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The Doctor Brand.

This is it!

The Blemish Relief Kit from The Doctor Brand is going to be the last product I purchase solely to try and heal my skin.

Hopefully I won’t need to buy any more products anyway because The Doctor Brand works some magic but if not, then it will be time for my wake up call. I will have to relax and accept that I have tried so many products and now, it is nature’s turn.

Oh but . . !

However, deep breath because The Doctor Brand sounds promising (but then what skincare doesn’t?!).

It works a bit like the Clinique, three products and three steps. There is the Purifying Cleanser, the Pore Clearing Gel and the Oil free soothing lotion. These products have been designed by doctors, each a specialist in different areas. One doctor was a dermatologist(skincare), one a endocrinologist (hormonal changes) and one a nutritionist (who knows a lot about antioxidants, nutrients and anti-inflammatory ingredients). I think this kit has been billed along the lines as treatment from the doctor without a prescription. I have to admit this attracted me to the products as did the fact that these products are sulfate-free, paraben-free and antioxidant.

Interestingly for a blemish relief kit, none of these products contain Benzoyl Peroxide. Now Benzoyl Peroxide is meant to be a super spot fighter but it can also dry the skin so I’m quite excited about going in to battle without it!

I purchased this kit in Boots for £19.96. There was 1/3 off. It is normally £29.95. I guess this is an expensive product and I was tempted to get the Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Control kit (which has earnt very positive reviews on the Boots website) instead for £12.99 but I am kind of fed up of chemicals and “spot fighting technology” and in fact, I was actually put off by the claim that 100% of people had clearer skin within 24 hours. I wish! It just sounded too good to be true.

Clean and Clear also billed itself as a treatment for teenage skin and as much as I would love to believe my skin problems (if I have to have such problems) are due to the fact that my skin is young for its age, I’m in my late twenties and maybe it is more appropiate that I should be investing in my aging (let’s have an immature eurgh!) skin.

So let’s see what happens, fingers crossed!

You can find out more about The Doctor Brand at

Have any of you heard of or used The Doctor Brand?



Written by essjay23x

August 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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  1. I’ve been searching all over for something linked with the Doctor Brand. I have terrible skin… and I saw this in Boots and also thought I’d give it a shot. I started on… I think it was 2nd August and have kept it up… At first, I saw an improvement… but a week in and there’s not much change. I’m really hoping something will happen though. I’m interested to hear how it works for you! Good luck :)


    August 9, 2010 at 4:58 am

    • @Benazir Thank you. Good luck to you too. I know, there doesn’t seem to be much out there about the Doctor Brand. I’ve been using it for about four days now. My skin is not as red but my blemishes haven’t vanished yet. Boo. My skin also feels very tight so I’ve been using Aveeno moisturiser too. Fingers crossed, I’m trying not to stress too much about it and hope that if I just keep using db, one morning I will wake up with lovely clear skin! I will update soon. Feel free to let me know how you are getting on:)


      August 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    • I bought the Doctor brand 3 step thingy from boots the other day, used it once and felt my skin was a little tight, used it the second night and woke up the next morning with a really sore face :( my skin was red and blotchy and felt very uneven, I had loads of tiny spots all over my chin, t zone and from my nose down to the corners of my mouth, its the worst my skin has ever been. It could be an allergic reaction, but I certainly won’t be using it again. That happened 2 days ago and my skin is no better, if it goes on much longer I’ll have to visit a real doctor.


      August 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      • @Claire Oh dear, I haven’t had a reaction like that but I gave the products over two weeks and saw no noticeable difference with blemishes. I also found the products very drying. I hope your skin heals soon.


        August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

  2. @Claire What you’ve described is exactly what happened to me, but I would definitely suggest that you try and stick it out. The product IS very drying and my skin did feel a lot tighter when I first started, but I increased the amount of moisturiser and it seemed to balance it out.

    Also, I didn’t see much of a difference at first and not much else by the end of the second week, but now I’m in my fourth week and my skin has REALLY cleared. People have even commented saying it looks a lot clearer. It helps to take a picture of the results, because hopefully, you guys should see a difference.

    I was very sceptic when I found out there was little improvement after two weeks (when supposedly there should have been at least a 70% success rate?), but I’ve stuck it out and I think it’s done it’s job. I really do hope it will work for both of you!


    August 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

    • @Benazir. Thanks for giving us more feedback. I’d just about given up on The Doctor Brand. In two weeks, there was no big improvement in my blemishes either. Your comment is the first positive one that I have had about this brand so thank you, you’ve given me some hope. Maybe I should persevere. I hope it continues to work out for you, please keep us informed!


      August 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      • Hi just wondering if it has started to work for you yet and if so how long did it take?



        September 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm

        • Hi Ellie. Yeah, I think it may have worked for me. After using it on and off for about four weeks, my skin has cleared a little and certainly feels a whole lot less irritated. I do think this has something to do with the doctor brand although I have changed my diet and been using other products such as bio oil too. I am no longer using the Doctor Brand and my skin has not played up again! yet! I have done a little update post here
          I think you have to ignore the two week line and use all the product you brought to see if the doctor brand really works unless of course, you find it is irritating your skin further. Good luck and let us know how it goes!:)


          September 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

          • Hi essjay23x

            I am glad it has worked for you and thank you for replying as it good to know there are others who can give you hope. I too have bio oil and used to use it before. I think I will do as you’ve suggested and finish the products then see if I can see any improvement. However over the last day or so I have started to dab tea tree oil on the white heads and cysts that I have under the skin and so far it seems to be helping them to dry up.

            I am taking acidophilus and dianette as well hopingeverything together will help. Thanks again for your advice and I will definetly let you know how I get on in the next couple of weeks. I am really pleased your skin has improved and I’m sure it will remain so for the forseeable future.

            Take care
            Ellie x


            September 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

  3. ive been using this for a week and a few days, at first it seemed like it was working but after the 5th day it actually started giving me alot more spots, which are painful + some bumps under the skin (what are they?), the only improvement i can say is my skin feels more mosturised than it did. i am going to keep using it once a day instead of twice incase im drying my skin out too much or something. has anyone else had this problem ?


    August 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    • @Dylan Ouch, I hope evantually the products work for you.


      August 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    • Hi Dylan

      I’ve been using the doctor brand for just over two weeks and after a few days I saw an improvement but since then I have continued to get quite a lot of spots including painful ones under the skin that are really stubborn and hang around for weeks and months. I have been very disappointed that after two weeks I haven’t noticed any improvement like it said I should have. I think I will give it another two weeks and see how it goes.I have found that it is particularly drying on my neck and not really my face as I’ve been told I have a lot of moisture in my skin. I hope it starts to work for you soon and please let me know how you get on.



      September 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

  4. I’ve been using the doctor brand for about two weeks now and found it has really started to clear up my spots. i’ve tried so many other things and when I was in Boots the advisor recommended this kit over the other kit they had. I too found it a little drying but after speaking with the company they told me to cut back on the cleanser to once a day and keep moisturising morning and night which really worked.

    Good luck, it seems to have worked well on mine.

    TA.. x

    Tessa Arden

    October 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    • @Tessa Thank you for your comment. The response to this post on wordpress, has touched me. I’m so glad it is working for you. I think the products really did help control my problem and stopped it from getting worse. I hope it all continues to work for you:)


      October 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

  5. do you do mail deliveries to ireland i live in southern ireland and would love to get your products but boots ireland dont seem to stock it

    majella ely

    November 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    • Sorry, they are not my products just a review of some products I have used but why not try Doctor Brand website and see if they have any distrubutors near you? Good luck!:)


      November 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  6. The worst anti blemish system I have used (and I’ve tried and tested lots)
    Made my skin go much worst and bumpy all over.
    I’m ringing the company to complain.
    Please be aware of the harshness of this product.


    December 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

  7. I have come across your blog as I was thinking of trying these products but (as always) I am worried about wasting my money on a product which may well make my skin worse rather than better! I am 22 and I have been battling acne for the past 4 years and I so far have only found short time solutions (ie Dianette)but I have recently found a product which I would recommend. It is Liz Earl’s Cleanser and Hot Polish cloth. It is about £13 for a large bottle and it is very easy to use. Unlike some skin care products it doesn’t dry your skin out nor does it sting or burn when applying. I have been using it day and night for 4 weeks now and I have noticed a real difference in my spots. Unfortunately it hasn’t done much to shift the larger boil type spots which I suffer with but it has certainly cleared up the smaller white heads which I used to get alot of. Not only that but it has imrpoved my complexion as a whole, made my skin much softer and the spots which I do get seem to be fading faster. I have also found over the years that dabbing my face with cool water after I wash in the morning and night helps to reduce how oily my skin can become during the day.

    Hope that helps :)

    Jessica Alice

    December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

  8. hi i have purchased this product a few days ago and it has improved all my spots and they have reduced the only problem for me it that it has made my face go red and it stings. i’ve been using it twice a day but now i’m thinking of using it only once to see if that helps. i’m also going to start using moisturiser but i am only 14 and i have suffered from achne for 3 years now and this seems to be the only product that is working for me. does anyone have any suggestions. thanks.

    victoria f-c

    January 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  9. hi i have just got the doctor brand because my skin is a mess is there any side affects i should look out for???


    January 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm




    January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    • Hi Charity, its probably a little late as I see you posted in January but as my skin is really sensitive too & acne products tend to make my skin worse rather than better, I thought I’d reply for those in the same position.
      I get on very well with the Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish range which keeps my blemishes under control most of the time, without drying out or irritating my skin. I recently tried out the Good Things range as it was half the price and I was a bit skint – big mistake! After about a week of using it, my skin was covered in spots, the worst that it had ever been. Some drastic action was needed so I switched back to Dr Nick and also bought the Doctor Brand Step 2 Spot Eliminator as an extra, emergency remedy. I went for that one as it was the only product in the range that didn’t have benzo whatever it is peroxide in it, which is too harsh for my skin. A week later and my spots have pretty much gone. It does dry your skin out a bit, but its not too bad when used under Dr Nicks moisturiser and actually helps keep my skin shine/oil free all day. Now the spots have cleared up, I can stop using it anyway hopefully, so my skin should start to return to its normal moisture levels.
      Hope that’s useful to someone!

      Tracy Harvey

      July 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  11. I have used this product for 4 days twice a day. At first my skin felt tight and dry. On the 3rd day I woke up with tiny spots on my t-zone. My face really stings and hurts. I have discontinued use of the product. I do not have sensitive skin and have ever had such a reaction using any other products. I have to give this thumbs down would not recommend


    March 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    • Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you, Sabrina:(


      March 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  12. […] and products but the one regime and brand that still sticks in my mind was The Doctor Brand (see here and here ). For whatever reason, it was The Doctor Brand range that also seemed to strike a chord […]

    • Hi, I have seen the Dr Brand products in Boots. I would honestly say, trust your instincts. And go to and try Dan’d regime over there. Just cleanse your skin, use Benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) and then moisturise. Leave about 5-10 minutes between doing each. I use calamine lotion from Boots (only costs just over £1) and, I honestly cannot recommend that highly enough to you. If you use it at night (just cleansing your face beforehand) and put it on before bed. If you’re doing the regime I talked about before, then you should be alright.

      But don’t take my advice if you don’t want it. I’m just saying what works for me, might not work for other people. I have an oily t zone, and sensitive skin, which gets dry very very quickly.


      March 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      • @ Lauren Thanks for the comment. I have heard positive things about acne. org. Glad it worked for you and as for Calamine, I have never thought about using that before. Bargain:)


        March 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  13. Hi everyone!
    Just to let you know Elle Swingler from The Doctor Brand kindly offered to answer some questions about the brand. You can see her answers in my question and answer post here on wordpress
    or over on my current blogspot blog
    I hope that this new post might be of help/interest to some of you:)


    March 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

  14. Hey guys–I didn’t realize that the product was available yet, I am the “Michael” on the box haha
    So when I used the product in early 2010 in definitely worked well on my skin. But I think everyone needs to keep in mind that acne is not only an external problem, but it is also an internal problem. For me, using these products along with avoiding gluten and inflammatory foods definitely helped clear me up. I REALLY suggest testing yourself for internal problems. You are probably thinking that what you eat does not affect your skin, but depending on who you are and how your body handles certain foods, it is possible that it can. Something that works for one person may not work for another because of how your liver and colon etc handle foods. But don’t just take my word for it, try different foods to see they help you. I think of topical treatments as secondary, at least for my skin. My acne is moderate but when I eat the right foods and use good topicals then it really helps. This 3 step treatment uses clinical strength ingredients to help target the problem, and to be quite honest, it does help having an easy system like this. Just keep in mind that if you are constantly getting acne and don’t know why no matter what you use on your skin, don’t spend hundreds of dollars trying different topicals because the problem is most likely internal like I realized for me. Get the basics: Cleanser, treatment, and moisturizer and AVOID sugars, breads etc. If anyone wants to talk to me, I would love to discuss what has helped me and what hasn’t.

    Michael C

    June 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

  15. disgraceful product!!!! left with life long scaring from it, burned the face off me! i had pretty great skin and got a break out after a holiday abroad and decided to buy this cream as it was so cheap. I hope to procced with further action after using this product and would strongly advise you to steer clear of it!

    tara meehan

    September 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • @Tara I’ve also had a majorly bad reaction, after only using it twice! I had pretty clear skin also, just a spot here and there but this product has pretty much given me acne. My face looks horrendous, and I’ve got a rash all over my neck. I’ve used practically every skin cleanser under the sun and have never had a reaction like this. I’ve just left a review on where I bought the kit from and attached two photo’s (which don’t look anywhere near as bad as it does in real life) and hopefully people will take note before trying the product. For those who have had a bad reaction, and got the tiny white spots and bumpy skin, how long did it take to get rid of it and how did you go about it? Thanks


      September 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

  16. hi iv just bougth this kit and have also just read all ur comments and it seems most of u r saying that it is quite bad i just wanted to no how many of u out there it has acctualley worked for as iv had acne for years its not that bad just red but i mean thay stayed there for years and do u think that this kit would really get rid of them anyone with any help plz reply bk to me


    November 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    • Hi Leeanne! I hope the Doctor Brand works for you! Looking back it is hard to isolate what healed my skin. The Doctor Brand is just one of so many skincare brands I have used over the last couple of years. However, the Doctor Brand did a question and answer with me on my current blog You might want to read it, it might help you make the most of the products that you’ve already brought.
      My skin (touch wood!) is a lot better now (not sure how I achieved it). I’ve recently posted a skincare update of day to day quite cheap products I’ve been using. Again this is on my other blog. Good luck and try not to let skincare worries get to you too much. I know its hard but I don’t think such stress is gonna help at all.


      November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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