alpha beta peel

I bought the normal strength version of the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel to see how it compares with the extra strength version. I had previously used the extra strength version and loved it to bits! Hence I thought that I should do a comparison post for you guys in case you were pondering which strength you should get. In any case, I could only evaluate the products based on my own skin condition so please keep this in mind while you read my post.

Let’s jump into the ingredients list, shall we?

Ingredients

Step 1 Comparison

Ingredients (Normal Strength)

Ingredients (Extra Strength)

Water

Water

Alcohol Denat

Alcohol Denat

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid

Potassium Hydroxide

Potassium Hydroxide

Hamamelis Virginiana Water

Hamamelis Virginiana Water

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid

Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20

Citric Acid

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid

Mandelic acid

Malic Acid

Malic Acid

Citric Acid

Salix Alba Bark Extract

Menthone Glycerin Acetal

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Achillea Millefolium Extract

Achillea Millefolium Extract

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract

soy isoflavones

soy isoflavones

Copper PCA

Copper PCA

Zinc PCA

Zinc PCA

Lecithin

Lecithin

Disodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA

Alcohol

Alcohol

Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate 80

Fragrance

Fragrance

Linalool

Linalool

Benzyl salicylate

Benzyl salicylate

Benzoic Acid

Benzoic Acid

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate

Step 2 Comparison

Ingredient (Normal Strength)

Ingredient (Extra Strength)

Water

Water

Sodium bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate

Ascorbic Acid

Resveratrol

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Retinol

Retinyl Palmitate

Ascorbic Acid

Retinol

Ubiquinone
Tocopheryl Acetate

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Resveratrol

Phospholipids

Ubiquinone

Retinyl Palmitate

Achillea Millefolium Extract

Tocopheryl Acetate

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

soy isoflavones
Leuconostoc/
Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

Achillea Millefolium Extract

soy isoflavones

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Phospholipids

Leuconostoc/
Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

Copper PCA

Copper PCA
Sodium PCA

Sodium PCA

Zinc PCA

Zinc PCA
Dimethicone

Dimethicone

Lecithin

Lecithin
Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate 80
PEG-30 STEARATE

Alcohol

Octoxynol-9

BHT
Alcohol

PEG-30 STEARATE

BHT

Octoxynol-9
Tetrasodium EDTA

Tetrasodium EDTA

Sorbic Acid

Sorbic Acid
Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol

I’ve highlighted in red the ingredients that are in different order or just simply different ingredients. As you can see from the above tables, the extra strength version of the Alpha Beta Peel has 7 acids in total while the normal strength version has 5 acids. Also, the order of the acids are different.

Nonetheless, I’m sure that you can tell from the comparison tables above that most of their main ingredients are basically the same and are also in the same order.

How does the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel fare?

In all honesty, I think that the effects of this normal strength peel did not differ too much from their extra strength version. All my thoughts on the extra strength version of this peel also applies to the normal strength version (Read my full review of the extra strength version of the alpha beta peel here). I love this normal strength version as much as its extra strength version. Therefore, the only noticeable difference for me personally is that the extra strength version of the alpha-beta peel has a much more pronounced smell of alcohol. Again I’m not surprised at this, given that alcohol ranks higher in its ingredients list.

So if you were pondering on which version to get, I would say both versions are basically the same with the extra strength version containing 2 extra acids. If you have normal combination skins, you could just purchase the normal strength version. If you have combination oily skins, you might appreciate the slightly more exfoliating effects of the extra strength version better. Either way, both versions had worked very well for me and I would gladly recommend this product to anybody looking for maximum anti-ageing benefits.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £73.50 (30 treatments).

Thank you for reading!

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