Product Review: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

Do you, Stacie, take Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel to be your lifelong partner?  I DO.

Every once in a while you come across that product that makes you shed a tear of happiness.  For someone with sensitive skin that requires exfoliation but then gets angry at me and goes dry, it’s a fine line between effective and…I just can’t.

I’ve used just about everything you can think of, including, serums, at-home peels, professional peels, acids and antioxidants of every letter of the alphabet…you name it.

I have to say that this product is fantastic and gets a high ranking from ReadHead. It’s easy to use, packaged in it’s own duo package for easy use and travel, and takes only a few minutes.

Application – it comes in a dual foil package that produces little folded cloths that look like wet naps.

  • You open package one which is full of alpha and beta acids gentle enough to be used daily but effective enough to work, swipe it on your face, neck and chest, and then wait two minutes.
  • Then, open package two which contains retinol and other anti-aging fighters plus an acid deactivator, swipe that on your face, neck and chest, and boom. You’re done.
  • You may become a little dry, but you will not see your skin peel.  Pro tip – some of the most effective peels show no peeling skin whatsoever.

You’ll see a ton of reviews online for this, but since this is ReadHead and we take things a step farther into the why’s, here’s some additional thoughts from a skin care specialist.

  • This product does contain alcohol. I am typically against alcohol but when doing a peel, using alcohol first before the peel is recommended to strip the skin of dirt and oil that would impede the efficacy of the peel. Alcohol in this sense, is a good thing.
  • For those of us poor souls with large pores and acne-prone skin, this is a life saver. The mix of manual exfoliation (putting on the peel), AHA and BHA, then retinol is an acne-busting combination.
  • Those new to peels and with sensitive skin beware. I think it’s not wise whatsoever to use this continuously everyday, not to mention price prohibitive for some. Too much exfoliation is not good for you and will invite irritation and skin sensitivity = sun damage. You’d be better off getting a good AHA/vitamin C product to use daily, and then a retinol at night (I love Dennis Gross Retinol brightening) and use this product once or twice a week.
  • That being said, if you don’t use other exfoliating products, need to rev up the exfoliation for a short time, or are having a particular bout of acne or rough textured skin, perhaps use this daily for a week and then let your skin calm.
  • This has replaced my 30% glycolic peels for home that I was doing once a month, but it would not replace my higher percentage or TCA peels that I do twice a year.
  • This is a surface peel, but a good one at that. It will help with gradual fading of sun spots, and lines that come from surface dry/rough skin. It will likely not get down to the lower layers of the skin where the dramatic changes happen and require more downtime. So, as long as you have the right expectations, you’ll be happy.

The price is high, but it’s effective and will help your other products you bought work more effectively. I’ve had mine for about two months and have only used 6 or 7 pads out of the 35 (I got 5 free with the Sephora purchase). Cutting them in half will help you too.

Enjoy clear, bright, refreshed skin!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: $$$$$

Packaging: 5/5

*Certified ReadHead Best

Have you used these pads before? Drop us a line in the comments.

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