Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula (DDF), established in 1995, is the evolution of a physician’s 25-year career focused on improving the skin’s health and appearance for New York City’s residents. Dr. Howard Sobel sought to combine aesthetic medical technology with cosmetic skincare. With the influences of nutritional, dermatological and biochemical expertise, DDF demonstrated that impressive results were attainable with a medically designed, over-the-counter skincare line. As a result, DDF’s mission evolved to include the motto, “Cleanse. Protect. Treat.” With that in mind, DDF created a full retail-based skincare line devoted to treating skin issues usually restricted to the doctor’s examination room, such as preventative and restorative anti-aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, sun protection and a host of skin conditions.
DDF – Product Description
Addressing the treatment portion of DDF’s motto is a host of products designed to relieve many skin ailments. Among them, the DDFskincare.com website offers a host of products targeting hyperpigmentation or dark spots which affect the appearance of skin due to age, lack of sun protection, medication, and hormone changes to name a few. The products geared toward treating discoloration, with prices ranging between $32 and $70, cover every step of your typical skincare regime including cleansing, direct spot-treatment and moisturizing.
In particular, DDF Intensive Holistic Lightener is .5 ounces of holistic ingredients formulated to fade age spots and visibly reduce facial discoloration. The website, nicely organized in terms aligned with the company’s motto, indicates the price, description, ingredients and the status of the product. It also indicates that the Intensive Holistic Lightener, mid-priced at $50, consists of six holistic ingredients. Besides water, aloe and licorice root extracts, are three other less easily identified leaf extracts. Included with these six herbal or holistic ingredients are your usual skincare contents used to create the appropriate product consistency, promote absorption and maintain hydration. Missing from this product is hydroquinone. It is a harsh ingredient if used in large concentrations, but is common in most skin lightening products to inhibit melanin production or lighten skin color. DDF uses grain-based azelaic acid as its substitute.
While the home page simply lists customer favorites, actual testimonials are absent from the website. Testimonials found online ranged from ineffective to amazing results. Many felt that the consistency was too thick and that it worked better as an acne treatment.
- DDF products were derived from the experience of a well-respected New York dermatologic cosmetic surgeon with over 25 years of experience.
- The site is clear and organized, relying on the products and their ingredients for promotion instead of questionable testimonials.
- DDF offers medically formulated products to treat many skin problems with the convenience of retail availability.
- DDF’s Intensive Holistic Lightener treats discoloration without harsh chemicals.
DDF – Drawbacks
- The website fails to educate visitors on the purpose for its product ingredients.
- While most of the lightener’s feedback appeared to be positive, it is hard to measure effectiveness due to the lack of information regarding the severity of the hyper pigmentation involved.
DDF – The Bottom Line
Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula, based on years of successful, award-winning experience, incorporates nutrition, biochemistry and dermatologic technology to provide medicinal strength treatment of various skin ailments and aging prevention with the ease of commercial access. While the Intensive Holistic Lightener uses organic ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation, it is difficult to determine its effectiveness prior to purchase. Additionally, DDF does not clearly define the purpose for the organic materials selected. The company’s Intensive Holistic Lightener may be worth trying for those searching for a less irritating method to treating mild skin discolorations.