Just a bit of background on the brand itself before we begin. Dermaceutic wants to offer doctors and the patients a home range that works well with professional skin peels. Their range works hand-in-hand in preparing the skin for peels as well as the maintenance care after a peel. It can also be used to on its own to help alleviate common skin problems like acne, pigmentation, aging skin, fine lines, etc. Dermaceutic is one of the first ranges to introduce glycolic acid into home- care products. It’s a nifty little molecule which penetrates the skin to accelerate exfoliation by destroying the links that bind dead skin cells together. Glycolic acid works like tiny ‘pacmen’, eating away at the glue between the cells: It reacts with the top layer of skin, breaking it down by dissolving sebum and other substances that bind cells together Dead skin cells are sloughed off revealing smoother and brighter looking skin. It has the smallest molecules in the group so is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc younger looking skin. You might be thinking “what acid on my face?!” but trust me it’s a good acid and works better than any normal grainy exfoliator would and it’s only a very low manageable dosage too. Makes it more sensitive to sun because peeling off a skin layer so must wear sun screen to prevent more damage.
My skin is uber reactive and I experience quite a few breakouts so I was really excited to give these a try when they landed on my beauty desk. I was sent 2 products to play around with. First up the Foamer 5 is an exfoliating cleanser that is recommended for dry and sensitive skins with dull complexion, irregular texture and skin imperfections. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and remove impurities, and Enoxolone which is an anti-inflammatory agent known for its soothing and calming properties. The cleanser is a very light and airy foam which comes in a simple pump bottle. Did you know that most cleansers don’t actually work in that they don’t sit on the skin long enough to actually work and most just strip and clean the top layer of skin not like that with this cleanser as stated above the glycolic acid deep penetrates the skin and this cleanser works on the first cleanse I immediately noticed that my skin did achieve the result of becoming smoother, brighter, while my pores tightened and contracted. I never experienced any stinging or sensitivity and it didn’t leave my skin feeling dried out or stripped. And I used it daily. I highly recommend it possibly the best most effective cleanser I’ve tested.
Next up the Mask 15. Dermaceutic Mask 15 is an oil reducing mask that targets oily and acne-prone skin. This astringent clay mask removes dead skin cells, purifies the skin and removes excess oil all the while tightening pores and mattifying the skin. Think of it like a mini peel, producing professional dermatological results from the comfort of your home. This sounds like the description of most clay masks, but take note: it contains 15% Glycolic Acid. 15%! That is powerful stuff. It also contains Salicylic acid which further aids in the exfoliation process and Bentonite which is a highly absorbent clay. So basically, this mask contains ingredients that penetrate the pores, loosen all the nasty stuff and then suck out the gunk. And trust me it does. You can actually see it. This mask leaves my skin clearer and brighter than any other at home mask. Mask are my favourite face product it’s so quick and easy and great for pamper time. Texture wise it appears to be much more thicker and clay-like than other clay masks on the market.
About 30 seconds after I applied the mask my skin felt really tingly (indicating the mask is working) which it says it normal – no pain no gain haha 😉 I washed it off after 2 minutes with cold water and my skin felt tingly for a few minutes and was a small bit red, but when I looked in the mirror half an hour or an hour later the redness was completely gone and my skin looked really fresh and moisturised. Please take note to use this mask only as directed as it really is potent. Apply a thin layer and leave it on for only 2 to 4 minutes. I’d suggest that you start with 2 and only increase the time if your skin reacts favourably. This mask is also only recommended for use once or twice a week. Love that it does what it’s supposed to in no time flat. Quick and easy. It will also last you extremely well as a little goes a long way. Really amazing product.