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Dermalogica Overview

Carson, CA
201 to 500 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Whoever said beauty is only skin deep had the right idea, as far as Dermalogica is concerned. Founded by Jane Wurwand in 1986, Dermalogica continues to dominate the professional skin care industry with distribution in over 90 countries. Known worldwide as the Skin ... Read more

Mission: To bring respect and success to the professional skin therapist through excellent education, innovative products and outstanding customer service.

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Dermalogica – Why Work For Us?

When Dermalogica meets skin, skin health is redefined. Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide.

education first

While the Dermalogica story begins in 1986, the force of change in the industry started in Los Angeles, circa 1983. Jane Wurwand, a tenured, United Kingdom-trained skin therapist new to the American "esthetician" industry, recognized that continuing skin and body therapy education was practically non-existent in the United States. While her training had been comprehensive and serious, US students entered the industry licensed yet under-trained, and worse, under-respected. Jane put her education in action, opening a small classroom in Marina del Rey, California under the name The International Dermal Institute (IDI). She invited licensed skin therapists to get hands-on with the postgraduate training so critical to making them competitive in the business. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy training with 37 locations worldwide. 

dermalogica is born

While teaching at IDI, it didn’t take long for Jane to realize no product line embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to "beauty," so she developed her own. And in 1986, Dermalogica was born. The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin care professionals trained at The International Dermal Institute. 

we're not pretty

(Or beautiful. Or pampering. Or luxury.) We’re far too interested in guiding you to a new level of skin health fitness! So, while our packaging may not be designed to color-coordinate with your bathroom, you can always be sure that we use ingredients that we know will work – our confidence founded by skin care professionals worldwide who use our products in their treatment rooms every day because they get results. 

 welcome to the tribe

The Dermalogica community is made up of the most talented people in the skin care industry worldwide. You can see this in every product we make, every class we teach and every business that stocks us on their shelves. We are all about connecting the best minds in the industry to become the most recognized skin health system in the world.

No matter what talent, skill or expertise you bring to the table, you have an important place here, and we're ready to hear what you have to say.

we are family

Why do we call ourselves a tribe? Because we are one big family! We believe people work best when they are able to share their passions, so we work hard to create an environment that fosters openness and connectivity.

Our offices and flagship stores are purposefully designed with free-flowing spaces to promote calmness, harmony and balance. At headquarters, our volunteer Social Committee kindles creativity with fun events while our global community keeps in touch through innovative online and mobile platforms.

our common purpose

From day one at Dermalogica, you'll find a common purpose linking every employee: bringing respect and success to the professional skin therapist through excellent education, innovative products and outstanding customer service.

Our industry is full of women entrepreneurs who choose only Dermalogica products to use professionally and sell in their business. They're all trusting and partnering with you to help them reach their highest level of success in this industry.

Dermalogica Tribe Connects
Dermalogica: Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship

we invest in her potential 

As the leader in the professional skin care industry, Dermalogica has a long history of empowering women to achieve financial independence through education and business training.  Nowhere is this more evident than in our 100+ global training facilities, where over 100,000 professional skin therapists a year obtain the skills they need to start or grow their own businesses. 

In addition, the Dermalogica FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative helps women and girls on the path to entrepreneurship by providing access to education, vocational training, small loans and leadership skills.  

We have seen the power of women entrepreneurs to elevate their families, their communities and their national economies when they are given a hand-up to achieve their potential.  

what we've done so far 

The International Dermal Institute has empowered women with education for over 30 years. Through FITE, Dermalogica has helped fund more than 75,000 business loans for women entrepreneurs in 68 countries, and provided scholarships for girls, many the first in their family to attend school, in 15 countries. 

what we're doing next 

NEW! FITE entrepreneur accelerator 

Our just-announced FITE Entrepreneurship Accelerator is a new model of online, purpose-driven education that fills critical business skills gaps to help small, entrepreneurial businesses grow to scale. Our first phase will focus on helping entrepreneurs in the salon industry achieve their highest success; but our ambition is to serve as a blueprint that other sectors can adopt to help truly accelerate entrepreneurship and financial dignity. 

Partners: Operation Hope, She's the First, Kiva, SBA, These Numbers Have Faces, UN Women, Presidential Ambassadors Global Entrepreneurship
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We believe employees are our most valuable asset and as such, have created a comprehensive benefits program to meet your needs.


Full-time employees working at least 30 hours per week are eligible to participate in the Dermalogica health plan. Employees may cover their spouse/domestic partner and eligible children to age 26 regardless of student status. Eligible employees are effective on the 1st of the month following one month of employment.

health and wellness

  • Medical Coverage through Aetna (HMO, PPO, HSA plans available based on location)
  • Dental Coverage through Aetna (DMO, PPO plans available based on location)
  • Prescription Drug Coverage through Aetna
  • Vision Coverage through EyeMed Vision Care
  • Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Supplemental Employee and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability (STD)
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Critical Illness Care
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance
  • Long Term Care
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for healthcare, dependent care, transit, parking and a limited purpose FSA
  • Health Advocate Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Pet Insurance through United Pet Care

retirement and financial wellness

  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • One-on-One counseling with a financial advisor

work/life balance

  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Well Pay
  • Paid Maternity Leave
  • Paid Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Jury Duty and Witness Leave
  • Time Off for Voting

career development

  • Tuition Reimbursement up to a maximum of $4,000 per year
  • Access to extensive Dermalogica curriculum

additional benefits

  • Monthly Product Allowance and discounts on additional products
  • Discounts on services at any Dermalogica Concept store
  • Annual Fitness Reimbursement
  • Service Awards for major employee milestones
  • Wellness Programs (Corporate Office: on-site group fitness programs, lunch & learns, etc)
  • Aetna Life Essentials (includes financial advice, funeral planning, and legal services)
  • Legal Shield Services
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Discounts on virtually everything through YouDecide
  • On-Site Car Wash (Corporate Office)
  • Casual Fridays
  • A host of Company-Sponsored Events!

Dermalogica Reviews

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    "Dynamic & Supportive Culture"

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    I have been working at Dermalogica full-time (More than 5 years)


    - Great Brand & outstanding products
    - Innovative ("move fast and break things") culture
    - Excellent leadership (both long-standing employees and new leaders)
    - Trust in the next generation of leadership to manage strategic initiatives
    - Great professional development seminars and learning tools from parent company and sister brands
    - Career progression and opportunity for travel
    - People-first


    As we are adjusting to a new way of working there is often cross over in roles and responsibilities, resulting in inefficiencies. I would expect that this would ease in time as projects become more clearly defined and departments are aligned.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster the innovative and supportive culture. During my tenure at Dermalogica I have experienced some personal hardship and the support and warmth from senior management was incredible. It is heartwarming to know that as a dedicated employee the business is committed to my well-being as much as I am to the brand’s continued success.

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Dermalogica Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Dermalogica (Chicago, IL) in June 2017.


    Had a phone interview with HR, then another phone interview with the lead education director and after that they sent me to Chicago for an in person interview! Once I arrived for my in person interview I sat in on a great AGEsmart class then proceeded to give a 15 minute presentation so that they could feel confident in my ability to build a quality presentation and deliver information in a creative way.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me why I chose their company vs. another skin care line   1 Answer
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Dermalogica Awards & Accolades

  • Best in Black Beauty Awards for Best Anti-Aging Line, Essence Magazine, 2017
  • SELF-approved Beauty Award for Best Facial Oil, SELF, 2017
  • SELF-approved Beauty Award for Best Eye Cream, SELF, 2017
  • Editors' Pick Award for Best Exfoliant, Total Beauty, 2017
  • Beauty O-Ward for Best Night Treatment for Oily Skin, O, The Oprah Magazine, 2017
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