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Why Busy Women Are Turning To Chinese Medicine For Their Go-To Skincare

Marrying the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine with scientifically backed formulas, Dermatology M is the beauty newcomer you need in your skincare regime.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been around for over 3,500 years and whilst we are always looking for new innovations in beauty, skincare aficionados are now taking heightened notice of the age-old wisdoms and holistic approach to beauty the ancient practice offers. Which is where new skincare brand Dermatology M comes in.

Mazin Al-Khafaji, founder of Dermatology M and world-renowned dermatologist, can be accredited as a pioneer of Chinese medicine in the western world. Having spent 30 years treating patients for some of the most common inflammatory skin conditions – including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and acne – with hand-blended ointments made in-clinic, he wanted to make these highly effective products accessible. And so, Dermatology M was born.

Each product harnesses the potency of natural active ingredients to soothe, calm, and treat skin. Formulas are on average 95% natural and cruelty-free. Free from synthetic colours, fragrances, and parabens, products are fitting for all skin types – especially those prone to flare-ups or inflammation.

Dermatology M asserts that there is a skincare regime suitable for everyone, offering 25 targeted formulas. Adopting a ‘field-to-patient’ approach, Dermatology M work directly with local farmers in China, extracting raw herbs in their purest concentration, before hand-blending them into small-batch formulas in their Sussex laboratory. The results of these efforts speak for themselves. Gentle-yet-potent tinctures, lotions, and creams which precisely treat skin with long-lasting results. Scroll down for CF’s edit of the brand’s hero products.

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This game-changing moisturiser is suitable for everyone, but especially those with hyper-sensitive skin. The unctuous emollient is deeply soothing, laced with aloe vera, chamomile, and bisabolol to calm and protect. A cocktail of cold-pressed evening primrose oil and organic safflower seed oil deliver long-lasting hydration. A true skincare multi-tasker, this cream can be used for the face and body, rendering skin plump and supple. This is one to pop in your weekend bag for your next adventure.


Whether you suffer with acne or the occasional breakout, this nifty gel delivers the skin confidence you need before a big event. With organic tea-tree oil, aloe vera, and lavender essential oil – alongside a concoction of natural acids – it diligently gets to work reducing the appearance of spots in a cooling and soothing formula. Top up with this discreet gel throughout the day and skin is left clear and calm, just how we like it.


Sufferers of psoriasis and eczema will benefit from this silky oil to mollify itchy scalps and restore hydration. The intelligent formula comprises red root extract to fortify skin, as well as bisabolol, chamomile, and ProVitamin B5 to calm and sooth. Rosemary essential oil revitalises the skin, whilst adding a beautiful fragrance to the ointment. The result? A flake-free comfortable scalp, and glossy hair that positively shimmers.


Irksome dry patches and inflamed skin don’t stand a chance with this powerfully calming hand and body cream. It naturally restores moisture to very dry and eczema-prone skin, offering not only a quick fix, but long-lasting moisture. Packed with skin-loving amur cork extract, Qing Dai, organic cold-pressed safflower, and borage seed oils, skin is soothed and restored. A true handbag stalwart for women on-the-go, this will combat the effects of overly stringent hand sanitising.


Who doesn't want a year-round glow? This hard-working mask delivers just that, brought to you with a potent combination of AHAs, liquorice root, and red root extract. It gently sloughs off dead skin cells, unblocks pores, and increases cell turnover. The addition of organic calendula and comfrey extracts also aids moisture retention for a plump, juicy complexion. Expect skin that is looks instantly brighter and well-rested, as if you've just jetted back from a beach holiday.


You simply can't expect to have good skin without a good cleanser, such as this gentle yet efficacious face wash. It comprises a balancing and brightening blend of natural actives, like honeysuckle and wild chrysanthemum extracts. Organic rose geranium and sweet orange essential oils leave skin soft – and also smelling divine –, adding a ritualistic quality to your skincare ritual. Use morning and night for maximum effect.


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