Concealing Spot Treatment
0.33 fl. oz. for $26
Last Updated:03.03.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Concealing Spot Treatment contains 5% sulfur, a potent disinfectant that can be unusually drying and irritating for skin (though it is a potent disinfectant for acne-causing bacteria). This also contains a large amount of witch hazel and other irritants, including camphor and cinnamon bark. Because the formula is so drying and irritating, applying this to a breakout is likely to make it look much worse than if you had used nothing, and its finish isn’t the most attractive, which may leave you to wonder why you bothered.

One more comment: pimples aren't wet so they cannot be "dried up". Drying a pimple can make it look smaller and may help the raised bump go away faster, but the cost is delayed healing and the likelihood that you'll be left with a pink to red or tan mark known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Tinted spot treatment ideal for daytime coverage of breakouts. Conceal and help clear breakouts upon contact. Sulfur and Zinc Oxide help eliminiate breakout-causing bacteria while clearing excess oil and congestion in the follicle. Help purify and inhibit overactive oil production with Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate, Yeast and Cinnamon Bark extracts, Caffeine and Biotin. Salicylic Acid sloughs off dead skin cells that contribute to clogged follicles, helping to prevent future breakouts.


Active Ingredient: Sulfur. Other ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Zinc Oxide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Montmorillonite, Ceteareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Niacinamide, Yeast Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Gluconate,Caffeine, Biotin, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Water (Aqua), Camphor, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

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 now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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