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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

What it is:A solution that prevents and treats sun damage and wrinkles. What it is formulated to do:This professional strength solution is formulated with naturally derived actives that combat all types of uneven skintone. You can now eliminate dark spots resulting from aging and sun damage with proven antioxidants ferulic acid and retinol, hyperpigmentation and hormonal changes with azelaic amino acid and bearberry, and blemish scars with salicylic acid and willowbark. Created by a practicing dermatologist, the unique, fluid-like delivery system absorbs quickly to treat all skin types. Use daily as an all-over treatment or to target specific areas with the included micro-fiber cotton pads. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Phthalates What else you need to know:This product is vegan and cruelty-free.
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Questions & Answers for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

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Is it supposed to smell like liquid smoke?
Seriously, this stuff smells like smoked pork. It's not terrible, just weird.
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
sbolling
(Salem, VA)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
3 answers
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answer 1
I smell that too! I know it's not a fluke since I'm on my third bottle, but there is a slight smoky smell to it. I love the product though and don't mind the smell... actually I kinda enjoy it.... mmmm bacon....
answered 8 months ago
bollywood
(Philly, PA)
answer 2
I don't think so, my does not smell like that at all, there is almost no smell.
answered 1 year ago
ploquinha
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
answer 3
Maybe you got an old bottle. Mine has absolutely zero smell.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
sephoraloyalist
(New York, NY)
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Is this comparable to Skinceuticals?
Skinceuticals is known for their Ferulic formula. Is this supposed to be similar ? It would be great because this is cheaper.
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I don't know how accurate this statement can be. There are products out there that have retinol in there for day use. Dr. Brandt, Peter Thomas Roth, and PCA Skin all have products for day use with retinol in it. PCA even mixes C & retinol in their A&C Synergy serum. (very nice, hate the pump and pricey) When I used to break out more, I used to mix my Philosophy vitamin c powder with my retinol cream or my Philosphy Help Me and had good results.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 2
While they both contain ferulic, they are fundamentally different products. In the Skinceuticals, the ferulic stabilizes the Vitamin C (the main ingredient). In this product, the ferulic complements the Retinol (the main ingredient). Ferulic is just a pretty good antioxidant, but Vitamin C and Retinol are really the power players in each product. Vitamin C is the gold standard in collagen building and antioxidant protection (preventing/undoing cellular damage). Retinol is the gold standard in cellular turnover (making new, plump, radiant cells to replace the old, dull ones). While they function differently, they both result in more luminous skin and a reduction in wrinkles. Retinol will also prevent acne, whereas Vitamin C is better at correcting dark spots. Typically, you don't find Retinol and Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) in products together, since they inactivate one another.

In a perfect world (where money grows on trees), you'd want to use the Skinceuticals in the morning and a retinol product in the evening. You should always use retinol (like this product) at night since it is inactivated by sunlight. Also, you SHOULD NOT use a retinol and a Vitamin C product containing ascrobic acid (like Skinceuticals) one right after the other since they will inactive one another (a huge waste of money).

If you decide to use a retinol serum, there are cheaper, more effective products out there than this one. The two products at Sephora (to my knowledge) with the highest percentage of retinol are Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM (1.5% retinol, $65 for 1 oz) and Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum (2% retinol, $85 for 1.7oz). Skinceuticals also makes retinol products, but they're more expensive and arguably less effective. Note that with any retinol products, you're skin may look worse for the first 1-2 weeks, then it will start to look dramatically better--hang in there, it's worth it!!

Cheers, and good luck!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
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do you soak the pad or just use a small amount
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
kbnc
(Washington, NC)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
It seems like a waste to use the pads, I use my fingers
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Nabiba
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
I just applied a small amount with my fingers.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
constinteen
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Ferulic Acid+Retinol
Can this solution be used under the eyes aswell?.
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
gogirl602
(Phoenix,AZ)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
No skin is too thin for this product. Look for one made for the eye area.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
tracycc
(raleigh, nc)
answer 2
Yes, it can. I used it under my eyes and it left no stinging or anything. It's great.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
eminen
(minnesota)
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use with alpha beta peel & other products
It says to use after the alpha beta peel. How long after the peel can you put this on? Then how long should you wait before moisturizer?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
bengalgirl
(Santa Fe, NM)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I wait for the alpha beta peel to dry completely, and then give it a few extra minutes to completely absorb before applying it. I do use both together regularly. Often I follow with a moisturizer as well (after this absorbs).
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Betsypaige
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
Immediately after peel apply this once soaked in about a minute apply moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ngm135
(Sarepta LA)
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application technique and amount
Used this for the first time last night and didn't want to use a pad because for this price i didn't want to waste it getting absorbed by the pad. But it is pure liquid. Put a few drops on and tried to spread it around but very hard to do because it's so liquid and vanishes instantly. What is the best method to ensure an even application? I can see why this isn't called a serum.
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
bengalgirl
(Santa Fe, NM)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
The Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution is an all-over treatment. Application technique is up to you — either apply to the entire face using your fingers, or use the cotton pads for targeted treatment. Use directly after the Alpha Beta Peel and follow with a moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
drdennisgross
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I found that the pads that it comes with do not absorb the liquid very much at all, however, you don't need to soak in this stuff in order for it to work. Here is what I do and I got great results:
I put 1/4 of the dropper on the pad and quickly apply to both cheeks in a downward motion. Both cheeks feel slightly damp with moisture - so it's on there.
I put 1/4 of the dropper on the pad again and quickly apply to forehead, nose and chin.
Keep in mind that this is not an astringent to clean your face, it should feel different and much lighter.
Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
ReviewbySherry
(HB, CA)
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How to get more microfiber pads??
I have been using it and I have been seeing really good results. I'm running out of the pads??? Where can I get more???
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
nyctamara
(Queens, New York)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
You really don't need the microfiber pads. It ends up just wasting serum. You can use your fingertips.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
rb8531
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
I don't know where you can get more pads, but you can also just apply it by hand.
answered 2 years ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
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Will this product do more than prescription retinol?
I have already been to a dermatologist for clogged pores and age spots twice. I have used prescription retinol and it did nothing except dry out my skin and make it flake. The spots I have did not change at all, and I still had clogged pores. I have also used Hydroquinone, which also did nothing. I am pretty much done with trying any more expensive creams/serums that promise everything with no results.

What makes this product any different?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
8cats
(Coram, NY)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I doubt it. I've used Rx retinol as well. If the Rx didn't work for you, you won't have much luck with this.
What DID work for me was getting a chemical peel and THEN using this serum, along with the pads on a daily basis.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
rb8531
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
This Product contains Azelaic Amino Acid, Bearberry & Mulberry extracts. Those Three ingredients mixed with the Marquee ingredients make this product a natural alternative to Retin-A and Hydraquinone WITHOUT the photo sensitivity & dehydration factor.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
SMae90
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How long does it take to work?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
pusan
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I saw brightness to my skin in just few days
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ngm135
(Sarepta LA)
answer 2
It helped my acne right away but it might have been 4-6 weeks in with twice a day use before I noticed that I used less makeup to hide the dark marks left by the acne.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
zootndingo
(New York, NY)
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Can it treat a fine dark upper lip shadow ?
I have a fine dark shadow on my upper lip , I hate it .. I always have to put conceal to hide but I think it has gotten darker and it doesn't properly hide even with concealor anymore so I wanna know if it'll be helpful to treat my upper lip shadow , is it really that efficient ?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Montreal)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I can't give you an answer with 100% certainty, but it's possible that it could fade it after consistent use. It's cleared up my skin imperfections and created an even skin tone. I think it will have to do with the severity of discoloration.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Betsypaige
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
A dark lip shadow sounds like it's hair follicles under the surface. I would say of you are removing hair from there, make sure you wax or thread (properly). Consider laser if it really bothers you, or adding some color to your skin (a tan) will also hid the dark shadow.

No, I don't think this product will help you unless you think it is scarring or hyper-pigmentation.
answered 2 years ago
niti
(Los Angeles, CA)
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