Dermalogica Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kind of ingredients go into Dermalogica formulas?
A. Key ingredients in Dermalogica include natural essential oils and extracts, naturally purifying and calming agents such as Green Clays, Balm Mint, and exfoliating Rice Bran, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and fruit enzymes.

Dermalogica always uses only the finest ingredients available, and all products are non-comedogenic and do not contain any occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colors or fragrance, and no drying S.D. alcohol.

Q. Which Dermalogica products are right for my skin condition?
A. Your skin care therapist can prescribe for you exactly which Dermalogica products will be ideal for your individual skin condition.

Q. Does Dermalogica test products on animals?
A. Always cruelty-free, Dermalogica does not test on animals. Developed with the environment in mind, Dermalogica also ensures that all ingredients are eco-safe sources and are packaged in recyclable containers.

Q. What can be done for environmentally sensitized skin?
A. Avoiding trigger factors is the most obvious method of preventing skin sensitivity, but sometimes, such as in the case of air pollution, they can't be helped or are difficult to pinpoint. Through the thorough Dermalogica consultation process, your therapist can identify possible trigger factors and help you address them.

Of course, healing the skin is of paramount importance, Calming botanicals such as Oat and Red Clover extracts help to reduce inflammation, allowing the skin to recover its optimum health. To prevent future assault, protective Organic Silicones plus exclusive Dermalogica Anti-Ozonate Complex enhance the natural barrier function of the skin, neutralizing damaging free radicals and preventing future damage from reactive ozone.

Q.What is the difference between sensitive and environmentally sensitized skin?
A. Professionally-speaking, skin sensitized by the environment is easily-irritated and unable to tolerate over-stimulation from aggressive environmental factors such as pollution, sudden changes in climate and humidity and certain cosmetic ingredients. While a small percentage of the population is born with genetically sensitive skin, most people who experience redness, itching and inflammation are actually suffering from an environmentally-induced reaction.

An allergic skin, on the other hand, is the result of an immune system reaction to a particular ingredient or environmental influence. An allergic skin often exhibits the same symptoms as a sensitized skin, but is more dificult to treat and often requires a professional patch test from a Dermatologist to identify the allergen.

People with sensitized or allergic skin often avoid skin care protection because of bad reactions in the past, or because they feel that any products placed onthe skin ill cause additional irritation. This is a dangerous mistake, since delicate skin should be protected from environmental irritants and pollution at all times by a professionally-recommeded product. During times of extra sensitivity or inflammation, you should supplement your daily skin care regimen with Dermalogica Environmental Control system, a unique collection of products that provide emergency repair and protection.

Q.Could my skin care or make-up be sensitizing my skin?
A. All people, but especially those with environmentallly sensitized skin, should avoid the following commonly-used ingredients, as they have been shown to cause skin irritation: artificial fragrance, lanolin, S.D. alcogols, artificial color and mineral oil. Many companies formulate with these substances because they are cheaper. Dermalogica uses only skin-beneficial ingredients and is committed to producing the highest quality skin care system available.

Q. Are my broken capillaries the result of having a sensitive skin?
A. So-called broken capillaries are caused by sun damage and a genetic predisposition to these thread-like veins. Although a dermatologist can remove most of these veins with a simple office treatment, it is extremely important to always wear a sunblock like those in the Solar Defense System with a minimum SPF of 15 to prevent further sun damage to the skin.

Q. What is acne and how do I know if I have it?
A. Acne affects the skin by a series of recurrent, infected breakouts. Classic acne blemishes include blackheads, milia, pimples and cysts. if you experience ongoing breakouts, you should seek help from a licensed skin care therapist, who may refer you to a dermatologist if the condition is sufficiently severe. With the numerous advances in skin care formulations, however, more people are combating their acne with regular facial treatments and at-home regimens.

Q. What can I do at home to help my breakouts?
A. Excellent skin care and hygiene are vitally important to remove the excess oils and bacteria that stimulate acne. Dermalogica products are non-greasy and completely water-soluble, making them ideal for breakout-prone skin. Always follow a strict regime of thorough cleansing with tepid (not hot) water, followed with a conditioner and an oil-free moisturizer such as Dermalogica Active Moist or Oil Control Lotion, since oily skin often becomes dehydrated. Increasing exfoliation with Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant and Skin Renewal Booster, as well as using a deeply-purifying Skin Refining Masque, aids the skin's natural elimination process, helping to reduce breakouts. Dermalogica's Medicated Clearing Gel also helps to keep skin clear with revolutionary Alginated Zinc Triplex, while Special Clearing Booster combats individual blemishes. Lastly, calm the discomfort associated with breakouts with Anti-Bac Cooling Masque.

Q. Why do some people breakout in their forties?
A. Stress and hormonal changes are the primary cause of the re-emergence of acne well after puberty. Recent studies indicate that 40 to 50 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are diagnosed with a persistent, low-grade acne. Along with lifestyle changes, including reducing one's stress level and improving one's diet, there are several products on the market designed to address these problems. Dermalogica's Anti-Bac Skin Wash, Skin Purifying Wipes and Oil Control Lotion are designed as medicated, skin purifying formulations to control oil and to prevent breakouts and acne.

Q. Are there some products or foods that can make me breakout?
A. Research compiled at The International Dermal Institute reveals that several factors can make a person more susceptible to acne breakouts. People who are breakout-prone should only use products that are non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. Many skin-sensitizing products contain ingredients such as lanolin, artificial fragrance and colours, S.D. alcohol or mineral oil which can clog and irritate the skin.

In addition, lifestyle changes can often improve your skin. Try to reduce stress, drink plenty of water and limit your intake of caffeine and cigarettes. Moreover, people who are sensitive to iodine should avoid consuming foods high in iodine, such as seaweed or iodized salt, because it can lead to inflammation and breakout.

Q. What is the difference between acne ulgaris and acne rosacea?
A. Acne vulgaris is the more common form of acne and is caused by clogging and inflammation of the skin's sebaceous and hair follicles. Acne rosacea, on the other hand, tends to affect an older person and is caused by the blood vesseles of the face becoming inflammed and swollen. Skin can become permanently reddened and the nose can become swollen. Acne rosacea, like acne vulgaris, is treatable. Speak to your skin care therapist for recommendations on treatment.

Q. I never sunbathe anymore why would I use a sunscreen?
A. No matter how sun-phobic your daily habits might be, you are exposed to a lot more UV light than you might think. Whether walking to your car, driving to work, or taking a quick break outside, dangerous UV rays are constantly bombarding your skin and causing cumulative damage. (Note that the side of your face closest to your car's window will exhibit more signs of premature aging if you don't regularly use sunscreen.)

Q. What does SPF mean, and which is right for me?
A. SPF ("sun protection factor") is a standardized measure that indicates how much additional time you can spend in the sun without getting burned. For example, if you can usually spend 20 minutes outside before burning, an SPF15 sunscreen will increase that time by fifteen times (20 minutes x 15=300 minutes).

Keep in mind that any sun exposure, whether you're light-skinned or not, means that aging UVA rays are entering the skin unless you're vigilant about using a sunscreen. You may not notice even the slightest tan, but the damage is being done.

Q. How do I know if I am at risk for skin cancer?
A. Everyone has some risk of developing skin cancer, which can be made worse with a lifetime of unprotected sun exposure and genetically lighter skin tone. For most people, a severe burn before 18 years of age almost doubles your risk of developing skin cancer and premature aging, which is why it is critical to protect children's delicate skin.

You should speak to your dermatologist immediately if you have a skin lesion that appears suddenly, or has an asymmetrical appearance, darder edges than the center, changes color or becomes larger that 1/4 inch or 6 millimeters. A few days can make the difference between successful removal and long-term illness.

Q. What makes Dermalogica Solar Defense System a better choice?
Because Dermalogica is on the forefront of ingredient research, you are assured not only the latest advances in sunscreen technology, but also skincare-quality formulations that provide unsurpassed protection against moisture loss, free radical activity and irritation. For example, the ingredient Avobenzone (also called Parsol 1789) is a revolutionary way to gaurd against the previously un-stoppable UVA rays that contribute to skin cancer and premature aging; while pure Vitamins C and E protect against harmful free radicals.

Q. I sometimes breakout before my period. What can I do?
A. Your menstrual cycle wreaks havoc on your body's hormones, the worst of which is manifested just before your period. Many people find that they experience a breakout during this time, primarily because the heightened hormone levels lead the skin to produce more oil. Cleansing the skin thoroughly with an antibacterial face wash, such as Anti-Bac Skin Wash, for the few days prior and during your period will help to reduce the oil levels. You can also eliminate oily shine and breakout-causing bacteria with a purifying, toning skin wipe whenever needed throughout the day. Dry up and clear any spots with Special Clearing Booster. Although what you eat and drink does not necessarily cause a breakout, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and other refined foods will help your body stay balanced.

Q. How does pregnancy affect the skin?
A. Pregnancy can be a rather overwhelming time as your body undergoes massive changes. Knowing in advance how these changes are going to affect you will hellp in dealing with them. For example, dry, itchy skin will need the skin-smoothing benefits of an enriched moisturizer like Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream or Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream and soap-free cleanser such as Conditioning Body Wash. It is also vitally important to be extra thorough with sun protection because hormonal changes make the skin more susceptible to permanent pigmentation damage.

Treat pregnancy breakouts with a recommended Dermalogica product like the blemish-clearing Special clearing booster. A moisturizing facial masque will help to return much needed hydration to the skin without adding any oil. Soothe swollen legs and ankles with a cooling liqui-gel like streamling Body Toner.

Your vitamin supplements are also very important during this time, not only for the baby's nutritio but also for the maintenance of your skin. Be sure to discuss your supplement with your healtyh care professional for example, Vitamin E and Zinc have been shown to help reduce stretch marks, while Vitamin C aids in collagen production, leaving skin supple and resilient.

Q. What can I do about hyperpigmentation?
A. Many women experience hyperpigmentation during pregnancy, even if they carefully avoid sun exposure. Frequently referred to as the masque of pregnancy, this condition is preventable and treatable both during and after pregnancy by using Dermalogica's Pigment Relief with Active Botanicals. This formula contains a potent, all-natural formulation of Bearberry, Yeast, Licorice, Lemon and Lime to even out skin tone and counteract the effects of this condition. The formulation includes an alpha hydroxy Lactic Acid exfoliating complex to speed treatment results adn a sunblock SPF15 to help protect the treated area against sun damage.

Q. What effect do oral contraceptives have on the skin?
A. Oral contraceptives have a very similar effect as pregnancy on the body's hormones, leading to many of the same skin problems. Although symptoms, and their severity, differ depending on each person, women taking oral contraception are much more sensitive to sunlight and can develop a permanently uneven skin tone if they do not adequately protect themselves. During this time, you should use a minimum SPF15 sunblock formulated in a moisturizing base, like the products in Dermalogica's Solar Defense System or add sunblock to your moisturizer with Solar Defense Booster.

Oral contraceptives can also lead to increased breakouts and oil production, which can easily be addressed with Anti-Bac Skin Wash and Oil Control Lotion. At the same time, many women experience more dehydration of the skin, which should be addressed with a hydrating facial masque and consistent use of the appropriate moisturizer.

Ask your skin care therapist to suggest ways in which you can adjust your skin care regiment to adapt to these changes.

Q. How does men's skin differ from women's? Can men benefit from skin care products?
A. Men and women's skin is similar in structure, although men tend to have more hair and increased oil production. Men can certainly benefit from a professionally-recommended skin care regime, not only to remedy shaving problems, but also to combat other problems frequently associated with men's skin. For example, because men tend to have oiler skin than woman, they tend to have blackheads and breakouts. A program of cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization will help prevent blemishes and keep the skin in optimum condition.

Q. I'm a soap-and-water user now and I don't want a complicated regimen. What should I use?
A. Many people prefer not to have a complicated skin regimen, but realize that using a soap-and-water approach can damage and dehydrate the skin. Dermalogica recommends that you use Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, a soap-free, foaming skin wash, Multi-Active Toner, a rebalancing facial spritz, and Active Moist, a light, oil-free face lotion. This quick and efficient routine takes little time, and will leave your skin in its best condition.

Once you are comfortable with these three products for everyday use, consider the addition of an exfoliant like Skin Prep Scrub, which really helps with shaving preparation, and a deep-cleaning masque like Skin Refining Masque to help reduce breakouts and blackheads. And, of course, never venture into the sun without proper solar protection--a complete solar block from Dermalogica's Solar Defense System.

Q. What can I do to avoid ingrown hair?
A. Many men suffer from ingrown hairs, which is often simply a result of improper shaving preparation. Before shaving, power cleanse with a mixture of a gentle scrub and foaming skin wash, or use a facial brush with face wash to exfoliate the skin and lift the hairs. Select a shaving product that provides a close shave while preventing nicks, cuts and redness. Follow with a light moisturizer and a skin-calming Gentle Soothing Booster to freshen, soothe and rehydrate the skin, restoring its natural balance.

Q. Why should I use Dermalogica Professional Shave instead of shaving cream, foam or gel?
A. Professional Shave creates an invisible comfort barrier of moisture between the razor and the skin. Organi Silicones buffer the razor to prevent nicks, cuts and irritation while concentrated essential oils smooth and condition the skin during the shave. When used daily, it softens the hair, increases skin smoothness and reduces shave sensitivity. Its concentrated formula eliminates the need for messy shaving foams, creams and gels. It may be used with an electric or wet shaving system on any part of the body for complete shaving convenience.

Q. How do I incorporate Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer into my existing Dermalogica exfoliation regimen?
Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer should be applied after cleansing in the evening. Follow with your recommended Dermalogica Booster and Moisturizer. In the morning, after cleansing, use Daily Microfoliant to slough off dead protein cells.

Q. Can Daily Resurfacer be used in the morning?
Yes, but you do not use other exfoliants (i.e. do not use with Gentle Cream Exfoliant, Skin Prep Scrub, Skin Renewal Booster, etc.). Leave on and follow with your recommended Dermalogica Booster and Moisturizer. As with all exfoliation products, sunscreen should be applied after use in the daytime.

Q. How long will Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer last?
The tin contains 35 pouches, which equals 35 days (use one per day). Ideally, this will resurface and maintain skin health between professional exfoliation skin treatments, which are recommended every six weeks. Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer should not be used 3 days prior or 3 days after a treatment.

Q. Can I receive a waxing treatment while using Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer?
Avoid using the product on areas to be waxed (i.e. lip and eyebrows) 48 hours prior to your appointment. Resume use on these areas 24 hours after waxing.

Q. Can I use Dermalogica Daily Resufacer with Dermalogica Power Rich?
Yes, Dermalogica Power Rich uses non-acid exfoliation technology which does not outwardly peel or exfoliate the skin. However, if you experience sensitivity, use Daily Resurfacer in the morning and Power Rich in the evening.

Q. Is Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer safe to use around the eye area or eyelids?
Close to the eye orbit is fine, but caution should be used to prevent the product from entering the eyes. Do not use on the eyelids.

Q. Will Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer make my skin break out?
As this is a resurfacing exfoliation treatment, underlying congestion may be brought to the skin's surface, but should clear quickly.

Q. Can Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer be used on any skin condition?
Yes it is suitable for all skin conditions except those that are being treated with medically-prescribed exfoliation products.

Q. Is Power Rich recommended for mature skin only?
No, Power Rich is wonderful for strengthening and firming skin of any age. Power Rich was formulated for changing skin; that means people in their twenties can benefits as well as those with more mature skin. Power Rich was designed to fortify and strengthen skin that is prematurely aging from sun exposure as well as intrinsically maturing skin. Q. Does Power Rich replace my moisturizer?
It depends on the skin's condition; Power Rich may be used morning and night as a moisturizer or it may be used as a nght treatment only. Some clients with an oilier skin condition may choose to use it only on dehydrated areas such as the eye area. Q. Do I continue to use Multi-Active Toner with Power Rich?
Yes, Multi-Active Toner can be used after cleansing and prior to applying Power Rich. Q. Would I still use MultiVitamin Power Firm around the eyes and lips?
No, Power Rich is suitable for use around eyes so clients would not need to use MultiVitamin Power Firm in addition to Power Rich. Q. Can I mix Solar Defense Booster with Power Rich?
It is recommended that clients use Solar Defense Booster after applying Power Rich and allowing it to penetrate for at least one minute. Q. What about Extra Firming Booster and MultiVitamin Power Concentrate?
The pharmaceutical-strength grade of Power Rich makes it most effective when used alone and applied to cleansed skin. However, if using Power Rich only as a night treatment, then Extra Firming Booster or MultiVitamin power Concentrate can be used in the morning. Q. How long will one 10mL tube last?
Each retail package contains five tubes with each one lasting about one week if used morning and night on entire face and throat.