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Skin Care Review: Dermalogica MadiBac

by Michelle

Adverse Effects


Makes skin look WORSE than before.

Where do I begin? I'm going to school for Esthetics, and we use Dermalogica products for our facials. I've always heard SO many good things about Dermalogica, but let me tell you, it's NOT worth it. I've tried pretty much all their cleansers, masks, and moisturizers along with their microfoliant. I got some MediBac samples and used those since I am very prone to break outs. Let me tell you, no more than 24 hours later I had extreme itching and redness on my lower chin, cheeks, and jawline. Thinking I was just breaking out b/c of "that time of month" I went to bed thinking nothing of it. I awoke the next morning to find literally close to hundreds of tiny red bumps all over where the itching was the night before. As the day progressed, they turned into whiteheads. Painful, itchy whiteheads. It was like a horrible rash consisting of redness and whiteheads all over the bottom part of my face. I freaked out and went to my doctor who told me (obviously) I had an allergic/adverse reaction to whatever I put on my face. He prescribed me some antibiotics and a topical cream to stop the itching and inflammation. Went home depressed as all HELL, since, even though I had pretty bad acne as a teen, my skin has NEVER look so god awful, it was like I had chickenpox on the lower half of my face. The next day I woke up with more "pimples" and I went to a dermatologist who then gave me Benzaclyn to dry the f**k out of those pimples, and she told me to continue to take my antibiotics. I see that some of the pimples are drying up and flaking off, but the Derma said that it will be red and dry for about a week, and then DISCOLORED for a couple months. WTF? All this so I could keep my maybe 2-4 pimples/month at bay..THANKS Dermalogica for f**king up my skin. I'm back to using just basic Neutrogena and my usual Murad moisturiser.

OH! AND I have to throw out all the makeup/brushes I used the day of my breakout because of the bacteria.

Dermalogica may work for some people, but MAKE SURE you know what you are using, and if you have sensitive skin I would reccomend not using this product line, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy! It would also be very beneficial if Dermalogica had a pamphlet or some kind of literature with their samples on contraindications and allergy warnings.

Know what you are putting on your face!

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