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Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry

What it is:A high-performance exfoliating facial that contains a calming, hydrating complex to leave skin feeling healthy and radiant. What it is formulated to do:This high-performance chemical peel and microdermabrasion session are synthesized into a single, easy-to-use facial rejuvenating treatment. It helps improve the appearance of fine lines, post-acne discoloration, enlarged pores, facial keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps), and blotchy skin discoloration due to sun damage, melasma, freckles, and aging. The powerful formula energizes a dull, lifeless complexion while hydrating dry, flaky skin. Featuring a dual-action exfoliator, it prepares skin for deeper penetration of post-procedural skin treatments. What else you need to know:This product is dermatologist tested and approved, allergy tested, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-drying, and noncomedogenic. It is free of fragrance, dye, and gluten with no animal testing.
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Questions & Answers for Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry

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 6 years, 3 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, 10 months 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 5 years, 2 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 6 years, 1 month 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 6 years, 2 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 4 years, 1 month ago
happycurls21
(Greenville, NC)
on Physical Chemistry
4 answers
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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, 10 months 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 3 years, 3 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, 10 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 4 years 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 3 years, 4 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 1 year 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 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 9 months ago
awolken
(Kansas City, MO)
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I have minor problems with rosacea, will this product irritate it?
asked 6 years, 11 months 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 5 years, 2 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, 10 months ago
BelleDeJour
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How does this compare with Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion?
asked 6 years, 7 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 5 years, 2 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 6 years, 2 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
Acne Scars?
Does this really reduce acne scars?
asked 6 years, 10 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 1 year 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 6 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Powell, TN)
Question
Has anyone seen a 'true' reduction in post-acne sicoloration & scarring?
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
sweetslvr
(Fort Drum, NY)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes! This product has done WONDERS for my acne scars. I have been battling acne for about 10 years. It has dramatically decreased my scars.
answered 6 months ago
iTeachLiteracy
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 2
I've been using this for about four months and I swear I have seen improvements with not only discolorations but also general resurfacing...I do have some "pock-mark' type scarring and this seems to have improved with the use of this product.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
electro1979
(Fremont, CA)
Question
What's the difference between physical and chemical exfoliator? Which is better for sensitive, acne prone skin? Thanks
asked 6 years, 3 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 3 years, 8 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 6 years, 2 months ago
ciceel
(Las Vegas,NV)
Question
Ingredient
I just got a sample of it because i reached a 100 points perk. and there was no ingredient listed on the bottle; my skin is allergic to glycolic acid so i was wondering if it contained that?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(California)
on Physical Chemistry
2 answers
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answer 1
I checked the ingredients for you and there is Glycolic Acid in it. I think it's one of the main ingredients since it's 5th on the list of many.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
jjvb
(montreal)
answer 2
Hi,

The ingredients are:

"Multi-acid Resurfacing Complex: A physician-grade complex that works to increase the skin's rate of cellular renewal by chemically exfoliating cellular debris and inflammatory pigmentation.
-Azelaic Acid: Synergistically lightens the complexion and promotes a more even skin tone.
-Synthetic Polymer Microdermabrading Beads: Anti-irritant complex features EGCG derived from green tea diminishes the potential for facial redness, irritation, and inflammation, and neutralizes free-radical damage.

And Aqua (Water), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Macrobeads, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Azelaic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben."
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
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 5 years, 2 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 4 years, 11 months ago
SissyK
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 2
You manipulate while it's on your face after washing, then you rinse.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
krissy90220
(Bay Area)
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