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The Importance of Dermatologist-Tested Skincare Products


When it comes to choosing the right skincare products to achieve that perfect glow, it helps to turn to the experts: dermatologists.

As medical doctors specializing in the body’s largest organ, dermatologists spend all day caring for their patients’ skin. So it’s safe to assume they’re knowledgeable on different skin types, as well as the ins and outs of the ingredients most commonly found within the skincare industry.

While it would be nice to have a dermatologist with us every time we bought a new product to let us know if the products we are using are something they would include in their own regimen, we do have the next best thing: dermatologist-tested skincare.

Thayers is proud to announce that all of our products are now officially dermatology tested. When a skincare product, such as our Witch Hazel Facial Facial Toners and Astringents is deemed dermatology tested, they must go through various procedures to determine if the products are safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.

Let’s take a look at what this means and why Thayers skincare products are such an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.


What Does Dermatologist Tested Mean? What Does it NOT Mean?

Buying dermatologist-tested products take a lot of guesswork out when determining if a particular brand is suitable for most skin types. That said, you want to make sure you understand what this means and what it doesn’t mean.

Simply put, many skincare and cosmetics products have this certification to show they are effective and non-irritating for most skin types. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is right for everybody.

If your skin is prone to breakouts or exceptionally sensitive, you want to dig a little deeper and make sure the ingredients used won’t cause additional problems. Remember, the dermatologist label is a good start when choosing the best products for your needs, but it isn’t the end of what you should be looking for.


What Does Dermatologically Tested Mean?

One common misconception about dermatologist-tested skincare products is that they are tested on animals, or the product itself is cruelty-free.

The truth is that it doesn’t cover either term. Dermatologically tested simply means a doctor who specializes in skin health has signed off on the product. Whether a specific cosmetics company chooses to test on animals or not is not related to this endorsement.

However, if this is something that matters to you, be sure to look for products listed as both dermatologist-approved and cruelty-free. The good news? Thayers products are never tested on animals.


What Tests Do Dermatologists Do on Skincare Products?

While there are several different ways to test skincare products, there is one that is pretty common. The Repeat Insult Patch Test (RIPT) is administered by dermatologists and is a rigorous testing method recognized within the industry and by experts everywhere.

In fact, this is the same test our Thayers team opted for when we achieved our dermatologist seal of approval for our witch hazel products.

So, how exactly does the RIPT testing work? It is a clinical study done to establish the potential irritation from the product in question. After the completion of all the patch tests, the results must be signed off by a dermatologist.

Going through the RIPT procedure and getting certified as dermatology tested is important to our commitment to always remaining up to date on certification and testing while also giving our customers peace of mind when choosing the red cap.


What is the Difference Between Dermatologist Tested and Dermatologist Recommended?

When looking at labels to determine whether a skincare product is safe for use, you’ll also want to pay close attention to the wording. The two most common terms? Dermatologist tested, and dermatologist recommended.

And there’s a difference between them. Dermatologist tested means an actual test, like the RIPT method described above, has taken place. The cosmetics company knows the results and can refer to them at any time.

Dermatologist recommendation means a skin expert was paid for their endorsement. No actual testing has been done behind this endorsement.


What Types of Skin Are Dermatologist-Tested Products For?

Usually, dermatologist-tested products are deemed safe for normal or sensitive skin types. But this isn’t always true, so it is important to consult with your individual dermatologist if you have specific concerns.

With the skincare industry growing at a fast pace, there are many options for your unique skin needs, which might seem like great news. However, it’s easier now to get sucked into pretty packaging and clever marketing and end up buying something that is either not doing anything for you or, worse, damaging your skin.

Whatever we apply topically on our skin is getting absorbed right into our body, which means being knowledgeable about deciphering the labels on your skincare can really pay off and contribute to optimal skin health in the long run.

Switching to clean skincare means using products with fewer ingredients and botanical extract-based ones, making it easier for your skin to absorb all the good stuff and none of the bad.


Understanding Your Skin Type

Another factor that will help you determine the right products for you is understanding your unique skin type. There are four universal skin types that most people fall under; normal, dry, oily and combination, but it’s also possible to have a combination of these.

It’s helpful to keep an eye out for how your skin changes throughout the day so you can seek out the proper products for your needs. For example, toners and astringents have been proven to be effective for those who have trouble controlling the amount of oil their face produces or for those who are prone to breakouts. Ingredients like witch hazel, aloe vera, and rosewater are great natural ingredients that balance out oily skin and help ease acne breakouts.


What Thayers Products Are Dermatologist Tested?

To help set you on the path to clear, healthy skin, we want you to be armed with three key pieces of knowledge when choosing your next skin product. Is it dermatologist tested? Are the ingredients simple and easy to read? Does this make sense with my skin type?

Reviews can also be helpful when choosing a new skincare product for you. In addition, if you see the dermatologist-tested certification, you can further trust the validity and efficacy of the product.

All Thayers Facial Toners, Astringents, and Mists are specifically dermatologist tested. We’ve taken this extra step to ensure we’re offering customers like you the best quality with the cleanest and safest ingredients possible.

However, we know that sometimes you might have a particular need that’s beyond our product line. Looking out for a dermatologist-tested certification as well as reading ingredients and knowing your skin type are some of the easiest ways you can achieve beautiful, glowing skin!

Remember to take a look at these factors and for the dermatologist-tested logo the next time you shop around for a new skincare product.

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