Rated 4.23 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review works when nothing else would
Mid 30's female who has suffered from cystic acne since puberty. I've tried EVERYTHING under the sun to treat my acne prone skin, even prescription medications like Retin-A. After being on antibiotics for over a year I still broke out with severe, painful cystic acne along my jaw line and chin. It actually started to get worse with acne in areas that I normally didn't break out in. I did some research and decided to give Derma Doctor a try and was shocked with the results. After three months my I have had only one cystic acne pimple occur and that was when I didn't use this product for a few days. My skin is clearer than ever and when I do feel a cyst coming on I no longer worry because Derma Doctor knocks it out in it's early stages. The ONLY downside is that it doesn't remove makeup, at all, so my face regime has to have an added step on the days that I do wear makeup. This product worked so well that after a week my teenage son, who also has severe acne with no avail from prescription or OTC products, asked to try it out. His skin is breakout free, too! My middle son has recently started to have breakouts as well and started on this product two weeks ago. His acne is almost completely gone! We love this stuff and are so grateful to have found it! No more self conscious moments, no more caked on makeup in a sad attempt to cover up, no more pain. I could go on and on. If you suffer from painful severe acne that seems impossible to treat, do yourself a favor and get this stuff!
Most Helpful Critical Review No Results, Not worth it
I have oily, sensitve, acne prone skin so when I read what the label on this cleanser I was excited to try it as my sister recommended it to me. I started using it in March and by June I was almost out of it and I any of the positive results it promised. And actually I felt my skin worsened, I broke out in chicken bumps on my forhead, I started breaking out with the ingrown pimples that I hadn't had since my early 20's (now 29). I thought well maybe this is what it is supposed to do, break out to get rid of all the impurities but after the 2nd month nothing changed, it only got worse but I kept my hopes up and dumb me used almost the whole bottle when I finally gave up and went back to my Aveeno. I love Aveeno the only reason I tried Dermadoctor was because I really liked what the label said it would do, especially the part it said about reducing oil production, which I have alot of. Aveeno actually left my face feeling less oily and less clogged up and I never broke out with while using Aveeno unless I was gonna start my period and I would only get one small pimple. I missed my Aveeno and now I know "if aint broke don't fix it." I don't recommend this cleanser to anyone with oily, acne prone skin.It has to many strong ingrediants that actually cause break outs!!
Reviewed by 256 customers Do not purchase. Product made my face burn.
Ms. Sammie from Atlanta
Product made my face BURN!!!!!!!
My complexion is dark. Followed the instructions. Woke up in the morning, and had small burn patches on my cheeks. I will never ever use this product again. Had to use neosporin on my face to help heal. Returned the following day back to the store for refund.
10/10 would recommend
EP from Rhode Island
I used to use this product when I was in high school (about 8 years ago). I recently purchased it again because wearing a mask 24/7 at work has caused me to breakout like a teenager. I love this face wash. The only thing that has changed about it, is the design on the bottle. Highly recommend for anyone struggling with breakouts.
Lasts and lasts
Lily from Chicago, IL
Purchased this item in May of 2019 and it has lasted me over a year now with nightly use every day. While it did not perfectly clear up my skin, it works much better than any other cleanser I've ever had. I would recommend this to anyone with acne concerns. It helped diminish my pore size as well as the frequency and amount of pimples. It even helped me stop my Curology subscription after the effects of that plateaued for me, and ultimately has saved me a lot of money.
Rolex007 from El Paso, TX
Wearing medical masks 8 hrs per day for work really made my acne flare. This has been a miracle worker for keeping those flair-ups in check. Even my mom borrows it now and then.
Missy from Prosser WA
I've used this product for about 6-8 months. I started using it day and night for the first month then daily. My application method was putting on BEFORE I get in the shower rub it in until it's clear (product is white) and let the steam work the product into my skin. Halfway through the shower, I'd wash it off. My acne was in the t-zone and now it's gone! The only complaint I had was the smell of the product but I think this product is worth ignoring the smell! I recommend this product and I will buy again.
I would probably buy again
Tazz from pearland
I've been using it for a month now and it's a good cleanser. It doesn't lather so you need to squeeze out a lot to feel like it's actually cleansing your face. It has some good ingredients and that's why I bought it. Unfortunately, it has a weird and kinda strong chemical scent to it. It has no added fragrance which is great but the actual smell of the ingredients is bad. It lingers for a few seconds but disappears again so that's why I'm still using it. Overall, it's a good product and I would buy it again, but not at full price. (I bought this during the 21 days of beauty and got it for half off.)
HRR from Iowa
I started using this product as I noticed I would break out occasionally. I stopped using it for a few weeks and had a mild breakout and figured I would keep using the other cleanser. I switched back to this one to see if it was the cleanser and sure enough within a couple of days my skin cleared up again.
Love it. Very effective
KatLex from Niskayuna New York
Really works well. I haven't found a product like this. Lotion type feel - run it in until you're ready to rinse. You can even leave it on for several minutes if you want to get more of a benefit. I struggle from hormonal acne and it's really helping
words can't describe
jen from florida
i've used so many products from dermalogica, tula, clarins, clinique, etc. i was so hesitant at first because i was tired of spending so much on products that don't work. so when i was told about this and was gonna use this as my last time trying an expensive face wash. i'm one week in and wow my skin has cleared up so much and it's amazing honestly. i have combination skin and bad breakouts that are on my checks and chin. the only thing is it smells like plastic when you wash your face dry like it says but once you get pa at the smell it's worth it.
Hormonal acne sufferers - buy this now!!!
Life saving product from Arizona
I never write reviews but I want to shout from the rooftops how incredible this line is! I'm a mid-20s female who has struggled with acne as long as I can remember. In my later few years my acne had turned cystic and so painful. I finally had enough. After my pregnancy hormones finally leveled out, the acne returned and I needed a miracle. I went to Ulta to get proactiv and was stopped by a DermaDoctor brand rep. I'm usually pretty skeptical about them but she was speaking my language and hitting my pain points without me even telling her what I came in for. I left with this and 2 other DermaDoctor products. My skin has forever changed for the better. For the first time in 12 years I am able to leave my house without makeup, I feel confident and beautiful in my skin, and I can finally trust a line of products. If you struggle from hormonal, cystic acne this stuff is for you! My skin is normally red, somewhat sensitive, oily, and can dry out quickly. This stuff is an absolute miracle and has eliminated every issue. Thank you DermaDoctor for giving me my healthy skin back!
Rhi from ND
I have suffered with adult acne for years now and nothing has worked liked this product. I have clear skin for the 1st time in a decade. I use this product along with the acne serum by the same brand twice daily. After 1 month of use not only could I see a difference but, so could everyone else. The cleanser it self does not foam up like some products but cleans wonderfully. It works great for taking off make up and cleaning your face.
Recommendation from Ulta staff
Sensitive Acne from Arizona
It removed small bumps on my forehead but aggravated pimples on my cheeks. They turned red and more inflamed like cysts. Wash stings because of the acids. It's fragrance and dye free though.
Used For Years
Han from Minnesota
I have been using this cleanser pretty much daily for the past 3 or so years, since it was new at Ulta. Although it's certainly not a get-out-of-acne-jail-free card, I believe that it does help control my hormonal and diet-related acne. I'm not giving up cookies for the sake of a few bumps! Anyway, the AHA/BHA and the other ingredients seem to agree with my skin more than any other cleansers or chemical exfoliants that I've tried... mainly drugstore brands. I like that the cleanser goes on dry without water at first. (I don't like when my face is already wet and I end up getting cleanser in my mouth or eyes.... a small detail but just something that I personally appreciate. Less messy.) If you have micro-abrasions or any wounds, expect a bit of burning as the acids react. I don't mind the bit of stinging here and there. This cleanser helps to regulate my skin without being too drying. I usually use it in the morning before hopping in the shower or at night after removing my makeup to make sure my skin is squeaky clean. Sometimes both morning and night when I'm not too lazy! I follow with the clinique gel moisturizer. It does not leave my face red, tight or dry. I use about 1/3 teaspoon for my face, so the bottle lasts a few months. However, I do miss being able to regulate how much product I dispense... switching from the glass pump to the squeeze tube packaging makes the amount more varied, which isn't my preference. It's too easy to use too much!
Star from San Antonio, TX
I wish I had found this product before! It's the only product (out of the many I've used) that actually controls my super oily skin! And it's also diminishing my fine lines! Although it might seem like this is a bit pricey, a little goes a long way, so I think it's worth the price. Highly recommend to all my oily skin girls!
And it's animal cruelty free! 🐰 ♥️
Worsened my breakouts
sliberat from Albuquerque
I have very sensitive, oily, acne prone skin with enlarged pores on my cheeks and nose. I've been trying different skincare regimens, but nothing ever seems to help keep my skin clear and my oil under control for more than a month or so before my skin starts to break out again. A sales rep at my Ulta approached me and said she could tell I had a problem with pores and acne and recommended this cleanser. She said it was very moisturizing and wouldn't dry out my skin like products with harsher ingredients would, which in turn dries out the skin and causes it to over-produce oil. The first time I used this cleanser I broke out in a ton of whiteheads and itchy red bumps all over my face and neck. I know when changing skincare your skin will typically "purge" and get a bit worse before it gets better, but in my case this felt more like an allergic reaction. I checked the ingredients list (which I should have done at the store), and this cleanser has three forms of alcohol and a sulfate in it - all of which are incredibly drying ingredients! I'm returning this to the store and will go back to my previous cleanser and treatment. This might work for people with less sensitive skin, but it is an absolute NO for me.
Absolutely the best face wash
Poodlefave from Central Point,Oregon
This is only product I really use on my face besides my lotion. I've been using this for about 3 years, I will not use anything else because any other product will dry my skin and causes breakouts.
Ain't misbehavin it's totally worth the price, buy it ,try it you ,will never use anything after!
JJ from Illinois
This is my favorite face wash. I've had fewer breakouts and my overall skin texture feels better. I am so glad that DermaDocter went back to the tube packaging! So much less wasteful and easier for travel than the glass
LOVE this stuff!
Shelby from St. Louis
I have been using this facewash for many years and I absolutely love it! I struggled with moderate acne all through high school (I'm 27 y/o now), tried multiple drugstore brands as well as proactive and this was my saving grace. You only need a small, dime size amount for it to really do the job, and using it once a day I can make the bottle last almost 6 months! Definitely worth it!
Love the formula, need new packaging
Nina from St. Louis, Mo
I have excessively oily skin and I love this entire line of products. The cleanser is great, however, I cannot get over the terrible glass bottle packaging. There is a plastic tube pictured here, but I went to buy it from my local store and it is still being sold in the glass bottle and I really wish I could've NOT needed it until I could buy the new plastic tube.
Chrissy from New York, NY
I really thought, based on reviews, this cleanser would be my saving grace. I have congested skin with blemishes and hormonal breakouts and cystic acne. This cleanser not only gave me a slight burning sensation when using it, it did not help my breakouts AT ALL. I will say I feel like it has made my skin slightly less oily but that's it. Not worth the money really. It also doesn't leave that clean feeling. It just sits on your skin (no foaming or deep clean feel) until you rinse it off.
MsModdy from Fairfield, CA
Did not improve my moderate acne issue
elwhy from Houston
This is especially great for cystic acne. I don't get it anymore! Works for all types of blemishes... only thing I've used for a few years now and I've tired them ALL!
Thank you Dermadoctor!
JJ from Illinois
I have loved this face wash for a long time - it balances and clears my acne prone skin.
I've seen it through 3 different packaging, and I am so glad that they switched back to a tube! It makes our so much easier to dispense, transfer to a travel size container (or travel with as is), and to get out the last bits! A huge improvement over the previous glass bottle.
Cystic acne savior
Kate from Japan
Since I got off birth control a year ago, my chin has been riddled with embarrassing cystic acne. I've had acne for 22 years, but I got most of it under control. Then the chin happened, and it got worse every month until I went from one big spot right before my period to two or three active cysts at any given time. I spent almost a grand this past year on all sorts of stuff to fix it, and then I found this. I put it on my chin after washing the makeup off (skin still wet!), let it sit about a minute and rinse it off. That's all I've changed in my skincare routine and this is the first month I've had ZERO zits on my chin. ZERO! I won't go a day without it.
I gave it 4 stars because it did make me break out on my forehead and cheeks when I used it all over. Since those weren't originally my problem areas, I just stuck to the chin. No purging there.
I can't say how well it works for non-cystic acne, but if you get those big, deep embarrassing ones that linger for weeks give this a whirl.
Best acne cleanser
Bluebell from San Antonio
Love...love..love. Has help my breakout skin. I can also use it as my makeup remover.