My Take On Dermapril-SP

Dermapril-SP is made by Rauscher Bekke LLC, and is marketed as an advanced wrinkle crème. This is the only product that is manufactured by this company and it is a US based company. They have a slightly annoying website with a woman who won’t leave you alone, some silly computer generated effects, and a whole host of before and after shots.

Dermapril-SP emphasized its two main ingredients, Matrixyl 3000™ and Argatensyl™. According to Rauscher Bekke LLC, Matrixyl 3000™ works by supporting the natural synthesis of the three key building blocks found in fresh, youthful skin: collagen, fibronectin, and hyaluronic acid.

According to the clinical studies done by the company who makes Matrixyl 3000™, the long-term cumulative results begin almost immediately and are easily noticeable within weeks:

  • 33% reduction in the appearance of wrinkle density
  • 23% reduction in the appearance of wrinkle volume
  • 20% reduction in the appearance of wrinkle depth

Argatensyl™, the secondary active ingredient in Dermapril-SP, comes from the kernel of the Argan tree. Argatensyl is made by a laboratory out of France, Laboratoires Serobiologiques. According to clinical studies done by this company, Argatensyl creates visible improvement of fine lines, has an immediate tightening effect and a long-term effect on neck wrinkles.

The Argan tree grows only in Morocco and is endangered. This was concerning to me at first, as I could never endorse a product that contributes to the exploitation of an endangered species, but then I found out all Argan oil sold today is produced by a women's cooperative that shares the profits among the local women of the Berber tribe, and is fair trade and sustainable.

There is a 14 day free trial if you sign up for autoship; you pay $5.95 in shipping. You have 14 days to return the product to cancel the program and you must call Dermaprail to get a RMA number to return the product. But, if you like it, then you will receive Dermapril-SP every 30 days for $79.95 plus shipping. All sales after the free-trial period are final.

Product Claims:

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Rejuvenate and renew aging skin
  • Restore skin’s youthful radiance
  • Visible results in minutes of use

Cross Examination:

Ingredient List:

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Camellia oleifera Leaf Extract, Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitis vinifer Seed Extract, Zingiber officinale Root Extract, Centella asiatica Extract, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract, Argania spinosa Kernal Extract, Silica Dimenthyl Silylate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-7, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol

Matrixyl 3000™ is a combination of palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide-3 that stimulates collagen synthesis. The only research that is available on this ingredient is done by the company that makes it, so the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, peptides are widely used and accepted in wrinkle creams and do have some long-term effects at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and are good anti-oxidants. You are going to have to wait to see a difference, though – it takes several weeks to see any effect.

HOWEVER…stick with me on this…

In the ingredient list, I only see one peptide listed!!! Palmitoyl oligopeptide-7. Can someone explain this to me? It’s like they took the two peptide names and blended them together to come up with an entirely new peptide. One could go crazy trying to sort out all these peptides, but this clearly is an oversight on the company. Clarity on which peptides this product actually contains is needed. As for now, I do NOT see the current nomenclature (as of 2008) for the two ingredients included in Matrixyl 3000™, and therefore, must question if this product actually contains this compound. Feedback from the company is welcome.

Concerning Argatensyl™, there is a whole host of scientific studies on Argan oil reported on pubweb.com, but none have to do with its effect on skin. It appears to have some to have some anti-oxidant properties, and is effective in normalizing bad cholesterol ratios. The studies reported by the makers of Argatensyl™ report that it is beneficial in fighting wrinkles, but these studies cannot be trusted.

For both Matrixyl 3000™ (if, indeed, this is included in this product) and Argatensyl™, I would like to see some independent studies published on their efficacy. Company sponsored studies are most times biased toward the product. It can’t be helped. While it is certainly possible that Argan oil does all the things the company says it does, more studies are needed to determine safety and mechanism of action.

Dermapril-SP does contain hyaluronic acid, which is a fantastic skin hydrator and improves skin texture. There is also aloe vera and white tea and green tea extract, which are decent anti-oxidants and skin protectors. Nothing that will fight wrinkles, though. All the rest is run-of-the-mill filler ingredients.

Lastly, we are back to the pot. Dermapril-SP comes in a pot, which repeatedly exposes all the ingredients to the degrading effects of oxygen and light. You can bet that the anti-oxidants are neutralized before they hit your skin, rendering them almost useless. All this could be easily handled if Dermapril-SP came in a tube.

The Bottom Line:

Dermapril-SP, for the price, is a better than average product. It would need to have a better combination of wrinkle-fighting ingredients to fit into the “truly great” category, especially since there are other products in the same price range that do more to fight the signs of aging. They also need a tube!

Having said that, I truly applaud their use of a sustainable, fair trade ingredient that not only benefits skin health, but also improves the quality of life for people living on the fringe in Africa. If supporting fair trade products is a core value, this would be a good product for you to buy.

However, if fighting wrinkles is your bottom line, you would be better served with a product that has a better combination of anti-aging ingredients.