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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel Review

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Dry Skin, Fine Lines, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
dr dennis gross alpha beta medi spa peel
September 29, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
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A gentle, two-step peel that leaves skin glowing


Smoothes and plumps skin


Not for purists

“Right off the menu from Dr. Dennis Gross’ NYC practice” is Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel ($110 in the shop), a weekly at-home peel with 15 different acids and a serum. Having had an office peel at Dr Gross’ office a few months ago, I am impressed by how much Medi-Spa manages to replicate the experience — and the effects. Daily use of the Alpha Beta Peel along with this weekly treatment seems to be responsible for my best complexion ever.

Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel is a two-step process that starts with the swipe of a pad saturated with 15 acids and some antioxidants. The pads come in a round tub and, unlike the packette-wrapped daily wipes, are thick and a little rough textured. There is a definite tingle when I use it, particularly on my cheeks. However, the subsequent rosy flush subsides very quickly and I would say that, despite my sensitive skin, the product is not irritating.

The acids are mostly the common alpha hydroxies, such as glycolic, lactic, citric and malic, with a couple of less usual ones that I’ll give a shout out to. Pyruvic acid is actually in our muscles and, with sufficient oxygen, releases energy. With insufficient oxygen, it converts into lactic acid and is responsible for “the burn” in over-exercised muscles (always makes me think of those Jane Fonda tapes). Apparently, in a peel it works synergistically with other acids, metabolizing to stimulate collagen and soothe.

There’s also gallic acid, an antioxidant from blueberries that is an effective skin lightener (source) and there is convincing evidence that it prevents UVB damage, decreases dryness and wrinkle formation. Ellagic acid is another antioxidant that actually prevents collagen destruction (source) and may even prevent hyperpigmentation (source).

While there are plenty of other things to like (clove, papaya, grape and green tea), eyebrows may be raised by the dominance of alcohol in the formula. Actually, on the subject of SD Alcohol 40-B, Futurederm has a good article and explains its benefits in skincare formulas in that it shrinks the volume of the solution and makes the actives more concentrated.

After about three minutes, the Firming Peptide Milk should be applied. This is a light lotion that I assumed was simply a neutralizing agent for the step 1 peel. However, it is way much more than that and with its peptide, vitamin C, amino acids and antioxidants, negates the need for another serum on my Medi-Spa days. As well as collagen builders, there are ingredients that hydrate (phospholipids, sodium hyaluronate) and soothe (arnica), both of which are important after a peel.

I like the use of hydroxypinacolone retinoate. The cosmetic ester of all-transretinoic acid and, unlike retinol esters, does not require metabolic conversion to be in the preferred active form for interacting with retinoic RAR receptors to obtain benefits of vitamin A. It is meant to be much less irritating than standard retinols.

This is not formulated for purists and there are a few unwanted ingredients such as the irritant octyldodecanol in the serum and potassium hydroxide. And, of course, there are the usual suspects in the preservative department. But the good far, far outweighs the bad and, in any case, with the daily and weekly peel regimen from DDG, my skin (smoother, glowing, plumper) has never looked better in my opinion.

  • August 15, 2016

    by Jessica

    (5 out of 5)

    I forgot to rate DDG Skincare Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel! It is DEFINITELY five stars!!

  • August 15, 2016

    by Jessica A Alexander

    I've been using Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel since the beginning of July--now about five applications. I happened to time it's once weekly use on Sunday with DDG original alpha-beta peel 2-step pad product for six days (my skin is "tough" enough and without any rosacea, sensitivity, or other redness to use this product daily). Marta has suggested that it is not necessary to always use the alpha-beta peel every day, but for me, I've found that my skin drinks in it's medicinal effects and is only ENHANCED on the 7th day with the Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel.

    The Medi-Spa Peel is NOT really a peel, per se. When applied to a cleansed 'bare' face (I also apply the Medi-Spa and the original alpha-beta daily peel on both of my hands and forearms--just past my wrists) it is like a wonderful tingling facial. The pads are quite thick, easy to work with, have very little scent, and have plenty of product to cover my face, neck, décolleté, and hands/forearms--just above my wrists. The second step, The Firming Peptide Milk is a thin lotion which goes on like silk, has little to no scent and feels wonderful on my skin. I wait the full five minutes recommended between steps as I like getting maximal results from the products.

    I am at a point where I've tried an amazing number of products from TIA--as my AMEX bills will attest!! However, as I am using up certain great products, I am not replacing an effort to pare down my daily skincare routine AND to allow each remaining product to work maximally. I've learned that piling on too many products just brings me decreasing returns in terms of increased skin health!!

    HOWEVER, this is ONE PRODUCT (along with the DDG daily alpha-beta peel) that I WILL replace and continue to use!! I've found that these products only make the remaining ones I use work even better to promote new skin growth, plump up my skin, decrease wrinkles & hyper-pigmentation and increase my skin's brightness.

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