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Q and A with The Doctor Brand!

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Q and A with The Doctor Brand!

I know that I publish mainly at http://essjay23x.blogspot.com now but I have decided to publish this post here too as here on wordpress, there seemed to be a lot of intreast in The Doctor Brand. Read on to see what the brand had to say in reply to a few of my Doctor Brand questions.

Sometimes, there are brands and products which really intrigue me. You may remember that last year, I suddenly started to struggle with my skin. In particular, some horrible blemishes on my neck and chin area. It was such a horrible time. There I was in the middle of a mission to make more of myself when all these ugly spots turned up and despite everything, I threw at them, they were not going anywhere. It sounds dramatic but I think what I’m going to say will resonate with many of you who has had skin troubles. I was at my wits end! The shops, chemists and internet were full of products that promised to give me perfect skin (or almost as good as). Yet even after spending many pounds, my skin was still blemished and as far from perfect as it had ever been.

Personally, 2010 was a year where I met so many different skincare regimes 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 with you, my readers. I got such a response on my wordpress blog.

The Doctor Brand regime was developed by doctors. Despite lacking the spot fighting ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide, The Doctor Brand regime claims that 97% of people see an improvement in their skin within two weeks of using the regime.

Wow.

I had high hopes for these products and they did to a degree work for me. The blemishes I had no longer looked as aggravated, they also irritated me less which probably meant I was more inclined to leave the area alone and less likely to spread infection.

So far, so good.

However, my spots did not disappear within two weeks and in fact, little bumps started materialising mainly under the skin after the first few days of treatment which led me to question the regime although I probably continued with the whole regime for a month if not, two.

My skin has now substantially cleared and I think The Doctor Brand products started this healing process although I did give up on the full regime after going through a couple of starter kits.

However, I continued to cleanse, tone and moisturise each evening (with other brands) and I also layered on lots of The Doctor Brand Spot Eliminator to the problematic areas each night.

I honestly think this blemish clearing step was so significant in clearing my skin. It may be that other spot gels work as effectively. I don’t know but I do know that The Doctor Brand Spot Eliminator worked for me.

I have to say that the success of this gel has got me thinking about the entire Doctor Brand regime again and I think I would be inclined to give them another go at clearing my skin if I ever break out again (please, no).

Elle Swingler from The Doctor Brand kindly offered to answer some questions about the brand. Here is what she had to say.

– Firstly, please could you tell us a little about The Doctor Brand and its products?
The ‘science bit’ is that The DoctorBrand is a three step blemish relief system formulated with the help of a panel of Doctors; a Dermatologist, Nutritionist and an Endocrinologist (hormone Doctor). The products are formulated without Parabens, Sulphates or the drying chemical Benzoyl Peroxide (traditionally used in spot treatment products but now quite out dated).  The active ingredients are Salicylic and Glycolic Acid (an AHA and BHA, or in other words, natural fruit acids) which exfoliate blocked pores and Hydrogen Peroxide which acts as a topical antiseptic to zap any bacteria. 
There are also natural extracts, such as Pomegranate in the Purifying Cleanser which is an antioxidant, Liquorice Root in the Pore Clearing Gel, which is a calming anti-inflammatory, and Green Tea in the Spot Eliminator which is also antioxidant.  The Spot Eliminator also has sulphur to exfoliate deeper into the clogged pore and a little bit of cosmetic green to disguise redness.  The Oil-Free Soothing Lotion has calming Chamomile extract to sooth any redness or inflammation. 

 – The skincare shelves are full of products that promise to help to clear your skin. Why could The Doctor Brand products prove the most effective?
Because when used correctly they don’t cause the extreme dryness seen with Benzoyl Peroxide products yet they’re highly effective at clearing blemishes. The combination of ingredients mentioned in the previous answer mean that they’re very effective yet gentle and soothing at the same time.

 – The products in your blemish relief starter kit are free of Benzoyl Peroxide, sulfates, parabens and contain antioxidants. Please can you explain why these factors might be beneficial when we are trying to clear our skin?
The panel of doctors that helped to formulate the range decided that Benzoyl Peroxide is quite out-dated in spot treatment, having been first used in the 1930’s and having the strength to even bleach clothing. Some people find it extremely drying and it can even cause scabbing and inflammation. There are other active ingredients that can be just as effective but not as harsh on the skin. Parabens and Sulphates have been previously sited as a cancer risk, and whilst this isn’t 100% proven at this time, we didn’t want our customers to have to take that risk!
Antioxidants are good for your skin in general as they neutralise ‘free radicals’. Basically put, this means that aggressive molecules, which are missing an electron and seeking to grab that electron from something else in order to neutralise themselves, take the electron from the antioxidant ingredient rather than from your skin cells.

– Is it necessary to use all four steps in the system to see an improvement in your skin?
It really depends how bad your skin is in the first place – as with all skincare everything depends on the individual case. To get the full effects we would advise that you use all the steps but the most important product to treat the skin is the Pore Clearing Gel which has the highest levels of the active ingredients. However, it is still very important to use a cleanser to get rid of all of the dirt on the skin and a moisturiser to rehydrate the skin and all of our products are formulated to work well together. If you just had the occasional individual blemish you could use just the Spot Eliminator on those rather than the Pore Clearing Gel but again you definitely still need to cleanse and moisturise for healthy skin!

– Once the skin has cleared, is it necessary to keep using the system to maintain the improvement?
It’s dependent very much on the individual but once the skin has cleared we advise that you discontinue use of the Pore Clearing Gel as there’s no blocked pores or infection left to treat. You should continue to use the Clarifying Cleanser and Oil Free Soothing Lotion and use the Spot Eliminator on individual spots. If your blemishes reoccur at any point in future start using the Pore Clearing Gel as needed.

 – Obviously we all have different skin. For example, my skin tends to be quite dry and I’m in my late twenties but some people are older/younger with oily or sensitive skin. You do not have different products for different skin types, is the Doctor Brand suitable for all skin types?
Yes, The DoctorBrand is for all skin types that are affected with blemishes and acne, whatever the underlying skin type. The products should be tailored to the skin type in how you use them though, for example people with dry skin should use the Oil Free Soothing Lotion more liberally and more often than people with oily skin. Those with sensitive skin could use the Pore Clearing Gel more sparingly or less often to begin with to give their skin a chance to get used to the active ingredients. Recognising how your skin needs treating is important as your needs can change due to many factors such as climate and your hormones. How and when you use a product is as important as which product you use, so we advise people to be their own expert and use their initiative.

 – You claim that 97% of people see an improvement in their skin within two weeks. Can you account for why 3% of people may not have experienced the same success?
As you mentioned, everyone has different skin and as a result in a very small percentage of people it takes longer to work. One reason for this could be that it takes longer for some peoples skin cells to renew themselves and therefore show a difference on the surface of the skin. Also previously mentioned correct usage is essential too. We’re really pleased with the outcome of the study being 97%!

 – A couple of people have commented that their skin appeared to get worse when they started to use the Doctor Brand products. Two particular problems come to mind.
I, myself, experienced little bumps under my skin a few days after I started using the products. These bumps were actually new to me and were not part of my original skincare problem. Do you know what these could have been and is it ok to continue to use the system in such a case?
Whenever you begin using a new skincare line, your skin goes through what is called a purging process. This occurs because the product is actively cleansing and bringing all the trapped oil and impurities to the surface of your skin, which can cause you to break out more. Even though you may be purging, in order to see results you should continue using the products as directed twice a day.

 – Also, some people have said that they do find the products drying (especially to begin with). I notice that you claim your products do not contain Benzoyl Peroxide which can dry out the skin. Why would some people find the products drying and is there any reason to be concerned about this?
The products are designed to dry up blemishes as excess sebum (oil) in the skin provides a breeding ground for acne bacteria but they aren’t as drying or irritating as Benzoyl Peroxide products. Excess dryness may also be a result of overuse of the products. If you’re experiencing excessive dryness or oiliness you should reduce the usage of Gel to once every other day or even less if your skin becomes at all sore to give your skin a chance to get used to the active ingredients. Also, make sure that you are only using the Spot Treatment on affected areas and not rubbing it in all over your face as healthy skin doesn’t need treating. There’s no need to be concerned and if in any doubt give our customer services team a quick call and they’ll be able to advise you.

– I ,myself, think that The Doctor Brand products may have helped my skin eventually but I’m not sure that there was any noticeable improvement within two weeks. If we do not see an improvement in our skin condition within two weeks, should we continue to use the system? Could it still work in such a case?
As mentioned before, some people’s skin does take longer to see the benefits of the products but perseverance is important to see the full benefit in all cases. We would advise all users to maintain use for a minimum of thirty days (as provided in The Starter Kit) to see the best results. It can definitely still work even if you don’t see immediate results although we have seen that in most cases users do see a very quick improvement in the texture and appearance of their skin.

 – Is there anything that we can do when we are using The Doctor Brand products to increase the chances of success?
Yes definitely! It’s best to use lukewarm water when washing your face as hot water can further irritate and dry the skin. Don’t rub too hard when using the products as sore and delicate skin can be made worse that way. Keep drinking lots of water to keep skin hydrated from the inside and eat a healthy balanced diet to provide your cells with all of the right vitamins and nutrients they need to maintain healthy skin.

– Is there anything that you would like to add?
We just want everyone to know that we do really care about how people feel about their skin. Almost everyone in our team at DoctorBrand HQ has been affected with acne and blemishes at some point, including myself, and we really understand how miserable it can be and want to help people overcome their skin issues. The DoctorBrand products when used correctly can change people’s lives, which might sound bit dramatic, but we have the proof of how much confidence people have gained after using the products to clear their skin.
We’re always looking for more case studies with great before and after photos, to help us spread the word, so if you’d be interested in sharing your story get in touch with us!

 – Where is The Doctor Brand available?
It’s available in Boots stores, website, http://www.thedoctorbrand.co.uk/ and now Superdrug stores as well.

 – Who should we contact if we have any further queries or comments about the brand and its products?
You can call customer services with any questions about usage or problems and they’ll be able to answer your questions 0844 472 7059 (Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm).

Thank you, Elle!

So there we go, that is The Doctor Brand.
Have you tried their products? Is their regime something that would be of interest to you?

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March 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

The verdict: The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. . . so far!

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The verdict: The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. . . so far!

Okay, I may have been a little hasty. I had a post scheduled to go up today.

*Insert said post.*

The verdict: The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

In short, this did not seem to work for me.


There was no noticeable difference in the state of treated skin and I certainly did not notice any spots disappearing overnight.


Maybe (just maybe) it soothed my skin ever so slightly. However, the flaffing around in trying to get the solution out of the bottle -I tried cottonwool balls and cotton buds- sort of stressed me out and outweighed any soothing benefits. I was so worried about the whole ‘don’t shake’ thing that I’m sure by the end of treating my skin, I was so hot and bothered that my skin was as red and inflammed as it was to start with. Stress!


I know that you can repeat applications if your spot is a bit stubborn and does not disappear the first time. However, I found this pink lotion very noticeable on my skin and not something you can really wear as you go out and about. Therefore, I found myself using it more as a night treatment and could not really use it more then once (at a push) twice every twenty-four hours.


I tended to leave the lotion on my skin overnight and wash it off in the morning but for me, this lotion did not work and now I’m left with some pink residue at the bottom of the bottle which seems to have solidified and I can not get it out. It feels as if I have no choice but to throw half the product I brought in to the bin.


I doubt I was using this product properly but all I can talk about is my experience and it didn’t work for me. It is a shame because I was so excited (read that post here) when I found out about it and read some of the raves out there. I so wish this was a rave and I knew how to make the lotion work for me. This product is not that cheap and at fourteen pounds something titters on the edge of the ‘expensive mistake’ category. Argh!


On a positive note, I don’t think this lotion overly dried my skin out. Overdrying and irritating skin was one of the concerns I had gleaned from my internet research. However, thankfully, the condition of my skin was unaffected in this way. If only it could have banished the demon spots, boo!


If I was to buy this product again, there is no doubt I would want to talk to a skincare expert or an advisor before forking out for it.

So that was my thoughts a couple of days ago but it now looks like I may have been a little hasty and that to some degree my judgment was harsh.

After writing the review, I tried again to get the remnants out of the bottle with a cotton bud. It was pretty solid but with perseverence, I got some which I dabbed on to the spots and applied overnight before rinsing off the next morning as directed on the bottle.
The following morning, the selected spots were still there (NOTE: The selected spots had not vanished overnight) but I could not feel them. There was none of the normal itchiness or irritation. This made me think that just maybe the solution was doing something. I repeated the routine again yesterday afternoon and overnight, last night. This morning, my skin really does feel soothed AND it looks better. The selected spots are still there but they are flatter and no longer as red. They almost look more like marks.

So maybe there is hope, after all.

The label on the bottle states
‘For immediate relief from unsightly whiteheads and pimples, dab one drop of the solution on each erupted area overnight. DO NOT SHAKE SOLUTION. To use: Dip a cotton swab into pink sediment. Dab on pimple and let dry. Wash off solution in the morning’

Reading that and it seems, that over the last forty eight hours, the lotion has lived up to any promises it makes.

I do wonder if it failed me before because the lotion had been disturbed in the post. Maybe now, it has settled and the magic can begin.

Hmm, time will tell. I will carry on using the remnants of the product at night and see what happens.

At the moment, I’m reluctant to call this a miracle product. I have used it several times before and have never lost a spot overnight. However, there is no doubt that over the last 48 hours, my treated skin is behaving differently and I have benefitted from immediate relief as the bottle promises.

Fingers crossed!

Have any of you experienced this product? Any thoughts or advice?
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December 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

The Doctor Brand.

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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 http://doctorbrand.com/

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

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August 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Waving goodbye to the uninvited!

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Waving goodbye to the uninvited!

Uh oh, you would think that I would know not to tempt fate but no, I tempted and now, I have a slight crisis.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have noticed a few skincare posts floating around. Now I am very proud of the fact that about eighteen months ago, I pretty much cleared my back which is the only place I’ve ever had a MAJOR spot problem. It took a while to clear but, after a few months, it was a good job done for Slave Clearasil, Slave Routine and Slave I. So I commented on a couple of posts more or less sharing this and I also mentioned, how I always seem to have one or two spots somewhere but never ones that are too big, blotchy or in a great number. In other words, blemishes were part and parcel of my daily living but not something that I worried about.

So on Tuesday morning, of course, I woke up to a crisis of the spotty kind. Thankfully, it wasn’t on my face but it was just below in the decollatage area. An area I tend to keep exposed. Somewhere too low for much concealing make up to be applied ‘naturally’ but too high to be covered by any of my tops.

I had no choice but to wear these spots but I decided there and then, as soon as I spotted them in the mirror (imagine admiring new Satin Taupe eyeshadow and then seeing them as your focus moved down, eurgh. They seem to come from nowhere, horrible moment.) that we wouldn’t be style partners for long. If they were going to turn up uninvited then they would have to enjoy whatever entertainment I threw their way. Ok actually, they were going to have to endure whatever methods of elimination I bombarded with them until they ceased to exist.

So an action plan was drawn up and supplies procured. Please note, I’m not sure why I’ve given up on the Clearasil, it wasn’t responsible for these gatecrashers. The Clearasil products were only ‘on the door’ on my back. I think it was just that my current tube and bottle were nearing the end and I knew that I would need something to cover the new area too. In the back of my mind, I’ve always been planning to take a more natural route so let me introduce you to the members of my new troop who are going to win this battle with me.

Deep Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing

I decided to get this Dead Sea Salt product to exfoliate as I don’t just want spot-free skin, I want flawless skin!

Exfoliation is something that I should be doing anyway (and usually do but I get a bit lazy repurchasing when I run out) and I guess it more or less scraps all of the bad stuff away. I have dry combination skin so it is important that I let the bad, dead skin go. My new skin needs to breathe and also moisture needs to be able to get down in to my skin. Exfoliation removes any obstacles and I believe this is the case too with greasy skin. Dead greasy skin flakes can become an obstacle as they are greasy and stick to the skin instead of falling away.Of course, if we exfoliate and remove all this dead skin then not only will moisture be able to get through and hydrate the skin but my other gorgeous products will also be able to work more effectively on the skin cells that are not about to flake away. Whichever way you look at it (and I expect some areas of my body are actually greasy or oily rather then dry), exfoliation is key.

My Clearasil wash was also a scrub. So I really wanted to keep exfoliation in the equation. This is not the time to be withdrawing parts of my skin care especially an aspect as important as exfoliation. I chose this brand because it is natural and this is the brand who produced the Magik hair serum sample that I raved about after Christmas. The only question mark that lingers over this product is the fact that it is meant to be applied to dry skin and then rinsed off. I’m finding it hard to work in to my dry skin. The product has Coconut oil in but a lot of it still seems to fall to the floor. I normally use scrubs that are applied to wet skin. Maybe with a shake (of the pot) and practise . . ! It does have a lovely healthy scent. It smells like I’m doing good when I’m using it and so far, it hasn’t stung or irritated.

Optima Australian Tea Tree Organic Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Skin Wash.

This is to replace my Clearasil wash. I used tea tree as I always think it equals spot treatment in the world of natural remedies. Is that right? I know that it has been used for years on the skin. Apparently, this product also has Lemongrass, Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Aloe Vera which all sounds very good. Aloe Vera is supposed to calm things down. I don’t understand Parabens yet. All I know is that they can be bad news so maybe this product is good as it has none.

I like this as a product. It is a bit thicker then some washes, almost like a gel or thin jelly, and feels very nice to apply. It also lathers easily. It doesn’t feel particularly medicinal.

Herbal Authority Tea Tree Oil Lotion 15%

As spot treatment is the focus, we have tea tree again. This is to replace the Clearasil toner/deep pore treatments and I apply it directly to the skin. This does feel more medicinal and has that very clean, overpowering tea tree scent but hey, if it is going to do good work then I may have to get used to it. I also use this product if I have a bath. I apply one to two capfuls of this instead of bubble bath/ bars etc. It is not as much fun or anywhere near as lovely smelling as the Comfortor but I do get out feeling clean and with skin that feels revitalised.

Warning, this is where the gross pic of Spot Attack comes up. If you don’t wanna see, I can’t blame you. Run away now and come back when all the nasties have gone away. Soon! ;-)

For those who continued, thank you!

The battle is to be won with my little spot-fighting super duper troop of products (all purchased at Holland and Barrett). I’m just not sure when yet. It has being almost a week and the initial problem has calmed down a lot. This is where we are now.

If I had woken up wearing these spots last week then I would not have been quite as distressed as I was. I did take a picture last Tuesday but I deleted it. I couldn’t put that up on here. Things are now better and I don’t mind showing you where I am now at but there is still some work to be done, I want to clear this area completely and then after that, it doesn’t matter how gorgeous they smell, I must go easy on the perfumed body lotions. I’m pretty sure that they were the trigger. You know how I love scent and one way I make it last all day is to smother this area in scented lotion as it is the one area out in the open where the scent can freely waft from and the one area that does not get too wet (compared to hands etc) and where the scent does not get washed away in my day to day routine. I think I just blocked everything up. I’ve had a similar reaction overdoing it with Johnsons baby oil before.

What about you? When it gets tough, what approach do you take? Natural or the most scientifically advanced products out there?

Thanks for getting to the end, us girls are made of strong stuff (and demon spots should remember that)!

If you want to cheer me up, then you could always comment (nicely!), subscribe and/or tweet with me!

Have a fab evening, Girls!

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March 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm