Beauty editors met DermaQuest’s founding chemist Sam Dhatt at the formal launch of the brand’s Stem Cell 3D skincare stable and the, insert drumroll, and the introduction of the game-changer eDermastamp treatment, writes Tracey Withers.

Over a fresh seafood lunch at Milson’s Point’s Deck bar, which was seamlessly converted to a pop-up restaurant for the lunch (this kitchen rules), Clinic Care general manager Sean Abel roll called through DermaQuest’s points of difference in the crowded skincare market, including a brand founder; Dhatt, who is also an expert formulator. Abel touched on facts that state DermaQuest formulas are fresh-potted when out-selling stocks require replenishment – there’s no airline hangar-style warehouse of product just sitting, waiting and waiting.

Outside, the floor-to ceiling windows, the harbour twinkled like liquid Swarovski and Sydney threw its best, most daydreamy views, but still the crowd stayed transfixed. Next, Sam Dhatt took the mic and talked through the DermaQuest backstory and forward-thinking. Back in the 90s, Dhatt began working as a chemist for a US cosmetics company and over six years worked up formulations for big-name brands including Benefit and Bare Escentuals. He was among the very first chemists to ever work with the now common but, back then, world-changing ingredient glycolic acid. In 1999, he launched DermaQuest, his own line focusing on super active ingredients mixed for potency and served in clever packaging that both preserved the product and made it cost-effective. 

DermaQuest is now trailblazing the stem cells skincare trend. Researching the gamut of plant stem cells that can signal human skin cells to rejuvenate and perform at optimal function, Dhatt picks and blends specific stem cells to address specific conditions, from acne or pigmentation to lines and the other telltales of ageing. DermaQuest broke ground with the Stem Cell 3D complex contained throughout the Stem Cell 3D line of products now available throughout Australia.

The brand’s national educator, Sarah Knox, spoke of the brand’s new one-up on the skin-needling treatment and technology that so many women undertake to heal and restructure skin through collagen reformation – the eDermaStamp. Consider it an upgrade to the Dermaroller device – while a roller can create 50 micro-channels in the skin per second, the electric DermaStamp triples penetration to 150 micro-channels per second. In a fraction of time time taken by a manual roller, the new tool’s needle tips push the epidermal scales aside and enter the skin to signal surrounding cells that an ‘injury’ has occurred, subsequently stimulating cell proliferation and collagen formation as a healing response. The treatment has proven particularly effective in stubborn scars, expression lines and stretch marks. 

With a more compact, precision tip, the stamp has been shown to be effective upon areas previously treated by rollers as well as trickier zones around the eye and upper lip. Treatment also remains non-ablative so minimal downtime is required. The stamp is also loaded with hyaluronic acid, which is infused into the skin with each stamp for intense plumping and hydration.

Does it hurt? Far less than Fraxel laser and not at all once a layer of anaesthetic gel has soaked in, reports the patient who volunteered for a live demo treatment by Dr Saras Sundrum from the Collagen and Laser Centre. “The speed also reduces discomfort,” explained Dr Sundram. “We can adjust the intensity for the purpose of each treatment and for different parts of the face but the speed of the stamp means you get intense penetration with less discomfort.”

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