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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel

by Dr. Dennis Gross

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta ULTRA GENTLE Daily Peel
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Quantity: 30 Application Packettes

Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel is the sensitive skin alternative to renowned dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross' original peel. Ideal for easily irritated skin types, this at-home peel uses three types of acids to exfoliate and reveal more even and radiant skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize pore size without irritating sensitive complexions. This mild formula is perfect for anyone wanting to try a peel for the first time, yet effective enough that chemicals peel veterans will benefit from it.

So how does Dr. Dennis Gross' 2-step system work? Step 1 is packed with exfoliating acids designed to boost your skin's natural cell turnover; follow it up with Step 2 to control the AHA activity and deliver skin-conditioning actives and botanicals for a fresh finish. Additionally, calming, hydrating ingredients like oatmeal soothe and protect delicate skin. Plus, you can use this product with pride because it is cruelty- and paraben-free.

Tested for 30 days and approved by Sion:
I’m in my early 40s with combination (very oily around the T-zone, very dry elsewhere), highly sensitive skin. My skin reacts extremely negatively to almost every cosmetic/skin-care product, whether it’s scaly patches, redness, pimples, etc. I’m beginning to show faint laugh lines. Wrinkles are not obvious or pronounced yet, but if one looks closely, the telltale marks are becoming increasingly noticeable.

I had used Dr. Dennis Gross’s Original Alpha-Beta Peels several years ago, but had to discontinue use after about 1 week, as the peels seemed to dry out my skin extensively. I then had to moisturize to counteract the dryness and subsequently had to buy products for the pimples that followed. When I discovered – from TIA’s trial studies — that there was now a new Ultra Sensitive option, I was rather ecstatic. Perhaps I could finally join the Alpha Beta Peel fan club.

Purely based on my experience of believing the claims of the hundreds of skin care products in the past, I was wary of expecting miracles. I hoped that the peels would ameliorate to SOME degree my skin’s uneven texture, discoloration, and laugh lines. As I knew I was going to be reviewing the product for public consumption, I made sure to be extra diligent with respect to reading/following the enclosed instructions. (Admittedly, I am guilty of being a “skimmer,” regarding the pamphlets that emphasize that the user read the directions carefully before using product).

As I perused the instructions that came with the peels, I noted that if individuals found the peels to be too harsh when used each day, they could use the peels every other day, until the skin became more acclimatized. Hmmm, perhaps I might finally join the Alpha Beta Peel fan club.

I then began to wonder whether the original formula peels might have been tolerable if I had used the same acclimatization method, as was described. To satisfy my curiosity, I purchased a box of the original peels (now renamed Universal Alpha Beta Peels). As with the Ultra Sensitive formula, the Universal formula lists its benefits as, “improves radiance, improves skin tone and texture, and minimizes pores and fines lines.” Upon receipt of this order, I was ready to begin my testing/experimentation.

With respect to my regular skin care routine, I did not change anything, but for the addition of one more step — application of the peels. My nightly routine consisted of the following:

1) Cleanse face (Skinceuticals)
2) Use Ultra Sensitive peel
3) Apply toner (Lavo)
4) Moisturize (Shiseido)

It is important to emphasize that I followed the above routine on only the right side of my face! As to the left side, I used the Universal peels every 3 days, rather than daily. I ran this experiment until I used all 30 Ultra Sensitive peels.

When I finished the 30 Ultra Sensitive peels, I took a well-lighted mirror and examined my face closely. I was more than a bit astonished at both the results, and the DIFFERENCE between the two sides of my face.

There was a slight change to uneven texture and discoloration on the right side of my face, where I used the Ultra Sensitive peels daily. There was no visible change to fine lines. On the left side, where I used the Universal peels every 3 days, there was a significant improvement in uneven texture, discoloration and lines.

My next task was to investigate and compare the ingredients, listed for both peels.

Active ingredients in the Ultra Sensitive formula:
Lactic acid
Mandelic acid
Willow bark extract

Active ingredients in the Universal formula:

Lactic acid
Malic acid
Glycolic acid
Citric acid
Salicylic acid

As can be seen, the greatest differences in the formulas, for the two types of peels are in the type and number of acids. Most of the acids in the Alpha Beta Peels are pretty common in any form of exfoliating product. However, there were some [ingredients in the Ultra Sensitive Formula] that were unfamiliar to me:

Mandelic acid is also an AHA, with an exfoliating strength slightly higher that of glycolic acid. However, in multiple trials, researchers found that mandelic acid was tolerated much better, resulting in less adverse side effects that can sometimes be seen with glycolic acid. In particular, over dryness (sometimes taking the form of dry, scaly patches), and hyperpigmentation, were tolerated much better by individuals who had previously used hydroquinone or tretinoin.

Willow Bark Extract is a BHA. The positives of this ingredient are several (exfoliation, stimulation of new skin cells, clearing of pores). However, there remains controversy as to whether it does indeed clear or prevent acne, though it is often advertised on products as an anti-acne agent.

Though my skin responded to the Ultra Sensitive peels, Universal Peels used every 3 days showed far more dramatic results (with none of the usual side effects I experienced when I previously used them daily). Though this method may certainly not work for everyone, I would suggest giving it a try. I loved that I did not have to go through the peel routine EVERY night, as was necessary with the Ultra Sensitive formula, and I only need to purchase one box every three months!

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  • Benefits:
    evens skin tone, firms skin, paraben-free, reduces wrinkles, suitable for sensitive skin types

Our Take...

by Sion K. I’m in my early 40s with combination (very oily around the T-zone, very dry elsewhere), highly sensitive skin. My skin reacts extremely negatively to almost every cosmetic/skin-care product, whether it’s scaly patches, redness, pimples, etc. I’m beginning to show faint laugh... Read Full Article

Your Take...

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    This is a must have for everyone. Skin is noticably brighter and more even toned after a single use. I don't remember to use them every day, but am easily reminded as my skin sees a dramatic difference when I do. There is zero irritation, and this peel lives up to its name -- but without forgoing its effects of the original peel!

  • 5 stars 4 out of 5

    Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peels are one of the best products I have tried in this category, with the exception of "Brad" skin care line. No irritation, fast acting, immediate performance payoff that can been seen directly after treatments. Took off one star for price.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    This product is amazing! It leaves my face so smooth, evens my skin tone, exfoliates my skin, and my makeup application is so much easier. My skin has a very healthy glow when I use these. This is a product I cannot live without.

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Ingredients in Step One:
Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rose Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat., Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.

Ingredients in Step Two:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Octoxynol-9, Simethicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Bicarbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.
Once a day, massage step 1 pad on to clean, dry skin, until pad feels dry. Wait two minutes then follow with step 2 pad. Do not rinse after either step. Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging
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