This cleanser makes impossible claims; no skin-care product can regulate oil production because oil production is primarily a function of androgens, male hormones that everybody has. Any aesthetician who believes the claim needs to go back to Skin Physiology 101. In addition, the main cleansing agent is sodium lauryl sulfate, which poses a high risk of skin irritation. That, plus the inclusion of lavender and orange oils, makes this cleanser too drying and irritating for all skin types.
A foaming cleanser that clears away dead skin cells, oils and build-up from skin, leaving a clean surface. Helps regulate oil production, energizes and refreshes the skin, clears trapped oils, wipes breakout-causing bacteria, while helping prevent future breakouts. Can be used for the face, chest and back…anywhere that gets a breakout.
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Benzyl Pca, Phenoxyethanol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Enanthia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanic Acid
Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.
Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.
According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?
For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.