Let’s start by a little bit of information on chemical exfoliation. Now don’t get intimidated by words like chemicals or acids. Apparently chemical exfoliators can be gentler than most of physical exfoliators.
Chemical exfoliators are acids that gently buff the skin. They help remove the built up dead cell layers and excess oils. Chemical exfoliants are divided into two categories : AHAs and BHAs. Each one of them has a different property. If you want to know more about the chemical exfoliation, I will be putting up a detailed post very soon.
About Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Line :-
Dr. Dennis Gross is a certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. He launched his skincare products in 2000. Now his skincare line use advanced ingredients and formulas to create high end products that actually works.
About the Alpha Beta Pore Refining Cleanser :-
When working with chemical exfoliators, it is good to start slow. Start with mild exfoliators and then work your way up. Dr. Dennis Gross cleanser is a really good way to incorporate chemical exfoliation in your routine.
It’s a non-stripping gel cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin. It evens the skin texture and minimizes the appearance of dark spots and fine lines.
About the Ingredients and Texture of the Cleanser :-
Willow Bark helps shed dead skin cells and clear the clogged pores. Because salicylic acid is derived from Willow bark extract, it helps with acne as well. Farnesol helps prevents breakouts by preventing the growth of bacteria on the skin. Barosma betulina leaf extracts reduces the appearance of fine lines and balances sebum production. Snow ear mushroom hydrates the skin and protects skin against free radical damage.
Full Ingredients List is as follow :-
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Propanediol, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Glycereth-7 Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Mandelic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Phytic Acid, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Citric Acid, Farnesol, Barosma Betulina Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Alcohol, Sodium Phytate, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
The cleanser has a thick gel texture which forms a creamy lather when rubbed between palms. It is formulated without soap and fragrances. The cleanser is a vegan, plant based and cruelty free product.
How and When to Use the Cleanser :-
Use it as a second cleanse in your routine. Apply on to wet skin with wet hands, massage it gently for at least 1 minute for it to work its magic. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. It is gentle enough to be used twice daily.
Important Tip :- Always patch test the product before you put it on your face. You never know how your skin is going to act.
My experience with the Alpha Beta Cleanser :-
Believe me when I say it works. I use it along with the alpha beta daily peel pads and my skin is so much better. The cleanser is not drying at all, it feels creamy on the skin and wash off smoothly. After consistent use my skin texture is more even and complexion is clearer. The acne spots are less noticeable.
I get occasional hormonal acne around my chin and this cleanser has definitely helped with the acne and the acne spots.
Where to Buy the Dr. Dennis Gross Cleanser :-
You can buy it from Dr. Dennis Gross website, Sephora or Amazon. I bought mine from Sephora. It comes in a Jumbo size as well. Although, I bought the smaller 60ml one it still lasted for a long time. It’s thick gel and you only need a tiny amount at a time so I reckon it will last longer for you.
Overall Conclusion :-
The bottom line is that this cleanser is a really good way to incorporate chemical exfoliation into your routine. If you’re starting out with hydroxy acids, it’s worth trying.
The Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids support new cell turnover by removing the dead skin cells. You will notice a visible difference in the skin tone and texture. It leaves skin feeling smoother and brighter. I recommend giving this cleanser a try. It is suitable for all skin types. It’s formulated without any fragrances, so sensitive skin type people can also benefit from it.
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I’ll be back with another post, until then keep pampering yourself, you’re worth it…!!!
Note :- This is a non-sponsored review post. I bought this product on my own and I’m sharing this review based on my personal experience of the product.