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The Ultimate Guide To Dermalogica

“With my therapist background I understand the need for my team to have ongoing development and training to keep abreast of the trends and developments in the hair & beauty industry.

Founder of Dermalogica, Jane Wurwand, is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Not only has she created and pioneered the Dermalogica range of skincare she has enabled beauty therapists just like me to set up their own beauty businesses backed up with a great skincare range and fantastic training from the International Dermal Institute.”

Lisa de-la-Plain, professional beauty therapist and co-founder of online beauty retailer Beauty Flash.

Beauty Flash are the leading Dermalogica-certified stockists in the UK. We have specially trained Dermalogica therapists who can offer personalised advice on what Dermalogica product is best suited to you and your skincare needs.

If you would like to talk to one of our skin care therapists, feel free to contact us at

In the meantime, we have put together this detailed guide to help you understand the various Dermalogica ranges and choose the best skincare products for you.

Who are Dermalogica?

Dermalogica are industry leading skincare professionals who have received over 300 awards in their dedication to skin health worldwide.

The company was founded in 1986 by Jane Wurwand after it came to her attention that very few skin care ‘professionals’ focus their attention on continuing their skin health education.

Why choose Dermalogica?

Unlike many other skincare brands, Dermalogica’s business model is built on education and training. They focus on skin health, rather than beauty.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it is highly important to pay attention and take care of it!

Dermalogica’s carefully designed formulas and high-quality ingredients help you get the most out of your skincare products and overall skin health.

Dermalogica’s carefully designed formulas and high-quality ingredients help you get the most out of your skincare products and overall skin health.

Is Dermalogica vegan?

All Dermalogica products are vegan with the exception of Sheer Tints, Skin Perfect Primer and Active Moist.

Dermalogica Ingredients

Which Dermalogica products contain retinol?

The ingredients in Dermalogica vary according to each product. Please check the back of each individual product for an up to date, detailed ingredients list before use.

The following Dermalogica products contain retinol:

Which Dermalogica products contain parabens?

Due to popular request, Dermalogica have phased out parabens from their existing and future products.

Dermalogica for Breakouts

Dermalogica for Breakouts

What causes breakouts?

Breakouts are caused by five main factors:

Hormonal changes during puberty or hormonal fluctuations during your period or pregnancy A combination of internal and external pressures like stress and diet can also be held responsible for breakouts.

There are two types of breakouts; late-onset acne and persistent acne. Persistent acne is the diagnosis of those who have had acne throughout their teens, which has not cleared into their mid-twenties.

Symptoms of persistent acne often include:

  • Inflamed pimples commonly found along the lower face, mouth, chin and jaw line
  • Deep seated, painful lesions
  • Scarring

For teenage acne treatment, check out Dermalogica’s Clear Start range.

Late-onset acne refers to those who have experienced acne for the first time either in their 20s, 30s or 40s, or appearing during menopause.

Statistics have shown that between the ages of 12-24, 85% of people experience at least minor acne, with a further 70% experiencing it later into their twenties.

Furthermore, research has shown that:

Recommended products:

Active Clearing Clearing Skin Wash:

A naturally foaming cleanser which helps clear bacteria and oils from skin that is prone to breakouts:

Other benefits:

Active Clearing Breakout Control:

The Active Clearing breakout control gel by Dermalogica is a fast-absorbing, antibacterial treatment that eliminates and prevents future breakouts:

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Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque:

The Active Clearing Sebum Clearing mask is a clay masque that absorbs excess surface oil from the skin and acts to prevent further breakouts:

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Dermalogica for Sensitive Skin

Dermalogica for Sensitive Skin

As with many other skin conditions, lifestyle, diet and environment can have a significant impact and cause skin sensitivity.

According to Dermalogica, the three main symptoms of skin sensitisation are:

  • Redness
  • Dehydration
  • A damaged skin barrier

These can also cause your skin to feel itchy and appear red and blotchy. Dermalogica provide a skin sensitivity risk assessment that you can complete, based on your location. The risk assessment details your exposure to factors such as pollution, temperature and humidity which enhance skin sensitivity.

In most circumstances, treating skin sensitivity is generally straightforward, particularly when using the right products. Dermalogica’s UltraCalming range help sooth irritation caused by sensitive skin and protect from further external triggers.

Recommended products:

UltraCalming Cleanser

A lightweight, delicate gel that cleanses the skin without damaging the skin’s barrier:

Other benefits:

Perfect for those who experience dry and irritated skin.

UltraCalming Calm Water Gel

A hydrating, light, gel moisturiser that forms a shield against harmful environmental agents:

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Dermalogica Barrier Repair

Gentle moisturiser that acts as a barrier against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin damage and sensitivity:

Other benefits:

If you are unsure about what product to use, why not try their UltraCalming Skin Kit? Here you can get a taste of the range and see which products best suited to your skin.

Dermalogica for Oily Skin

Dermalogica for Oily Skin

The medical term for oily skin is seborrhea and is the result of overactive sebaceous glands.

The main cause of oily skin is genetics, however, there are several factors which can contribute to oily skin/worsen the symptoms:

Symptoms of oily skin include:

  • Shiny complexion
  • Breaking out more frequently
  • Large pores
  • Obvious blackheads
  • This can cause difficulty when trying to find non-greasy, non-oily lotions. Dermalogica provide a variety of oil-free, matte finish products.

Recommended products:

Dermalogica Active Moist

A rehydrating, lightweight, oil-free lotion aimed at treating surface dehydration and removing excess oil.

Other benefits:

Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser

A refreshing cleanser containing cooling menthol, water soluble clays and purifying botanical extracts.

Other benefits:

A rehydrating, lightweight, oil-free lotion aimed at treating surface dehydration and removing excess oil.

Dermalogica Age Management

Dermalogica Age Management

Although skin ageing is a natural and normal process, there are a lot of factors which can accelerate the process. This is a combination of lifestyle habits like diet, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and environmental factors like sun exposure. Making an effort to minimise these lifestyle habits, and ensuring you are protecting your skin from sun exposure, can have a significant impact on your overall skin health and appearance.

Visible signs of skin ageing include:

  • A change in skin texture - sometimes a rough, uneven skin texture
  • Dullness in colour of the skin
  • Appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Uneven skin tones, sometimes including sun spots
  • Dry patches on the hands and face

With today’s advancement in skincare, many of these symptoms can be treated with the right products.

Dermalogica provide an Age Smart skincare range targeted at firming the skin, reducing visible signs of aging and controlling ageing triggers before they start.

Recommended products:

Dermalogica AGE Smart Biolumin C Eye Serum

A supercharged Vitamin C eye serum that outsmarts visible premature skin ageing caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress to dramatically brighten and visibly firm.

Other benefits:

Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex

Breakthrough eye treatment that reverses multiple signs of aging around the delicate eye area.

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Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery

Medium weight, daily moisturiser that acts as a shield against internal and external causes of ageing.

Other benefits:

Dermalogica’s Commitment to Sustainability

Dermalogica’s Commitment to Sustainability

Dermalogica are recognized cruelty-free by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and Leaping Bunny

Dermalogica are certified vegan on all but 4 of our products.

Dermalogica have been clean since 1986. Our formulas are free of artificial colors and fragrances, mineral oil, lanolin, S.D. alcohol, parabens and microplastics.

By the end of 2020, 90% of our packaging will be recyclable or bio-degradable. Much of our packaging is already sustainable.

Going forward, all paper and cartons we use are FSC certified to be sustainable for forests.

Dermalogica’s formulae are all manufactured in California, which boasts some of the world’s strongest environmental and consumer protections.