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What does “dermatologist-approved” exactly mean?

A skin care product that is labeled “dermatologist-approved” or “dermatologist-tested” only means that at least one dermatologist tried it and likes it. The key word here is “one” and it can be any dermatologist. This label does not indicate the level of expertise of the dermatologist who tested it, or the fact that he may not even be licensed. So what’s the catch? Many dermatologists are more than willing to accept generous checks from skin care companies to “test” their products. We have come across some proof, too. One of the very well known and respected dermatologists, Dr. Zein Obagi, was recently offered $25,000 by a skin care company who wanted for him to “approve” their new products. As he stated in his article: “They didn’t want me to study, review, or test it. Just approve it.” Of course, he declined to do so, but many others in his position would have gladly accepted the offer, resulting in yet another “dermatologist-approved” product on the market.

So be wary of the claims some skin care companies make about being backed by a doctor. Instead, read the label, check the ingredients, and ask questions about safety and potential side effects. And if you want to get a truly “dermatologist-approved” product, get one formulated by a dermatologist. Some great, dermatologist-developed products we recommend are:
ZO Skin Health – Developed by well-known dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare – Developed by Dr. Dennis Gross
Dr. Jessica Wu Cosmeceuticals – Developed by Dr. Jessica Wu
DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula) – Developed by Dr. Howard Sobel