SculptMedix by DermalMedix Review: Is It Worth It?
SculptMedix is an anti-aging face and neck cream that claims to reduce skin sagging and wrinkling to give your skin a younger, more vibrant look.
The key to this cream’s supposed effectiveness is its inclusion of something called epidermal growth factor (EGF), a “Nobel Prize winning technology” that helps your skin repair itself.
SculptMedix is part of the DermalMedix skincare line whose founder is Dr. David Watts, a Los Angeles-based doctor. According to DermalMedix’s website, Watts is a board-certified plastic surgeon and an Army vet. His brand is responsible for other skincare products include VeinMedix, CrepeMedx, and Footmedix.
In this review, we’re going to talk about how the SculptMedix works, highlight the ingredients the product’s website says are important, talk about EGF and then review the pricing and return policies. We’ll also take a few minutes to compare SculptMedix to other anti-aging creams.
How SculptMedix Works
According to the product’s website, applying the cream is a pretty simple process. You’ll want to clean and dry your skin first. Then, take a dime-sized amount of the cream and apply it to your neck and face twice a day. The product's directions say you’ll want to use an “upward circular motion” to rub the cream into your skin.
These twice-a-day treatments should, the SculptMedix site says:
- Firm and lift your skin
- Tone down fine lines and wrinkles
- Help your body make collagen
These claimed benefits materialize based on the ingredients included in a jar of SculptMedix. In fact, DermalMedix says that three main ingredients are responsible for the anti-aging properties they say the cream has:
- Sodium hyaluronate
Each one of these ingredients has a certain set of benefits that DermalMedix assigned to them. For example, they say that EGF “increases blood flow, supports skin cell regeneration and promotes collagen production”.
They say that oligosaccharides “give you immediate lifting and tightening effects” and that sodium hyaluronate makes your skin supple and moisturizes it.
Pro tip: Each jar of cream is 2.1 fl. Oz. and should last you around 30 days.
EGF, Oligosaccharides and Sodium Hyaluronate: What the Science Says
We were curious about what the science says about how SculptMedix’s three main ingredients can help your skin, so we did some research to find out what doctors and research says.
EGF has a promising background – its discovery by a pair of scientists was one reason those scientists won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel Assembly noted that the EGF and nerve growth factor the scientists discovered could help “increase our understanding of many diseases starts such as developmental malformations, degenerative changes in senile dementia, delayed wound healing and tumor diseases.”
As such, EGF’s benefits are most often associated with wound healing. We were able to find out, however, one study that indicates that EGF’s were able to reduce wrinkles and pore size as well as improve skin texture in a test group of 29 30-year-olds. What’s not known, however, is the concentration of the cream used in the test or if the EGF used was the same as what you’ll find in SculptMedix.
Furthermore, an article from Bravo TV in which reporter Wendy Rose Gold spoke with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch indicated the EGF’s anti-aging effect was unknown.
“There is no question whether EGF plays a crucial role in wound healing, but there is still ongoing research into its role in improving overall skin quality, reducing wrinkles, and minimizing dark spots,” Weitzbuch was quoted as saying. “The only question is how to get EGF into the skin with topical application. Also, the products that are available don’t always have a very active version of the molecule.”
Oligosaccharides are particular types of carbohydrates that are found in several of SculptMedix’s ingredients, including chicory. WebMD notes that some people use a chicory paste to reduce skin swelling and inflammation but the site doesn’t mention anything about chicory’s effectiveness in day-to-day anti-aging regiments.
Sodium hyaluronate is the final main ingredient in SculptMedix. According to Drugs.com, the most common uses for this ingredient are for joint pain, as its primary function is to keep joints lubricated. The site did not indicate any uses for skincare.
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Side Effects of the Ingredients in SculptMedix
As far as we could tell through our research of the ingredients in this anti-aging cream, the possibility of side effects is low.
The major concerns we read about were regarding injectable doses of sodium hyaluronate, not topical applications of a cream. Mayo Clinic notes that common reactions to sodium hyaluronate include itchy skin, blue or purple patches on the skin and other non-skin related issues.
Pricing and Return Policy for ScupltMedix
At the time of publishing, you could buy SculptMedix for the following prices:
- One jar: $80 and free shipping
- Two jars: $144 and free shipping
- Three jars: $204 and free shipping
DermaMedix says that the product comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. They say that you can make your return with “no questions asked.”
Based on our research of the fine print, we found that the 90-day deadline starts from the day the cream leaves the shipping facility.
If you make a return request within those 90 days, you have to contact their customer service department to start your return. You can contact DermaMedix at 800-425-0243.
How SculptMedix Compares to Other Anti-Aging Creams
Anti-aging creams featuring EGF aren’t quite as plentiful as those that use popular ingredients like hyaluronic acid and retinol.
We were able, however, to do a quick Google search and find two competing EGF creams:
- DHC Care EGF Cream: $89 for 1.2 ounces
- Bioeffect EGF Serum: $160 for 0.5 ounces
The big difference between these two products and SculptMedix is pricing and EGF concentration. You get nearly twice as much SculptMedix for the same price as DHC’s cream and about four times the cream as you get in serum from Bioeffect.
We took a look the ingredients for each of these products and found that DHC contains EGF as well as hyaluronic acid, a popular moisturizing ingredient in many types of skin creams and serums. Bioeffect’s serum has only seven ingredients, which means their focus seems to be on maximizing the amount of EGF in their product.
If it’s EGF you want for your skin, Bioeffect seems to be the better choice purely because EGF seems to be the most prominent anti-aging cream but the price could be prohibitive for some. This is where SculptMedix provides a more affordable option.
It’s hard to say if SculptMedix is a better choice than DHC, mainly because DHC doesn’t say how long one jar is supposed to last. Assuming you use the same amount as you would in the DermalMedix product, it will last half as long.
The Final Word: Pros and Cons of Using SculptMedix
Based on the research we’ve done in this review, we believe there are some distinct advantages and disadvantages to using SculptMedix.
First, the cream’s price is competitive when set against what’s available from other EGF creams. Still, at $89, a 30-day supply could be cost-prohibitive for those on a budget who are looking for an affordable anti-aging cream.
The main downside to the cream, we believe, is that it uses ingredients whose anti-aging properties have yet to generate a lot of confirming research. EGF can help with wounds but the proverbial jury is still out regarding how effective it is in rejuvenating your skin. Research of the other two main ingredients didn’t reveal much from reputable medical websites.
So, as you make your decision about whether or not SculptMedicx is right for you, it’s important to understand that research shows EGF’s effectiveness for anti-aging skin treatment isn’t definitive. Also, keep in mind that DermaMedix says that their anti-aging face and neck cream can produce results within one jar’s worth of use but that “it’s very difficult to predict exactly when you will begin to see results.”
If you want to learn more about creams like DermaMedix, take a few minutes to read through our guide to anti-aging creams. We talk about how effective different ingredients are and if, given the research and pricing, it’s worth it to invest money in anti-aging creams.