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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.

Company Updates

  • Introducing the NEW #PhytoNature Firming Serum. Clinically proven to give 5 years back to your skin's visible age. This dual-phase serum restores and preserves the nature of younger-looking skin with advanced technology and next-generation #HyaluronicAcid. Available 8/29 on

  • To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, Dermalogica hosted a panel of female powerhouses led by Lindsey Simcik and Krista Williams of Almost 30 Podcast. Tune in to get inspired, laugh, cry and (seriously) relate as these successful women discuss the ups and downs of ownership, biz in general and the pressures to lead a balanced, fulfilled life.

    As always, Jane captivated the room with her passion and storytelling as she shared inspiring advice for women everywhere.

    Other panelists included:

    - Sara Tan, Sr. Fashion & Beauty Editor at Bustle Digital Group
    - Danika Brysha, a plus-size model and wellness personality and Founder/CEO of Model Meals, a healthy food delivery service
    - Deepica Mutyala, on-air beauty expert and Founder of Live Tinted, a digital community focused on featuring women of color and other women underrepresented in the beauty industry

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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.  

Dermalogica Sales 2018

our culture

The Dermalogica Tribe is made up of the most talented people in the  skin care industry – worldwide. It’s evident in every product we make,  every class we teach and every business that stocks us on their shelves.  As a Tribe, we’re all about connecting the best minds in the industry  to become the most recognized skin health system in the world.

We are passionate about investing into our employees, educating  them in everything from skin health through management skills. The  experiences you get from working with Dermalogica help you grow  tremendously as a professional and as an individual. Our employees are  passionate about skin care, learning, and collaborating as a team. No  day is the same as we are constantly innovating new product systems,  treatments, events, marketing opportunities and more! We are looking for  enthusiastic, passionate & talented people to join us on this  journey.

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.

our tribe

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

Our offices, concept spaces, and lofts 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 top-quality education, innovative products and  outstanding customer service. We focus on skin health and products that  truly deliver, not false "beauty" claims or miracle cures.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 the  highest level of success in this industry.

our guiding principles

Our Guiding Principles are the compass that defines our way of  working as a team.  They serve as the foundation for our continued  success in the fast-changing environment.  They also make Dermalogica a  unique place to work.

  1. Delegate authority -- Lead with intent at every level, set clear guardrails, divide tasks to conquer goals. Focus on thewhy(strategy) & guardrails, not the how.
  2. Innovate in everything -- Innovation is at the heart of every  part of our business. We place emphasis on always learning, and  bringing new technology and best practices to every aspect of what we  do. Challenging the status quo to make things better is encouraged and  rewarded.
  3. Switch stuff off -- We make way for innovation by  eliminating what no longer serves us (or our customers). Our teams  prioritize purpose over process.
  4. Compare relentlessly -- We listen to our customers.  We try, test and iterate nimbly. Failure is an analytical learning  opportunity. We strive for constant progress rather than perfection.
  5. Live the brand codes & the compass -- Bring the brand to life at every touchpoint with the Brand Codes. Ensure everything delivers the compass: Education, Personalization, Human Touch

our philanthropy

As a company founded by a woman entrepreneur in an industry where more women own their own businesses than any other, we know firsthand the power of education and skills training to transform women from job seekers to job creators. We see it daily in the 100,000+ skin therapists we’ve trained, and in the women we sponsor worldwide.

what we've done so far

  • Granted Scholarships for 58 young women in 11 countries.
  • Provided access to job training skills for women to be career-ready.
  • Trained 100,000+ professional skin therapists in more than 80 countries.
  • Funded small loans to 99,963 women entrepreneurs to start or grow their business.
Dermalogica Brand Purpose
Our Commitment to Sustainability

We are proud of our commitment to sustainability.

  • We are recognized cruelty-free by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and Leaping Bunny.
  • We are certified vegan on all but 4 of our products.
  • We have been clean since 1986. Our formulas are free of artificial colors and fragrances, mineral oil, lanolin, S.D. alcohol, parabens and microplastics.
  • By the end of 2020, 90% of our packaging will be recyclable or bio-degradable. Much of our packaging is already sustainable.
  • Going forward, all paper and cartons we use are FSC certified to be sustainable for forests.
  • Our formulae are all manufactured in California, which boasts some of the world's strongest environmental and consumer protections.
Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapists

We believe employees are our most valuable asset and as such, have created a comprehensive benefits program to meet your needs.eligibilityFull-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 & Paternity 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
  • Product & Service discounts on Unilever Prestige brands
  • On-Site Car Wash (Corporate Office)
  • Casual Fridays
  • A host of Company-Sponsored Events!

Dermalogica Reviews

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    "Amazing and supportive company"

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    I have been working at Dermalogica full-time (More than a year)


    A lot of perks like monthly massages, after work fitness classes, discounts on medical insurance. The people are easy to work with and happy with their jobs. So many people have been there over 15 years which is a great sign to me.
    There is a great work life balance in almost every department (maybe excluding finance)
    You are encouraged to take your vacation days. If you have an issue with something there are so many people who jump up to help.


    I would say the entry level pay isn’t the best but there are opportunities to grow. Some of our systems are not the most efficient but I think there is a willingness to change that.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is great. I feel respected and treated as an equal even though I’m entry level.

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Dermalogica Photos

Dermalogica photo of: Sound Sleep Cocoon Event at Corporate
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Dermalogica Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Dermalogica in January 2013.


    Process was very thorough and pleasant. However, process took over 3 months. HR person was very personable and caring. Phone interview with HR, face to face meeting with DM and additional phone interview with Regional.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you like most about selling?   1 Answer
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Dermalogica Awards & Accolades

  • Best Beauty Buy Award for Best Exfoliator for Oily Skin, InStyle, 2018
  • Glamour Beauty Award for The Best Exfoliator, Glamour, 2018
  • 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
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