Update 9/9/22. Beverly Hills MD Dermal Repair Complex is touted to reverse skin aging from the inside out. The supplement contains an interesting list of ingredients but the real question is does it work – reduce wrinkles – or is it a scam? Is this supplement legit? In this review, you'll see the ingredients in the Dermal Repair complex, the company behind the supplement, and the research on the ingredients. You will also learn about the possible side effects of this supplement too.
The Dermal Repair Complex by Beverly Hills MD is supposed to target signs of aging from the inside and provide the following benefits:
- Targets the hormonal imbalances that cause visible aging
- Reduces the appearance of skin sagging or drooping
- Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and skin dullness
- Protects and enhances skin elasticity
- Improve the strength and quality of hair and nails
Here is a promotional video the company created
Who Makes It?
The company is called Beverly Hills MD. The company address listed is 8383 Wilshire Blvd #800 Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2440. The founders of the company are cosmetic surgeons Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour. They are also the founders of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group. The address to their plastic surgery group is different than for their supplements. Either way, this company really IS located in Beverly Hills. The company seems reputable and the Better Business Bureau gave the company a rating of A when this review was updated. See the BBB file for updates.
Beverly Hills MD Customer Service
Call Customer Service: 877- 828- 5528.
Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Complex Research
Are there any clinical studies on this supplement that prove it repairs, lifts, and smooths skin to make it look better? No clinical studies on the supplement can be located. The website for the supplement company lists no clinical proof the supplement does what it's claimed to do. But that doesn't mean it doesn't work. Let's look at the ingredients in Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Complex next.
Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Complex Ingredients
So what are the ingredients? Two capsules of the supplement contain the following ingredients and amounts:
|Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Vitamin A||300 mcg RAE||33% DV|
|Thiamin||10 mg||833% DV|
|Riboflavin||10 mg||769 % DV|
|Niacin||50 mg||313% DV|
|Vitamin B6||10 mg||588% DV|
|Folic acid||1333 mcg DFE||333% DV|
|Biotin||20 mg||400% DV|
|Pantothenic acid||20 mg||400% DV|
|Dermal Repair Complex composed of the following||620 mg||N/A|
|Wild yam root extract|
- mcg = micrograms
- DFE = dietary folate equivalants.
The supplement also has these other ingredients:
- Rice brain
Neither of these ingredients plays a role in the benefits of the supplement.
Dermal Repair Complex Ingredient Summaries
From the ingredients above you can see the Dermal Repair Complex supplement provides a LOT of B vitamins. Most people however are not lacking in B vitamins. One possible exception is folic acid which is found in fruits and vegetables. Let's next look at the skin health research on the other ingredients.
Biotin is often found in hair growth supplements. Deficiency in biotin can lead to a skin rash, as well as brittle nails and hair loss. While there have been some reports of this occurring, deficiency in biotin is rare.
Also called vitamin B5, pantothenic acid has been shown to help acne. In one study a supplement called Pantothen, containing 2200 mg of pantothenic acid was shown to reduce acne after 12 weeks. of use. The supplement used in the study contained other vitamins similar to the Dermal Repair Complex although in lesser amounts.
This is the first ingredient in the Dermal Repair proprietary blend so it makes up most of the 620 mg. Collagen is an important part of hair, skin, and nails. There are 29 different types of collagen. The main types are called:
- Type I
- Type II
- Type III
Type I and or type III collagen are found in high concentrations in the skin. Collagen is one of the few sources of hydroxyproline, an amino acid needed to make collagen. There is also evidence hydroxyproline consumed can make it into the blood, where, in theory, it may be used to support collagen synthesis. Sounds good, but is there any proof taking collagen supplements helps erase wrinkles? Yes. As I pointed out in this video, there is some evidence. See the video for before and after pictures.
What's The Best Type of Collagen?
Collagen & Wrinkles: The Proof
Which Collagen Supplements Work?
If you are trying to save money, these collagen supplements have been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in clinical studies:
Obviously, results will vary. Factors to consider include the deepness of wrinkles and lifestyle factors that can make the supplements less effective. Some of these lifestyle factors include excessive sun exposure, smoking, not eating well, and alcohol abuse.
For more insights see the review on glucosamine and wrinkles.
Saw palmetto is a popular ingredient in skin and hair supplements -and ironically prostate supplements.. Saw palmetto contains beta-sitosterol, a compound that can inhibit an enzyme called 5 alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts testosterone into DHT. The DHT hormone is thought to contribute to hair loss.
So by blocking DHT, saw palmetto/beta-sitosterol might help hair grow. This is how some hair growth drugs work too. One supplement with several hair-growth clinical studies is called Viviscal. See that review.
Niacin (vitamin B3) is a vasodilator. This is what causes the well-known niacin flush to occur. The flush might temporarily make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Niacin also has anti-inflammatory effects that may benefit the skin.
There are several forms of niacin. One form, called niacinamide, has been studied to see if it helps wrinkles. Topical creams of niacinamide have been shown to reduce red spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
Another form of niacin, called nicotinamide riboside is rumored to have anti-aging effects by boosting NAD+ levels in cells. NAD+ levels decline with age. Raising cellular levels might protect skin cells but more study is needed to know for sure.
MSM is a source of sulfur which is used to make collagen and hyaluronic acid as well as the amino acid, methionine. MSM also appears to have anti-inflammation effects which might also benefit healthy skin.
So can MSM help reduce wrinkles? Maybe. In one study, researchers noted that taking 3000 mg of an MSM supplement improved skin firmness and reduced wrinkles and skin roughness compared to a placebo. This study used a supplement called Opti MSM.
Wild Yam Root Extract
Wild yam has phytoestrogen effects. But the bigger question is what extract of wild yam is being used? We are not told. Could it be diosgenin, which may help balance sex hormones by being converted to DHEA and progesterone in the body?
DHEA has a long reputation for being anti-aging. DHEA is involved in the formation of estrogen, progesterone (and testosterone). Progesterone and estrogen have wide-reaching effects in the body. But it will be necessary to know which wild yam extract is in the supplement to discuss this ingredient in more detail.
This ingredient is very popular in skin supplements and creams. Hyaluronic acid holds in water so it helps maintain skin moisture. This is why its found in so many skin creams. Both Juvederm and Restylane contain hyaluronic acid. Dermatologists use these drugs as fillers to plump up skin making wrinkles less noticeable.
But what about supplements? Do they work too? In one study researchers noted a hyaluronic acid supplement improved skin elasticity, hydration, and reduced wrinkles in middle-aged and older women after just 40 days. The supplement used in this study (called Regulatpro Hyaluron ) contained 90 mg of hyaluronic acid. The supplement also contained biotin, vitamin C, copper, and zinc too.
Most hyaluronic acid anti-wrinkle research involves creams. While some evidence exists for supplements, more studies need to be done to know for sure how effective it is.
Silica is a source of silicon, the 3rd most abundant trace mineral in the body. Silicon is found in hair, skin, and nails. Preliminary research suggests silicon plays a role in collagen synthesis and skin elasticity. Natural sources of silica include oatmeal fruits and vegetables, soda, and even beer. Most people tend to consume 10-25 mg of silica per day through dietary sources. Silicon is not considered a dietary supplement but supplements may contain it.
Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Before & After
Various before and after pictures can be found on Youtube and social media. Some appear to be of younger women who may not have many wrinkles, to begin with. Consider discounting testimonials from people in their 20s. The BeverlyHillsMD website also has some interesting before and after pictures. Here is a video from the Heal With Heidi YouTube Channel worth taking a look at:
On the flip side, some Amazon reviews have said the supplement did not work even after several months. Like most anti-wrinkle treatments, results will vary.
How Much Does It Cost?
Prices listed on BeverlyHillsMD.com were as follows:
- 1 bottle: $58
- 2 bottles: $54
- 3 bottles: $50
The company offers free shipping on domestic orders over $39.
Each bottle has 60 capsules. The recommended dosage is 2 capsules a day. So 1 bottle will last you a month.
The Dermal Repair Complex supplement comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee for items ordered through its website. The 90 days begins the day the supplements are shipped from the company -not when you receive your order.
To return the supplements, you need to call Beverly Hills MD customer support and obtain a return authorization number. Customer service can be reached by calling 877- 828- 5528.
1 Will it help hair and nail growth?
The supplement isn't a hair growth supplement but it does contain ingredients like biotin that may help support healthy hair and nails. Saw palmetto may help hair growth by lowering DHT levels.
2 How do you take it?
Take two capsules with 8 oz of water, preferably with food.
3 Can it be used by men?
If the supplement works, anti-wrinkle effects should occur in both men and women. For older men, the saw palmetto might also benefit their prostate. One thing to consider is the supplement contains a good amount of folic acid. Some evidence suggests high doses of folic acid raise prostate cancer risk. See the side effects section.
4 Is it non-GMO?
Yes. The Dermal Repair complex is made without genetically modified organisms (it's non-GMO), cruelty-free, gluten-free and it's soy-free as well.
5 Does it cause weight gain?
None of the ingredients in the Dermal Repair Complex should lead to you gaining weight. While this outcome is probably rare, in theory, it may depend on whether you are premenopausal or post-menopause, have hypothyroidism, or have other health issues. It may also depend on what kind of phytoestrogen you are taking – soy, vs. wild yam, etc.
While the risk of gaining weight may be low for most, consider starting with less than recommended for the first week or two and monitoring your body weight to see if it occurs with you.
6 Does it raise female hormone levels?
There is no evidence the Dermal Repair Complex raises estrogen, progesterone or other hormones. It takes clinical studies to know for sure and research on the supplement appears to be lacking. The best way to know if this is happening to you is to test your hormone levels before you try the supplement and a month or so later.
7 How long does it take to work?
If it works, it may take at least 3-6 months before you notice a difference. The effects you see will depend on how deep your wrinkles are and the degree of skin sagging you have.
Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Complex Side Effects
So, is it safe? The BeverlyHillsMD website doesn't mention any side effects. Side effects reported from reviewers on Amazon have included:
- Itchy rash
There may be other side effects on Amazon by the time you read this.
Here are some general things to consider when taking the Dermal Repair Complex. This list is not complete:
- Start with less for the first week
- Take the supplement with food
- Riboflavin may change your urine color to bright yellow
- Niacin may cause you to feel warm /cause a flushing rash. The effects are temporary
- Ask your doctor if you take any medications like blood thinners, hormone replacement therapy, or hypothyroidism medicine
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before surgery
- Some women criticize saw palmetto out of a fear it interferes with birth control pills. See the saw palmetto birth control review.
- Wild yam may have phytoestrogen effects. Some types of cancer may be affected by estrogen. Women with a history of cancer should speak to their doctor.
- Some research links high folic acid supplements may be linked to prostate cancer. In one 10 year study, 1 mg of folic acid raised the risk of prostate cancer. The Dermal Repair supplement contains 800 mcg folic acid.
Keep in mind there's no proof the Dermal Repair Complex causes any of these side effects. The list is theoretical based on the ingredients in the supplement.
What Do I Suggest?
While I'm not a dermatologist I've been researching supplements since the 1990s. These products may be worth taking a look at:
- Argireline. This is basically a botox cream. Clinical studies show arginine temporarily makes wrinkles less visible. The effect lasts for several hours.
- NeoStrata neck cream has been shown to firm neck cream. The supplement contains a compound called N-acetyl- glucosamine (NAG) which studies have shown firm the neck and make wrinkles less visible.
- The OptiMSM supplement has clinical research showing it reduces wrinkles and skin roughness when used for at least 3 months
- Viviscal for hair growth. Several studies have documented Viviscal regrows hair. It may work better when used with Minoxidil.
- Beta-Sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol is considered the key DHT blocking ingredient in saw palmetto. Some studies have shown beta-sitosterol can both help hair growth and treat prostate problems in men.
Argireline: Before & After Proof
Watch on my Youtube channel if you prefer.
Does Beverly Hills Dermal Repair Complex Work?
Despite the positive reviews, the supplement has some pros and cons. One big con is the price. It's expensive. While the ingredients in the Dermal Repair Complex seem logical for an anti-wrinkle supplement I'd like to see some clinical studies to know if it's worth the money. Since the supplement is designed by dermatologists, they have the unique ability to conduct a clinical trial and test the supplement themselves. If you are going to try it, remember results will vary. If it really works, it may take several months and effects may be best on fine lines and wrinkles.