In the Mirror

Bruise Control

By Charlotte on September 15, 2013 1:00 AM

The things we do for beauty! After being diagnosed with the big C and having a double mastectomy in 2009, I went through a year's worth of procedures to rebuild my breasts. It was a pain (literally) but the girls ended up somewhat larger so at least I checked something off my beauty bucket list!

2009-05 SMU Graduation Charlotte-Cole-Bob2 350.jpgMay 2009, Bob and I watched our wonderful (says his mom!), one-and-only son Cole graduate from SMU. In June, I was diagnozed with breast cancer.

Or so I thought until recently when my plastic surgeon, Dr. Danielle LeBlanc, said we had more work to do. She could make the girls look more natural by taking fat from my thighs and using it to give my breasts a little boost (who knew that was even possible?!). Since I'm a cancer survivor, insurance would even help cover the cost so how could I say no?

After surgery, my thighs were trimmer and my breasts fuller (Yes!) but both were covered by horrible bruises. Sure, the deep purple splotches would heal in time but I wanted to speed up the process.

That's when I discovered DerMend's Moisturizing Bruise Formula. This thick cream targets dark discolorations and helps skin recover.


What the Experts Say

DerMend works to improve the appearance of bruised skin. This dermatologist-recommended formula contains ceramides, alpha hydroxy acid and retinol to help restore and repair skin's natural barrier.Bruise tube hi-res_001.jpg


What I Tested

I tried a 4.5-ounce tube of DerMend, which you can apply twice daily to bruised skin or as directed by your doctor.


What I like

Although my bruises didn't disappear overnight, I could see a difference within a few days of adding DerMend to my routine. Smaller bruises were gone within a week; larger ones proved more stubborn but DerMend helped fade them through a rainbow of colors from purples to greens to gone in about a month.

Although my bruising was extreme, I needed only about half a bottle of DerMend because a little goes a long way. Now, I like having it on hand because my thin skin bruises so easily that sometimes I don't even know how it happened. Besides working to lighten discolorations, this rich, yellowish cream helps moisturize sore skin and improve its texture.

This Boomer-rific bruise fighter helps rejuvenate and restore skin that's been through trauma like mine as well as skin impacted by medications (think blood thinners), sun exposure, genetics or simply getting older. I'm also thinking it would be handy after other cosmetic procedures on my wish list.  Botox, Juvederm, who knows what's in my future?

DerMend is non-irritating and fragrance-free so it's safe for sensitive skin. And you don't need a prescription to buy it.


On the Shelf

Available at CVS.com and select CVS stores.



$30 for a 4.5 ounce tube


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