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The “Ordinary” Mom’s Discovery that’s Making Botox Doctors Furious!

Skin-Care-Miracle Doctors spend months and use various techniques to even come close to such a result, and the claim is that this is achievable by a topical product in only four weeks
We all come across these ads with wording that make you HAVE to click on them to see what it is all about. I have been troubled with just such an ad on Facebook for days. Today it said “2 cheap Botox secrets for women over 40 that are making Botox doctors furious.” A few days ago it was something along the lines of “Ordinary mom reveals secret that makes doctors furious.” I do not quite recall, but there is always someone furious according to these ads, plus a little bit of mystery, so I had to check it out. Having read enough of these, I feel it's my duty as a dermatologist to dispel the myths these sites spread. So, I decided to explain why many of the claims in the ads are wrong. The ad takes you to a website (skintherapyreports.com) that describes how an ordinary mom from Texas suffered with her wrinkles for years, until she finally came across the secret that Hollywood has been keeping from us for years. It's the secret that’s been keeping them looking young and beautiful, and that secret is so simple and cheap you won’t believe it, certainly better than Botox and the horrific side effects that come with it, and so much cheaper. You will look 10 years younger in a month. Honestly, there is so much drama packed in those few lines that they would make day time soaps envious! The website then provides links to other websites that sell the actual products, which I’ve noticed change regularly. They can direct you to AuraVie and Levela, or DermaPure and Kollagen Intesniv. First off, “ordinary” mother? I do not appreciate the wording, nor the sensationalization all over this website, but more importantly, where are the facts? Where are the studies? What exactly is in these products? And no, merely putting a picture of a person wearing a white coat and glasses in front of a microscope, and throwing in some medical jargon and a mention of a few nameless studies is not going to convince me. Who conducted these studies? What institutes? How many were included in the studies? Anything? The main ingredient listed is something called “polymoist-ps”, which is supposed to be a “peptide” that promotes collagen production. That’s all well and good, except I could not find it anywhere in any journal or scientific source I checked. Then there is the “secret that keeps stars young and healthy.” Surprise surprise, it is not some super secret cream; it is makeup, light and Photoshop. The stars that do still look amazing as they’ve matured are the ones that took good care of their health and their skin, like the rest of us are doing. No magic, no tricks, just pure diligence. And what about the horrific side effects of Botox? Thousands of people who have enjoyed the benefits of Botox and their doctors and the scientific studies backing Botox up will tell you that, when done correctly by an experienced physician, side effects are very minimal if at all. Aside from the lack of studies, even reviews are hard to come by. That is, if you exclude reviews on websites dedicated to these creams (kollagenintensiverevews, kollagenintensivecream, aboutkollagenintesive, dermapure-reviews, and many others) which all, of course, boast about how truly amazing these products are, with direct links to the website selling the product.  
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As for the "before" and "after" images, the website admits in the fine print at the bottom of the page that the photographs they show for before and after comparisons have been modified. I also happened to notice that a "before" and "after" picture on the Dermapure website is clearly photoshopped. The website portrays dermatologists as devious monsters who have hidden a secret from the world for years, and that the secret is now out at last, which makes the demons, er dermatologists, very angry. The field of dermatology has expanded to include not only skin diseases, but also cosmetic dermatology, but dermatologists remain healers in the first place and still firmly believe that the patient comes first. If something this sensational was discovered, it would have been celebrated in all scientific circles around the world. The fountain of youth at long last! This is not to say the products are all bad. They claim to collectively include various peptides, antioxidants and moisturizers, so they may do a very good job, but they are not going to work miracles. And they certainly do not mimic Botox, nor will they make anyone look ten years younger in one single month. With all the trouble this website went to, from dramatic phrasings and modified pictures, to attacks on perfectly good methods of proven efficacy, while having no clear scientific sources to back them up, I would personally never  buy nor recommend these products, just on principle. Thank you for reading!
Date: September 25 2012 at 10:17 AM
Skin Care, advertisement, AuraVie, botox, DermaPure, dermatologist, dermatology advertisement, Kollagen Intesniv, Levela, skin care ads

Comments (15)

  1. jeff
    September 25 2012 at 1:59 PM

    notice the woman in the above photo, the tiny wisps of hair are in the identical spot in the before and after! As if her hair would be "wind-blown" in the exact same spot a month later!

  2. Moxie
    September 25 2012 at 5:26 PM

    What a great post! It is ridiculous-- with the obvious photoshopped photos, and the fact that, you're correct, "if something this sensational was discovered, it would have been celebrated in all scientific circles around the world."

  3. Leah Argento
    September 25 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Thanks Dr. Taha; I most appreciate someone calling these scammers out!

  4. Janessa
    September 25 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Oh gosh, I've seen this ad countless times. Finally it is addressed! I don't even bother to click on those ads though. :] I like that you tell us where the link leads to. At least it leads to skincare, lol.

  5. Lucas
    September 26 2012 at 7:08 AM

    This was a great post! Scientific-driven beauty blogs such as futurederm should not only recommend and review great products, but also dismiss absurd claims and devious propaganda, exposing their faults. Thanks!

  6. Eileen
    September 26 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Wonderful post! You know the old saying, "There's a sucker born every minute." Hopefully, if enough people read posts like this one, there will be far fewer people throwing their money away on worthless "snake oil". Caveat emptor!

  7. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 2:44 PM

    @jeff: That is true! I honestly thought at least a little more effort would go into the photoshoping. Perphaps the idea is "people will see what they want to see"?

  8. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 2:52 PM

    @Moxie Thank you! yes, not only would it have been celebrated, you also wouldn't find a dermatologist looking a day older than 30! :)

  9. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 2:57 PM

    @Leah Argento Oh you are most welcome! I was baffled when I could not find a single article addressing these claims logically. I am glad I got a chance to do so. Thank you for reading Leah!

  10. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 3:05 PM

    @Janessa I could not resist clicking :) Thank you for reading and commenting!

  11. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 3:13 PM

    @Lucas I agree! We try our best :) Thank you Lucas!

  12. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    September 26 2012 at 3:15 PM

    @Eileen that was my thought exactly. I could not come across any search result that spoke negatively about these products. All the "reviews" were very as over the top as the original site. Glad you stopped by to read!

  13. Kathy
    February 14 2013 at 11:35 AM

    This is a very valid and valuable insight. However, it is unsurprising that people allow themselves to believe such things when they are desparate and genuinely afraid of ageing. Is there any topical anti-ageing cream which you would recommend instead? I have heard great things about dead sea salt - what are your views on its benefits and anti-ageing abilities?

  14. Dr. Hanan Taha, M.D.
    February 23 2013 at 3:42 PM

    @Kathy I am glad you find this post useful, Kathy. There are a few good creams out there now that have been scientifically proven to slow skin ageing. Look for something that has retinols as a staple in your daily (or rather nightly) skin care routine. Other than that you also need antioxidants, sun block and moisturizers. If you go through the posts here on FutureDerm you will find many excellent recommendations in each class. As for dead sea salt, you will find info on it in this post: http://www.futurederm.com/2012/12/17/whats-does-dead-sea-salt-do-in-deja-vu-all-day-moisturizer/ Hope this helps. Thank you Kathy for reading and commenting!

  15. Michelle
    July 21 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Dear Dr. Taha, They do make it hard for the everyday client to know if it is real or not. Thank you Dr. Taha for allowing people to know that there are some con's that still sell "snake oil". I love the name whoever is behind this marketing on this Bu--sh-t. The name... Polymoist-PS, come on, the moist is soooo blatant.

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