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our mission

To define and bring success to the professional skin care therapist through excellent education, innovative products and outstanding customer service.


The Moment Your Skin Changed. Forever.

Dermalogica has earned its place as the number one choice in professional skin care amongst skin care professionals and consumers in South Africa. Why? Because for over 25 years, we’ve been dedicated to delivering the best professional skin care products, treatments, advice and results in South Africa.

Our brand strives to serve beyond the realm of cosmetic beauty by delivering best-in-class innovation for the treatment of skin concerns ranging from acne to advanced signed of ageing and skin sensitivity. Through education, innovation, and professional recommendation, Dermalogica delivers the best in professional skin care to all South African skin types, without the promise of miracle cures and overblown hype.

Dermalogica is proud to serve the professional skin care industry and supports the development and upliftment of professional skin therapists across Africa and across the Globe. 

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Education First

While the Dermalogica story begins in 1986, the force of change in the industry started in Los Angeles, circa 1983. Jane Wurwand, a tenured, United Kingdom-trained skin therapist new to the American “esthetician” industry, recognised that continuing skin and body therapy education was practically non-existent in the United States. While her training had been comprehensive and serious, US students entered the industry licensed yet under-trained, and worse, under-respected.

Jane put her education in action, opening a small classroom in Marina del Rey, California under the name The International Dermal Institute (IDI). She invited licensed skin therapists to get hands-on with the postgraduate training so critical to making them competitive in the business. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy training with 37 locations worldwide.

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Know Your Zones

When it comes to treating your unique skin type and condition it is critical to understand how your skin functions. Start your journey with a Dermalogica professional skin therapist: fortunately, with over 100,000 of them in 80 countries, chances are you have a skin health expert just around the corner.

Armed with Dermalogica’s unique Face Mapping® skin analysis, your Dermalogica professional skin therapist will decode your skin – zone by zone – and equip you with a personalised Skin Fitness Plan as well as real advice and a results-driven regimen only available from a trained professional.

how it all began

While teaching at IDI, it didn’t take long for Jane to realise no product line embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to “beauty,” so she developed her own. And in 1986, Dermalogica was born. The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and was only available from qualified skin therapy professionals trained at The International Dermal Institute.

As a brand, Dermalogica immediately upset the prevailing paradigm of beauty and glamour by classifying skin care as a health issue as opposed to a cosmetic concern. Just as we removed common irritants from the ingredient menu, Dermalogica also introduced a powerful new element into the brand identity: the specialised expertise of the professional skin therapist.

Then, as now, all our products are manufactured in the USA, we have never taken part in animal testing, and Dermalogica is sold only where professional consultation and professional treatments are performed by professional skin therapists. In just over 20 years, Dermalogica has become the number one choice of skin care professionals worldwide, prescribed more often than any other product available.

Dermalogica is a privately owned company (meaning we are not owned by a beauty conglomerate, holding the company or financiers) driven first by education and research. We take pride in being true pioneers in the industry, growing from a modest store-front in Marina del Rey to the now 145,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles (and locations worldwide in close to 80 countries) — never wavering on our initial vision of skin health and the skin health professional.


We’re Not Pretty.

(Or beautiful. Or pampering. Or luxury.)
We’re far too interested in guiding you to a new level of skin health fitness! So, while our packaging may not be designed to colour-coordinate with your bathroom, you can always be sure that we’ve spent our time on delivering your skin the high-performance formulas it needs. Plus, we’ll never use common “beauty” ingredients like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, artificial colours and fragrances or other cheap fillers. Sure, it’s easier to formulate with them, but the bottom line is they’re just bad for your skin. Instead, we use ingredients that we know will work – our confidence is founded upon skin care professionals worldwide who use our products in their treatment rooms every day because they get results.

Now that you know our story, it’s time to explore the story of your skin. Experience our online Face Mapping skin analysis tool for the product regimen that will change skin health forever!