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The Ultimate Guide to Dermalogica

The Ultimate Guide to Dermalogica

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 skincare therapists, feel free to contact us here.

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.

To browse the guide, simply click on the relevant buttons below.

Dermalogica for Acne and Breakout

Dermalogica for oily skin

Dermalogica for sensitive skin

Dermalogica for anti-aging

Dermalogica test on animals

Dermalogica products are vegan

What is Dermalogica/How did it start?

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?

What makes Dermalogica different from other skincare brands?

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.

Do Dermalogica test on animals?

No. Dermalogica state that all their products are certified cruelty free.

Is Dermalogica vegan?

Dermalogica offer a range of vegan products formulated without animal-derived ingredients.

According to Dermalogica the following products are Vegan:

Dermalogica Ingredients

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.

Which Dermalogica products contain retinol?

Retinol or Vitamin A, is found in food and dietary supplements used to prevent Vitamin A deficiency. Retinol has many benefits which can help improve your skin. These include; improving elasticity, increasing moisture in the skin and smoothening out wrinkles.

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.

Which Dermalogica products contain nuts?

For allergies refer to individual product ingredients on the back of Dermalogica packaging.

You should also avoid the following products if you have a nut allergy:

Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract

Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil

Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil

Almond Oil PEG-6 Esters

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables

Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract

Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder

PEG-60 Almond Glycerides

Dermalogica for Acne

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by five main factors:

A combination of internal and external pressures like stress and diet can be also being held accounted for acne breakouts.

There are two types of acne; late-onset acne and persistent acne. Persistent acne is the diagnosis of those who have generally had acne as a teen and it hasn’t cleared in their mid-twenties. Symptoms of persistent acne often include.

For teenage acne, 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, sometimes 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:

Dermalogica offer an extensive MediBac product range targeted at assisting with persistent and adult acne.

Please see below for recommended MediBac products:

Product: MediBac Clearing Skin Wash

About: A naturally foaming cleanser which helps clear bacteria and oils on skin that is prone to breakouts and acne.


Product: MediBac Breakout Control

About: The mediBac breakout control gel by Dermalogica is a fast-absorbing, antibacterial treatment that eliminates and prevents future acne breakouts.


Product: MediBac Sebum Clearing Masque

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


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

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. See below for our recommended products.

Recommended products:

Product: UltraCalming Cleanser

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


Product: UltraCalming Calm Water Gel

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


Product: Dermalogica Barrier Repair

About: A gentle moisturiser that acts as a barrier against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin damage and sensitivity.


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

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:

This can cause difficulty when trying to find non-greasy, non-oily lotions.

Dermalogica provide a variety of oil-free, matte finish products. See below for our recommendations.

Recommended products:

Product: Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion

About: A light, oil free lotion that absorbs excess oil from the surface of the skin, and leaves a moisturising, 12-hour matte finish.


Product: Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser

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


Product: Dermalogica Active Moist

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


Unsure about which product to choose? Why not try Dermalogica’s skin kit for oily skin.

Dermalogica for Anti Ageing

Although skin aging 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 aging include:

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 aging triggers before they start.

Recommended products:

Product: Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm

About: A powerful, firming formula, that contains skin-rebuilding vitamins and protective ingredients to leave your skin feeling tight and hydrated.


Product: Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment

About: An ultra-hydrating, non-greasy hand lotion that protects and repairs chapped hands.


Product: Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex

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


Product: Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

About: medium weight, daily moisturiser that acts as a shield against internal and external causes of aging.


Other products in the range include:

Unsure about which product to choose? Why not try Dermalogica’s Age Smart Starter Kit, to get an idea of the products and which ones work best for you.

Want to learn more about Dermalogica moisturisers, cleansers and makeup removers? Read part two of our guide here