Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free Sample - Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion - Scrub This

image from sephora.com

This scrub is serious business. Dr. Brandt (BTW have you ever seen what this guy looks like? Yikes!) Has a microdermabrasion scrub of which I was fortunate or unfortunate enough to receive a very deluxe sample size.

Let’s get down to brass tacks shall we?

The Scent: Citrus
The Texture: A sugary paste similar to a grainy, stiff, butter cream frosting (Yes. It IS always food with me)
The Price: $75 for 1.7 oz
What it is formulated to do (according to Dr. Brandt): Magnesium oxide crystals. “Diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall texture of the skin.”
The result (according to PinkSith) : Smooth skin as a start. Very nice smooth skin after use and for 2 days after. My face looked glowier and smoother.
With continued usage (2x a week) I had scratched skin, tiny whiteheads, and peeling. bleh! Yes. It does what it says it does
Smooth Skin
Blah Blah Blah
But apparently my skin is too sensitive for this scrub. It’s not the scrub’s fault. My skin does not like scrubs some times. Maybe I scrubbed too hard, maybe there was an ingredient in it that irritated my skin, maybe it’s just one of those things. Either way, it didn’t work for me because it caused me to break out. I believe I broke out because the “diamond shaped crystals” scratched the surface of my skin, which allowed bacteria to get into my skin, which allowed acne and inflammation to erupt. Not my cup of tea.

Aside from the poor results for my skin, I would not buy this again because of the price. $75 for 1.7 oz? There are better microdermabrasion treatments out there for less. (CoughPhilosophyCough) Oh and one of the suggested extra uses is to use it for treating Keratosis Pilaris (tiny bumps in back of arms). Um. I am not spending that much money to get rid of my chicken skin!

Should you get it? No. Plain and simple. While I love Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” this product, Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion just doesn’t deliver for the price.

What is your favorite microdermabrasion scrub? I’m in the mood for a new fix. I’m leaning toward Philosophy but I’m open to new ideas.

Aqua (Water), Magnesium Oxide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Lecithin, Lauryl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Clover Honey (Miel), Dimethyl Sulfone, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Lauroyl, Lactylate, Hibiscus Militaris Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate.


  1. Elvira, I have dry, sensitive East Asian skin, and this has worked wonders for me. I just use it twice a week, and and scrub very gently for about 1.5 minutes.

    I find that really soaking your skin with warm water first really helps.

    I've had an IPL treatment, and it's really helping to even out my skin tone and texture, and well as getting rid of those pesky pores on the end of my nose!

    I also love R3P eye and face ream, and I have the lines no more serum too.

    I probably like this stuff because I am post-menopausal and don't get hormonal breakouts anymore, LOL!!

  2. (yes, I have seen his pic...*_*) never tried this though. looks too heavy duty for me. but interesting, nevertheless. i am one who won't spend a fortune on skincare but rather makeup. lol

  3. I think you and I have similar skin in reading through your posts. I swear by Origins Microdermabrasion scrub. It is so gentle, the little granules are rice starch and you can't overscrub it sort of dissolves into your skin. I have used it for over 2 years and I am only on my 2nd tub and I still have plenty more. I love that stuff!

  4. That picture of him is sort of scary. Like he scrubbed all his facial features away.

    The scrub sounds very harsh too. I really do believe in products that can scratch the skin. I can't believe that would ever be good for you unless your skin is like an elephant's.

  5. I use Philosophy's scrub and love it for my sensitive skin!

  6. First of all ... yikes is right! Very scary!

    Secondly, I use and love the Avon Clinical Microderm scrub. In between, when skin sometimes gets rough, I use the good ol' St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and love it!

  7. Hi Pink, I don't use commercial scrubs. I mix lemon juice with sugar and apply it to my face.

  8. Now I have to go see what this person looks like! BTW, I showed my Fiance your sith logo and he loved it! He's a huge SW fan.

  9. Yeah, I had this several years ago (I worked part-time at Sephora), and I felt like I was hot stuff for having it, until the drugstore came out with their versions. IT is true, this is way to expensive for what it does. And, I agree the grit is too harsh.

  10. I had a sample too, and I looooooved it! I felt like it really got all the gunk and dead skin off my face and left me smoooth =) It CAN be a little harsh, but if you wet your face and maybe mix it w/ like purity made simple or something like that I'm sure it's the best.
    In regards to Dr. Brandt, well, if I'm buying anti-wrinkle stuff, I don't want a person who's all "age gracefully" Not that I personally want to look that stretched, but I want the owner/spokesperson to look like they use their stuff, ya know? ;-P

  11. Jamilla Camel & Claudia M.: I know it's a decent scrub but just not for me. I followed directions, but I just think I scrubbed too hard and my skin was too sensitive. Thank you for both of your feedback. hopefully some readers with a skin type similar to yours will enjoy the scrub. :-)

    jojoba: :-) I spend a fortune on both skincare & makeup, but not on clothes. lol

    Amy: Thanks for the suggestion! I will check that one out.

    Pixie, Meredith & Claudia M: Yeah. Dr. Brandt has had some major work done. I want my skin to be lineless not lifeless!

    Julia: Are you talking about the Microdelivery facial wash or the peel or another scrub?

    Meredith: Thanks for the suggestion. I will check that one out as well!

    Wanderer: Lemon juice might be a bit too harsh for me, but I have loved the results of some sugar scrubs I have used in the past. Perhaps I'll try it with honey or a cream cleanser. Thanks!

    Linda: Thanks for the comment. Make sure your Fiance does not tell Lucas about my site. He'll shut me down for using that image I bet. lol. I'm a huge SW fan as well.

    T: I didn't know you worked at Sephora. Was it one near where we live?

  12. I use the Philosophy microdelivery peel - the two step system. Honestly, it's amazing. And I have super sensitive skin and I can scrub away with this stuff and it does not irritate my skin!

  13. Thanks Julia! Yes. I have used that peel (samples) in the past w/ excellent results. I just need to bite the bullet and buy a kit. Thanks for responding!

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