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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, 1 month 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 2 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 7 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, 1 month ago
xteena
(Anonymous)
answer 4
i follow the products instructions and use it daily on my face and neck.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
spending
(North Hollywood, CA)
answer 5
It is meant to be used daily, preferably in the night.
answered 3 years, 4 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, 8 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 3 years, 11 months 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 3 years, 11 months 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 3 years, 11 months 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 ago
weaselberries
(Oakdale, MN)
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Does this cause breakouts?
I have acne prone skin & i'm wondering if anyone's had trouble with this product?
asked 3 years, 4 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 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, 7 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, 2 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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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, 3 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, 3 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, 8 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, 8 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, 9 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 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
debra26
(New York, NY)
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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, 7 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, 6 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, 7 months ago
zenzoona
(Big EAZY)
answer 3
I use it about twice a week.
answered 2 years, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
kolambert
answer 7
Morning & night!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
diva298
(Nazareth, PA)
Question
do you wash your face after step 2 of this peel?
asked 3 years, 7 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, 4 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, 5 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, 5 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, 6 months ago
happysteph
(Estes Park, Co)
answer 5
Thanks ladies. You have been a great help. :)
answered 3 years, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
mes337
(Glenside, PA)
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, 9 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 8 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, 8 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, 9 months ago
detgrl
(Detroit, MI)
Question
Has anyone used this versus Kate Somerville Exfolikate and the Brazilian Peel?
I am using this product now and have seen some pretty good results but it seems that the Exfolikate and the Brazilian Peel are getting some really great reviews. I have large pores and uneven skintone and am wondering if either of these two products are working better for anyone else.

Thanks in advance!
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
hccnyc
(NY, NY)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I have tried all of them. I like this one the best. The exfoli-Kate didn't do much for me. I still have the bottle but have stopped using it since it didn't make a difference. I tried the brazillian and that one works pretty well but it is pricey and it was harsh on my skin. (skin got red). This one didn't make my skin red and it was so easy to use and showed fast results. If your skin isn't super sensitive, the Brazillian peel is great too. I just prefer this one. I personally didn't get much from the Kate. It's gentle and exfoliates I guess but my skin didn't look or feel any different after using it several times.
answered 3 years ago
carissasmama
(Rockville, MD)
answer 2
I have used all three thanks to Sephora samples. I prefer these pads as well. But I like to take a break about once a month. That's when I use the Exfolikate. I have very oily, acne prone skin, so I always need something but Exfolikate is more gentle.

As another commenter said, the brazilian peel is more immediate. So, if I've been on a budget, haven't been keeping up with this peel and have an event, I'll reach for the brazilian.

I must say though, hands down, the best skin care product I've purchased are the Perricone Omega 3 diestary supplement pills. It has evened out my skin tone and allowed my skincare routine to really do its job.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
mey2t
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
I have used the Brazilian Peel in the past and did not see as much a a result as with this product. I have received so many compliments on how my skin looks lately, so I am sticking to this.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
debra26
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I have used all three and this is hands down, my favorite. Exfolikate works well, but these pads tighten better and diminish the fine lines more. The Brazilian Peel is also a good product, but I think that both Exfolikate and the Brazilian Peel are more exclusively used just for exfoliation. Dr. Gross' pads have more visible benefits such as tightening, smoothing wrinkles, fading age spots, evening out skin tone, increasing hydration, etc. - that the other two products don't do IMO. For the money (and I know they are expensive!) you can't buy a better product than these pads!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
edie826
(Groves, TX)
answer 5
I also use the Brazilian peel, and while the peel delivers remarkable results instantly, I think the extra strength alpha beta treatments better improve my skin long term. Also, the preventative aspects of the treatments are better than the peel, in my opinion. If I had to stop using one of the products, it would definitely be the peel.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
daintyheifer
(Washington, DC)
answer 6
I use both!! The Exfolikate is more of a manual exfoliant, you need to be at the sink to rinse off. The Dr. Gross pads are nice because you just swipe and your done. I don't know what your daily routine is, but I like to switch it up. Hope this helps!!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
janepo
Question
Can I use clarisonic with this
If I use this in the pm, can I use my clarisonic in the am or vice versa?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I use my clarasonic mya to clean my face before I use it at night. I love the results!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
dstark
(Miami, FL)
answer 2
I did all the combinations. It didn't make any huge difference. Since the pads can be exfoliating, you can use the clarisonic in the morning and use this product at night.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
anu3030
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 3
I use mine twice a day when I wash my face and have not seen any adverse effects. If anything, I think it makes it work better because your skin is so clean
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
katzmom
answer 4
I use my clarisonic every day and use these once a week on a set day. like every monday or something. i cut the pads in half to save money. I apply step 2, moisturizer and go to bed then when I get up I wash my face. ahhhmazing.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
andy101
(tulsa, ok)
answer 5
I clean my face each night with my Clarisonic, wait a few minutes then use my pads. I have sensitive, acne proned, oily skin and it has not been a problem at all. May even be better since face is fresh and clean.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
iluvfreshsake
(Hayward, CA)
answer 6
Definitely! I even use my Clarisonic with a gentle cleanser right before using these pads and so far I have no irritation at all. I like to think the Clarisonic sets the stafe for the pads to really work.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
bickey
(Narrows, VA)
Question
How long do I leave it on for?
It says not to wash face after aplication but how long do I leave it on for?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
shopalot9
(MD)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
After I finish with step 2 I go to sleep and wash my face in the morning when I get up. Check out my review I left. these are amazing, and cut them in half, use once a week and your money is way well worth it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
andy101
(tulsa, ok)
answer 2
I leave it on for a few minutes.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
ecru
answer 3
Till the next time you wash your face. Put lotion or serum when your done using the pads so your skin wont dry out.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
anavil
(Baldwin Park, CA)
answer 4
It's like putting on moisturizer, you don't wash that off. I use mine at night so that it can really get in there before I was my face in the morning. Good luck:)
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
sarahwaters
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 5
Wipe your face with the first towelette until it feels dry, and then leave that for two minutes, then wipe your face with the 2nd towelette until it feels dry, and leave that on for 2 minutes, and then slather the heck out of your skin with moisturizer. I did the peel at night after I washed my face and before I went to bed, so I didn't wash my face again until the AM. I had great results.
answered 3 years ago
birvy
(Chicago)
answer 6
I think just until it dries but I usually used it at night and washed it off in the morning. It seemed to work well that way. I put moisturizer on top of it after about 15 minutes or so. It worked really well for me.
answered 3 years ago
carissasmama
(Rockville, MD)
Question
halfing the pads
Has anyone tried cutting the pads in half to double the quantity? I use to do this when I used the miracle worker pads.
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
andy101
(tulsa, ok)
on Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Formula
6 answers
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answer 1
I cut the pads in half to get more milage out of the product, and this works fine for me. The pads aren't huge, but it isn't difficult to handle half a pad; and the pads are saturated, so there is enough product for your entire face, neck, and decolletage.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
copperfield8
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 2
Yes it is a GREAT idea!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
diva298
(Nazareth, PA)
answer 3
Yes! Bc it's extra strength it lasts a little longer. I tried to do it to my regular strength pads and it didn't work.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
ecru
answer 4
I've tried doing that, but I don't get as much application of the product.

Have you ever tried the toilette-sized applications? They are more expensive; however, you can DEFINITELY get two (perhaps more) applications out of them.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
justanother1
(West Hollywood, CA)
answer 5
You can with the 5 pack (the pads are square and bigger than the 30). But warning they dry out fast if left out in the open.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
anavil
(Baldwin Park, CA)
answer 6
No I haven't try cutting pads in half, hadn't thought to do it. I believe the pads maybe too small to consider halving the dose
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
iluvfreshsake
(Hayward, CA)
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