What is a dermatologist-tested or -approved skin care product?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The term "dermatologist-tested" simply means that the product was reviewed by a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating the skin, hair, and nails. It does not mean anything more than that. To be sure you're using the best products for your skin, consult your own dermatologist.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

A dermatologist tested the product in some way. One doctor, somewhere, used it (even if he or she didn't necessarily like it). It does not mean there was a clinical trial or that a group of dermatologists endorse it. When an advertisement states that "9 out of 10 dermatologists recommend" something, that's what it's based on.

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Develop a daily skin care routine that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. All skin types can benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Choose cleansers that ...

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