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Dermadoctor POETRY in Lotion®

What it is:A patent-pending formulation that contains 1 percent microencapsulated retinol blended with a calming, hydrating complex for smooth, youthful-looking skin. What it is formulated to do:Let your skin be your muse as retinol helps make your complexion appear more vibrant, youthful, and fabulous. This patent-pending formulation contains 1 percent microencapsulated retinol blended with a calming and hydrating complex to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and skin discoloration. What else you need to know:This product is dermatologist tested and approved, allergy tested, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and noncomedogenic. It is free of fragrance and dye with no animal testing. Research results:RIPT (patch testing) study performed upon 53 volunteers, both male and female, ages 18 to 59:- Found no evidence of sensitization including redness, dryness, or irritation
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Questions & Answers for Dermadoctor POETRY in Lotion®

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Under 25
I've heard retinol is also good for large pores and preventing wrinkles. Is this product ok for people who have no signs of aging yet but want to prevent it and shrink pores at the same time?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
sgabigabi
(Bellevue, WA)
on POETRY in Lotion®
5 answers
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answer 1
I'm only 22 and I don't think age really matters. I have been using this product for about a month now and I'm starting to see my pores are actually smaller ^_^ unless my eyes are playing tricks on me. I'm just wanting to get rid of my acne marks and discoloration, hope this does help.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
christina0789
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 2
In all of the research that I've done on retinol before buying this product, tons of sites, dermatologists, and experts have advised adding retinol to any skincare regimen as an anti-aging preventative method.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
raeleew
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
Wow.. I dont think I would even bother with this lotion if that is your case.. Get on a sunblock & moisturizing regime instead. You will need this lotion later in life so dont rush it..
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
ColleenD
(Windsor, CA)
answer 4
I found it to be very helpful with shrinking my pores. Just be careful not to put it near your eyes, and remember it is very strong so use sunscreen.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
nikitaam
(Las Vegas , Nevada)
answer 5
I've started to use this every other day with Poetry Physical Chemistry and I have noticed my pores are starting to diminish. I've also begun to use Eye Hope and Hope in a Jar from Philosophy along with with St Ive's Apricrot scrub and all this ritual is working wonders for me. Hopes this helps. PS. I'm only 29.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
mendozm
(TX)
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Has this caused an initial breakout for anyone?
I've been using this about a week and love how it has evened out my skin tone. I am having a bit of a breakout on my lower cheeks, though, and am wondering if I am having a cosmetic reaction? Or could this just be a purge? This has evened out my skin tone so much that it isn't bothering me too badly, just wondering if anyone else had this experience and if it clears. Thanks!
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on POETRY in Lotion®
4 answers
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answer 1
I have not had any skin breakouts
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mcshelly
(Fontana, CA)
answer 2
Your skin is purging! My skin purged for 2 weeks randomly and it went away really quick! Just hang in there! On off days when you aren't using Poetry In Lotion, just use an acne treatment to maintain it, but the retinol in this product will help with the acne too when you do use it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
answer 3
Now I'm having breakouts too after more than a week's use. Also, some portion of face, skin just doesn't flake or show sign of breaking.. it just forms like lines more visible that they were. I used all types of scrub material but to now avail.. cheek bone area are darker in color like burnt and temporal sides.. gosh what shall I do now
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
emfran
(las vegas, NV)
answer 4
This happened to me to and I stopped for a few days and then used again and it it did clear up. The first few weeks my skin was bothered, but now I love the stuff.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
traiylor
(Los Angeles, CA)
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Can I use a nightime mosturizer after I put this on?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
arianam
(LA, CA)
on POETRY in Lotion®
4 answers
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answer 1
The use of an additional moisturizer is not recommended. From the DERMAdoctor site:
"We recommend that you avoid simultaneous application of other topical treatments/moisturizers. That being said, Poetry in Lotion contains a Moisturization Complex including cyclomethicone, safflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, glycerin, bisabolol, Oat Kernel Extract and Ceramide-2 work to protect against skin dehydration."
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answered 4 years, 10 months ago
oheliza
(Toronto Canada)
answer 2
yes, always use a moisturizer over it. always. and always use a moisturizer and sunblock during the day when using a retinol. never use a retinol during the day.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
erintheskinguru
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 3
The saleswoman at Sephora told me to pat, not rub, on my nighttime moisturizer after using the product. I also always try and wait until the lotion is completely absorbed before applying a moisturizer.
answered 5 years ago
mjenap
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
I would advise against it, because you can limit the surface contact of the retinol with the skin by mixing it with another product. If you absolutely need a moisturizer (I have pretty oily skin, and I still needed one), make sure you moisturize during the day, and trade off nights between the Poetry in Lotion and another moisturizer.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
EmilieG
(New York City, NY)
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eyes
Can his be used around the eyes?
asked 5 years ago
Anonymous
(Hamilton)
on POETRY in Lotion®
4 answers
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answer 1
I did use it on my eyes once, just tapping my fingers around the eye area after I had applied it to my face (not a separate application of product, so there was very little actually being used). As all the other reviewers have noted, that is not a good idea. My eyes peeled, likely because of dryness. No insane reaction occurred but it is still better to find a product designed for the eye area. However, with the right product, the eye area can benefit a lot from retinol. I would definitely consider it.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
voyager
(Silver Spring, MD)
answer 2
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never on the eyes,

would you use your body wash to wash your face?
your body lotion to moisturize your face?
your face cream on your face?
the skin is similar but very different
which is why we have body products, face products and eye products,

the skin around the eyes is as thin and delicate as half a sheet of tissue
and have you ever seen a product that says its a scrub for the eyes?

you ever take your salt scrub or whatever scrub you use and exfoliate your eyes?

i hope not. it'd hurt like &&&.
eyes don't need that. the skin is too thin and fragile.
imagine the scrub on steroids exfoliating the eye...that's what retinol would do.
if you want red, crepey, dry eyes, go ahead.

if you want to "exfoliate" the eyes, to soften fine lines/wrinkles, you can look for an eye cream with alpha lipoic acid or peptides, those ingredients don't technically exfoliate but ALA is a omega that stimulates natural cell turnover and protects the cell layer to keep water in cells and protect the cell's DNA, peptides also are the building blocks of the proteins in our skin and help natural cell turnover
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
erintheskinguru
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 3
No, I wouldn't use it around the eyes. Is very drying.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
piper69
(Olympia, WA)
answer 4
This product is not recommended for the eye area. We recommend Dermadoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm.
answered 5 years ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Is this a good product for acne scarring?
I am 18 and so do not have wrinkles on my face but I do have some fairly serious acne scarring. I understand that this product is designed for anti-aging but will it produce results for acne scarring as well? I have tried the new philosophy cream for acne but although it has a nice feel I'm not overwhelmed with the results.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
voyager
(Bryn Mawr, PA)
on POETRY in Lotion®
4 answers
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answer 1
I have been using this product for that reason for quite some time now. When I began using it I still had acne and although some people see that clear up I did not see any additional benefits. My skin is fairly sensitive, so I have not increased my usage to nightly I still use it every other night. I have seen a difference in my acne scarring. I recently got a pimple, likely from stress as that is now rare for me, and it has healed and the mark is diminishing much faster than I am used to and this is the only product that could be making a difference. It has also helped even out my skin tone and reduce blackheads around my nose. A very nice product, I recommend it.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
voyager
(Silver Spring, MD)
answer 2
depends on the severity. retinol does help with ANY surface texture. hence the word HELP and cell turnover. retinol helps re-firm and re-densify the deeper layers of the skin. the philosophy acne retinol cream....should help, its just a lower percentage of other retinols. just keep using it. results don't happen overnight. don't expect 100% improvement either if the damage is severe...that generally requires more aggressive treatments over time. just like sun damage and acne marks, it doesn't show up on the skin overnight, it doesn't go away overnight either. retinol does help even out the skin tone if its discoloration.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
erintheskinguru
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 3
I LOVE it for old acne scarring. It has actually prevented me from getting additional acne and I had tried everything! I like it better than anything else I've tried.
answered 5 years ago
mjenap
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
im trying it to see if it works on scarring. Ive been using it 4 three days and it made me break out (2 blackheads) but i was reading some of the reviews and it says its normal. I stopped using it for a few days so that i clear up. Im going to use it every other day to see if it works 4 a few weeks. If not I will return it
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
davaliah
(ca)
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compared to Philosophy
How does Poetry in Lotion compare to Philosophy's Help Me?
asked 5 years ago
julle
(Hamilton)
on POETRY in Lotion®
3 answers
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answer 1
Help Me has less retinol, believe around .15%. Higher concentrated lotions significantly reduce lines more, but have commensurate levels of peeling. I found Help Me just didn't do enough for me, but I have very NON-sensitive skin and can tolerate higher retinol levels.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Swoozy
answer 2
I actually use both products but alternate days due to Poetry's strength. It's worked wonders for me. It's the first time I can use tinted moisturizer rather than foundation. Hope this helps!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
mendozm
(TX)
answer 3
Both products contain time released retinol as well as soothing/ anti-inflammatory ingredients. However, Help Me is slightly more targeted towards pores/ breakout prone skin while Poetry in Lotion has unique collagen-boosting ingredients so is slightly more targeted towards anti-aging. Both products also help with discoloration and uneven skintone.
answered 5 years ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
is it oil free-non-comenogenic
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
oldkat
(toronto, ontario)
on POETRY in Lotion®
3 answers
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answer 1
it doesn't have any pore clogging ingredients or mineral oils. virtually all products these days are made non-comedogenic. except for the ones you'll find at cheapie stores, etc. don't confuse essential oils with "oil" you think that's greasy and pore clogging. essential oils actually regulate the skin and act as carriers for ingredients deeper into the skin. this is ideal for all skin types, with beginning use to be done nightly ever 2nd-3rd night, then every 2nd-other night, then every other night to every night and followed by moisturizer, be sure to moisturize during day and use sunblock also
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
erintheskinguru
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 2
Yes, but very drying.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
piper69
(Olympia, WA)
answer 3
You can click the "Ingredients" Tab on the product page to see what is in it, and yes, there are some oils. However, this does not mean you will break out from using this. Some moisturizing ingredients are added to reduce the irritation from the high level of retinol in this product. From someone who breaks out very easily, I have not had any problems, in fact, this has cleared me up.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
msmm
(New York, NY)
Question
Burning anyone??
Using this everyother day...now on the nights that I use my regular moisurizer and eye cream, it burns. Is this normal? Anyone else getting this? I'm gonna start spacing usage out to maybe every 3 days but is anyone else getting this?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
beentheredoneit
(Land of a thousand lakes)
on POETRY in Lotion®
3 answers
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answer 1
when beginning use, use every 3rd-2nd night, then every 2nd-other night, then every other night to every night as tolerated. you do not use retinol on the eyes, ever. always put moisturizer on over it. no exceptions. no exceptions. you use the gradual use as i said above to adjust properly for new retinol users and assure care and no irritation, thats very important. always use moisturizer and sunblock during the daytime when using retinols. never use the retinol during the day too. do not use lots of glycolics and salicylic acids and enzyme peels/masks when using a retinol. that is over-exfoliation which irritates and dries even the oiliest skins and will make you very sensitive. hope this helps. give yourself a couple days without retinol and keep your skin hydrated. then use the gradual process to work your way back up to using it.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
erintheskinguru
(The Woodlands, TX)
answer 2
I have completely fried my skin. I believe a lot of it was my own fault in that I didn't ease into this. I used it each night for several, PLUS I was using the Ain't Misbehaving for elimination of blackheads during the day. Each are very drying, and now I look like I have a sunburn. I'm completely dry and am now peeling. I am concentrating on getting my skin back under control, and once that's done, I will ease back into this very slowly. But, it does burn and sting and is actually quite uncomfortable!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
piper69
(Olympia, WA)
answer 3
I do find that I get some burning on the nights I'm not using the product. I'm not sure what it is, but it subsides pretty quickly and doesn't leave any redness in the morning.
answered 5 years ago
mjenap
(Boston, MA)
Question
is this product good for acne prone skin?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
yesco
(staten island, ny)
on POETRY in Lotion®
3 answers
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answer 1
the best for acne no kidding past marks or current. i even noticed my pitting from severe past acne faded after first day more than any invasive pricey procedures u could ever try. ive tried lots!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
jen4urhair
(republic,mo)
answer 2
Yes! I've struggled with adult acne and saw amazing improvement in just a few days. I use this with the wrinkle revenge cleanser.
answered 4 years ago
alexak
answer 3
Sure! This product is a great anti-aging treatment for any skin type, including acne prone. Retinol has many skin refining benefits, including helping to clear congested pores and fade acne scars. Meadowsweet Flower Extract kills bacteria that can cause acne and soothes inflammation.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Is the flakiness temporary?
At the moment, I'm only using it ever 3 nights, and like a lot of people, the retinol is making my skin flaky. I understand why, but how long does the flakiness last? Is it just a few weeks? I'm willing to put up with flakiness to get the results, but not forever!
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
supertrot
on POETRY in Lotion®
3 answers
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answer 1
You may flake forever. I find that even after months of using a 1.0% retinol, I still flake if I don't use an exfoliant EVERY DAY. Some people can't tolerate that kind of exfoliating, so you may need to cut back on how often you use the lotion.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
Swoozy
answer 2
Sensitive skin needs to "work up" to retinol. Go over to Makeup Artist's Choice and buy a samply size of 0.10% retinol. If you do ok with that, buy the sample size of 0.30% retinol. You start out applying these only every other night. If your skin builds up a tolerance, you can move to higher %; if not, stick w/ the MUAC products, Philosophy also has gentler retinol products, but to me they're no better than MUAC, and MUAC is a lot less expensive.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
aft123
answer 3
I thought it would only make my skin flakey for the first 2 weeks or so but it never stopped.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
lin325
(Concord, CA)
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