Review of GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub – facial exfoliant

Posted on June 29, 2013


Ever dream of having enough money that your daily skincare routine includes exfoliating your skin with scrubs infused with precious gems? Look no further … your dreams can come reality. Goldfaden MD is the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the industry. One of their standout products is their exfoliant Doctor’s Scrub. Here is our product review of it:

goldfaden-md-doctors-scrub-face-body-exfoliant-skin-careWhat’s unique about the Goldfaden MD face scrub is that it utilizes ruby crystals to polish away dead surface cells to leave skin brighter and clearer. There are other luxury skincare lines which include precious gems in their formulations like Själ Skincare, but they are usually for only the super rich as prices usually start in the $200’s. Priced at a more modest $75 for 100 ml, one can assume that Goldfaden MD utilizes only ultra fine ruby crystal molecules. Other key ingredients found in the Doctor’s Scrub are Hyaluronic Acid — a popular but effective long-lasting hydrating molecule, and Seaweed and Organic Red Tea Extract — to provide antioxidant protection.

We had a question whether ruby crystals exfoliate better than synthetic microbeads or natural jojoba beads. And upon further examination of the ingredient list, we found that Apricot Kernels were used in the formulation too. This tells us that ruby crystals don’t work too well for fluffing off dead skin since they were the highest concentration ingredient in the formulation (1st listed in the ingredient list). Our staff found the Goldfaden scrub to be very abrasive to the skin, even for thick skin. Could this be because of the use of apricot kernels (apricot seed particles) which are known to be have triangular shaped edges making them extremely abrasive? Yes or no, we recommend that this product be used only as a body scrub and not for the face. No wonder on the manufacturer’s website, they state as an “insider tip” to use only twice a week on neck and décolleté area for the ultimate body rub-down.

Another effect worth mentioning is that this scrub holds its consistency before you wash it off. Lots of other facial exfoliants just dissolve once applied onto face but this one doesn’t which is fantastic. Aside from the exfoliant particles used, the product has a very gentle cleansing power which we found likeable. We were not a fan of the open jar packaging though as over time this just encourages contamination.

So the question isn’t whether the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub is a good exfoliator or not. It is should I use this for my face or body? The product can sell itself as all you have to do is picture yourself scrubbing down with rubies. But is this just all a marketing ploy?