Sales: $200 million (estimated).
Key Personnel: Jane Wurwand, co-founder and chief visionary; Raymond, co-founder; Steve Kurland, global CEO; Jerry Wenker, president and chief operating officer; Weslie Rau, vice president; Diana Howard, vice president of global education, research and development; Loretta Stanley, chief financial officer; Mathew Divaris, vice president of global marketing and creative services; Ivor Gordon, vice president of international sales; Rob Steere, vice president of operations; Robert Sorenson, general counsel.
Major Products: Professional skin care and treatments.
New Products: PowerBright TRx skin-brighteners; Breakout Control; Overnight Retinol Repair; To be launched: Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.
Comments: Known worldwide as the “professionals’ choice,” Dermalogica is founded on the belief that good skin care is not about pampering or luxury.
Dermalogica’s story begins in 1986 when Jane Wurwand, founder of The International Dermal Institute (a postgraduate training facility for skin care professionals), decided to do something about the lack of results-driven products on the market. This vision and brand position has generated a cult-like following among professional skin therapists and consumers alike.
Researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute, Dermalogica shocked the market by refusing to use artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, S.D. alcohol, lanolin or mineral oil—all of which were industry favorites due to their low cost, despite links to numerous skin problems that were well understood.
The brand also went a step further, insisting that all Dermalogica skin care professionals had to meet the highest level of training and expertise, ensuring that consumers could get reliable consultations about their skin concerns without falling prey to the hype and faddism that dominates the skin care industry, according to the brand.
Dermalogica is a privately-owned company with headquarters in Carson, CA and offices in more than 50 countries around the world. Officials say freedom from parent companies and investors has allowed the brand to stay true to its mission of skin fitness, and operate in a way that fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and passion in delivering professional skin therapists and their clients the products, education and tools to deliver the healthiest skin ever.
All Dermalogica products are manufactured in the US, including its newest SKU, Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair.