With Dermacut I am treading unfamiliar ground, given how this product is not the kind of weight-loss supplement one is required to ingest. Rather, this is one of those topical fat-burning formulas, which seem to be ubiquitous these days, despite the shaky science supporting the very concept on which they are based. In order for something like this to work, the active ingredients of the compound need to be absorbed through the skin, then delivered to the adipose tissue under the skin, where they can begin working their magic.
Those who know a thing or two about biochemistry and about how certain compounds are absorbed through the skin, understand the true temerity behind any claims regarding such an accomplishment. It is indeed something extremely difficult to achieve, which is the reason why the science-jury is still out on the issue of topical fat burners.
What exactly does Dermacut promise though?
As you can see, it is made out to be the perfect, one-size-fits-all, effective, targeted and preventive local fat-loss solution, which goes above and beyond its already bold promises, exerting a variety of benefic effects on the skin too. Oddly enough, it is this part of the litany of promises which may indeed hold some water in the real world.
A single 4 oz. bottle of Dermacut will set you back $35, but will it indeed make you lighter in spots other than your wallet?
The Dermacut Sales Pitch
The Dermacut website features a rather standard homepage, with a YouTube video at the top, extolling the virtues of the promoted product. The video itself has only been liked once and disliked twice at YouTube, and there are no relevant comments on it. It is supposedly aimed at giving potential users an insight into how the compound works, but if that is indeed its goal, it is safe to say that it comes up spectacularly short.
Other than that, we have the usual mix of various unsubstantiated claims and stock pictures, seasoned with a handful of not-even-remotely-convincing user "success stories".
The main poster-models of the site have been used to push various fitness-related and other products by scores of websites.
Did he build those abs with Dermacut? Hm...NOPE. What about her?
Not by a long-shot. This last picture sums up the story of the entire homepage wonderfully…
Further down the line, the copy claims that Dermacut's alleged effects are backed by "Rigorous Scientific Research", and then offers no proof in this regard whatsoever. Needless to say, my efforts to rouse something up in this regard by the power of Google and other search engines, were met with failure.
Dermacut.com claims that the product is manufactured in FDA-approved facilities in the US, so I decided to try to dig a little deeper in this regard. Live support tried to lead me down a couple of fake trails before squarely admitting that they would not tell me who the actual manufacturer is.
First, they mentioned their distributor, then a certain Oxygenic Research - of which there is no trace online - and then simply admitted that they wouldn't give me the information, as you can see above.
While smearing something onto your belly may not be as potentially disastrous as actually ingesting an unknown compound, knowing where it is made and by whom can never hurt one bit…
The Dermacut Ingredient Profile
This is where all the magic behind the spectacular touted effects of the formula should be revealed - if indeed, we were dealing with something revolutionary in the product. Unfortunately, this is instead where the veil of lies, half-truths and skillfully constructed sales pitches falls apart for good. The website section at Dermacut.com dedicated for the ingredient profile of the product, manages to keep us in the dark for a little while longer, though the actual ingredient-profile, off the product label, comes clean, acting almost as a genuine admission of guilt.
The said ingredient section mentions Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane, in addition to "Adiposlim" and "Adipoless", a couple of proprietary formulas, which are claimed to put fat cells into a "dormant state" and maintain them there, in addition to having very anti-fat-ish and slightly mysterious-sounding names. What could be in these formulas? Provided the ingredient-list on the label is indeed correct, the answer to that is absolutely nothing special.
At a closer look, and after a bit of research, it becomes obvious that what we're looking at is nothing more than a sorry collection of some mundane cosmetic compounds, some of which may be mildly toxic, but which overall achieve little more than to make the targeted skin area softer and more pleasant to the touch.
Let us browse through this list of shame though, and see what those scientifically sounding names hide.
Let's get water and the synthetic dyes out of the way from the get go. According to EWG, both FD&C Red 40 and FD&C Blue 1 are relatively safe to use, in cosmetic products, and even food. That is somewhat surprising, given how they are synthetic dyes produced from petroleum, used without a doubt to make Dermacut more visually appealing and to perhaps trigger something of a placebo effect in users. After all, a plain, colorless substance would not look quite as potentially effective as a bright red/blue one.
Hyaluronic Acid is up next. Long recognized in cosmetics as a wrinkle-fighting agent, the topical efficiency of the compound is somewhat debatable. It is present naturally in animal bones/ligament, and it is most potent when actually ingested in that form. Does it have any kind of fat-burning abilities? Nope.
According to EWG, Squalane is a skin- and hair conditioning agent. Is it good for topical fat burning? No one seems to have ever considered such an application for the compound.
Emulsifying Wax NF is used to keep water and oil from separating in various cosmetic creams and lotions. Despite the fact that there are some mild concerns regarding its safety, it is widely used in the cosmetic industry.
Cyclomethicone is a similarly popular agent, acting as an emollient, humectant and viscosity controller. Its anti-static effects make it a popular ingredient of hair conditioning products.
Sorbitan Laurate is also but an emulsifying agent. Lauroyl Proline is also used for various skin-protecting, hair-conditioning products.
Bytylene Glycol - as presented on the label - does not exist. Butylene Glycol on the other hand, is a widely used fragrance- and skin conditioning agent.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative, as well as a fragrance ingredient, which is mildly unsafe.
Ethylhexylglycerin is a deodorant as well as skin-conditioner.
Surely, Chenodium Quinoa Seed (or rather: Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract) is what triggers the magical fat-burning process...um...not really: it turns out it's nothing more than yet another skin-conditioning agent.
Given the above dissected ingredient-profile, it is safe to say that Dermacut will most probably NOT burn any fat off your problem areas. It will however leave your skin well-conditioned and wrinkle (possibly even stretch-mark)-free. For $35, that's a little steep though...