Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel is a product which I’ve been lemming over for the longest time. However, it’s pretty expensive and since I’ve already have so many unopened products waiting for me to use, I really couldn’t justify buying it. BUT.. Cult Beauty had a summer goody bag promotion back in June 2017 and I AM A GONER! I clicked buy faster than you can say “Wait! Be rational! You only have 1 face!” What can I say? Skincare is my crack!
Anyway, let’s just check its ingredients below before we carry on with this review!
Step 1: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), GlycolicAcid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid, MandelicAcid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate
Step 2: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Resveratrol, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ubiquinone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soy Isoflavones, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, BHT, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol
It contains a cocktail of almost all of the well known AHAs and BHA as well as Retinol AND 2 types of Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid and Ascorbyl Palmitate! This product is definitely not for those with sensitive skin or people who are newbies in using active ingredients!
How does the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel fare?
Dr Dennis Gross’ signature Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel combines five Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids with potent antioxidants (including Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ubiquinone and Resveratrol), to smooth, refine and protect your skin. The patented two-step pads technology instantly improves luminosity and with regular use, minimises the appearance of fine lines and large pores, revealing a more even tone and texture. In a nutshell, this product is an acid peel which you can use daily at home instead of at your dermatologist’s clinic.
Below I’ve included a short clip in which the good doctor himself (Yes, it’s Dr Dennis Gross!) explain more about the product itself:
Another video on how you can actually use the product:
Anyway, I started using this product about one week before my period which was a mistake on my part. This is because my skin usually gets more sensitive and acts up during that period. However, I was so excited that I started using the product straight away once I’ve received it from Cult Beauty. When I first used this product, my skin actually felt a strong stinging sensation which surprised me since my skin was used to strong acids and tolerated them quite well. And what was more surprising to me was that this sensation carried on every time I used the product for at least a week. I was beginning to suspect that my skin at that time just wasn’t in the best condition to not only start using a new product but also a strong acid peel at that. However, after about one week, my skin got used to the product and there wasn’t anymore stinging sensation when I used it.
Side Note: I’ve read in an article before which states that it’s best to introduce new skincare products about one week after the last day of your period. That’s when your skin is supposedly at its most resilient condition.
Since I bought the product which contains only 30 treatments, I’ve already finished using it in around one month’s time. So.. What’s my verdict on it? Let me give you a clue.. My wallet is now wailing in a corner and cursing me right now.. Haha.. I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH!
After my skin got used to the product, it was just all smooth sailing from there. I usually take very good care of my skin but this product has pushed it to the next level! At that time, there was 2 areas on my face which bothered me – the right side of my cheek and my nose. I had 2 very persistently clogged pores on the right side of my cheek which refuses to go away despite me using my Lotion P50 religiously every night. Now don’t go rolling your eyes at me, it was really 2 big clogged pores. I tried to squeeze it out but it only resulted in one of the clogged pores “upgrading” itself into a red angry spot. Anyway, after I have already swiped Step 1 of the treatment pad all over my face, I used it again as a mini-mask by covering it just on the clogged pores for another 2 minutes before proceeding with Step 2. Lo and behold! The next morning while I was washing my face, the grits in those clogged pores were dislodged from my face! Yes, I was finally rid of those suckers!
Another quite visible improvement which I could see on my face is that the blackheads on my nose is very much reduced. Blackheads are one of the most irritating skin conditions for me. I used to go for professional facials where they would extract out the gunk from my nose every month but I haven’t got the time to go for a proper facial in months and they just kept multiplying on my nose! After I’ve used this product for around one month, I can definitely see that they have reduced around 50% or more.
Now the main reason why I really love this product is that my skin’s texture is completely changed from using this product. I usually try not to touch my face too much to prevent acne outbreaks but lately I’ve been noticing that my skin feels so so smooth, almost silk-like and this condition stays even after I’ve not used this product for one week or so (my repurchase is on the way!).
The only thing about this product which I need to caution you guys again is that it’s a strong exfoliant. In fact, I think that it might be a stronger exfoliant than my P50 lotion. Therefore I wouldn’t advise those with particularly sensitive skins to try this product. Even if you have normal skin, please remember to go slow with this product. I do not want you guys to experience the pains of over exfoliating your skin. I strongly recommend that you pair this product with a good moisture barrier repair cream or serum to help your skin better resist the actives (Stratia Liquid Gold is fantastic for this!).
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from Cult Beauty online. It retails at £70.00 (30 Treatments).
Note that I bought the version which is in a tub form. They also have those which are in sealed packettes for one time use and they are slightly more expensive at £73.50 (30 Treatments).
Thank you for reading!