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DMK Skincare Review



Back in the 1970s, DMK Skincare was founded by Danné Montague-King in a little beach side clinic in Newport Beach, California. His first products were formulations he created to treat his own acne ridden skin. Today, DMK is a paramedical skin care line that considers the entire functionality of skin. The treatments work with the underlying structure of the skin, and the products are pharmaceutical grade, with a high concentration of active ingredients.

Key products

The DMK Skincare line consists of a wide variety of products to treat many different conditions, including acne, aging, bruising, cellulite, excess hair, folliculitis, keratosis pilaris, ingrown hairs, pigmentation, reactive skin, and scarring. However, all DMK products can only be prescribed by a DMK Skin Revision Technician. This means you must find a DMK clinic near you.

The products intended to be used at home are in the collection DMK Home Prescriptives, which consists of 36 products. Each product is designed to work with specific internal functions of the skin by matching the body’s chemistry to work effectively in tangent with DMK professional treatments. They are integral to the DMK concept Remove, Rebuild, Protect, and Maintain.

The masques, cleansers, and exfoliants continue to remove dead cell material and toxins while the nutrient rich oils, serums, and spritzes work to rebuild the skin’s structures and functions. Daily application of Home Prescriptives helps to protect the skin from the sun, free radicals, and other environmental factors while they assist to maintain and prolong the results achieved in DMK professional treatments. Below we’ll give you the details on five key products in the DMK Skincare Home Prescriptives collection.

DMK Skincare Beta Gel
Recommended for a variety of skin conditions, Beta Gel is DMK’s signature formula designed for reactive, irritated, inflamed, or traumatised skin. It is said to boost the immune system with beta glucan, a stimulator of the Langerhans cells which initiate the immune and reparative functions of the skin both locally and systemically. Beta Gel stimulates a feedback loop that triggers the synthesis of new collagen as well as components of the skin matrix, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote firmer skin. It is recommended for traumatized skin (sutures, staples, and treatments for pre- and post-operative clients), as well as acne, congestion, rosacea, aging, sun-damage, and red-reactive skin. One problem with DMK Skincare Beta Gel is that it contains witch hazel as a key ingredient. Witch hazel is a rich source of tannins and the potent fragrant sensitizer eugenol, which can both potentially cause skin irritation.

DMK Skincare Direct Delivery Vitamin C Serum
DMK’s Direct Delivery Vitamin C Serum was formulated to reduce the amount of damaged skin cells, aiding the revision of aging, scarring, skin tone and texture with its antioxidants rich formulation. There are three forms of vitamin C in this serum: ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), as well as ascorbyl glucoside and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (water-soluble derivatives of vitamin C). Vitamin C neutralizes reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are generated when the skin is exposed to UV light. By neutralizing ROS, ascorbic acid helps to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles on the skin. Ascorbic acid also serves as a cofactor for two enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of collagen, a protein that is necessary for skin strength and firmness. Lastly, ascorbic acid can decrease the appearance of dark spots and improve uneven skin tone by inhibiting tyrosinase, a key enzyme involved in the production of melanin.

DMK Skincare Creme Citrique
Creme Citrique is recommended for oily skin and hyperpigmentation as it assists to balance the skin’s pH levels, regulate oil flow, and brighten dark spots. Two key ingredients in this formula are kojic acid and ethyl ascorbic acid. Kojic acid helps improve skin brightness and reduce discoloration because of its effects on tyrosinase. Ethyl ascorbic acid is a stable vitamin C derivative with excellent skin brightening activity.

DMK Skincare Exoderma Peel
The Exoderma Peel helps remove excess dead cell material while the neutral pH formulation is said to leave the skin feeling refreshed and smooth. One of the key ingredients in Exoderma Peel is chloroxylenol, which is interesting because chloroxylenol is typically used as a preservative. It is an antiseptic and disinfectant, and is also used for skin disinfection, cleaning surgical instruments, and can be found in a number of household disinfectants. The Exoderma Peel can be used as a stand-alone product, or for a treatment that is said to be twice as effective when combined with Foamy Lift to create a masque similar to DMK’s signature Enzyme Therapy masque.

DMK Skincare Foamy Lift Masque
Foamy Lift is a gentle masque that is said to help tighten the skin as it exfoliates and removes impurities from within the skin. Additionally, it works as an excellent brightener for darker complexions and assists to increase the skin’s dermal hydration. The key ingredients in Foamy Lift Masque include citric acid, aspartic acid, amino acids, and cinnamomum cassia oil.

Key formulation

According to DMK Skincare founder Danné Montague-King, “There are no secret formulas, no special techniques from abroad and no miracle scientific breakthroughs that alleviate all skin conditions, including ageing”. So if there are no secret formulas, what is it that makes DMK Skincare products effective? The key formulation behind all DMK Skincare products is based on the four-step DMK concept: Remove, Rebuild, Protect, and Maintain. The product formulations include ingredients supported by science to improve the appearance of skin. Examples of common ingredients in DMK Skincare formulations include beta glucan, vitamin C and derivatives, vitamin E, panthenol (provitamin B5), algae extracts, peptides, aloe vera, licorice extract, olive oil, and many more botanical oils and extracts. However, as we pointed out in the last section, some DMK Skincare products contain ingredients that have the potential to irritate the skin, such as witch hazel and chloroxylenol.


Over the past 40 years, DMK Skincare has won numerous awards and has been featured on the most relevant magazines in the industry, such as Allure, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more. All reviews for DMK Home Prescriptives products on the brand’s website are very positive, with most products receiving 5 out of 5 stars. However, the reviews for DMK Skincare do not include customer feedback, only the star rating.

References:, Wikipedia “Chloroxylenol”

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