A face scrub with rubies? Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub Reviewed


I am very partial to artisan, handmade by wood nymphs with unicorn tears type natural skincare. However occasionally I just want something more clinical that will get the job done. Enter Goldfaden MD, billed as the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the industry.

Created by Miami based dermatologist Gary Goldfaden M.D who’s been in practice for 45 years. The range is based on using natural and organic ingredients in formulations inspired by dermatology procedures. Perfect for folks looking for a “Dr” brand with cleaner ingredients so no parabens, alchohol, silicones, artificial fragrances or colours. No animal testing of course. Some synthetics and phenoxyethanol make an appearance in a few products so do check the ingredients if that’s a deal breaker for you.


I’ve never got on board the acid train and really like using Old School physical exfoliators. Those who don’t look away now. There’s something satisfying about scrubbing so I was keen to put the much talked about Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub to the test. Apropos of nothing for some unknown reason in my mind I say Goldfaden like Goldfinger *Shirley Bassey voice*. Anyway let’s swiftly move on.


The scrub is designed to be an at home treatment that’s similar to microdermabrasion. I’ve never had that treatment but basically it’s an non-invasive treatment in which the dead outmost layer of skin is blasted away with tiny crystals.

Ingredients wise the main ingredient is ruby crystals, which is not there for bling, their perfectly round shape polishes the skin without scratching. There is also apricot kernel which adds some abrasion to remove dead skin. All in a hydrating base that includes jojoba oil, hylauronic acid and squalene so it doesn’t strip the skin.

Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub review

Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub review

At first it looks like a cream but when spread the scrub has a grainy texture – if you’ve ever mixed Jolen creme that’s what the texture reminds me of, or like granulated sugar. It has a mild nondescript scent. To use on my dry sensitive skin, I apply a small amount (finger tip using a a mini scoop no filthy fingers in jars please) to wet skin or mix it with a cream cleanser to make it a little less abrasive. Rather than at a basin I tend to rinse this off in the shower as I can’t seem to get every single granule off otherwise. I don’t experience any scratching or irritation despite the texture. After use my skin is super smooth – the smoothest I’ve experienced from a physical exfoliator, glowing and products sink in faster like the red carpet has been rolled out for them. It’s also fantastic on the body but not the most cost-effective way to use it!

The Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub is what I’d call a full on Serious Scrub. I don’t use if my skin is inflammed at all and if you have extremely fragile sensitive skin I really think this might be too much. But you know your own skin so scrub responsibly.

This is described as a daily exfoliator but unless you’re a rhino I don’t see why you’d do that. I use once or twice a week and that works for me, bearing in mind I use muslin cloths to cleanse with daily. So is it worth the hype and price tag?  Yes – the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub is a kick-ass scrub that does what it promises and it lasts for ages and ages.

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, 100ml, RRP £65. I’ve spotted that there is a great value The Brightening Transformation Kit for £40 which includes a 50ml Goldfaden MD’s Doctors scrub, 30ml Pure Start cleanser and 5ml Bright Eyes serum. For stockists visit www.goldfadenmd.com 

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