It isn't often in the world of skin care that a truly unique product comes along but it's always great when one does. In this case, the product is DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula and the name pretty much says it all, though not quite. DerMend is the brainchild of Clark Pharmaceuticals; it's an interesting, truly well done formulation designed to speed the healing of black and blue or even purple bruises and minimize the formation of new bruises. Before we review DerMend, it helps to understand how and why skin bruises.
Bruises on the surface of skin typically occur when you knock into something and that area becomes inflamed, swollen, and the blood vessels underneath break or burst from the impact. As the skin swells and the contents of the damaged blood vessels leak into the surrounding tissue, a discoloration ranging from faint pink to purple or black and blue appears. As the bruise fades during healing, you often see tinges of yellow from the blood being reabsorbed by the body.
Of course, everyone gets bruised now and then and sometimes the reason is obvious but for some people they seem to bruise easily and for no apparent reason. There are several reasons why your body, especially your arms and legs, might get black and blue more than someone else's. Medications such as blood thinners, aspirin, or even supplements like omega-3 fish oils that prevent or slow the clotting process are a typical cause. You may also have fragile skin with capillaries that damage easily either due to genetics, sun damage, or various health problems. For older people, a loss of supporting layers of fat can add to the problem because this makes skin more vulnerable to even the slightest bump or ding.
The way DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula works is with an impressive blend of ceramides, retinol, arnica oil and the AHA glycolic acid (the formula's pH permits exfoliation to occur). The ceramides and retinol help restore and rebuild skin to some degree, the glycolic acid exfoliates the surface layer to remove unhealthy dead skin cells that block healthy ingredients from absorbing, and arnica helps disperse fluid built up in skin and quickly reduce inflammation.
One word of caution: Arnica used on a regular basis can cause irritation so pay attention to how your skin is doing and only apply this product when needed to bruises or bruise-prone areas.
Bottom line: This is a product to consider if you struggle with unsightly, often painful bruising.
Targeted care for bruised skin - with ceramides and arnica oil. Dermatologist recommended. DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula helps improve the appearance of bruised skin. Our proprietary formula contains ceramides, alpha hydroxy acid and retinol to rejuvenate mature skin and help restore and repair the skin's natural barrier.
Purified Water, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymers, Saccharide Isomerate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide AP, Retinol, Niacinamide, Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Extract, Polygonatum Multiflorum Extract, Cholesterol, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Behenic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucosides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Glycine, Butylene Glycol, Phytonadione, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Polysorbate-20, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide, Fluorphlogopite, Disodium EDTA, Ceteareth-25.
For more information about DerMend, visit CVS pharmacy near you or go to use www.dermend.com