DERMAdoctor • Ain´t Misbehavin´ Medicated Emergency Acne Spot Treatment • Treatments (Face)

rated 3.1(7 reviews)

Average Rating.3.1
Would buy this product again.42%

rated 3 of 5 coffeedrinker on 2/7/2013 10:21:00 PM more reviews by coffeedrinker

Age: 30-35   Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I don't mind this product, but it is an awful lot of money for a spot treatment. I have found just as much luck using homeopathic remedy of ground asprin and tea tree oil. I wouldn't return it if were gifter, but I don't think I would spend money on it again.

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rated 1 of 5 dapich on 4/30/2010 10:53:00 PM more reviews by dapich

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

This was so awful to my skin. I have not. Suffered from serious acne only an occasional small zit that sometimes disappear on its own. However, a few months ago I decided that I should get a cheaper daytime moisturizer and settled for Olay Complete spf 15, which was the new formula and I got the worst case of cystic acne which were 2 huge and painful zits on my chin. I went to sephora for the best acne treatment and the guy looked at me like it wasn't that serious and recommended this product. I only used a little on each zit and the next morning my nightmare had just begun. This burned the crap out of my skin and took about e weeks to heal. I had to use prescription strength hydroquinone to get rid of the scar which took over month to clear of the worst products I have ever used.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* AlyHeartsYou on 3/6/2010 1:39:00 AM more reviews by AlyHeartsYou

Age: 19-24   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Green    

This product is on my "100% likely to repurchase, no matter the cost" list.

It contains benzoyl peroxide combined with naturally soothing ingredients that help the pain/swelling/inflammation of acne. Like the reviewer below me, I find this VERY effective on cystic acne (and those of you who suffer from cystic acne know that once you find something that helps it's worth its weight in GOLD!). Literally moments after applying you can see the area is less red, less "throbby" (lovely I know) and it really helps the area to heal faster.

At the first sign of that kinda sore "I think I'm getting a cystic spot" feeling, I apply this. Huge help. Sometimes I also use ZapZyt, but I find that product way too drying and not at all soothing since it's JUST benzoyl peroxide and no other helpful ingredients.

This treatment *is* really expensive for a small size, but you really only have to use a VERY small amount. For anyone who argues that the color (yellow) is a problem due to pale skin, I would counter that you are probably using too much in one spot.

I'm all for being a bargain hunter and all, but this product is totally worth whatever you pay for it. Period.

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rated 5 of 5 JEC89123 on 6/5/2009 4:20:00 PM more reviews by JEC89123

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I had to write a review for this since all the others were so bad and let all the women with true cystic acne that this is by far the best spot treatment I have ever used. My acne doesn't cover my entire face but is rather 4-6 cystic type nodules that are like a sore deep large nodule under the skin which can stick around for weeks which turn into months and they get smaller and larger and smaller and larger. They never turn white, they just stay hard, large and red. This spot treatment is the first spot treatment I have ever used in my ten year battle with this type of acne that will get rid of these little buggers. It often will bring the acne to a head (it will turn white) overnight. I have never had this happen with any other treatment. It works whether I have had a nodule for a while or whether I feel it just forming. I highly reccommend this if you have this type of acne. I will use it for this type of acne then, once it comes to a head, I use an extraction tool to lacerate it and drain it, which I follow with Alcohol. While the blemish is healing I don't use this, instead I use a sulpher based spot treatment because it works better at drying what is left of the blemish out. It to me is a miracle product if you have cystic acne!!!!! I have also used this for about 9 months and I will definately buy it again. It is about $36 US dollars, which seems pricey, but it works and it lasts a very long time. My only complaint is that when you first open this product some oozes out because of the pressure of the packaging so just be careful to not squeeze it or press on it at first. Once you use some of it, this quits happening. I also like the ingredients in this product. Most of them are great natural ingredients for cystic acne.

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rated 3 of 5 MistyChristie on 4/10/2009 8:05:00 PM more reviews by MistyChristie

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

I purchased this product because I really love most of the DERMAdoctor products. This one, however, seems just so-so. Usually for spot treatments, I use Oxy with Benzoyl Peroxide, but decided to try out this product instead. I found it to be a little on the greasy side, which is a bit odd for a spot treatment. Overall, I would say that if you don't pick at blemishes, this treatment will help shrink your problems faster; but if you pick, stick with a product like Oxy to make your skin heal quickly and the scabs flake off.

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rated 4 of 5 LaurieV on 11/13/2008 11:21:00 AM more reviews by LaurieV

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

I’ve only had this product for 3 days, so it might be too early to review it, but here goes: my pimples haven’t completely gone away yet, but they have significantly reduced in size. This is more than my Neutrogena and Proactiv have done for me lately, so it’s enough for me to buy this again. Yes, it’s expensive (about $36), and I don’t love the tin tube packaging. But, let’s face it (no pun intended), your face/complexion is one of the most noticeable things about you, so if something works, I’ll probably shell out extra for it. My face is already a tad on the dry side from my various acne products, but I haven’t noticed any additional dryness from this product. I like the smell too; it doesn’t smell as medicine-y as many other acne products. Then again, for $36, it better not! The other reviewer mentioned the fact that this might stain clothing, sheets, etc. As far as I know, any product containing benzoyl peroxide will do this, so this is one caveat of many acne products, including my Proactiv. (At least, I think it’s benzoyl peroxide.) Anyway, there is a warning on the side of the package that notes this, so if you buy expensive sheets, you might want to take a note of that. I buy cheap sheets, so I really don’t care.

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Mojie on 9/27/2008 3:45:00 PM more reviews by Mojie

Age: 25-29   Skin: Sensitive, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

Normally I love DERMAdoctor products and that's the main reason why, when I was experiencing a rare hormonal breakout, I bought a tube of this at Sephora rather than just using my Benefit Ka-Pow! that I'd normally use. I figured it would be as amazing as the other products from the DERMAdoctor line that I've tried and loved. Sadly, it was a bit of a disaster for me.

In all fairness, I have very sensitive skin that can't handle harsh treatment, so it's entirely possible that for someone with tougher skin, using this product would be a more pleasant (or at least therapeutic) experience. But for me, it was a very, very bad idea and did far more harm than good.

Not only did this cream (which comes in a teeny, tiny little metal tube with a hefty price tag) not do anything to clear up the breakout I was experiencing, but it also burned my skin to the point where it was flaming red and very swollen from contact with the cream, even when I washed it off almost immediately with a gentle cleanser and applied a soothing lotion.

Another complaint I had was that this cream will bleach your hair, clothes or bedsheets, so you have to be very careful using it at times when it might come into contact with any of these things (i.e. no wearing it to bed, make sure your hair won't be touching it if you're applying it along your hairline, etc.). I don't like using something with the potential to bleach anything it touches because it makes me paranoid and limits the situations where I can use it.

Unlike Benefit's Ka-Pow! (which is white and rubs in clear on my pale skin), it also has a yellow-ish color to it that makes it stand out against my skin rather than blending in, so if I wore it during the day (which I had to do since it would bleach my sheets/pillowcase if I wore it at night), I not only had to deal with pimples, but also with smears and spots of yellow cream on my face. Not an attractive look.

But, to be fair, aside from my complaints about the color, the bleaching potential and the packaging (I hate metal tubes because they're so difficult to empty completely without a toothpaste tube squeezer, and since this tube is so tiny, I doubt one would work properly on it), it's possible that my experience with this spot treatment wasn't normal. My skin *is* very sensitive and prone to irritation and redness, but Ka-Pow! has never made my skin either red or irritated.

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