DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge

DERMAdoctor is the name of a whole spectrum of skin care products. Their anti-wrinkle product is called DERMAdoctor wrinkle revenge cream. Their primary ingredient is a peptide complex, which stimulates collagen synthesis to increase skin firmness, and is also an anti-oxidant and hydrating agent. The product contains glucosamine, two anti-oxidants: pomegranate extract and white tea, as well as something called cork tree bark extract.

Peptides consist of a small number of amino acids linked by a peptide bond. The manufacturers claim that the amino acid peptides act as a catalyst to the production of fibroblast which in turn improves elastin and makes the skin firmer. The manufacturers assert on their website that this active ingredient will stimulate collagen synthesis, and this in turn will facilitate skin reconstruction. Urea is also included as a skin softening agent, and Ceramide-2 is used to hydrate the epidermis (skin). Wrinkle Revenge costs $72 for 50 ml, which is a standard 30 day supply.

Product Claims:

  • Stimulates dermal fibroblasts to produce collagen and firm the skin.
  • Potent antioxidants fight free radical damage.
  • Restores the ceramide barrier, moisturizing skin and reducing irritation
  • Can be incorporated into all skincare regimens.
  • Great for all skin types

Cross Examination:

There are two things that I like about this product. One is that is does use peptide technology to increase collagen synthesis, which is scientifically proven. Two, the product also has glucosamine, which stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis. Glucosamine has been shown to accelerate wound healing, improve skin hydration, and decrease wrinkles.

After that, I can’t find anything worth spending $72 on. Let me break it down:

  • The two anti-oxidants the product uses, white tea and pomegranate, are relatively weak when compared to others out there, and there is absolutely no scientific data that I could find that backs up these herbal ingredients. I welcome feedback in this area.
  • Ceramide-2 is a very common humectants (skin hydrator). If you look on most creams that are sold in Wal-Mart, you will see Ceramide-2 in the list. There is nothing special about this ingredient.
  • Urea is another one of those run-of-the-mill ingredients that are found in most moisturizers out there. Nothing much to report here.
  • Cork tree bark? What?

There are no light-reflecting particles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles immediately, and I’d like to see a tube instead of a pot. Ingredients stay fresher longer if they aren’t repeatedly exposed to oxygen. This product, like many wrinkle creams out there, comes in a pot, which exposes the active ingredients to harsh free radicals every time it is opened.

As an aside, I do applaud this company for using earth friendly packing materials. They use EarthAware, a line of eco-friendly bag film materials for air pillow cushioning of products during shipping and recycled corrugated cardboard shipping boxes. Even though I am not a big fan of the wrinkle cream, I give kudos to DERMdoctor for being eco-conscious.

The Bottom Line:

 Wrinkle Revenge does incorporate peptides, but so do most other wrinkle creams out there. For the price, you should be getting more wrinkle reducing ingredients as well as better anti-oxidants.  For $70, there are better products out there, however, if you do choose to try them out, products may be returned for a refund within the first 30 days. Note – they do not accept empty containers and you must include a copy of the invoice and a reason why you are not happy.