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Dermadoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser

What it is: A highly effective, medicated, soap free, pH balanced, creamy acne cleanser.What it is formulated to do:Deep cleans without drying. Helps eliminate the breakouts while removing excess oil, makeup, and bacteria. Penetrates pores to eliminate, clear up, and prevent the development of new acne blemishes while allowing skin to heal.What else you need to know:Dermatologist-tested and approved. pH balanced. Non-comedogenic. Soap, oil, fragrance, and dye-free. No animal testing.
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Questions & Answers for Dermadoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser

Question
Can you ask for samples of this cleanser available in stores?
I'm thinking of trying this cleanser out, but I'm also a little hesitant to buy it because some of the reviews thought the texture was too greasy and drying afterwards. I have combination skin that's sensitive. Will this product help clear my acne prone areas and remove dirt/makeup?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes! Always always always get a sample. Sometimes samples are tricky because they won't show you RESULTS after just two days but they will tell you if you skin doesn't like the product right away. Just ask for a sample and they will give you about a 3 day supply :)
answered 9 months ago
EmmyP
answer 2
yes you can, sephora is great like that. you can also buy it and bring it back if it doesnt work.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
acprose
(kcmo)
answer 3
Definitely try to get a sample! I bought w/o trying a sample and regretted it. I think this will work well for people w/ "resistant" skin who are "non-stingers." (see my review). Unfortunately I am a stinger. I also found that this did not remove make-up well. I had to remove m/u 1st, then use this.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
blondie4eyes
(New Bedford, MA)
answer 4
To me this product is creamy. I haven't had a problem with it being greasy. Make sure you use a good moisturizer with at least SPF 30 or higher because it will dry out the skin a little (the Alpha Hydroxy/Glycolic Acid in this product will do this).
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
misstijera
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
answer 5
If you go to the store they will give you a sample. I have sensitive skin that is combination and I find it neither over-drying nor greasy. It has almost completely eliminated all of my break-outs (I have maybe two pimples a year)! It takes time, you have to use it for a while and clear out all of the pores that are already clogged…get rid of the pimples that are already under the skin. So you may experience more pimples at first, which is a sign it is working!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
sassyd26
(Richmond, VA)
answer 6
I have sensitive skin that is oily and I love this product. I hope it helps. it's only greasy if your skin is really dirty - such as - when I forget to wash my make-up off at night and then when I use it in the morning I have to wash my face twice. nothing against the product just my laziness
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
MjSimone
(Antioch, CA)
answer 7
I also have fairly sensitive combination skin, and I do not find this cleanser greasy, drying, or irritating. It has helped clear up my acne-prone areas, but I would recommend taking off your makeup first with wipes or makeup remover (you will definitely need to remove eye makeup at the very least), as it is applied without water. Also, this way, I think it gives the cleanser a chance to penetrate deeper into your skin. I'm sure you can ask for a sample in the store, which should help you make your decision (after all, everyone's skin is different). I personally noticed a difference after a couple uses. Hope that helps!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
onlyz
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
is a moisturizer necessary after use? my skin is usually dry but i'm having trouble with breakouts lately
is there a moisturizer in this line?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
lucyandbob
(fairbanks, ak)
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
this cleanser HAS a toner included! so you don't need to buy an extra one. toner's are pretty important because they help rebalance the pH of your skin. many cleansers is to disrupt the pH balance during the process of cleansing impurities from your skin. they also help remove makeup or leftover dirt trapper in pores that your cleanser did not initially remove. and i would recommend using a simple oil-free moisturizer with no active ingredients because your skin may still be sensitive from healing or existing breakouts. check for ingredients beforehand so that you may avoid anything irritating such as alcohol denat., etc.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
mandarindoll
(wantagh, ny)
answer 2
This cleanser doesn't dry out your face. I don't use any type of cream or moisterizer on my face afterwards because I tend to get small white blemishes if I do.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
cindy93
(Anaheim, CA)
answer 3
I haven't seen a moisturizer for this line but the Photodynamic Therapy is a good (replacement for) moisturizer and it also contains SPF 30 which you need to use if your using this cleanser.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
misstijera
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
answer 4
It's definitely not as drying as other acne cleansers, but I switch between Argan oil and Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion depending on weather.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
cherrybombtastic
(LA, CA)
answer 5
you don't need a toner. No one needs a toner. You can use on on occasion when you feel like you're face isn't "clean" enough, or if a particular toner has properties in it that you want to use on your skin. But since this is glycolic in it already, a toner is not necessary, it may be too drying & then you would definitely need a moisturizer.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
DTalksAll
(NJ)
answer 6
Yes a moisturizer and toner are necessary! This cleanser is great and unlike anything you will get in the drug store. I think that great skin starts with a great cleanser. I suggest you use this, but save your money by buying a drug store toner and moisturizer because it's most important to have a high quality cleanser. I suggest Biore triple action astringent and netrogena acne defense lotion. That's what i have been using and my skin looks great.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Kendra47
(New York, New York)
answer 7
For personalized product recommendations, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA. Please choose menu option 2 to speak directly with a Beauty Advisor.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser
I am currently using the Clarisonic brush with the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser. How would you compare both products? Has anyone found better results with the Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated Acne Cleanser?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
FGarcia
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
I LOVE my Clarisonic but did not find the gel to do much for me. I apply the dermadoctor cleanser just as the instructions suggest, and then use my wet Clarisonic to wash it off. Works great, and not harsh on my sensitive skin, either!
answered 10 months ago
RosieH
(SW Missouri)
answer 2
I made the switch - I'm use this product with and without my Clarasonic brush. No problems so far.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
makeupnola
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 3
I have been seeing results. Make sure you apply this cleanser on dry skin. Don't mix this with water and apply it to your face. Do EXACTLY what the instructions say. And still use your clarasonic.
My skin has a glow and is improving. Somebody thought I had makeup on today and I took that as a compliment*
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
misstijera
(Bann, Germany)
answer 4
I used the Ain't Misbehavin' with my brush but I'm not impressed. I had better results using Cetaphil with my brush
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
devidev
(Los Angeles and Houston)
answer 5
I love Ain't Misbehavin. I haven't tried the product you're currently useing, but I have spent hundreds,maybe thousands over the last 20 years on cleansers trying to keep my face acne free, this is the ONLY one that I have found that works without drying my face. I ran out and had to wait for payday to get more,well,next time I'll borrow $ to make sure I always have it :) Do not wet your face before applying,go to Sephora and get a sample,it does burn a little. Good Luck to you
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
tjlouise
(Rolling Meadows,IL)
answer 6
I would not use clarisonic with this cleanser- it's too much! I personally think the cleanser is a stronger exfolient. U can use the brush 1-2x/week not at the same time u use this cleanser. I use cleanser in morning and when I use my brush, it's at night- but only occasionally.
answered 4 years ago
mmchome
(Rochester, NY)
answer 7
I am unable to compare these two products.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Salem, NJ)
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Drying?
This is quite a dose of salicylic acid & glycolic acid, but it claims to be non-drying. My skin is oily/acne prone, but will dry out if i overdo it on drying ingredients. Can anyone with similar skin & experience with this comment on how drying it is?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
i use it all over, and the only time its drying is when i use hot water when i get into the shower after. using it with the sephora rubber scrubby makes my skin extra soft.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
acprose
(kcmo)
answer 2
I haven't had any problems with this product drying my face out but make sure you are wearing and SPF 30 moisturizer or higher.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
misstijera
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
answer 3
It's not drying at all. At first I used Argan oil after cleansing, but then I stopped to see which results looked better and you can definitely get away with not moisturizing if you have oily skin. I currently switch it up from Argan oil and Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion and my skin has not felt dry, but I would just use an oil-free moisturizer just in case!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
cherrybombtastic
(LA, CA)
answer 4
I didn't find it drying AT ALL, but it didn't wash the dirt off my face at all either. One of the ladies at Sephora said I should use a makeup remover first...I think a face cleaner should CLEAN your face.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
camcurt
answer 5
I have noticed some dryness after using this product. I found a lightweight moisturizer, though, and I just use it every morning or every other morning. No problems now.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
apinichole
(The South :))
answer 6
It truly doesn't dry out skin. Although it has a mild sting (from the strong ingredients) the first few days of use, the product never dried out my skin and I have combo/acne prone skin that can get really dry in some patches and really oily in others, depending on the climate and products applied. It's prob due to the other ingredients in it, that are non-soap products, which cause the cleanser not to foam and not to dry out skin.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
littlewoman917
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I fit your skin type exactly. I use just this in the morning and night and it is not drying. If you feel like it's too drying, put on moisturizer before bed only. It's definitely virtually eliminating "the greasies" during the day for me.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
makeupnola
(New Orleans, LA)
Question
What product do you suggest for make up ? Iam 40 years old and want to try derma doctor for face cleasing and cleaning
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
Aint Misbehavin!
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
ladyjen06
(portland, or)
answer 2
If you don't have acne I would NOT recommend this. It made me feel like my skin was older and there are other products that are better for make-up removal & anti-aging. I've heard clinique's "Take the day off" is really great for makeup or, if you want a NATURAL anti-aging cleanser, the OleHendricksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser is great :)
answered 9 months ago
EmmyP
answer 3
Yes, I strongly recommend DERMAdoctor! I get so many compliments on my skin since I started using the Wrinkle Revenge line about two months ago. Get the Poetry in Lotion, and Photodynamic Therapy also, hands down the best anti-aging products I have ever used! I have used alot also!! This Dermatologist got it right, that is for sure, probably because she is a woman!! :) She know's what woman want and she formulated it. I highly highly recommend it, and it's not even as expensive as so many other brands out there and her's does miracles for the skin, So go get your DERMAdoctor!!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
yankeegrl
(Connecticut)
answer 4
with makeup u want to use something specifically designed to remove it, otherwise you could be left with some of it on your face. i would use a makeup remover before hand. i like to use purity by philosophy on days that i wear a lot of makeup, and then just use this in the morning before i put it on.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
acprose
(kcmo)
answer 5
I believe it would definitely helped out with your Milia as the Glycolic will mildly exfoliate, however the concentration of Glycolic is a bit high in this product that I would be very cautious since you mentioned you are sensitive. Also it will help you with the texture of your complexion as it is an exfoliating cleanser. If you're scared to go with a product with a high concentration of glycolic, I would start off with PTR 3% or even DDF's 5% glycolic wash...hope this helps
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
skinkareaddict3
(San Jose, Ca)
answer 6
For personalized product recommendations, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA & choose menu option 2 to speak with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Help with Redness, Acne Scarring, and Milia?
I have acne-prone, oily, sensitive skin.

I have A LOT of acne scarring all over my forehead and chin. I also have these little bumps all over my forehead that I believe are milia (they're the same color as my skin tone and cannot be popped -- so most likely not pimples). Occasionally my forehead is very red too. So, I'm wondering how this product has helped those who have redness, acne scarring, and milia?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
i am acne prone due to oily skin and suffer from acne scarring and i saw improvement almost immediately; your skin will feel dry so make sure you moisturise and spf it daily; good luck!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
irazema1
(laredo, tx)
answer 2
I don't currently have any milia, but I've dealt with it in the past. It's good to keep skin exfoliated to help with this problem. This cleanser does help with exfoliation and skin renewal time. My redness is very much improved and my skin looks more even toned than it has in a long time. As for scarring, I've got a couple of small, pockmarks. They are relatively unchanged, but I didn't expect improvement there. I really recommend this cleanser! Good luck!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
missnomer
(Wichita, KS)
answer 3
this doesn't help for scarring because i have alot of acne scars too and i dont see anything happening for my scars. but i recommend doing masks for whitening because it does help your skin go lighter.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
itzbaybee
(norwich,ct)
answer 4
This product doesn't really help with scarring but it has helped with redness from acne. I noticed little bumps all over my forehead during the summer, the Dr told me it was milia. I switched to this product and within a few weeks my forehead was smooth again.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
droopysunflower
answer 5
I have had those tiny skin-colored bumps too and after a month or two of using this cleanser twice a day I have seen a dramatic reduction in their appearance! And it is very creamy, and doesnt dry out my skin so I would imagine it wouldnt make the redness any worse.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
mohrm
(Kansas City, Ks)
answer 6
I cannot tell you whether this product would help the actual pimples, but it could potentially aid you with the scarring.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Salem, NJ)
Question
makeup?
does this remove makeup on the face, or do I need to wash my face & wait for it to dry before I use this?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
DTalksAll
(NJ)
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
Since I wear eye makeup, I usually go ahead and use a makeup removing towelette on my eyes and face before using. However, this cleanser gives you a really deep clean and does a great job of clearing away any leftover makeup, so I don't think removing makeup beforehand is an absolute must.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
skiptotheloo
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
I never just wash my face first with cleanser if I have make-up on and then call it a day... I always remove make-up first, so I am not washing/lathering "old make-up back into skin."
I personally use a cold cream to take off make-up.. it does a great job without stripping my face before I wash/use any products containing aha or bha.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mag2010
(San Diego, California)
answer 3
You will want to make sure to use a warm washcloth to wipe it off your face, instead of just rinsing your skin. You do not have to leave it on long, maybe 10 seconds, just long enough to warm the cloth, then wipe gently with the washcloth. I prefer to use a white washcloth, so I can really see what is coming off my face! It works!!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
thebrat
(Phoenix)
answer 4
I usually wash my face with cetaphil first to remove my makeup- dry my face- and then use the dermadoctor cleanser.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
m1990s
(Dallas, Texas)
answer 5
it does remove make from your face but I usually use an eye make up remover first to get rid of mascara since it might be too strong or drying for the eye area.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
haycaramba
(niami beach, florida)
answer 6
Personally, I would use a makeup remover first.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
vampire22
(Clovis, CA)
Question
usage
Would it be smart to rise my face with warm water, dry it, and then apply this product?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
lilpierik
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
I think that's fine. I usually take my make up off, rinse, and dry....then apply the cleanser.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
ksam1
(Elk grove village)
answer 2
I take my makeup off first then dry my face, and apply the cleanser to dry skin message in for 30 seconds and rinse. LOVE IT and love my clear skin. So will you!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
yankeegrl
(Connecticut)
answer 3
I've been told it can be used on dry or wet skin. I've been using it forever and think applying it to wet skin leads to better results.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
sforeman
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
washing my face too much with water dries it out. this is supposed to get your skin clean so i dont think you have to worry about cleaning your face... to clean your face. if you have a lot of makeup on then i would use a make up remover beforehand. hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
acprose
(kcmo)
answer 5
I wouldn't. I use this by rubbing a dime sized dollop onto my dry face and then I get into the shower and rub my face under the water to remove the cleanser.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
mohrm
(Kansas City, Ks)
answer 6
depending on what you wash your face with because it could interact with the ingredients in this product, i would recommend getting olay pads to remove your make up
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
norajoon
(long beach ca)
Question
Good for combination skin??
I have combination skin with little oily nose, mostly normal cheek area and forehead, and slightly dry chin area. Also my skin is acne prone. I was wondering that would this product be drying for my normal face areas?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
nrdesai
(Chicago, IL)
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
this cleanser doesn't dry the skin, but i always use a mosturizer after cleansing, but every person is different,
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
tchem
(Puerto Rico)
answer 2
My skin is very similar (dry patches and oily patches). I use this cleanser all over my face and have not experienced any dryness at all.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
fidelstar
(Lawrence,KS)
answer 3
I would try a sample first if you can. I found this product to be too irritating, and while my skin is sensitive, it is super oily. It did not dry my face out excessively - it just was too irritating for me. Dr. Baumann in her book, Skin Type Solutions, explains that some people are "stingers" - they react to certain ingredients with stinging and burning. I am apparently a stinger. If you are not a stinger, this might work very well for you.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
blondie4eyes
(New Bedford, MA)
answer 4
I love this product because I have the same problem, it is not drying at all. There is no soap in it which is so drying to those already dry areas in combination skin. Hope this helps
answered 3 years ago
stacie32
(Holyoke Co)
answer 5
cindy93, thanks for your response.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
nrdesai
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
It works well for both oily and dry skin. I have an oily nose and forehead, with dry cheeks and chin. It does not over-dry my skin.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
cindy93
(Anaheim, CA)
Question
Usage
How much are you supposed to use? How long do you massage on for?
asked 2 years ago
almondmilk
(San Francisco, CA)
on Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
It's very creamy so I just use a dollop about the size of two peas
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
laurasaurusss
(Ontario, Canada)
answer 2
I use about a nickel size amount. and massage it onto my skin for maybe 2 minutes, if that. But about 2-3 times a week I will let it sit on my skin for 15 minutes and let it just do it's job. You're skin will feel amazing afterwards!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
kirstenlyn
(Tampa, Florida)
answer 3
When I bought this, the lady told me to massage on dry skin for 30 seconds.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
paiiigey
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
I usually put one squeeze (like the size of a penny) in my hand, then massage on the face in a circular motion for a minute. Then I leave it on my face for a few minutes before washing it off and have had good results doing that.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
girlpowermch
answer 5
I just use a pea size and massage for about 30 seconds.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Angie38H
(Lees Summit, MO)
answer 6
I use about a quarter sized amount and it's lasted me for over 7 months. Also, I rub it on and leave it on for as long as I can. It's usually about 3-4 minutes. Then wash off slowly with warm water. Keeping it on longer gives the acid to remove dead skin cells and the witch hazel combat the bacteria.
answered 2 years ago
B0ST0NGRL
(Boston, MA)
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