When I worked at the Medical Spa, we sold Prevage MD, the 1% Idebenone cream that is made by Allergan, the makers of Botox. This normally retails for about $150 (although we were selling it for $100 for some reason), so I was excited that we had a tester to use since I was extremely curious to see if the cream lived up to the hype. Idebenone is touted as one of the most powerful topical antioxidants for use in skin care. Prevage MD states that its use will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, roughness and dryness, and it will even out skin tone, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. Fabulous!
Following the directions, I applied a small amount of the product at night. The next day I woke up with some clogged pores – whiteheads mostly. Sorry if I’m grossing you out! I tried Prevage a few more times after that and broke out every time, so I stopped using it. Three other people I worked with at the Medical Spa also tried Prevage MD, and while their skin didn’t break out, they all developed red rashes within two weeks! I did an internet search and saw that this is extremely common with the product. I’ve had clients come in and say they have had good results with Prevage MD, so it obviously works for some people, but I’ve never heard of so many people having problems with a product!
The Prevage MD directions do state to do a patch test before you use it, and it’s best not to mix it with retinoids or other aggressive skin treatments. When I read the ingredients of the product, Algae Extract is listed. If you look at my Cosmetic Acne list of ingredients to avoid, you will see Algae Extract is extremely pore-clogging. So I wouldn’t recommend Prevage MD for acne-prone skin. Nor would I recommend it for sensitive skin. If you do purchase it, I would get it from a place that accepts returns, since you don’t want to waste your money if you get a rash!
Want To Try Prevage? (not recommended for acne-prone or sensitive skin)
A friend of mine has been working with Idebenone for several years. Even though Prevage MD retails for $150, Idebenone is an inexpensive ingredient. I wanted to see if it was the Prevage MD or the Idebenone in the Prevage MD that made my skin break out, so my friend mixed me up a 1% Idebenone cream. He actually mixed the Idebenone in a moisturizer I use all the time and have no problems with Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream. I applied the cream for several nights and didn’t have any reaction to it. So it must be something in the Prevage MD that is problematic to my skin. I’ve also been using the cream off and on for several weeks now and haven’t developed a rash. Whether or not I will see a change in my fine lines and wrinkles is still up in the air, but I will keep you posted!