The Derma Co Review: 6 Best & Worst Products of 2024

The Derma Co Products Review

The Derma Co. is an Indian Beauty, Cosmetic & Personal Care Brand launched in 2020. It claims to provide science-backed solutions for your skin concerns for both men and women. The Derma Co is a sister brand of the infamous brand Mamaearth that comes under Honasa Consumer Ltd. With over 50 specialized products in its portfolio, it quickly gained the attention of skincare consumers. The Derma Co Products focus on providing professional solutions with active-based ingredients.

Just like any other skincare enthusiast, I was intrigued with the brand but was skeptical about its products. So I choose to get their samples on the Smytten App. I picked some of their popular products that were deluxe-sized. These were enough to give me an idea about them. Read on to learn about my experience with The Derma Co.

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The Derma Co Products Review

1. The Derma Co Creamy Face Cleanser

The Derma Co Creamy Face Cleanser

Product Type: It’s a soap-free, creamy cleanser that helps to remove the accumulation of dirt, oil & impurities while leaving the skin hydrated.

Ideal For: Sensitive, Dry, Dehydrated Skin.

Texture: Glassy, lotion-like texture. Very similar to the Cetaphil cleanser and CleanseMe cleanser.

Fragrance: It is fragrance-free and doesn’t have any smell to it.

My Experience:

Gel-based face washes are stripping for my combination skin. So I use such creamy non-foaming cleansers daily. They are not new to me. The Derma Co Cleanser pretty much works like the Cetaphil Cleanser. It does not foam up and goes on like a lotion. I use a coin-sized amount for the face and neck. It washes off easily and doesn’t leave any film behind. My skin feels fresh and clean after using this cleanser. It doesn’t dry out the skin and leaves my skin mildly hydrated. Overall, It’s a good, non-foaming, non-drying cleanser that does its job perfectly. It’s a great cleanser with minimal ingredients.

But I cannot stop myself from comparing it to my favorite CleanseMe Cleanser. I find the CleanseMe to be better for my skin as it’s a tad bit more hydrating. The Derma Co is free of silicones and parabens but contains SLS. While CleanseMe doesn’t contain any of those, but additionally contains skin-soothing Oat Kernal Flour & Allantoin to boost its effectiveness. Above all, it’s also a bit cheaper than the Derma Co Cleanser. I like the CleanseMe more.

Rating: 4/5

Price*: ₹240 for 100ml

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2. The Derma Co Salicylic Acid Face Wash

Product Type: It’s a salicylic acid-based face wash for exfoliation and oil control.

Ideal For: Oily Acne Prone Skin.

Texture: Gel-based.

Fragrance: No scent

My Experience:

To begin with, I’ve used a couple of Salicylic Acid Face Washes, so I’ve got quite an experience there.


This face wash is a typical gel face wash that foams up nicely with a nice cleansing experience. It cleans well. If you are out and about in the day with sweat, oil, dust, and pollution, this face wash is great at removing them thoroughly. Albeit, this leaves the skin dry post-cleansing and you need good hydrating toner and moisturizer to go after it.

In addition to 1%Salicylic Acid, this face wash contains Witch Hazel and Willow Bark Extract, both of which are excellent for oil control and acne control. But at the same time, can be quite irritating and sensitizing. If overused, this can easily damage your skin barrier. This is not ideal for daily use. Use it twice or thrice a week.

Overall, this isn’t the best I’ve used so far. Unless you have oily to very oily skin, this isn’t a good choice. AHAGlow and Rejuglow Face Washes are much better alternatives.

My Rating: 3/5

Price*: ₹253 for 100ml

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3. The Derma Co Salicylic Acid Serum

Product Type: It’s a Salicylic acid Serum to exfoliate, unclog pores, and treat active acne.

Ideal For: Acne Prone Skin

Texture: Clear liquid.

Fragrance: No scent.

My Experience:

This has the same combination of ingredients as the face wash – Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel, and Willow Bark. Salicylic Acid is present at 2% which is the ideal and maximum concentration any OTC BHA product would have.

I used this salicylic acid serum once a week to exfoliate the skin and keep acne formation at bay. And it does that fairly well. It’s not the most gentle formulation as it is drying and harsh on the skin. Using a good moisturizer with ceramides and soothing ingredients is a must.

The most usage of this serum and my favorite was –  whenever I saw active acne or a whitehead coming up. I used this as a spot treatment and it zapped them quickly – like the tiny ones are gone overnight, the bigger ones do take time.

Overall, it does what it’s supposed to do. But I like something less irritating –  like the Cosrx BHA Liquid or Sebogel.

My Rating: 3.8/5

Price*: ₹448 for 30ml

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4. The Derma Co 10% Niacinamide Serum

The Derma Co 10% Niacinamide Serum

Product Type: It’s a Niacinamide Serum that helps to fight acne, reduce acne marks, and control oil production.

Ideal For: Acne & Blemish Prone Skin.

Texture: It’s a clear, water-like serum that gets absorbed quickly.

Fragrance: It has added fragrance. It’s very mildly scented and hasn’t bothered me at all.

My Experience:

Its lightweight, non-sticky, watery texture is what makes it stand out. It’s as clear as water. The serum is thinner than the Minimalist Niacinamide Serum making it an ideal choice for oily to very oily skin types. The serum vanishes into the skin super quickly. I’ve used this for about two weeks in my PM routine. I felt that it helped a little in fading my acne marks. However, what I loved the most was that it made my skin softer and kept my pores clear noticeably giving an even skin tone. I didn’t experience any purging. But then I was using a 4% Niacinamide Moisturizer before this. So my skin is used Niacinamide, in general. Overall I did enjoy using this product.

However, I wouldn’t repurchase it. Not everyone needs a 10% Niacinamide Serum. Niacinamide works well even at 4-5%. As someone is who trying to minimize my skincare routine, I wouldn’t invest in an exclusive Niacinamide Serum unless I have a major acne problem & excess oil production which isn’t the case for my combination skin. Most products tend to have Niacinamide as one of their ingredients.

Rating: 4/5

Price*: ₹538 for 30ml

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5. The Derma Co Ceramide + HA Intense Face Moisturizer

 The Derma Co Ceramide + HA I

Product Type: Supercharged with Ceramides & HA, it is a face moisturizer that claims to lock in moisture for up to 72 hours.

Ideal For: Normal & Combination Skin Types.

Texture: It has a rich gel-cream texture. It’s quite thick in consistency.

Fragrance: It has fragrance added to it. It is on the last ingredient list, so it must be in a small percentage. Nonetheless, it has a barely noticeable fragrance. It could easily pass off as an unscented product.

My Experience:

This moisturizer is marketed for dry skin types. In my experience, I feel it might be less nourishing for dry skin types. On the other hand, it might be heavy for oily skin types.

I have combination skin with dry cheeks and oily T zone and I felt that it wasn’t moisturizing enough for my cheeks. However, it worked better with a hydrating toner underneath. It locked in the moisture and my skin felt nicely hydrated. I just needed a pea size for my face and neck. It blends and gets absorbed very quickly. It has a mattifying effect on the skin and is non-sticky. I loved how lightweight it was on my skin.

The moisturizer has 3 types of ceramides and cholesterol, all of which are great for soothing and strengthening the skin barrier. However, it should be noted that they are in very small percentages, occupying the last part of the ingredient list, coming after phenoxyethanol. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that’s used at 1%. All the good ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, oat flour, and panthenol, come after the preservative.

The Derma Co Moisturizer is often compared with the Re’equil Ceramide & Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer which comes at half the price of this. Overall, it’s a pretty decent moisturizer for combination to dry skin during summer & monsoon.

Rating: 3.8/5

Price*: ₹313 for 50gm

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6. The Derma Co 1% Hyaluronic Acid Sunscreen Aqua Gel

The Derma Co Hyaluronic Acid Sunscreen

Product Type: It’s a lightweight, fragrance-free sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against UV damage.

Ideal For: All Skin Types.

Texture: White, medium-consistency gel cream.

Fragrance: Free from added fragrance. It’s odorless with no smell at all.

My Experience:

This sunscreen, very much, lives up to its claim of being light on the skin. It’s the best sunscreen that feels like a moisturizer – blends and absorbs easily, leaving the skin moisturized with absolutely no white cast at all.

I don’t need a separate moisturizer for my combination skin during the summer. It’s a great one-and-done morning product for me. I use a big blob of sunscreen right after washing my face with water.

If I use a lot more, it does feel a tad bit heavy/sweaty on very hot days. Otherwise, it’s just perfect. Letting it set properly before stepping out can solve this problem easily.

It’s easy to wash off at the end of the day. I didn’t need double cleansing – just a good foaming face wash was more than enough.

I use this mainly for everyday indoor use to protect my skin from the sunlight that comes through my windows. I also use it for a quick ten-minute morning walk and while running short outdoor errands. And it’s great at protecting my skin. I haven’t tanned as far as I’ve noticed – though many people say that’s if offers weak protection.

Overall, it’s one of the best products I’ve tried from Derma Co. Just give it a try – it has the potential to become one’s holy grail sunscreen.

My Rating: 4.8/5

Price*: ₹531 for 80gm

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Is The Derma Co a Good Brand?

I’m amazed by the number of products they have in their portfolio and the frequent launches of new products now and then. I was skeptical about the brand, in the beginning, but surprisingly I had a decent experience with it. However, I do feel that their products are replaceable. The Indian market is saturated with so many active-based products and this brand just falls under that category. The pricing is decent, not very highly-priced, and is often available at discounts. Some products have the potential to become one’s HG (Holy Grail).

Check out the full list of products.

The Derma Co Products List

The Derma Co Products

1. Face Washes

  1. 1% Salicylic Acid Ge Face Wash: Witch Hazel Deeply cleanses & exfoliates, Controls oil production and Helps reduce new acne.
  2. 3% Niacinamide Foaming Face Wash: Reduces acne marks, and dark spots and evens skin tone & texture.
  3. 3% AHA BHA Foaming Face Wash: Exfoliates for brighter skin, Fades blemishes, and Controls acne.
  4. Creamy Face Cleanser: Soap-free, fragrance-free, gentle cleanser for sensitive skin.

2. Toners

  1. 5% Niacinamide Face Toner: Unclogs & tightens pores, corrects uneven skin tone and regulates sebum production.
  2. 7% Glycolic Acid Toner: Gently exfoliates, Brightens & Refines skin texture, Soothes & Hydrates skin.

3. Face Treatment Creams

  1. 2% Kojic Acid Cream: For pigmentation, discolorations, dark spots & uneven skin tone.
  2. 10% Lactic Acid Cream: Gentle Exfoliator, diminishes dullness and pigmentation.
  3. Fruit AHA Skin Revitalizer: Contains natural AHA to treat Acne and Pimple marks.

4. Moisturizers

  1. Squalane & Zinc Oil-Free Moisturizer: For Normal & Oily Skin. Fights dryness and controls excess sebum.
  2. 1% Salicylic Acid Oil Free Moisturizer: With Oat Extract. The lightweight formula fights active acne and deeply moisturizes skin.
  3. Ceramide & HA Intense Moisturizer: Locks in moisture & calms irritated skin.
  4. 3% Vitamin E Face Moisturizer: With Lactic Acid. Quick absorbing, makes skin soft & supple, nurtures and calms dry damaged skin.
  5. 5% Niacinamide Face Cream SPF 20: Reduce blemishes & acne marks, provides a healthy glow & protects against UV rays.
  6. 25% Vitamin C Matte Face Moisturizer SPF 20: With Feluric Acid. Fights dark spots promote radiant skin, reduces radical damage and discolorations

5. Sunscreens

  1. Ultra Matte Sunscreen Gel: SPF 60 PA+++: Hybrid sunscreen with an oil-free, lightweight matte formula.
  2. 1% Hyaluronic Sunscreen Aqua Gel: SPF 50 PA++++: Hybrid sunscreen with a nongreasy hydrating formula.
  3. Pure Zinc Matte Sunscreen Gel: SPF 30 PA+++: Mineral-based sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin.

6. Face Serums

  1. 10% Niacinamide Serum: with Cica Water & Zinc, to reduce acne marks & calm redness.
  2. 15% Niacinamide Serum: with Zinc, to fight acne and fade acne marks.
  3. 2% Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum: For Skin Hydration and Barrier Repair.
  4. 5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum: For Intense Hydration and to Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines.
  5. 10% Vitamin C Serum with 5% Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid: Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Based. Brightens, smoothens, and firms skin.
  6. 20% Vitamin C Serum: Ethyl Ascorbic Acid based. To fight hyperpigmentation, brighten & even out skin tone.
  7. 2% Salicylic Acid Serum: Unclog pores, treat acne & acne marks, and remove blackheads & whiteheads
  8. 10% Azelaic Acid Serum: For uneven skin tone and reduced dark spots.
  9. 2% Alpha Arbutin Face Serum: Reduce dark spots & blemishes, control melanin production and prevent premature aging.
  10. 2% Glutathione Face Serum: with Traxaenamic Acid. To brighten skin tone and improve overall complexion.
  11. 2% Kojic Acid Face Serum: with 1% Alpha Arbutin & Niacinamide. To fade dark spots, fight pigmentation and improve skin discoloration.
  12. 10% PHA Face Serum: with Gluconolactone & Hyaluronic Acid. For dull and uneven skin tone, to genlty exoliate, minimize pores and brighten skin.
  13. 2% Granactive Retinoid Seum: For Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Improves Uneven skin texture.
  14. 0.3%Retinol Serum: For Anti Aging, Gentle Exfoliation and Spotless Skin.
  15. 0.1% Retinol Serum: with stabilized Vitamin C for anti aging and treating hyperpigmentation.
  16. 3% Collagen + Peptide Face Serum: with Collagen & Copper Tripeptides. To reduce signs of aging and boost skin radiance.
  17. 4% Vitamin E Face Serum: with Olive Extract. Non greasy feather light formula to reduce dryness and flaky skin.
  18. 100% Squalane Serum: To lock in moisture, for Deep Hydration & improve elasticity & firmness.
  19. 5% Caffeine Under Eye Serum: To correct dark circles & puffiness, minimize signs of stress & aging.

7. Face Masks

  1. 2% Salicylic Acid Face Mask: Clay based face mask to treat acne and reduce inflammation.
  2. 5% Niacinamide Clay Face Mask: Clay mask to treat acne marks, control excess sebum and improve skin tone.

8. Serum Sheet Masks

All are fragrance-free.

  1. 1% Kojic Acid & Arbutin Sheet Mask: For dark spots & pigmentation.
  2. 1.5%AHA +BHA Sheet Mask: Exfoliating sheet mask with Glycolic Acid & Willow Bark for Oily Acne Prone Skin.
  3. 1% Salicylic Acid Sheet Mask: With Allantoin to treat active acne.
  4. 1% Collagen + Peptide Sheet Mask: Hydrating sheet mask for plump and tight skin.
  5. 5% Niacinamide Serum Sheet Mask: With Allantoin to face marks for oily skin.

9. Peeling Solution

10-minute weekly exfoliation to boost collagen, refine texture & restore radiance.

  1. 15% AHA+1% BHA Beginner Face Peeling Solution: 5% Glycolic Acid, 5% Lactic Acid, 5% Mandelic Acid and 1% Salicylic Acid.
  2. 30% AHA + 2% BHA Peeling Solution: 10% Glycolic Acid, 10% Lactic Acid, 10% Mandelic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid.

10. Haircare

  1. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: With Climbazole to treat dandruff, relieve itchy scalp & restore scalp pH.
  2. 1% Climabzole Gel Cream: Treats dandruff, controls itch and scalp irritation.
  3. Anti Dandruff Hair Oil: Treats dandruff, reduce itch, nourishes and hydrates scalp.
  4. Multi Peptide Hair Serum: To treat hair loss and promote hair growth.

11. Sugar Free Effervescent Tablets

  1. 500 mg Glutathione Effervescent Tablets with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C: For skin illumination. Pineapple flavour.
  2. 1000 mg Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets: For Skin Radiance. Orange flavour.
  3. 250 mg Curcumin Effervescent Tablets With Curcumin & Black Pepper: For glowing skin and general well being. Mango flavour.
  4. 250 mg Collagen Effervescent Tablet: Delays signs of aging and improve overall skin health. Strawberry favour.

The above was the consolidated list of The Derma Co Products available. Have you tried these?

Share your favourites and experience with them in the comments section below.