Review of Dermalogica Samples

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Spot Clearing Fix, Overnight Clearing Gel, Skin Prep Scrub reviewWhen I wrote my review of my Dermalogica facial, I said I would be reviewing the samples that were given to me once I’d used them all – and now I am!

Overnight Clearing Gel – $75 for 50ml
This is a gel with 2% salicylic acid, to clear breakouts. According to Paula’s Choice, the pH is borderline too high for effective exfoliation, and it also has a whole bunch of irritating ingredients like sage and rosemary oil, and also camphor. My skin did improve while I was using this but I’d more likely attribute that to the peel that I had.This was a sample, but even after Dermalogica’s recent price drop, it’s still more than I’m willing to spend on skincare. If I wanted a Salicylic Acid product I’d probably use Stridex pads or a Paula’s Choice product – the PC BHA is 100ml and only $22 USD!
Would I purchase it? No.

Daily Microfoliant – $90 for 75g
I was a bit confused by this product, it’s a powder that you mix with water in your hands to make an exfoliant, which I had never seen before. I found it a bit messy because it was in the sample packet but I’ve seen that the actual product has an easier to dispense lid. It was a pretty gentle physical exfoliation, which is good because my skin is quite sensitive and I use other exfoliating products like lactic acid and retinol. It has Salicylic Acid in it also but pretty far down the ingredients list, and it wouldn’t be on your skin long enough to have a real effect, a leave on product would be much better in that regard.
Would I purchase it? Maybe if it was cheaper

DailyMicrofoliantDermalogica I forgot to take a photo of the powder before I finished it all up, so here is one courtesy of Sahrish Adeel.

Clear Start Emergency Spot Fix – $29 for 9ml

Clear Start is Dermalogica’s range for teens and young adults, and it’s mainly focused around acne treatment. This is a fairly typical spot treatment, with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, a topical disinfectant that kills that bacteria that causes acne. It worked really well, zapping the zits that perpetually plague me, but I don’t think I would buy it. I use Benzac 5% Benzoyl Peroxide treatment and I can buy that at the supermarket for $20 for 50ml, and none of the extra things such as licorice extract in this make it worthwhile spending much extra. Benzac is 40c per ml, and Emergency Spot fix is $3.22 per ml, making it more than 8x more more expensive!
Would I purchase it? No.

Skin Prep Scrub – $59 for 75ml
This is a cornmeal based scrub, to be used 2 or 3 times a week. I didn’t end up using it because it said it wasn’t suitable for people who use medically prescribed exfoliation products, which my Differin gel is.

So the long and short of it is that none of these products were anything to rave about, and most of them are pretty expensive too. I did really enjoy the facial, and have noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin but I won’t be buying any of the products.

Click here to read my review of Esthetica, the salon where I had the Dermalogica facial

Lena x



  • I used Deemalogica products a couple years back and in fact they all made my skin worse. I don’t have acne prone skin but all of a sudden I got rashes everywhere and stopped using it pretty soon. What a shame, as their products are really pricey!
    Thank you for reviewing these products and manifesting my opinion again 🙂

    • That sucks! They are pricey – they recently made them cheaper here but they’re still pretty expensive, more than I would pay anyway.

  • They’re obscenely expensive 🙁 that powder looks interesting but it’s soooo expensive!

    • Yeah, it’s crazy expensive for a powder! I’m glad I could try all of these out, would hate to pay for them and then not like it.