler to our skin. Gentler cleansers and gentler exfoliation are the two biggest things people need to focus on to improve their skin.

So not only is this much less expensive than microdermabrasion, it is actually healthier for the skin and in the long run, your skin will reward you for this gentler approach.
answered 1 year ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 2
I have never received professional microdermabrasion and can honestly say, thanks to this product, that I never will have to pay those prices to get the results I am looking for. I have noticed a complete change in my skin -- even after the first use. I am so thankful I discovered this product.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
mercy8
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 3
I used to get professional MIcrodermabrasion once every 6 weeks. Ive recently switched over to using this product (combined with a Claudalie Peel) once every 2 weeks and honestly my skin has never looked better. So yes, if you keep up with the regimen, it can be better (and more cost efficient)
answered 3 years ago
actressdancer
(Asheville, NC)
answer 4
What is excellent about this product is that yes, it does cost approximately $80, this one jar will last anywhere between 5-7 months (if used twice a week). That will save you money as you are not making repeated payments of $80/month for a professional microdermabration. You will receive the same results for less.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
cojack
(Chandler, AZ)
Question
If you use this product in the morning, do you put on moisturizer afterwards as usual before applying makeup?
In the "recommendations" section many people mentioned how it made their skin look, and I'm wondering if you do your normal regimen after using this product on the days you use it? Or should I stick to using it at night?
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
sheshler
(Weston, FL)
on Physical Chemistry
3 answers
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answer 1
I use this product in the am. I put it on & "scrub" my face & then hop in the shower to remove. I then use my regular skincare products, including their eye balm & moisturizer. Haven't had any issues. I will also use it at night, if my skin feels particularly yucky & then put on my night cream. Also no issues.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Priscilla225
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I have used the product whenever I felt I needed it, day or night, I applied my regular skin care after & have also applied makeup after that. I haven't had any problems or irritation. I have even tanned hours after (bad, I know) & not had any sensitivity or redness like with many chemical exfoliants - even after UV exposure.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
theladyizavamp
(New York, NY)
answer 3
I would stick to using it at night with a good moisturizer. This way you skin has time to heal if for some reason you get any irritation.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
awolken
(Kansas City, MO)
Question
I have minor problems with rosacea, will this product irritate it?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
LexiA
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

Please do NOT ever ask reviewers for medical advice as they're not medically trained. Acne is a medical condition. Mixing certain products may be contraindicated. Only your doctor can answer specific questions like that, since he or she knows your specific skin condition and might have specific feelings on certain products or ingredients. Reviewers are too willing to give medical advice when they have no medical background to do so. While I do have a medical background, I am not in any position to give any medical advice to you.

Please note that while some doctors feel one thing about certain products, others differ in opinions. Everything depends on your doctor and your specific condition and issues in addition to products you might already be using.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Because of the hydroxy extracts and polymer beads, I would recommend speaking with your dermatologist before using this product as it could potentially aggrivate your condition.
answered 6 years ago
BelleDeJour
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Acne Scars?
Does this really reduce acne scars?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(San Diego, CA)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Can't speak to acne scars, but my redness & breakouts have definitely decreased since I started using this product. If you have a lot of scars or they are severe, I'd suggest seeing a dermatologist before trying any over the counter product.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Priscilla225
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I have looked for a long time for something to help my acne scars. I finally found what I was looking for! I can tell my scars and redness is fading.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Powell, TN)
Question
Does this help with uneven skin tone?
I have uneven skin tone on differnt parts of me body and it's always bothered me. So I was wondering if this product helped with that.
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Neecee401
(Detroit,MI)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

Very definitely. One of our teens is using it and it's been wonderful. It works with discolorations to even skin tone, among other things.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Yes, this product definitely evens out skin tone. Half the time I use it according to directions, and the other half I use it while I am showering. It works!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
beautytrip
(San Antonio, TX)
Question
How does this compare with Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
kaytee
(Miami, FL)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,

I think this one is safer. It's definitely more effective and gentle with one of our teens.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Dr. Brandt is just physical and uses aluminum, where this has alot of glycolic and azleic acid so it is more penetrating and same price and same size. Go for this one!!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
Packaging
I repurchased recently and the packing is horrible. Cannot get product out. Are there any plans to change the packaging? I love this stuff but I can't spend $75 on a product that I literally can't use because it will not come out of the jar when I push down on the pump mechanism.
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(MA)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
I had the same problem - the pump mechanism is horrible. However, you can just unscrew the top. The silver band is just a screw on lid. Then you can dip your hand in to get the product. I have no idea what they were thinking of when they did the pump thing.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
maeve49
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 2
I experienced the same problem with this product and others with similar packaging. Instead I'm using Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream, It's also a scrub and leaves my face smooth and non irritated
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jcgs
(brooklyn ny)
Question
What's the difference between physical and chemical exfoliator? Which is better for sensitive, acne prone skin? Thanks
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
21julie
(arlington, VA)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
A physical exfoliator removes debris via its rough texture (beads, seeds, salt, sugar, etc.) A chemical exfoliator (AHAs, retinol, etc) does so on a cellular level; you won't feel any abrasion but the chemicals are working to remove dead skin. Sensitive skin usually reacts more promising to non-abrasive (aka chemical) exfoliants.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
tngrl
(Nashville, TN)
answer 2
Physical means it just feels good, and usually has aluminum slivers that can scratch your pores, chemical is usually a glycolic an alpha that will be great for acneic clients because it will exfoliate and help bring the blemish to the surface to heal faster. This is amazing for everyone who has lines,acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
antiaging,dullskin black eye,brown hair,normal to dry
my age 34 after having my child my skin became dull and dry. iwant something for my face that could make my skin look bright and tight. i want antiaging mask or somting.
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(modesto ca)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

The best thing you can do is go to a Sephora and get a free consultation. The consultants are trained to deal with each individual situation, each person's skin tones, eye colors, and hair colors, and can recommend the very best products and shades from a wide range of manufacturers. When you ask a question on these boards, sometimes people who have no experience with any products give advice that really isn't appropriate or in some cases, could cause damage and even injury. (No offense to anyone intended). It's all a matter of perspective, I guess, which is why the Sephora consultants can give you the very best answers about products. If you're not near a Sephora, you can also get best advice by calling the toll free line at 877-SEPHORA.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
If you're willing to spend the $75 (which lasts a long time) for this product, I recommend it for dull and dry skin. You may still need a moisturizer, but the exfoliation in this treatment will help break-up all the dull dry skin. Your skin will feel incredibly soft and youthful.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
melkatte
(Rahway, NJ)
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