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What are Dermocosmetics, and Should You Be Using Them?

+ CV Skinlabs Team

Have you heard the term “dermocosmetics?”

It’s showing up in fashion and beauty magazines now, so you may have seen it. Whether you have or not, it’s good to be aware of what this term means, because you may find that some of these products could be helpful to you.

Why? Read on!

What Does the Term “Dermocosmetics” Mean?

“Derm” means skin, and you know that a “cosmetic” is a product applied to the face and/or body to help maintain and improve its appearance. A product that is a “dermocosmetic” is formulated to do both—benefit the skin, and benefit the appearance. It combines a cosmetic action with a dermatological action.

You can think of the term as defining that category where beauty and health meet. We’re not talking about makeup, though. These products do help improve appearance, but not through color or by covering things up. Instead, they help to deal with particular skin issues that affect appearance, like acne, rashes, redness, and aging.

According to a 2014 study on the science of dermocosmetics, “Originally designed as preparations to enhance personal appearance by direct application on the skin, cosmetics have now taken on a new role in dermatology….” The scientists go on to explain that scientific advancements “have changed our understanding of normal skin physiology and how cosmetics can modify its appearance both physically and biologically.”

Dermocosmetics are known to penetrate the skin more deeply than other products. They consist of fine molecules that can get past the epidermis—the other layer of skin—to sink down into the dermis, which is the second layer. At this depth, the products can help correct problems that may be causing embarrassing issues, while helping to protect the skin and give it what it needs to look more naturally beautiful.

Common issues dermocosmetics address include:

  • Improve photoprotection (sun protection)
  • Treat dry or aged skin
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce symptoms of inflammatory skin diseases like acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • Tame reactive skin and extreme sensitivity
  • Treat hair and nail disorders

The products are usually topically applied to the skin, scalp, and hair, and are meant to enhance a person’s self-esteem and quality of life, while potentially reducing the negative effects of some skin treatments. The category is growing as more and more people suffer from allergy-related skin reactions and autoimmune conditions that affect the skin.

What Can Dermocosmetics Do for My Sensitive Skin?

Dermo-cosmetics started out as specialized skin care products produced with the help of dermatologists to help improve the appearance of the skin while treating various skin issues like redness, acne, inflammation, and more. They are developed through extensive research, and usually include advanced ingredients and tools.

These products are different from regular skin care products because they are specially formulated to prevent and treat certain types of skin disorders. The formulas are clinically tested to be sure they have the effects they’re supposed to have on whatever issue they’re meant to address.

If the product is made to reduce the redness of rosacea, for example, the formula is targeted to do just that. If it’s meant to help reduce acne breakouts, again, it’s tested to be sure it performs.

These products typically have higher concentrations of certain ingredients meant to treat these issues. The ingredients themselves are also supposed to be of higher grade, purity, and effectiveness—often pharmaceutical grade. These ingredients are then combined with technology that ensures they penetrate more deeply than regular skin care brands.

How Will I Know if a Product is a Dermocosmetic?

Dermocosmetics are becoming more and more popular these days, and so far, the term isn’t regulated, so whether the product lives up to the goal of a true dermocosmetic may be uncertain.

There are clues you can watch for. First, the product is made particularly for people with particular skin conditions, so the product will be marketed to that condition. The products are often formulated for those with sensitive or reactive skin, so they contain ingredients known to be non-irritating and non-toxic. They are designed with the help of dermatologists, and contain high-grade ingredients.

We consider our CV Skinlabs products to be dermocosmetics. We developed them originally for sensitive and medically treated skin, to help prevent and reduce inflammation, reactions, rashes, redness, dryness, and flakiness, while leaving behind a radiant, healthy glow.

An impressive team of doctors, dermatologists, researchers, and holistic chemists worked together to formulate our bio-compatible formulas to maintain the health of skin while helping to bring it back to its healthiest condition. We also consulted a a toxicologist to be sure all of our products were irritant-free, and had no connections to allergic reactions . Each ingredient was reviewed before clearing it for use to ensure a clean assessment of safety and efficacy.

Finally, we clinically tested the products on people with sensitive skin and medically treated skin until we got the results we wanted.

Our efforts are rewarded every day when we receive testimonials from our customers saying how our products are the only that help them calm and comfort inflamed skin, or hydrate consistently dry and flaky skin. It’s a bonus when we hear from makeup artists saying that our products help models look great, too!

Though our products work for everyone, if you suffer from some of the issues mentioned here, you may be really pleased when you try them. Plus, you know that we didn’t take short cuts—our formulas are the result of carefully combined ingredients meant to give you the best skin you’ve ever had.

Are you looking for dermocosmetics?

SourceDreno, et al., “The science of dermocosmetics and its role in dermatology,” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, March 31, 2014; 28(11):

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