Dermalogica Review

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Dermalogica is more of a skin care system than a line of products. Dermalogica was researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute which claims to be known all over the world for providing professional products. Dermalogica prides itself on the beliefs that good skin care should be as easy and basic as brushing your teeth.

Dermalogica recommends that you consult with a licensed Dermalogica skin therapist in your area so you can get your Face Mapping done. The face mapping consists of identifying 14 specific areas of your face and what type of skin is there. This process seems to have been pioneered by Dermalogica themselves. Skin types include categories such as oily, oily with breakouts, sensitive, dry, normal and other choices. You can do it yourself on the official website but you must provide your name and e-mail address and have the results sent to you.

There are many products available from Dermalogica and this includes many toners and cleansers as well as skin and eye kits, packages, and the one we are most interested in, their AGE Smart line for treating wrinkles.

Product Details

The AGE Smart line of products from Dermalogica suggests that these products weren’t created to focus on one specific problem. Instead of treating just wrinkles or just pigmentation issues, Dermalogica claims to have figured out how to stop skin changes before they start and the overall result is firmer, smoother, younger looking skin.

The recommended first step is the AGE Smart Starter Kit which contains a full 30-day supply of products for use throughout the day. This consists of Skin Resurfacing Cleanser 1 FL OZ / 30 ml, MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque 0.5 Fl Oz / 15 ml ,Antioxidant HydraMist 1 FL OZ / 30 ml, MAP-15 Regenerator 0.02 OZ / 0.5 g, Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF30 0.34 FL OZ / 10 ml , Renewal Lip Complex (sample).

No ingredients are listed on the official site and if you try to find them, you are directed to testimonials instead.

The Good

  • You get a free consultation with a licensed Dermalogica consultant in your area.
  • The Face Mapping may be beneficial for those with combination skin.


The Bad

  • No prices are given on the official website.
  • No ingredients are listed on the official website.
  • You can’t buy the product directly online. Instead the website will find a retailer near you.

The Bottom Line

Dermalogica is a skin care system and not an anti-aging cream or product. If you are willing to invest the time and money into a skin care system, this could be just what you are looking for. However, many of us are looking for immediate results in the wrinkle-fighting deparment, and we will have to continue looking. The lack of prices on Dermalogica products also suggests they might be fairly expensive as you need to use many of them in conjunction with each other to achieve the effects of the full system.

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22 Comments/Questions/Answers to Dermalogica

  • 1


    I’ve been very happy with dermalogica. I would really reccomend people to go to an aesthetician who will tell you which products are good for your face. Had I picked out random products I would have spend hundreds and probably not have very good results, but the aesthetician explained that I really only needed 3 products. While they seem expensive, they go a long long way. I bought the special cleansing gel for about $60, and it lasts me for about a year. You literally need only a dime size amount for your whole face, neck, and chest. Compare that to a Neutrogena where you will probably have to buy a $15 or $20 bottle of product a few times a year. I spend about $200 a year total on these products. I used to spend aroudn $300 just trying different things at the pharmacy. My favorite part about these products are that they have no dyes or fragrances, which you will find in almost every pharmacy brand of skin care products. My face burned and itched horribly for years, and it wasn’t until I used dermalogica that my face calmed down and just stopped hurting all the time. I still have acne, but it’s more manageable than it’s ever been, and I am able to put a little makeup on, and just forget about my skin for the day. So like I said, don’t go buying up every dermalogica super moisturizing thing if you have dryness, go to someone who knows the products because you’re much less likely to waste a lot of money.

  • 2


    A good acne line should allow you to totally control your acne. There are more effective professional acne lines available from estheticians. Find someone with whom you can work for facials and homecare. Interview them and ask for references. Some professionals (me included) will guaranty their work. You deserve clear skin!

  • 3


    I had been using Proactiv for many, many years until it began to badly dry out my skin and cause acne to flare again. I decided to give Dermalogica products a try and it’s been 3 days since an I have noticed a drastic difference. My skin has calmed down considerably and the acne bumps that were lying beneath the skin surface isn’t as noticeable. I do recommend one to go get Face Mapped and ask for samples if they feel hesitatnt to purchase the products in full.

  • 4


    i heard dermalogica products are good.i want to give a try.i hve a combination skin so i prefer for a dermalogica consultation before using.where can i hve consulatation.

  • 5


    need some pointers for dermalogica salon in bangalore,india.

  • 6


    After having a horrible reaction to Clarins I tried Dermalogica. I went and did the face mapping. The consultant suggested which products I should use and told me to order samples off the internet as there is a site in Australia which sells them much cheaper than in salons. I couldn’t be happier with Dermalogica. I use the Special Cleansing Gel, Hydra Mist, Skin Smoothing Cream and every second day the Daily Microfiliant (the best Dermalogica product on the market). The products last a long time and if nothing else I strongly recommend the Daily Microfilliant, it is amazing. I am thinking of moving to the Age Smart range when I next need to re stock.

  • 7


    I am a licensed esthetician. I’ve worked with @ least 10-15 different skincare lines and Dermalogica is definately my favorite. I love the pro exfoliants and super love the take home products. This is the best for sensitive and rosacea skin for sure! I haven’t found another reasonably priced pro skin line that delivers RESULTS! I now work with Pevonia and Murad in treatment (I prefer Murad of the 2) but my medicine cabiinet is full of Dermalogica!

  • 8


    I have been using Derma products for about 22 years now – just after they first came out. I am overly pleased with their products. I had horrible skin. I always get pegged for being younger than my age and I think it all has to do with their line. I use cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF. It does run a bit on the high end, I won’t lie about that. Also, there is no way that a bottle of cleanser can last a year as a previous comment said. It is well worth the money!!!

  • 9


    how long does the whitening system’s so pricey, but if it last a long time I may consider buying it…

  • 10


    Heather, Thank you so much for your review- I am in the same boat, I currently use Proactive and my skin is getting really dry and acne is flaring up again. Please tell me what products you would recommend from Dermalogica!!! Thank you so much for your time! my e-mail is

  • 11


    After trying these products, I was very disappointed. I didn’t find them any better than something I could just pick up at my local drug store. I also have learned that some of their sales reps are dishonest and either outright sell thier products for their own personal profit or trade for goods that benefit themselves personally. I would not pay the prices for these products ever again especially because they are likely inflated to cover the cost of all the missing inventory.

  • 12


    I personally love and prefer the dermalogica system. It is a bit pricey but worth it. The cleansing gel does not last a year, but for me about three months. I started with a mapping then a travel kit to see how the products worked on my skin. After a month’s trial with the kit, there were a few things that i did not like and my consultant worked with me to find the right combinations for my skin type. Now my skin is vibrant and happy and so am I.

  • 13


    does dermalogica have any product for scars

  • 14


    I’ve been using the Medi bac line and Ultra Calming line now for 1 month. My face has never looked this bad! My face literally hurts! I’ve already spent $244.00 for all of these products so I feel I should use them until they are gone, but I’m not sure my face can take much more of this. Not to mention I’m so embarrassed of how bad my skin looks!

  • 15


    I am 28 years old but I do not have wrinkles (the last time I checked that is!) I have combination skin, oily on the tzones, dry cheeks. I chose Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum because of the good reviews I saw from different online sites. They say it is easier to prevent wrinkles than actually curing them when you get it. I wash my face first before putting the serum.

    I have used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum for almost two weeks and I have not experienced any rashes, breakouts or red spots. I have no complaints at all. I would use their Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer also but I think I have to finish up my Oil of Olay stash first. I will definitely use more Made from Earth products.

  • 16


    it sounds like the medi bac is too much for your skin. i dont know what your skin type but if your skin is reacting to it try using the ultra calming line that you already have only for a little while

  • 17


    Hi Pam,
    I am starting on my career as a esthetician, in the metro Detroit area, do you have any recommendations? The school here uses Dermalogica and I would prefer to focus on teen acne. Thank you in advance, Kelli

  • 18


    I have been researching for a good eye cream. I currently use Resilience Lift Estée Lauder or Philosophy miracle and for extra moisture Shiseido. I love the moisture of the Shiseido but I need more wrinkle control. The skin around my eyes is very thin. I purchased the Dermalogica Age Smart. Not sure if that was a good choice. I was not given a skin mapping :-/

  • 19


    is this a good line for my 7 months out off acutain. ive been using kinerase with no problems but have heard so much about this line. please help or give any info u can. thank you

  • 20

    lisa nicholls

    I have been using dermalogica for years. But it getting far too expensive. Is there any other ie Boots products that can match dermalogica ?

  • 21


    I am using dermataloigica and all my towels are bleaching why?

  • 22


    Would you share the site in Australia that you purchase discounted Dermalogica from? I would like to try it but it is very expensive.

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