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{"id":555996610633,"title":"Dermal Repair Complex Review: Can It Turn Back The Clock?","created_at":"2021-11-28T17:47:58-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Dermal Repair Complex Review: Can It Turn Back The Clock?\",\n \"keywords\": \"beverly hills md dermal repair complex, dermal repair complex, dermal repair complex reviews, dermal repair complex review, beverly hills md dermal repair complex reviews, beverly hills dermal repair complex review, beverly hills dermal repair complex reviews, dermal repair complex ingredients\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD reviews the ingredients in Dermal Repair Complex based on medical research to determine if it's an effective anti-aging supplement that can reduce wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/dermal-repair-complex-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The brand claims that regular use of this supplement will result in a “significantly younger, healthier appearance” with reduced wrinkles and visibly firmer skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Dermal Repair Complex based on medical research to determine if these claims are likely to be true, or if the product is a waste of your money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFormulation Review - Vitamin Blend\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dermal_Repair_Complex_Vitamin_Blend_Optimized.png?v=1638140873\" alt=\"Dermal Repair Complex vitamin blend ingredients label\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first section of the ingredients list is a vitamin blend, composed mostly of B-vitamins. The blend contains 2,500 micrograms (mcg) of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebiotin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is typically used for hair products like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/keranique-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eKeranique\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e rather than skincare products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe only found \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33682085\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eone medical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on biotin for skin, which showed that 10 milligrams (mg) of biotin in addition to isotretinoin treatment helped to maintain skin hydration. Since Dermal Repair Complex doesn’t include isotretinoin, and doesn’t publish any research explaining their biotin dose, we can assume this ingredient is ineffective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe rest of the blend is composed of various \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eB-vitamins\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin A\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, in seemingly random doses. We haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that random vitamin blends are effective for improving skin health, nor is there any biological reason they would be. Beverly Hills MD doesn’t publish any research or explanation of their vitamin ingredients, so we will assume they’re ineffective for improving skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we’ve discussed in previous cosmetic supplement reviews, there is generally no benefit to taking vitamins if you’re not deficient in that vitamin. Supplementation of vitamins should be based on documented deficiency; a patient with low Vitamin B12 levels will benefit from Vitamin B12 supplementation, but taking random blends of vitamins without any documented deficiency has no proven benefit and may potentially cause harm depending on intake from other sources.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFormulation Review - Dermal Repair Complex Blend\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dermal_Repair_Complex_Prop_Blend_Optimized.png?v=1638140902\" alt=\"Dermal Repair Complex prop blend ingredients label\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second part of this supplement ingredients list is a proprietary (prop) blend with a total dosage of 620 mg. We disagree with the practice of listing ingredients in a prop blend rather than listing the individual dose of each ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupplement companies are allowed to list ingredients by their combined dosage in a prop blend, which allows them to hide the individual dosage of each ingredient. This is bad for consumers (and researchers like us), because it’s hard to determine the safety and efficacy of an ingredient without its exact dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProp blends are listed in order of relative dosage (meaning the first-listed ingredient is at a higher dose than the second-listed ingredient and so on), so we know in this case that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehydrolyzed collagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the highest-dosed ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know from \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that oral collagen supplementation does significantly improve skin quality, but it has a minimally-effective dose of 2.5 grams (g) and a maximally-effective dose of 10 g. Since the entire prop blend (of which collagen is only one part) in this product is only 620 mg, we can conclude that the collagen in this supplement is unlikely to be effective. As a reminder to consumers, 1000 mg = 1 g.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSaw palmetto fruit powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the second ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex, and we can’t find any medical research at all suggesting it’s effective for skin improvements. It’s typically used for hair loss. We’ll assume this is another ineffective ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMSM\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the third-listed ingredient, and it does appear to be an effective ingredient for skin aging. Unfortunately, it’s significantly underdosed in this formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32083522\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on MSM for skin aging found that it improved facial wrinkles, skin roughness, and skin hydration, but the most effective dose from the study was 3 g\/day. The researchers also found 1 g\/day to be effective but less so.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince the entire Dermal Repair Complex Blend is only 620 mg, and MSM is one of 6 ingredients, we can conclude it’s underdosed and ineffective based on medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe fourth ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewild yam root extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and we can’t identify any research even testing this for skin improvements on human subjects. We will conclude this is another ineffective ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the fifth ingredient in this formulation, and it appears to be effective for improving skin at 120 mg\/day \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4110621\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on a medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Since Beverly MD doesn’t publish the exact dosage, we can’t determine whether there’s enough hyaluronic acid in this formulation to be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe also know from \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25834304\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eprevious medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that hyaluronic acid is more effective at low molecular weights, and based on the poor overall formulation of Dermal Repair Complex, we doubt that the formulators were knowledgeable enough to use low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid. Since they don’t specify the molecular weights, we’ll assume they didn’t.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe final ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esilica\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and we cannot locate any medical research suggesting this is an effective ingredient for skin improvements or wrinkle reduction.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find this to be a very poor formulation. Only one ingredient in this entire prop blend (hyaluronic acid) is even potentially beneficial at the given dose, based on medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePlain, unflavored collagen powder sourced from grass-fed animals is the safest and most well-studied oral supplement for skin improvement in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is ample research, some linked to in previous sections, proving that collagen can reduce wrinkles, slow skin aging and improve skin elasticity. We recommend a daily dose of 10 g, subject to your doctor’s approval, as this appears to be the maximally-effective dose based on research studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother potential supplement for \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/taut-skin\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etaut skin\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which isn’t discussed enough in popular health media, is astaxanthin. This chemical compound is what gives wild-caught salmon its distinct color, and it’s been \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5946307\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eshown in medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to significantly improve skin and reduce wrinkles at doses ranging from 2 - 12 mg\/day.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe also recommend using a mineral sunscreen daily, as UV damage degrades skin appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend Dermal Repair Complex, as we believe it’s an underdosed and ineffective supplement for improving dermatological function. Beverly MD doesn’t publish (or link out to) any research explaining some of their questionable ingredients or doses.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that daily collagen supplementation at 10 g and astaxanthin supplementation at around 6 mg, with the approval of a doctor, would be superior for improving skin health than Dermal Repair Complex, as these supplements and doses are backed by medical studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-12T00:30:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-01-15T23:04:30-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in cosmetic supplement Dermal Repair Complex based on medical research to determine if it can reduce wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.","template_suffix":"","handle":"dermal-repair-complex-review","tags":"_related:skincare"}

Dermal Repair Complex Review: Can It Turn Back The Clock?

Dermal Repair Complex Review: Can It Turn Back The Clock?


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Dermal Repair Complex is a supplement for anti-aging and rejuvenating skin made by a cosmetics company called Beverly Hills MD. The brand claims that regular use of this supplement will result in a “significantly younger, healthier appearance” with reduced wrinkles and visibly firmer skin.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Dermal Repair Complex based on medical research to determine if these claims are likely to be true, or if the product is a waste of your money.

Formulation Review - Vitamin Blend

Dermal Repair Complex vitamin blend ingredients label

The first section of the ingredients list is a vitamin blend, composed mostly of B-vitamins. The blend contains 2,500 micrograms (mcg) of biotin, which is typically used for hair products like Keranique rather than skincare products.

We only found one medical study on biotin for skin, which showed that 10 milligrams (mg) of biotin in addition to isotretinoin treatment helped to maintain skin hydration. Since Dermal Repair Complex doesn’t include isotretinoin, and doesn’t publish any research explaining their biotin dose, we can assume this ingredient is ineffective.

The rest of the blend is composed of various B-vitamins and Vitamin A, in seemingly random doses. We haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that random vitamin blends are effective for improving skin health, nor is there any biological reason they would be. Beverly Hills MD doesn’t publish any research or explanation of their vitamin ingredients, so we will assume they’re ineffective for improving skin.

As we’ve discussed in previous cosmetic supplement reviews, there is generally no benefit to taking vitamins if you’re not deficient in that vitamin. Supplementation of vitamins should be based on documented deficiency; a patient with low Vitamin B12 levels will benefit from Vitamin B12 supplementation, but taking random blends of vitamins without any documented deficiency has no proven benefit and may potentially cause harm depending on intake from other sources.

Formulation Review - Dermal Repair Complex Blend

Dermal Repair Complex prop blend ingredients label

The second part of this supplement ingredients list is a proprietary (prop) blend with a total dosage of 620 mg. We disagree with the practice of listing ingredients in a prop blend rather than listing the individual dose of each ingredient.

Supplement companies are allowed to list ingredients by their combined dosage in a prop blend, which allows them to hide the individual dosage of each ingredient. This is bad for consumers (and researchers like us), because it’s hard to determine the safety and efficacy of an ingredient without its exact dose.

Prop blends are listed in order of relative dosage (meaning the first-listed ingredient is at a higher dose than the second-listed ingredient and so on), so we know in this case that hydrolyzed collagen is the highest-dosed ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex.

We know from medical studies that oral collagen supplementation does significantly improve skin quality, but it has a minimally-effective dose of 2.5 grams (g) and a maximally-effective dose of 10 g. Since the entire prop blend (of which collagen is only one part) in this product is only 620 mg, we can conclude that the collagen in this supplement is unlikely to be effective. As a reminder to consumers, 1000 mg = 1 g.

Saw palmetto fruit powder is the second ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex, and we can’t find any medical research at all suggesting it’s effective for skin improvements. It’s typically used for hair loss. We’ll assume this is another ineffective ingredient.

MSM is the third-listed ingredient, and it does appear to be an effective ingredient for skin aging. Unfortunately, it’s significantly underdosed in this formulation.

A clinical trial on MSM for skin aging found that it improved facial wrinkles, skin roughness, and skin hydration, but the most effective dose from the study was 3 g/day. The researchers also found 1 g/day to be effective but less so.

Since the entire Dermal Repair Complex Blend is only 620 mg, and MSM is one of 6 ingredients, we can conclude it’s underdosed and ineffective based on medical research.

The fourth ingredient is wild yam root extract, and we can’t identify any research even testing this for skin improvements on human subjects. We will conclude this is another ineffective ingredient.

Hyaluronic acid is the fifth ingredient in this formulation, and it appears to be effective for improving skin at 120 mg/day based on a medical review. Since Beverly MD doesn’t publish the exact dosage, we can’t determine whether there’s enough hyaluronic acid in this formulation to be effective.

We also know from previous medical research that hyaluronic acid is more effective at low molecular weights, and based on the poor overall formulation of Dermal Repair Complex, we doubt that the formulators were knowledgeable enough to use low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid. Since they don’t specify the molecular weights, we’ll assume they didn’t.

The final ingredient in Dermal Repair Complex is silica, and we cannot locate any medical research suggesting this is an effective ingredient for skin improvements or wrinkle reduction.

Overall we find this to be a very poor formulation. Only one ingredient in this entire prop blend (hyaluronic acid) is even potentially beneficial at the given dose, based on medical research.

Better Alternatives

Plain, unflavored collagen powder sourced from grass-fed animals is the safest and most well-studied oral supplement for skin improvement in our opinion.

There is ample research, some linked to in previous sections, proving that collagen can reduce wrinkles, slow skin aging and improve skin elasticity. We recommend a daily dose of 10 g, subject to your doctor’s approval, as this appears to be the maximally-effective dose based on research studies.

Another potential supplement for taut skin, which isn’t discussed enough in popular health media, is astaxanthin. This chemical compound is what gives wild-caught salmon its distinct color, and it’s been shown in medical research to significantly improve skin and reduce wrinkles at doses ranging from 2 - 12 mg/day.

We also recommend using a mineral sunscreen daily, as UV damage degrades skin appearance.

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Conclusion

We don’t recommend Dermal Repair Complex, as we believe it’s an underdosed and ineffective supplement for improving dermatological function. Beverly MD doesn’t publish (or link out to) any research explaining some of their questionable ingredients or doses.

We believe that daily collagen supplementation at 10 g and astaxanthin supplementation at around 6 mg, with the approval of a doctor, would be superior for improving skin health than Dermal Repair Complex, as these supplements and doses are backed by medical studies.





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