The Story of SkinMedica®

Our founders began a revolution in skin health that continues to fuel the scientific research, innovation, and transformative results for which SkinMedica® is known.

“The most rewarding part of what we do is watching the changes in a patient’s self-esteem and happiness” – Dr. Fitzpatrick, Dermatologist & Co-Founder of SkinMedica®


The Patients and Physicians We Serve are at the Center of Everything We Do

Inspired by their patients seeking healthier looking skin, SkinMedica® was founded by pioneers in the science of skin rejuvenation. Our co-founder, the renowned dermatologist Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, had a vision to develop a better way to slow the aging process and unlock the potential of the skin to heal from within; and in 1999, the groundbreaking scientifically based skin care line called SkinMedica® was born.

Looking Forward

You can’t go back in time, but SkinMedica® will continue to develop products that work with your skin to correct the damage of the past and prepare it for the future. Our science is complex, but the results are simple.

In 1999, the groundbreaking scientifically based skin care line called SkinMedica® was born.


Launched Dermal Repair Cream, an ultra rich moisturizer that helps prevent moisture loss and improve skin smoothness to restore your skin's natural beauty


Began the development of growth factor technology with a patent issued for TNS – Tissue Nutrient Solution – a revolution in age defense science


Launched TNS Recovery Complex®, creating the first topical Growth Factors solution—pioneering the creation of the entire category


Launched TNS Essential Serum® combining the strength of TNS Recovery Complex® with antioxidants and peptides to create an all-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment


SkinMedica® introduced a topical retinol product to renew skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines with clinical cosmetic efficacy equal to 0.025% tretinoin



SkinMedica® Aesthetic Clinic was established for cosmetic chemists and scientists to conduct studies focused on the development of effective and innovative skin care products


SkinMedica® became an Allergan brand, to further identify and develop revolutionary products and innovation rooted in science

SkinMedica® started to focus on investing in skin biology through pre-clinical studies to understand complex biological systems and ensure the highest skin care quality


Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex re-envisioned the category without the use of hydroquinone to correct the appearance of dark spots and promote a more even complexion

Launched Retinol Complex to enhance skin tone, texture, and resiliency


Introduced our customers and partners to Brilliant Distinctions® and Allergan Partner Privileges® to reward their loyalty



SkinMedica® raised the standard in sun protection with the launch of Total Defense + Repair, a revolutionary superscreen that goes beyond UV protection to defend against harmful infrared rays while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself

Moved our headquarters to Irvine to capitalize on resources and infrastructure within our Allergan network that include a SkinMedica® clinical research site and laboratories


Launched HA5® Rejuvenating Hydrator, a product that provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health


Launched Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum, an advanced product formulated to address the appearance of stubborn skin discoloration for a variety of skin types and ethnicities.


Launched regiMEN, the essential skin care system for men.

Protection Collection

Protection and rejuvenation for
all skin types.

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Introducing a new chapter in
skin hydration with HA5®.

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Pioneering the
Development of
Growth Factors

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CAUTION: Do not use Retinol Complex if you are pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant. Mild redness, peeling, and irritation are expected when using this product. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week following discontinuation.

CAUTION: GlyPro products used together may cause irritation.

Sunburn alert: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, AHA/BHA Cream, Rejuvenative Toner, and all GlyPro products contain an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using these products and for a week following discontinuation.


Most SkinMedica® products are intended to meet the FDA’s definition of a cosmetic product, an article applied to the human body to cleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness, and alter appearances. These SkinMedica® products are not intended to be drug products that diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. These products have not been approved by the FDA, and the statements here have not been evaluated by the FDA.

SkinMedica® TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR Broad Spectrum Sunscreens (SPF 34, SPF 34 Tinted, and SPF 50+) and Essential Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreens (Everyday Clear SPF 47, Mineral Shield Tinted SPF 32, and Mineral Shield SPF 35) are over-the-counter drug products that are formulated and marketed pursuant to the FDA’s governing regulations set forth at 21 CFR Part 352.

The PA rating system is used in Japan to classify UVA protection and is not an FDA requirement on sunscreens sold in the U.S.

SkinMedica® Purifying Foaming Wash is an over-the-counter drug product that is formulated and marketed pursuant to the FDA’s governing regulations set forth at 21 CFR Part 333 Subpart D.

Not all products are available in Canada. Subject to change at any time without prior notice.

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