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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

What it is: A clinical strength serum that prevents and corrects sun damage including wrinkles and uneven skintone. What it is formulated to do: This professional strength serum goes beyond brightening to deliver firmer, smoother, brighter skin by neutralizing free radicals with antioxidants and retinol, targeting fine lines and wrinkles, and evening skintone. In a lightweight delivery system, this powerful fluid formulated by NYC dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, absorbs quickly for instant and long-term results and is appropriate for all skin types. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates What else you need to know: This product is vegan and cruelty-free. It is also formulated without synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs, or triclosan. Research results: -In a consumer use study, after 14 days:- 93.8% agreed that this product exfoliated their skin, leaving it smoother - 90.6% agreed that their skin looked younger overall - 90.6% agreed that their skin had an overall glow
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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 2 years, 4 months ago
sbolling
(Salem, VA)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
5 answers
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answer 1
I love the smell. I think its partly the licorace. If it works who cares. There's people willing to put that fish smelling pericone blue plasma on their face and sleep like that. Barf. Lets all be greatful this doesnt smell like tuna. Reminds me of camping.
answered 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Smiczy
answer 2
That smell is natural to the ingredients used. Nothing to worry about. Most serums containing similar ingredients have that unique smell.
answered 6 months ago
kittyscat
answer 3
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 1 year, 5 months ago
bollywood
(Philly, PA)
answer 4
I don't think so, my does not smell like that at all, there is almost no smell.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
ploquinha
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
answer 5
Maybe you got an old bottle. Mine has absolutely zero smell.
answered 2 years 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 3 years, 5 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
3 answers
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answer 1
Skinceuticals products contain retinol; this is another (less effective) derivative of Vitamin A. Stick with Skinceuticals.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
ClubRacer
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
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 2 years, 8 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 3
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 3 years ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
Question
Ferulic Acid+Retinol
Can this solution be used under the eyes aswell?.
asked 3 years, 3 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 1 year 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 3 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 1 year ago
Betsypaige
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
Immediately after peel apply this once soaked in about a minute apply moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 10 months 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 3 years, 3 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 2 years, 4 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 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 1 month 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 1 year, 1 month 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, 10 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
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How long does it take to work?
asked 3 years 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, 10 months 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 3 years ago
zootndingo
(New York, NY)
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Will this help keep skin clear?
I have always heard that Retinol is used to treat acne so I'm wondering if this product will help treat breakouts/keep skin clear even though it's not in the product description?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
KO87
(Boulder, CO)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, retinol does help treat acne. But you must be really patient and consistent and use sunscreen like Clear Face from Nutrogena during the day.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 2
It helps a lot with breakouts less harsh than retin a
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ngm135
(Sarepta LA)
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do you soak the pad or just use a small amount
asked 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 2 months ago
Nabiba
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
I just applied a small amount with my fingers.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
constinteen
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What would be a good moisturizer to use over this serum at night?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
melissap1
(Mustang, OK)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion!! It's amazing and works well with this product.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
Ktnewbs
(Tennessee)
answer 2
It completely depends on your skin and what it needs.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
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