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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about DermaQuest products.

My esthetician recommended a couple of different products for me and I am confused what order to apply them.

The general rule of thumb is to apply the products from thinnest to thickest. Once the first product is absorbed, you are ready to treat your skin with the next product recommended by your skincare professional. All DermaQuest skincare professionals recommend products specifically based on your skin type and condition. Sometimes multiple products are necessary to achieve the desired outcome and our layering technology ensures you receive quality products designed for your specific skincare needs.

How long do I use my products before I need to upgrade?

If you are on the Balancing Kit regimen, the recommendation is to finish the products in the Balancing Kit and then upgrade to the appropriate products recommended by your skincare professional. An example would be if you are in the anti-aging category, pre-condition your skin with the Balancing Kit and then upgrade to the C-Lipoic products.

How long will it take for me to see results with my skin using DermaQuest products?

You will see results immediately with many of our products and then there are some products that take a bit longer to see results, like the Peptide Mobilizer. You will feel an immediate 'tightening effect' of the skin with the Peptide Mobilizer but full benefits will be achieved in 4-12 weeks and continual use maintains and further improves results.

I keep hearing about how peptides are the most popular trend in anti-aging ingredients. What exactly are peptides?

Peptides are synthesized amino acids which are designed to easily penetrate the skin and their function is to inform or 'communicate' to our cells how to perform a particular function. Due to the realized effectiveness of peptides, we incorporate high percentages in our products to provide you with the most potent peptide products in the skincare market. The peptides used by DermaQuest at this time are:

  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), which prevents muscle contractions to smooth fine lines
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl), which increases collagen production as well as other components in the dermal matrix to create a thicker, more 'plump' skin
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Rigin), which inhibits the pro-inflammatory response in the skin, promoting a more youthful and healthy skin
  • Regu-Age and Eyeliss, synergistic peptides which reduce puffiness and dark circles as well as firm the delicate eye area
  • Melanostatine-5, a peptide that inhibits the release of the alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone, therefore suppressing melanin production. We feel this peptide, in combination with our other potent skin lighteners, is an effective alternative to hydroquinone.

Our #1 peptide product which is key in any anti-aging regimen is the Peptide Mobilizer, which is applied immediately after cleansing both AM and PM. You can even apply it under your eyes, for the Peptide Mobilizer is a non-irritating product.

Does your skincare line contain parabens?

Responding to the needs of our clients and our industry, as of January 2007 all of DermaQuest products are paraben-free.

What is the difference between a chemical and physical sunblock?

Chemical sunblocks contain ingredients which must be absorbed in the skin for 30 minutes before they can work to protect the skin against damaging UV rays. It is recommended not to use chemical sunblocks if you have sensitive skin or during a professional resurfacing series, for this may exacerbate irritation. A physical sunblock, such as our ZinClear SPF 30, is the recommended UV protector during resurfacing programs and for sensitive skin types. Plus, you receive immediate sun protection from a physical sunblock there is no need to wait 30 minutes before going outside! If you are not currently undergoing a resurfacing program, a chemical sunblock is perfectly fine to use and our Solar Moisturizer SPF 30 is the sunblock of choice, especially in the anti-aging category due to its many firming and collagen-promoting ingredients. Plus, it smells and feels great!

What are performance ingredients?

Performance ingredients refer to the current technology used at DermaQuest at this time. We search the world to find the latest-and-greatest technologies to utilize in our advanced formulations. If there is a superior new ingredient in the market, we will replace the 'older' ingredient for the 'newer', more advanced technology in our formulations to always provide our customers with products of the highest quality and effectiveness.

What products do you have for rosacea or sensitive skin?

The Anti-Inflammatory Cleanser, Anti-Inflammatory Cream, Soothing Serum, K-Q10 Firming Cream and ZinClear SPF 30 are all excellent choices. All aspects are covered for a well-rounded home care regimen including cleansing, antioxidant and anti-aging protection, skin-strengthening, non-acid exfoliation and sun protection.

Do you have products for adult acne?

We have a complete line of Acne Management products and many of them can address adult acne. DermaQuest professionals recommend products based on the grade of acne. An example regimen for adult acne would be to use the Anti-Bacterial Enzyme Cleaner (Triclosan kills bacteria), Advanced B5 Serum (to balance oil production), Soothing Serum (to reduce inflammation and to strengthen the skin), Solar Protection SPF 15 (a light-weight and non-irritating sunscreen), Rejuvaderm (to exfoliate and address post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and the Purity Gel Spot Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide and MSM work synergistically to reduce breakouts).

What sets your company apart from other skincare companies?

What's unique about DermaQuest is that we have our own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with on-site chemists who are always testing new ingredients to formulate the most advanced and high-performance products available. Plus, the founder of DermaQuest, Sam Dhatt, is a highly respected cosmeceutical chemist and master formulator, with over 20 years experience in the cosmetics industry. His experiences and expertise are realized in each DermaQuest product.