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Plastic Surgery – “As Seen On TV” Products: Derm Exclusive®

A Younger Face Without Surgery

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Updated March 04, 2013

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Derm Exclusive® is a four-part system which claims to make you look younger instantly. The four products are:

  1. Fill & Freeze® Wrinkle Treatment: Plumps lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of dark circles.

  2. Micro Peel Resurfacing Pads: Exfoliates dead skin and shrinks the appearance of pores.

  3. Intensive Repair System: Treats dark spots and uneven texture, and repairs past skin damage.

  4. Collagen Lift: Boosts collagen production for more firm, less sagging skin.

1. Derm Exclusive® Claims

The manufacturer of Derm Exclusive® claims to reverse the four visible signs of aging:

  1. Instantly smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Fade age spots and even out skin tone
  3. Firm and lift sagging, tired looking skin
  4. Improve skin radiance

2. Why They State You Need Their Product

“Everyone wants to look as young as they can, as quickly as possible. Plastic surgery isn’t always the answer.”

3. How It Works

Derm Exclusive® ingredients relax the skin’s “crease memory” to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles instantly.

4. Ingredients

  1. Fill & Freeze® Wrinkle Treatment contains:
    • Argireline® and Myoxinol®:These are peptides that relax facial muscles, which in turn reduces the repeated facial movements that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

    • Matrixyl® 3000: Promotes collagen production, which stimulates skin restoration and decreases wrinkle depth.

    • UGL Complex: Improves skin elasticity and firmness, and helps to smooth away wrinkles by deeply moisturizing the skin.
  2. Micro Peel Resurfacing Pads contain:
    • Malic Acid: An acid that exfoliates the skin and is derived from apples.

    • Glycolic Acid: Removes dead skin cells to help reveal clear, even-toned, more radiant skin.

    • Salicylic Acid: Clears and minimizes the appearance of pores by exfoliation.

    • Moisturizing ingredients: Soothe and calm the skin.
  3. Intensive Repair System contains:
    • Ultrasomes®: Reduce photo/sun damage through enzymes that speed up the skin's natural repair process.

    • Photosomes®: Protect the skin's natural immune system and stimulates skin repair when exposed to ultraviolet rays

    • Roxisomes®: Repair sun damage within the skin.

    • Vitamin C: An antioxidant that fades skin discolorations and prevents future sun damage.
  4. Collagen Lift contains:
    • Renovage: Promotes the skin's natural protection and repair process to visibly correct the signs of aging.

    • Collaxyl®: Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, boosts collagen production, and prevents sagging.

    • Encapsulated Retinol: Increases skin's natural cell turnover and promotes collagen production.

5. End Result

Derm Exclusive® reverses the visible signs of aging by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, fading dark spots, reducing the appearance of pores, and smoothing and firming the skin.

6. When To Expect Results

Per the manufacturer, Derm Exclusive® can produce results instantly, but other skin changes occur over the space of one to four weeks. The manufacturer claims the following:
  • After 1 week, the results from Derm Exclusive® are better than a professional microdermabrasion treatment.

  • After two weeks, Derm Exclusive® visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles two times better than a chemical peel.

  • After four weeks, Derm Exclusive® brightens uneven skin tone and fades age spots equal to a photofacial.

7. Cost

There are three different collections:
  • Introductory Collection: Includes a 30-day supply for $39.95, plus the cost of shipping and handling ($6.95) for the four-part system. After the first shipment, there is an automatic upgrade to the Advanced Collection. Additionally, there is a free gift which includes a second Fill & Freeze Pen.

  • Advanced Collection: Includes a 90-day supply for three payments of $39.95, with free shipping and handling for the four-part system. After the first shipment, shipping and handling is $9.95 for each 90-day supply shipment. Additionally, there is a free gift, which includes a second Fill & Freeze Pen and a travel bag.

  • Ultimate Collection: Includes a 90-day supply for three payments of $54.85, with free shipping and handling for the four-part system and the Prep-and-Defend trio which includes a Facial Cleanser, Age Defense Moisturizer, and Volume Lip Therapy. After the first shipment, shipping and handling is $14.95 for each 90-day supply shipment. Additionally, there is a free gift which includes a second Fill & Freeze Pen, and a travel bag.

8. Research/Studies

Derm Exclusive® has done a 30-day test group study in which 90% of women who used Derm Exclusive® noticed fewer lines and wrinkles. They have also done a clinical pilot study comparing professional chemical peel, microdermabrasion, and photofacial against women using Derm Exclusive® for 28 days.

9. Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:
  1. Replaces 4 in-office procedures, including a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, laser treatment, and injections.

  2. There is no surgical procedure, which means no downtime.

  3. No prescription required.

  4. Ideal for ALL skin types and skin conditions, even sensitive skin.
Disadvantages:
  1. Need to continue using Derm Exclusive® for an effect. This is similar however to cosmetic injections.

  2. Can become quite expensive long term.

10. Verdict

The reviews are mixed: they're both negative and positive. Some pretty convincing before-and-after pictures of Derm Exclusive® results are shown on the website, but the study performed to assess the product was conducted by the company selling the product, which can introduce bias.

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