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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula

What it is:An extra-strength version of this bestselling antiaging treatment.What it is formulated to do:This more powerful version of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel provides higher concentrations of Alpha Beta® Acids—plus new antiaging boosters that deliver a stronger peel without added irritation or recovery time. Especially suited for stubborn skin conditions that have not responded favorably to other anti-aging treatments, this peel diminishes fine lines, reduces pores, and treats breakouts. Regular use can visibly improve dark spots and skintone. Easy to apply, simply sweep the pre-soaked cotton towelettes across the face according to the two-step system.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- PhthalatesResearch results:Visible improvement in:- 92% Firmness and radiance* - 88% Minimized pores* - 82% Skin tone and spot reduction* - 96% Makeup application and longer wear* - 86% Increased hydration* *Results based upon a 28 day consumer study. Safe for All Skin Types & Skin Tones- 100% agreed the formula was gentle and fit easily into their regular beauty routine- 96% of users reported their skin looked more youthful and glowing
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Questions & Answers for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula

Question
frequency of use
How often do I need to do both steps? is it daily? at nightime? How long should the package last? How long should I use it?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
emru
(Staten Island, New York)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
10 answers
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answer 1
Sephora associates have all recommended that you start by using it 2-3 times a week, eventually building up to using it every night.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
vicky223
(Arlington, VA)
answer 2
I use these peels twice per week due to their high price. I still see great results when I use them regularly. Most times I use in the morning, followed by a sunscreen.
answered 8 months ago
CCM0123
answer 3
I use this product every other night since it's extra strength. You should use this product at night because the ingredient (retinol) makes your skin more susceptible to the sun so you should always use sunblock when using this product. (It states that on the box) Here's a quote from a dr. "retinol encourages skin cell turnover; this new skin is delicate and should not be exposed to the sun." If you use this product in the day and don't apply sunblock, you can actually make skin age faster because it is more susceptible to the sun. Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
xteena
(Anonymous)
answer 4
i follow the products instructions and use it daily on my face and neck.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
spending
(North Hollywood, CA)
answer 5
It is meant to be used daily, preferably in the night.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
babidollface
(CA)
answer 6
I started with the sample packet of the Alpha Beta peel and the extra strength and it says on the package to use in the morning as well as the evening.
I used it 2 times a day for a whole month and found the best results with using it as directed. Since it cost so much and you go through it so quickly I have now switched to just once a day and I find that it is still working very well.
I think if you did it only once a week you wouldn't see the results that you should be seeing.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
care0531
(Naples, FL)
answer 7
You use both steps everytime you use the peel. Use the first pad, wait a couple minutes, and use the second pad. I use the pads until they are practically dry. I also use it every other night, because I find it to be a little sticky afterwards - not very good for makeup application.

If used everyother day at night, following with a nice lotion, you should see results pretty fast :)
answered 4 years ago
thereisonlylove
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
it's only to be used once daily, whether am or pm, just make sure you are using sunscreen every single day to prevent pigmentation on the skin from the sun. if daily use is too much for your skin you can do every other day or just a few times a week. there are 30 treatments so it should last a month if used daily, longer if used more sporadically.
answered 4 years ago
kiki9800
(North Arlington, NJ)
answer 9
Every night is the instructions I read, unless you are highly sensitive, then you may have to go every other night.
answered 4 years ago
tooshortandsassy
(Hickory Corners, Michigan)
answer 10
These are the extra strength peel pads, so if you are using AHA products for the first time, I would start by using these every other day or every third day. You'll know if you're using them too often, because if you are you'll get small dry patches of flaky skin. However, if your skin is used to AHAs, you can use them every day. I generally leave Step 1 on until it starts to sting around my nose or until I get some redness, because my skin is pretty used to it. Then I neutralize.

I use these in the morning after washing since I use a retinol cream at night, but you can do either day or night. Just make sure you're using sunscreen in the daytime, since this will definitely make you more prone to sunburn (it's worth it though). You use the step 1 pad, wait, then follow it up with step 2 - you have to use both pads each time you apply or it won't work properly. Thus, even though there are 60 pads altogether, there are 30 applications. If you're using them every day, they will last you a month... but more likely you'll use them every other day, which will give you a good 2 months' supply. They last a long time so you don't have to worry about using them up fast.

The only thing you should ask yourself before buying is: does it bother you to let a wet product dry on your face? The neutralizing pads are quite wet. The results with this product are great, but ultimately I switched to another AHA peel because I wanted to rinse after I used it. You may want to mosey into Sephora and try one out in-store, since there's no sink or water needed with this product.

Hope this helps! And remember: Sephora has a 100% satisfaction policy. :-)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
weaselberries
(Oakdale, MN)
Question
Does this cause breakouts?
I have acne prone skin & i'm wondering if anyone's had trouble with this product?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
jmcollas
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
8 answers
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answer 1
It can cause breakouts in the same way that microdermabrasion and professional peels can. Basically stripping off the top layer of your skin opens up the newly revealed top layer, making it more susceptible to bacteria. However, you can lower your risk of a breakout by being extra hygienic-- wash your bedding so you're not laying on dirty pillow cases at night, don't touch your face without washing your hands, and be cautious about excessive sweating while using the product.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
LSURae
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 2
this product is actually treating my adult acne. since using it i've noticed faster healing and less blemishes.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
spending
(North Hollywood, CA)
answer 3
This product has not caused breakouts for me. On the contrary, it really deep cleans the pores and makes skin smoother and clearer.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
jeannie29
answer 4
My daughter has used this on her acne prone skin and was very sensitive to this product - her face turned red, but it can clear up acne!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
makeuprn
(Hinsdale, IL)
answer 5
I have oily, acne prone skin and this did absolutely nothing in the way of helping to clear my skin.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
hbomber
(Windsor, ONT)
answer 6
I actually started using this because of my acne prone skin. I have super sensitive but acne prone skin that is generally oily, but gets super dry with the wrong products, and this has helped SO MUCH. My skin tone and clarity has improved ten fold. I actually stopped using this for a while because of how expensive it is, and my skin started to rebel. I repurchased about a week ago and already the results have been awesome (again!) Everyone's skin is different, but I would recommend you try it.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mes337
(Glenside, PA)
answer 7
I, too, have acne prone and sensitive skin. This product has helped me keep break-outs at bay by keeping my pores clear. Especially helpful around the nose and chin.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
spencera
(Richmond, VA)
answer 8
To ensure all of your concerns are addressed, we recommend calling us at 1-877-SEPHORA for a skincare consultation by phone. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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do you wash your face after step 2 of this peel?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
sunnieuri
(St. John's, Antigua)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
7 answers
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answer 1
Wash before Step 1 and after Step 2, use an SPF moisturizer because exposing bare skin in the sun after using a facial peel can cause damage to it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
babidollface
(CA)
answer 2
Don't wash face after, as it will decrease the effectiveness of the product. After I finish with step 2, I wait 2-3 minutes and then apply Laura Mercier moisturizer and my face feels refreshed and smooth.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
daintyheifer
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
NO!!..you wash your face before step one, follow with step two, then your done
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
janepo
answer 4
No do not wash it off. You can add a cream or lotion but leave it all on
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
happysteph
(Estes Park, Co)
answer 5
Thanks ladies. You have been a great help. :)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sunnieuri
(St. John's, Antigua)
answer 6
No you dont wash your face after step 2. I avoid using products for about 10 min to let all the nutrience absorb...
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
kat1018
(billerica, ma)
answer 7
No. After step two dries you apply moisturizer or whatever treatment you want to use after the peel.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mes337
(Glenside, PA)
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How many times per week should you use the peel?
I may have missed it, but I can't seem to find how many times per week to use them! I would assume once a week bc similar products suggest this, but I'd like to do it twice a week but I don't wanna over do it!
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
makeupjonkey
(atlanta, ga)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
7 answers
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answer 1
Your skin might have a reaction if you begin using it morning and night right away. Your skin gets more used to the peel with every application, so phase it in is the best way to go, I think. Start by applying it every other night for a week, then, if you've had no adverse reaction, you can use it every night.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dearcally
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
I use them twice a week and I don't have a problem. But I guess it depends on your skin type... I'd suggest if you have dry skin see how using it twice a week works and then adjust but if you have combo skin I'd def say it's ok to use this twice a week or even three times if your skin needs that extra pick me up.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
zenzoona
(Big EAZY)
answer 3
I use it about twice a week.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jane2
answer 4
I use it every night before bed, since I have more time to layer skin products in the evening. I am allergic to certain ingredients, but my skin is not overly sensitive. I would try it out first and see how your skin feels. If it stings, then your skin is probably more sensitive, and you might want to start out with twice a week and increase if necessary.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
copperfield8
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 5
As directed you can use this peel daily in the AM or PM.
P.S. it is gentle enough to use daily.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
sweet1rose
(SF, SD)
answer 6
You can use these peels once per day, every day. If you feel that daily use is too much, try skipping a day or two in between. I wouldn't recommend cutting the pads in half because then you don't get the right amount of medicine from it.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
kolambert
answer 7
Morning & night!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
diva298
(Nazareth, PA)
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Good for use on the neck area?
I'm pretty much set on purchasing this product, but I was wondering if anyone has used it on their neck area. I sometimes get pimples on my neck and I'm also hoping that this product will help to even out a few darker spots. Does anyone have any experience with this?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
owltanager
(Toronto, Ontario)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
7 answers
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answer 1
I use it on my face, neck, chest AND hands!!! There is plenty of the product to do so and I've seen awesome results on my hands and chest, as has my husband. I've been doing my entire skincare routine including my face, neck, chest, and hands for a long time now bc your chest and hands can give away your age faster than your face sometimes (or at the very least show age that your face may not). I encourage everyone to do the same. You won't regret it!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
tink32
(Greensboro NC)
answer 2
I use it on both face and neck because the pads have enough moisture to do both areas. It seems to work on both
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
katzmom
answer 3
I've been using it all the way down my neck and on my decolette- it's really great!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lisafire
(New York,NY)
answer 4
I was initially introduced to this from the company rep and she recommended I always never neglect the neck area.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ecru
answer 5
I used it on my neck. It says in the directions to use it on neck and chest too. It's pretty gentle but it works well. I have acne scars and oily and sensitive skin but this really seemed to make my skin more even toned and brighter.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
carissasmama
(Rockville, MD)
answer 6
I would use this first on my face and then finish on my neck. It was not harsh and did not cause rashes. In fact, I had some hard little bumps on my neck and this eliminated them.
I did not ever use an entire pad on my neck, though.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
pastryqueen
(Austin, TX)
answer 7
I use it on my neck and face, and I have seen a difference. However, I am not someone who breaks out, so not sure if it will diminish the appearance of spots from pimples.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
debra26
(New York, NY)
Question
Face Wash
What face wash have you noticed works best with these? Do you think a certain face wash would make these work better?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
rikku1228
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I personally like Purity by Philosophy. It is gentle and cleans very well. It is not drying but it still gets rid of residue on the skin. It's also a decent price and a little goes a long way. I use it with this peel.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
carissasmama
(Rockville, MD)
answer 2
I would imagine a moisturizing one would be the way to go, but that's because I have combination skin. I use a Rose Hip Oil cleanser (it's in cream form) with a wash cloth. I lightly rub it on the morning after I have used the product, as I have read this helps remove any excess skin. Any other day I just use the cleanser normally with my fingertips. I hope this was helpful.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sonsire
(Toronto, ON)
answer 3
I use Dr. Gross' All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner that he formulated especially for use with these pads. I don't know what there is about it, but it works better than the other cleansers I used with them. I remove my eye makeup and foundation first, then wash with his cleanser right before I use the pads. I have tried it every which way, and this works best for me.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
edie826
(Groves, TX)
answer 4
i think it depends on you skin type and what if can handle. i switch between ptr anti-ageing cleanser and fresh soy cleanser.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
kat1018
(billerica, ma)
answer 5
For me, the product is enough. What I like about it is that I can use less expensive face wash--anything that works on your skin and keeps it cleansed. The moisturizer you choose would be more important, as the peel does do a number--make sure you have an effective moisturizer. I use Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Moisturizer and it works well without making my face shiny.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sarahlhl
(Athens, OH)
answer 6
I have used several cleaners before using this product and found any deep cleaner that gets into the pores works best.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
care0531
(Naples, FL)
Question
are the results permanent or must you keep using it in order to keep up the results?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
Nothing is permanent but I would not use this product DAILY if you don't need to. Save it for a rainy day.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
babidollface
(CA)
answer 2
I don't believe ANY skincare product's results are permanent (although it would be fabulous if they were!)... No, unfortunately skincare is a permanent JOB~ and like any job, when you slack off... your work suffers.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mazzy69
(LA, Ca)
answer 3
I WISH they were permanent - lol. I use them every day or every other day and it keeps my skin looking great. After I went for a week without using them, those fine lines and wrinkles started creeping back. I think with any of these pads, one must continue them in order to reap the maximum results.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
edie826
(Groves, TX)
answer 4
I meant if the fading of sun spots and acne scars were permanent? Sorry if I wasn't very clear
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
olivechicka
answer 5
nothing is permanent...but if you use sunscreen with a high spf you prevent more skin damage
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
kat1018
(billerica, ma)
answer 6
If you're asking about the clear complexion the pads gave, once I stopped, it became dull,dry, and I broke out. I'm soooo going back to them.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
socalsteph55
(San Diego, CA)
Question
my face is fair and was wondering if this product can make your skin peel??
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(santa fe springs, ca)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I have very fair skin and I have never had a problem
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
katzmom
answer 2
NO. Well I believe it wont. it's a very acid base product so it will make your face more vulnerable to the sun so wear SPF face lotion and try not to be in the sun to much.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
anavil
(Baldwin Park, CA)
answer 3
I have fair to light skin (light is my tan). And my skin can dry out in the winter, but I have had no problems with peeling. I think the step 2 might help with this bc it feels moisturizing when applied. You shouldn't have a problem. Good luck :)
answered 3 years ago
sarahwaters
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 4
I have medium skin and I have not had the slightest peeling. I can't say enough good things about this product. Just make sure you moisturize well after. I use it at night just to make sure my skin has time to breath and remain free of any makeup. Maybe start with the regular strength first before trying the extra strength? I hope it works well for you.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sonsire
(Toronto, ON)
answer 5
My skin is fair, also. They did NOT make my skin peel at all. The exfoliation process is immediate even though you won't see skin flakes on the pads. Just remember to use serum and moisturizer afterwards, as they do dry the skin. This is the best product I have ever used on my face!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
edie826
(Groves, TX)
answer 6
There is absolutley no peeling involved. It actually leaves your skin feeling fresh and not dried out. I am using a strong mosturizer afterwards to help my dry skin. This is a good product,I actually found one that helps!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
happysteph
(Estes Park, Co)
Question
dennis gross xtra stength alpha beta peel
I received a sample of this 2 stepproduct. I put it on tonite. When do you wash it off or do you let it on your skin and wash it when I wake up? There are no intructions on this
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
dawn0413
(NY, NY)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I put it on at night also and wash my face in the morning. It's o.k. to use a softener after use also.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
makeuprn
(Hinsdale, IL)
answer 2
The product is suppose to be ued after you have washed your face. Then, use the two step product. No need to wahs it off, but make sure that you use step 2 pad everywhere you used step 1 pad. Remember that you should not be using products with any alcohol in them if you use this product.

BTW, I don't wash my face before using this because I have sensitive skin and it works amazingly.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
debra26
(New York, NY)
answer 3
You do not wash off. Let it dry before applying your normal moisturizer etc.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
lauraem
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
You don't wash it off. The second pad is the neutralizer. If you still feel any tingling, take another swipe with Pad #2. I usually wait about 10 min, and then apply DDF Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Moisturizer -- really sinks into the skin after using the peel.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
spencera
(Richmond, VA)
answer 5
My sample had instructions on the back of the packets. Use the first packet and wipe all over face, neck,until the pad is dry.
Wait 2 minutes and do the same with the second wipe.
Do not wash off and do not use alcohol based products after.
Can use on your hands, too.
Hope this helps.
Be sure to wear sun protection, too.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
pastryqueen
(Austin, TX)
answer 6
We recommend applying Step 1 and waiting about 2-3 minutes then follow with Step 2. Follow with your day or night time moisturizer and do not rinse off. We hope this answers your question!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
how to incorporate it to my daily routine?
i use a cleanser, toner, acne serum, moisturizer..where does this fit in? after cleansing or after toning?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Miami, FL)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I think I would skin the toning on the day you were using the peel and use it after cleansing. If you were to use both, it might be too irritating and the purpose of the toner is to change the pH, correct? I'd double check with the acne serum too. Sometimes it's just too much of a good thing. I get good results with cleansing, peel and moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
bostonbeth
(boston, ma)
answer 2
I use these after cleansing and toning, but let the toner dry first. The apply your other steps.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
alea4240
(NC)
answer 3
I use it at night right after I wash my face, and than I put on my products from my dermatologist. I have acne skin.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dstark
(Miami, FL)
answer 4
I use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. I have found that using any other products with it at night tend to make your face red. It is so strong that you really don't need anyting else for that month
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
katzmom
answer 5
This product should be used after your cleanser.
I do cleanser, peel, acne spot treatment (when needed), serum, and mouisterizer.
My skin has never looked so good!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
care0531
(Naples, FL)
answer 6
I replace my toner with this at night. Since it already has anti-aging properties in it I would replace my toner or serum at night with this. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
detgrl
(Detroit, MI)
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