When Jane Wurwand founded Dermalogica in 1986 she had spent the previous three years trying to fill what she saw as a void in American dermatology training: a lack of serious body and skin therapy education in the esthetician industry. What began as a small classroom in Marina del Rey has grown to thirty-seven worldwide locations operating under the banner of the International Dermal Institute. Wurwand founded Dermalogica to manufacture skin care products that matched her teaching by treating skin care as a health issue rather than simply a cosmetic one.

Dermalogica made waves by removing irritants from its products’ ingredients and by committing early on to only using ingredients that have not been animal-tested. Each and every Dermalogica product is overseen by a specialized skin therapist, which helps the company retain the high quality that is its hallmark. Today the company creates and manufactures everything from targeted topical treatments to spa-styled body therapy products.

Now in its twenty-fifth year of operation, Wurwand and Dermalogica are helping other woman entrepreneurs through a one-day Kiva promotion and every day with the Dermalogica Foundation. In partnership with Kiva, the San Francisco-based micro-loan site, Dermalogica funded four thousand loans to celebrate International Women’s Day. More significantly, Jane Wurwand created the Dermalogica Foundation in 1999 specifically to give women entrepreneurs the opportunity for growth.

The company does this not only through Kiva loans but through its Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE) program. FITE operates under the belief that the best way to improve the world is to improve the lives of the millions of marginalized women. It hopes to help more than 25,000 women in the next two years.

From changing the skin care industry to giving women entrepreneurs a hand up in the world, Dermalogica and Jane Wurwand remain leaders in the field.

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