Glossary
of active ingredients

Active ingredients

The formulas of DERMEDIC dermocosmetics - based on dermatological, technological and laboratory research and practical application - are developed using the highest standards of quality and safety.
Moreover, DERMEDIC dermocosmetics meet the current specifications of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) which relate to skin care and skin treatment. In line with the rule - MINIMUM number of ingredients for MAXIMUM effect – DERMEDIC dermocosmetics contain the lowest possible quantity of irritant and sensitizing substances, fragrances and colourants. At the same time, the right formula and accurately selected concentration of active substances guarantee the effectiveness of the cosmetics in looking after sensitive skin and assisting the treatment of the most typical skin conditions.

AC. NET.

A complex compound with a therapeutic effect for treatment of acne-prone skin. It reduces skin inflammation by limiting excessive sebum production, abnormal keratosis and bacterial proliferation in blocked sebaceous glands. It is a compound of oleanolic acid and nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA). The oleanoic acid fights abnormal sebum production. NDGA controls the growth of cells, adjusts improper keratinization and reduces inflammation.

AHA Care (glycolic acid + L-arginine)

Depending on the concentration of the glycolic acid, its application can generate an effect of hydration, peeling, or deep cellular renewal process, while its highest concentrations can have an effect on the dermis. The glycolic acid helps fight the skin's ageing processes, reduces surface wrinkles, restores skin elasticity and thickness of the dermis. It can also be used in the treatment of acne-prone skin, as it controls cellular metabolism and sebum production processes. It has cleansing and calming properties. In low concentrations, glycol increases skin hydration by stimulating the biosynthesis of ceramides which is caused by acids. In low concentrations, the glycolic acid results in the exfoliation of the stratum corneum and simultaneously controls skin keratinization, removes scars and discolourations.

In higher concentrations (above 20%), the acids penetrate the dermis and encourage the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) which are responsible for skin water-binding properties. The acids also have a strong effect on dermal fibroblasts by stimulating collagen and elastin fibres, and on the production of mucopolysaccharides – visibly improving skin firmness, reducing lines and wrinkles as well as fighting the skin’s photo-ageing process. The glycolic acid stimulates elastic fibres and improves skin microcirculation, making the skin smooth and firm.
L-Arginine
Arginine is particularly recommended for treatment of atopic dermatitis, which is mainly characterised by reduced urea concentration in the skin. Arginine increases skin hydration, strengthens the skin's protective barrier and alleviates the symptoms of the illness. The repair of skin’s damaged protective barriers is related to the intracellular concentration of potassium ions and potassium channels. Their blockers slow down the repair process, while the opening of the potassium channels accelerates the repair of the barrier only after a single application of the substance which acts on these channels. Arginine is one of the few cosmetic ingredients which open the potassium channels. This property of arginine, in combination with a considerable increase of urea concentration in the skin, gives arginine unique healing and regenerative qualities. Arginine can be safely used on damaged areas of the skin – on injured skin or in the form of an acid peeling treatment.

Aloe Vera
(Aloe Barbadensis Mill.)

The aloe vera juice is commonly used in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Applied externally, aloe vera has the ability to reach the deepest body tissues. Because of its soothing and moisturizing properties, it is used in skin repairing and conditioning products to treat sunburn, skin irritations and insect bites. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it also heals wounds, burns and cuts, stimulates cell regeneration and relieves pain. Aloe vera slows the ageing processes and is therefore recommended for products targeting mature skin to help it retain a fresh and healthy look. Aloe vera can be safely applied even to most sensitive skin as it can protect it while causing no irritation.

Allantoin

Allantoin contains soothing, anti-irritating and regenerative properties. It stimulates cellular division, resulting in the regeneration and healing of damaged skin. Allantoin reduces skin redness and irritation; hydrates, soothes and smooths the skin; protects against environmental influences and has anti-radical properties. Allantoin is well-tolerated even by the most sensitive skin types, and is considered a substance which does not cause allergies or irritations. It does not clog pores.
Products with allantoin are recommended for treatment of small cuts, surface burns, skin irritation, abrasions, cracked and calloused skin, scars, for skin prone to allergies, irritation and acne as well as for skin with psoriasis and eczema.

Algae

Algae regenerate skin which is damaged through exposure to sun or environmental conditions, they also protect the skin from free radicals. They have excellent hydrating properties, strengthen the blood vessel walls and ensure the correct functioning of the epidermis and the dermis. Algae slow down the skin ageing processes and soften wrinkles. They also have antibacterial properties, control sebum production, improve blood circulation, strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier, supply the skin with oxygen and nourishment, and regenerate it and stimulate its renewal. They have skin lightening properties, calm skin irritation, and make the skin firmer and smoother.

AQUALARE

The Aqualare complex is an innovative combination of intensively-hydrating betaine and the fine, easily absorbed molecules of uncrosslinked hyaluronic acid, which are connected together with a short molecular chain, with a crosslinked density of hyaluronic acid which intensively revitalises the skin and provides the skin with necessary hydration for a period of 48 hours.

Mountain arnica
(Arnica montana L.)

Mountain Arnica is a plant rich in fatty acids, amines and fitoesteroles. The extracts are well absorbed by the skin and on reaching the capillaries, they strengthen and shrink them. They improve blood circulation, reduce swelling and redness, soothe skin irritation and inflammation. Arnica also has cleansing and regenerative properties. Owing to its anti-inflammatory qualities, it is recommended for care of oily hair and demanding skin types which are susceptible to seborrhoea. It reduces swelling and discomfort of the skin. It soothes and regenerates damaged tissue and reduces redness. It strengthens capillary walls and shrinks blood vessels.

The use of Arnica in cosmetics mainly takes advantage of the fact that Arnica extracts penetrate the epidermis and reach the capillaries, causing them to shrink and become stronger. In the event that a vessel becomes damaged, the plasma does not penetrate the strengthened walls and does not enter body cavities. This action finds application in caring for skin with expanded capillary vessels.

Argan oil

Argan oil is a valuable ingredient in cosmetics. It is called the elixir of youth, mostly thanks to the high concentration of tocopherols, i.e. vitamin E (including beta-Tocopherol, gamma-Tocopherol and delta-Tocopherol), which protect our organism from cell ageing and are very effective in fighting oxidants. As much as 80% of its volume are unsaturated fatty acids Omega-6. Argan oil is a very popular ingredient in anti-aging cosmetics.

Argan oil is recommended in the fight against wrinkles, premature ageing of skin, and as such, it is excellent for mature skin. It helps reduce wrinkles by rebuilding the hydrolipid barrier, which renders the skin with a youthful appearance. Thanks to natural antioxidants, it protects the skin from free radicals, it also strengthens the hair and nails. It has strong hydrating properties, it makes the skin firmer and suppler, and it protects the skin from external factors, including: sun, wind, cold, and stress. Moreover, it has excellent regenerative properties. It is also used to treat eczema, cracked skin, acne, allergies and sun burn.

Almond oil

Almond oil hydrates, nourishes, calms irritations, and makes the skin more flexible. At the same time, it does not cause allergies. It is rich in proteins, mineral salts, B-group vitamins as well as A and E vitamins. Recommended for any type of skin, but particularly for sensitive, dry and very dry skin. Prevents ageing of the skin. Treats skin eczema, even psoriasis. Almond oil is one of the oldest and most valuable oils in the cosmetic industry. It is recommended for infant and baby skin as it cares for it in a natural and gentle way, helps to eradicate cradle cap, alleviates nappy rash and skin redness.

Avocado oil

Thanks to its softening, anti-oxidant and anti-aging qualities, avocado oil is a popular cosmetic ingredient recommended for products designed to fight wrinkles, and to moisturize and soften rough skin. Avocado oil contains oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic acid. This enables it to penetrate deeply into the skin and provide thorough skin care. In addition to fatty acids, avocado oil also contains lecithin, amino acids, mineral salts, vitamins: A, E, C, and D as well as potassium and iron. A high content of vitamin E gives it the ability to deeply penetrate all skin layers, hence leaving it smooth, supple and relaxed with a healthy appearance. Avocado oil is also a common ingredient in hair conditioning products. The substances contained in the oil help repair and nourish damaged hair, while also stimulating blood flow at the roots to prevent hair loss.

Arlatone Duo

Blend of foaming agents which effectively cleans without affecting the physiological state of the skin. Does not cause irritations.