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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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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 4 years, 10 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 9 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 4 years, 10 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 2 years, 9 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 1 year, 10 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 2 years, 6 months 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 2 years, 8 months ago
cojack
(Chandler, AZ)
Question
I have minor problems with rosacea, will this product irritate it?
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
LexiA
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
Answers
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 3 years, 10 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 5 years, 6 months ago
BelleDeJour
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How does this compare with Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
kaytee
(Miami, FL)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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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 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 10 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
What's the difference between physical and chemical exfoliator? Which is better for sensitive, acne prone skin? Thanks
asked 4 years, 10 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, 4 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 4 years, 10 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
can this be used with the clarisonic plus brush?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
bethanyrambin
(lafayette, LA)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Hi

This is to be used gently with your fingers. The rotations of the Clarisonic might be a bit much for this product. We have the Clarisonic plus, too, and I wouldn't want my teens to use it with this. (They use it with other products). Even though the CP is relatively gentle, I think it might be more than necessary for this product.

Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
no need to use with anything else. It's a complete facial in a jar.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Dalfnfan
(Phoenix, AZ)
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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 10 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 3 years, 10 months ago
beautytrip
(San Antonio, TX)
Question
How long do you leave this on?
I've been applying it to my face and less than a minute later I rinse it off. Should I be leaving it on my face a little longer to see better results?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
OCLizzyG
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
I leave it on until I stop feeling the tingle...around three minutes.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
SissyK
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 2
You manipulate while it's on your face after washing, then you rinse.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
krissy90220
(Bay Area)
Question
i want to know what product is best for my dark underarm?
i have a problem, my underarms are dark, i want to exfoliate it, in a more sensitive term by peeling.. so, by then after peeling, i can a new born skin.. i believed i also need a whitening deodorant that is mild n gentle to my skin. i hope you can help me.. thanks!
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
elisezoe
(uae)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Dermadoctor's Total NonScents Brightening Antiperpsirant formula really helps my underarm discoloration. It does take 6-8 weeks to start working, but the results are worth it. I tried Nivea, which is much cheaper, but it didn't work at all. Total NonScents is a huge bottle, and it lasts for 3-4 months, so it's not as costly as it seems when you first look at it. It gets rid of discoloration, eventually, but it's also the absolute best anti-perspirant I've ever used. It completely stops sweat, and it's totally scent free.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Catwomanca
(CA)
answer 2
I would see a dermatologist. They have several effective prescription options available for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. I do not think this product is strong enough for your situation.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
SissyK
(Raleigh, NC)
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 3 years, 7 months 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 2 years, 9 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 ago
jcgs
(brooklyn ny)
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