What Does Dermatologist Tested Mean When It Comes to Acne Products?

Can a Product with This Label Really Prevent Acne?

I think I’ve reached a new limit today. If I hear a salesperson say the words “dermatologist tested” one more time, I just might vomit. If you suffer from acne, you’ll likely be confused by the numerous terms you hear. Today we’ll discuss the phrase “dermatologist tested” and find out if this is something you need to be concerned with or is just another “smoke and mirrors” technique.

Setting the Scene

Let me set the scene. I was at the mall. I was in between shopping for a new winter coat and a coffee break. I walked by one of those stores that sells bath and body products, and I couldn’t help getting sucked right into the store, enticed by one of those complimentary demonstrations that usually involves pleasant-smelling products followed by an introduction of about ten new products you just “can’t live without.”

A popular sales pitch that is often used by salespeople is “these products are dermatologist tested,” and why should today have been any different. But are dermatologist-tested products really that much better for individuals who have acne?

What's It Really Mean?

The words “dermatologist tested” means that a dermatologist has conducted testing on products to determine if the products are less likely to cause any negative reaction. Any extra testing before a product makes it to store shelves is certainly beneficial for consumers, but many salespeople misinterpret and overemphasize this fact.

The bottom line is that there is no guarantee that a dermatologist tested product is not going to cause acne or other skin problems. There is no one label that can address how every single consumer will react to a product. You might have a cabinet full of dermatologist tested products at home and still break out after using every single one of them.

Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

If you have acne and want to try a dermatologist-tested product, opt for products that come with a guarantee. If a store will let you return the product after you try it, take advantage of that option. You might discover you like your new dermatologist tested product, or you might break out and need to return it. At least you won't be out any money if it doesn't work out.

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