Dermarus brand, Marin Skincare Lands 30K in Grants for Eczema Product

Marin Skincare, the flagship brand of Dermarus, Inc. has been awarded $30,000 in grants. The grants are for the launch of their new hydration cream used for soothing the skin conditions commonly associated with eczema. See the press release below.

Marin Skincare July 2020 Press Release

“Maine skincare startup using lobster glycoprotein ingredient lands $30k in grants to launch product for eczema”

Two recent UMaine biomedical engineering Master’s graduates Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding secured grant funding to launch skincare startup brand ‘Marin Skincare’, which was born from struggling to find a solution from their own eczema. Co-founder Amber Boutiette struggled with eczema for years, finally finding a very unique and very Maine solution – the glycoproteins found in lobster. These naturally abundant glycoproteins help maintain the skin’s barrier while hydrating skin, a versatile ingredient found to calm Boutiette’s eczema in a surprisingly gentle way.

“Our Marine Glycoproteins were the only thing that worked for me. After years of suffering with dry, irritated skin we made it our mission to bring this relief to others” said Boutiette. Marin Skincare’s mission it to bring gentle and effective skincare products, starring their new glycoprotein ingredient, to people with dry, aggravated skin (more information at

They have now developed their flagship Soothing Hydration cream product, which blends marine glycoproteins with skin hydrating and protecting ingredients (including hyaluronic acid, squalene, shea butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E), is free from skin irritants including fragrances and parabens, and is a rich formulation that soaks into the skin, leaving skin feeling supple and dewy.

“It was amazing to discover this new ingredient, it’s sustainably-sourced and naturally active. We made sure to have 3rd party studies performed to show this product is safe and non-irritating, which is really important to people with sensitive, temperamental skin. What was an unexpected surprise was how rich the formulation felt – not only did it help our eczema, but it soaks in and hydrates skin in a way you can really feel, and now it’s now replaced all of our regular old moisturizers and harsh steroids” said Breeding.

To jump-start their business amidst the turbulence of COVID19, Boutiette and Breeding have managed to bring on an investor and co-founding COO, Jeremy Boutot, who they met through participating in the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs Top Gun program in previous ventures.

With the help of MTI and Libra Foundation funding, the Marin team is excited to be releasing their first product within the coming month. You can follow the company on Instagram at @marinskincareus and Facebook @marinskincare.