Phisoderm is a line of skin care products developed by a dermatologist. It has been around since the 1950s. The Mentholatum Company touts the products’ abilities to restore the natural balance of your skin. They are specially formulated for people with normal, dry or oily complexions. In addition to face care, Phisoderm has extended its line to include body washes, acne treatments and baby wash. All of its products are dermatologist-recommended.
The pH of your skin usually falls between 4.0 and 6.0, whereas most skin care products are between 9.0 and 11.0. Phisoderm mimics the natural pH of your skin. Even if your skin is considered normal, certain areas like the T-zone and U-zone can be oily or dry. The T-zone runs across your forehead and down the bridge of your nose and is typically oily. The U-zone which goes from your cheekbones, down and across your chin and back up, is typically dry. Phisoderm is designed to tone the oily patches and provide hydration to the dry areas.
Phisoderm has a wide variety of products available at retailers. Face products include antiblemish facial wash, deep cleaning cleanser, bar soap, cleansing pads, toner and moisturizer. For the body there is bar soap and antiblemish body wash. The company also makes a tear-free cream wash for babies.
Phisoderm’s acne products—Anti-Blemish Cleansing Pads and Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash—contain salicylic acid. It’s a common anti-acne chemical that treats and prevents pimples and other blemishes. It also works to reduce the appearance of redness. According to the National Institutes of Health, salicylic acid reduces swelling and redness of blemishes. It also unplugs skin pores that are blocked, thus promoting the shrinkage of pimples. A side benefit of salicylic acid is that it acts as an exfoliator, loosening dry skin, so it falls off. The acid should not be used on red or broken skin and may take time to show results.
Phisoderm’s Tear Free Cream Wash is specially designed for babies. It’s allergy-tested to ensure that it won’t cause a rash. The company touts the soap-free formula because it doesn’t leave a residue, rinses easily and doesn’t cause dry patches. The formula is pH balanced to provide moisturizing.
Erin M. Welch, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist who, as of 2009, was serving as Phisoderm’s advisor. She focuses on preventing and treating aging skin and treating skin cancer. Her main concern is the environment’s impact on skin. Dr. Welch specializes in dermatologic surgery and laser/cosmetic dermatology in her role as an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is an author and member of several dermatology societies.