The Doctor Brand is a new range of affordable products created by a specialised panel of doctors, that feature high performance active ingredients whilst being available without prescription. They are free from Parabens, Sulfates and Benzoyl Peroxide, and their clinical study results report that 97% of users who followed the 3-step regime for two weeks had a reduction in blemishes. They also experienced softer skin, less redness, fewer noticeable pores and more confidence in the overall appearance of their skin.
I gave the Doctor Brand Blemish Relief Starter Kit to a 19 year old friend of mine to trial. The kit contains the Purifying Cleanser, Pore Clearing Gel and Oil Free soothing Lotion. All 3 products contain the highest amount of salicylic acid permitted in a non-prescription product, which is proven to be highly effective in prenetrating pores to clear up blemishes. I regularly use products containing salicylic acid and personally find them to be very effective.
Freya suffers mildly with hormonal teenage breakouts on the cheek and chin area, so was quite excited about using a regime of products specifically targeting this problem. However, after a week’s use Freya reported that her skin was looking quite red and inflamed and felt very itchy and dry. Despite this, she decided to carry on using the products, thinking that things might have to get a bit worse before they got better, but a few more days of use actually left her skin red raw and feeling almost burned in patches, the chin area being one of them. I was away in Miami but received a fairly distressed message from Freya outlining the problems and of course I advised her to stop using the products immediately.
Now it could simply be that Freya’s skin is just too sensitive for a range like this containing relatively potent active ingredients, but I was a little alrmed to hear of her results (not to mention feeling quite guilty for causing her distress). The Pore Clearing Gel contains Salycylic and Glycolic Acids, and Hydrogen Peroxide to kill the bacteria that causes breakouts, and it’s likely to be this that provoked such an extreme reaction in Freya’s skin. I would love to hear if any of my readers have tried these products and what the results were, so please do comment if you can.
The range is available from Boots for £19.95