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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel

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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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 more

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24 Reviews
  • SandyB

    (5 out of 5)

    I like this product a lot. This would be a great daily regimen for maintaining a high-level of skincare, it makes subsequent facials and special treatments more effective, I think, if they don’t have to struggle through something that this peel can take care of. I like that the pads come sealed separately but are still attached to each other; you aren’t as apt to forget to use the second step. I also like these pouches because they are easily portable with little bulk and no risk of leaking or contamination. I can take as many as I actually need when I travel, rather than put a full-size jar in my toiletry case - which I recently did.

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  • Pat

    (5 out of 5)

    I tried the 7 day challenge and I love the results! Smaller pores yet gentle on my skin. Woke up each morning with smoother, fresher looking skin.

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  • Marta

    Hi Janet, I would say yes you can still go for them, but perhaps not daily. Limit them to 2-3 times a week. You'll still see results.

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  • Janet

    Question: In my 60s with thin skin, I have loved the Dr. Gross peels I have tried but was thinking I had to forgo them as being too much for my skin. Would this peel still be appropriate for me?

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  • Juliet P.

    (4 out of 5)

    I meant to give this 4 stars in my review, as a start. I'm not sure I got the stars in before the page was sent!

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  • Juliet P.

    I took the 7 Day Peel Challenge. - I must say, I'm intrigued. After using the pads for seven consecutive days, my skin is looking firmer, more refined, and more even-toned. My dark spots might even be looking just a little bit lighter! I'd love to see how this pans out over a few weeks.

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  • Carrie

    (5 out of 5)

    I love these peels. I have mature skin with lines. While I can wonder at the packaging and so much waste, I also love having the product portioned and easily portable. After applying the wipes as directed, my skin was prepped and received my moisturizer and serum perfectly so I needed less product and covered more surface area. The effects during, and upon finishing, only 7 days worth were so satisfying. My skin looked smooth and bright with a glow that makes wrinkles unimportant.

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  • Kathleen

    (5 out of 5)

    I took the 7-day Peel Challenge. I received this product the very first time through a sample package from Marta and I remember that day, thinking my skin looks good...lines looked diminished, clarified and toned and went on with my day. When I saw the Challenge, I wanted to try to see what 7 days would do. Again, I saw my skin firmer, skin tone better and a nice glow...not an oily or greasy glow but one that reminded me after a great facial! I used at night as directed. I would love to find a day cream that produces the same result. Very nice, gentle and effective. I would definitely purchase it.

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  • Marie

    (4 out of 5)

    In the 7 days of daytime use I noticed softer clearer skin. Pleasant scent and enough product in pads that I used on the back of my hands and forearms where I have sun damage. I will be purchasing the full product as I'm very pleased with results so far.

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  • Joyce

    (5 out of 5)

    7 days of nightly use with the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel has given me the confidence to continue on with the full size product. I was concerned with how my reactive skin would respond to a nightly acid based peel. Somewhat sensitive, my skin has had negative experiences with exfoliating products containing AHA and/or BHA where it has reacted with redness, bumps or pimples. However this product has performed excellently on my skin, causing no undesirable reactions whatsoever after nightly use of each step for about 4 minutes each. As for the positive results, though they are subtle at this 7th day point, there is some definite improvements to the appearance of my skin. It looks smoother and fresher. I also feel that my other skincare products are absorbed better, as my skin feels and looks moisturized. Makeup application is much smoother, and the final thing that convinced me is that by the end of the trial, I was using less makeup and going with bare skin more and more. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the results after 30 days of use.

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  • Karen

    (5 out of 5)

    I faithfully used this product for 7 nights, as recommended. I am 49, with oily skin and large pores in t-zone, and dry, aging skin in all other areas. I am diligent about skin care but was eager to add this to my regimen. In just one week, I have awakened in the morning to softer, more supple and less "desperate- for- care" skin. It's an incredibly gentle, yet effective, regimen that fit right in to my routine and was super easy to incorporate. I apply once I've washed and used astringent on my face, and when I'm lying in bed. Soothing experience! This is a great product for multiple skin types. I honestly trust this brand based on a week -long experiment.

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  • Cindy

    (5 out of 5)

    I found the product to be very effective. It had a nice neutral odor, there was enough product on the pads to cover your whole face, neck and chest. I definitely noticed smaller pores on my nose, evening out of my skin tone, and no irritation, even around my eyes. I felt like my skin was tighter without feeling dry. I noticed after just one use, that my skin definitely shed dead skin by the next morning and I was able to wash off this layer. So exfoliation definitely occurred for me.

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  • Maria

    (4 out of 5)

    I used the peels for 7 consecutive nights as instructed. There was plenty of product on the wipes that I was able to use it on my face and also on my chest. I feel like my skin feels firmer, with a slight lessening of wrinkles around my lower face (between ears and mouth). It did nothing for the dark spots on my face. It said to use moisturizer with no alcohol after using the two wipes, which I didn't have. So used a light coating of a CeraVe skin protectant which didn't have alcohol listed as an ingredient. Not sure I would buy this product; probably needed more than a 7-day test.

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  • karen

    (2 out of 5)

    I did the 7 day trial and have very dry skin. I didn't notice and change in pour size or lines but was pleased that I developed no redness or worsening of the dry skin as I have with some other products. But basically, I saw no improvement.

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  • Ann P

    (4 out of 5)

    I tried the Ultra Gentle Daily Peel for seven days. It was an easy step to add to my daily regimen and I loved the way it made my skin glow. It didn't trigger my rosacea, and I liked that there was enough product on each of the pads to use it on my neck and the backs of my hands. The only issue I encountered was toward the end of the trial when I got a few red blotches on my face, like the kind one gets when a pimple goes away. I don't know if this was caused by the product, though. I'm fifty years old and my hormones are starting to do strange things, so I would definitely use this product again before making a judgment.

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  • Noelene Watts

    (5 out of 5)

    I was very excited to try the gentle daily peel. My husband commented on how smooth my skin looked, which surprised me as he usually does not comment on my skin. I really liked the way it made my skin feel and it wasn't harsh at all. I also liked the fact that it really had no smell, because if it smells bad I will not use no matter how good it is. I really did like this product and would purchase. Thanks Dr. Gross

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  • Tina

    (5 out of 5)

    I wish that I had tried this product sooner and that it had been available a decade or two ago. It really is amazing! My skin is brighter & tighter with an overall glow. Very gentle as named & described and I've had no irritations or unwelcome reactions. I'm sure with continued use that I would see a noticeable reduction in pore size. A swift-acting first class performer; I'm totally SOLD!

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  • Flo

    (5 out of 5)

    I received and applied the 7 day peel and after the 6th day of application, I was ordering some coffee and the young lady who was taking care of my order actually complimented me on my skin. I was shocked since I am 73 years old and not at the age to receive such compliments. I did notice that my skin was smoother and the wrinkles were lessened and it was easier to apply my foundation. My skin feels soft and I will continue to use this product.

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  • Mel

    (5 out of 5)

    I jumped on the chance to participate in the '7 day Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Peel Challenge'. I was a bit nervous to use daily as my skin is slightly sensitive when using AHA's or BHA's on a daily basis but I wanted to give it a shot anyways. I am very happy with the results. After the first use I could tell a difference in my skin; my face was smooth and glowing. I also used the pads on my neck and décolleté which had the same great result. After about the 3rd or 4th day I noticed the hyperpigmantation on my chin and jawline started to fade, which made me very happy!! It's a great product and have added it to my wishlist to purchase after I finish my other AHA mask. I highly recommend this product!

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  • Sherry

    (3 out of 5)

    i received a 7 day sample of this product to try and have mixed feelings on the results. As far as my face, i can't say that after only a week I noticed anything significant. However, every day when I used the pads on my face, before I threw them out, i wiped down my neck and chest. I can honestly say that I really do notice a difference, especially in my chest. I'm in my 60s, still play soccer and so even with sunscreen, noticed my chest getting that crepey look. After only 7 days, there is a serious difference in that skin now. Very tempted to get the 30-day supply to see if this kind of result could be seen on my face, too, with longer use....

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  • Sherrie

    (4 out of 5)

    I really liked this product. After the first use, I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin was brighter and even felt more toned. I have very sensitive skin, but there was no irritation at all with this product. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is because it is very pricey.

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  • Preksha

    (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!

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  • G

    (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.

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  • Cathy McIvor

    (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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