Beauty Q&A: Do Dermatologist-Tested Products Actually Work?

by Janelle Yau   |  Mar 9, 2017
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When it comes to skin care, aside from the brand and the benefits the product claims to have, nothing beats the seal of approval from a dermatologist to vouch for the effectivity and the credibility of a product. After all, no one knows skin care more than a dermatologist. While there are a ton of beauty products in the drugstore and the department store that claim to have this much coveted "dermatologist-tested" seal, how true are these claims and could it just be a marketing ploy for some skin care brands? We asked dermatologist Dr. Rhoda Espino to give us the lowdown.

Q: Do dermatologist-tested products actually work?

Dr. Rhoda: I always believe that each product exhibits results depending on each individual's skin type. While a product may work well for one girl, it may not give the best result for another. That's why aside from choosing skin care products that will suit your skin type, it's also important to take note of how your skin reacts to the products regardless of a positive or a negative feedback and whether it's a dermatological-approved product or not. But always be careful when choosing your beauty products, Candy Girls, because not all products in the market are truly "dermatologist-tested." Unfortunately, some use this seal of approval for marketing purpose only. When in doubt, consult a dermatologist first and discontinue use if your skin reacts badly to it.


Dr. Rhoda B Espino graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine and received her training in dermatology in New South Wales Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine followed by Fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. She is currently a member of the Philippine Society in Anti-Obesity, a board director of PAAMMI, and is the CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetics Center.

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Janelle Yau
Fashion and Beauty Assistant
The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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