DermaJuv Acne Treatment System Review – Does It Really WORK?
Dermagist, which also markets products under the trade name Dermajuv, advertises a two-part treatment system for acne that promises less redness and skin irritation in a day and fewer pimples in a week. But does Dermagist really do the job?
- Dermagist markets a two-part acne treatment system.
- Both of the Dermagist products contain the antioxidant resveratrol.
- There is credible evidence that resveratrol can be a potent remedy for pimples and blemished skin.
- The problem with Dermagist is that it contains other ingredients that can irritate the skin.
- If you have rosacea or if you have sensitive skin, you really should use another acne treatment system, such as Exposed Skin Care.
- If you never get redness from skin care products, give Dermagist a try.
What Is In Dermagist?
The first step of the Dermagist two-step acne treatment system consists of its Clarifying Cleanser and Detoxifying Cream, both formulated with resveratrol. The makers of Dermagist claim that resveratrol “provides a better environment” for treating acne than “a common used ingredient,” making reference to a study supposedly conducted at Oxford University in England. Resveratrol is said to target dirt and oil, to act as a “TREMENDOUS” antioxidant, and to calm the skin.
The Clarifying Cleanser contains resveratrol along with glycolic acid, tangerine oil, niacinamide, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. The Detoxifying Cream contains resveratrol with chamomile, aloe vera gel, and shea butter. The two products are available for US $79.99, with a discounted price of $119.99 if you buy a two-month supply with your order.
Does Resveratrol Really Clear Up Acne?
It takes a little effort to decipher the labels of the Dermagist Clarifying Cleanser and Detoxifying Cream. The first listed ingredient in both product is “aqua,” or water. It’s actually a good thing to use water-based products rather than alcohol-based products on your skin. Water rehydrates your skin without irritating your skin, while alcohol can increase production of sebum.
Both products also contain small amounts of “resveratrol ferment” extract. Resveratrol is an antioxidant made by red grapes when they are attacked by fungi or bacteria. There are only tiny amounts of resveratrol in grapes, grape juice, or red wine, only about 1 mg in a standard 187-ml glass of wine. Most of the resveratrol used in supplements and skin care products is extracted from a plant known as Japanese knotweed.
The treatment of acne is one of the new applications of resveratrol that has actually been clinically tested. Dermatological researchers at the University of Naples in Italy recruited 20 volunteers to receive treatment with resveratrol and a hydrating gel. A resveratrol cream was applied to one side of the face for 30 days, and a moisturizer to the other. Usually these kinds of tests count the number of pimples eliminated by a product, but since the two products were used side by side on the faces of each volunteer, the researchers measured reduction of the area of skin covered by acne blemishes.
Using a moisturizer for 30 days reduced the average area of skin covered by blemishes by 9.7%. Using resveratrol cream for 30 days reduced the average area of skin covered by blemishes by 57.3%. Resveratrol does not get rid of all blemishes, but it makes existing blemishes much less noticeable, or at least this is the early indication of research. Ideally, other laboratories studying larger numbers of volunteers are needed to confirm the results of this first study.
What About the Other Ingredients in the Dermagist Cleanser?
The Dermagist cleanser’s second-named ingredient is sodium coco sulphate. This is another term for sodium lauryl sulfate, better known as SLS. Sodium coco sulphate is derived from coconut oil, but it acts in exactly the same way as SLS, which is used to keep all the ingredients in the product mixed together.
Most tweens and teens don’t have a negative reaction to SLS. Most adult women do. One study even found that 80% of adult women who had acne could clear up blemishes just by avoiding all products that contain this ingredient. SLS is especially likely to cause chin acne.
The Dermagist cleanser contains both tangerine oil, which causes allergic reactions in about 47% of people who use it, and chamomile oil, which relieves redness of the face and stops allergic reactions. Dermagist cleanser clearly is not a product for acne sufferers who have sensitive skin, but what about the ingredients in the clarifying cream?
What About the Other Ingredients in Dermagist Acne Clarifying Cream?
The main ingredients in Dermagist’s clarifying cream are water and cetearyl olivate. Water, as mentioned earlier, hydrates and soothes the skin. You can get some shrinkage of the blemishes on your face just by using a water-based moisturizer.
“Cetaryl olivate” is a olive-oil based form of a chemical known as cetostearyl alcohol. It is used as a stabilizing agent. Most people do not have any kind of adverse reaction to this ingredient, but it can cause contact dermatitis, with itching, redness, oozing, and peeling of the skin.
The third-named ingredient in the clarifying cream is isopropyl palmitate. A moisturizer and a thickening agent, isopropyl palmitate can clog pores and increase formation of whiteheads and blackheads.
The clarifying cream also contains the B vitamin niacin in the form of niacinamide, and vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate. Niacinamide reduces both general inflammation and sensitivity to the sun. Tocopheryl acetate can amplify the effects of benzoyl peroxide, making it more effective on the skin, but also protect the skin from excessive pigmentation forming as acne heals.
Does the Dermagist System Work?
Dermagist contains one great skin care ingredient—resveratrol—with a number of potentially harmful skin care ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and cetostearyl alcohol (although under misleading names), along with isopropyl palmitate. The question is whether the benefits of resveratrol outweigh the side effects of many of the other ingredients in the acne care system.
If you have sensitive skin, they probably do not. If you tend to turn red when you are embarrassed, or your face reddens when you have been out in the cold, or you break out when your drink hot beverages, you definitely should not use the Dermagist system. If toothpaste or mouthwash make your mouth sting, you should not use Dermagist.
If you have oily skin, you should not use Dermagist, either. There are just too many “comedogenic” ingredients in the products that could cause you to develop new patches of whiteheads and blackheads even while your pimples are improving—unless you are extremely careful about cleansing your skin and you do not use makeup.
If you have Asian skin, however, there is a strong possibility that Dermagist is just right for you. Dermagist contains ingredients that prevent discoloration as acne heals, which is very important for treating Asian skin. And the Dermagist system also contains antioxidants that make redness less noticeable on skin that has deep, golden skin tones.
For everyone else, a different acne treatment system is probably more effective, such as Exposed Skin Care.