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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- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- Triclosan 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 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 2 months, 1 week 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 6 months ago
ploquinha
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
answer 3
Maybe you got an old bottle. Mine has absolutely zero smell.
answered 8 months ago
sephoraloyalist
(New York, NY)
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do you soak the pad or just use a small amount
asked 2 years, 1 month 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 1 year, 10 months ago
Nabiba
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
I just applied a small amount with my fingers.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
constinteen
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Does this product treat dark under eye circles?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
Spinelli
(Boston, MA)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
Dr. Dennis gross sells a Ferulic Acid + Retinol eye serum for that.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 2
I use this one for face and did put it under the eye area to see if it would help with dark circles, but I noticed that it dryes out the skin which is not good for the delicate skin that we have around eyes. Dr.Gross came up with a similar product for eyes.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
MiaMiami
(Miami, FL)
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How do you apply this??
Do you put a few drops on your hands and put it on? Do you put it in your moisturizer?? I would appreciate some help in this. I would like to purchase this. Thank you very much.
asked 7 months ago
thelmalou475
(st george, ON)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I think the best way to use this is you put a few drops on your face and massage it in with your finger tips them apply your moisturizer. Saves a lot of product by doing it like this.
answered 7 months ago
mun3ca
(Bronx NY)
answer 2
For specific areas of concern, apply to the solution on the enclosed pads and use on desired area. For best results, use consistently after the Alpha Beta® Peel and follow with moisturizing sunscreen.
answered 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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when does this expire?
thinking of stocking up with the promo, but when does this expire?
asked 6 months ago
kristinbatl
(Atlanta, GA)
on Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
2 answers
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answer 1
I think the issue for the products longevity is light exposure because retinal becomes less effective when exposed to light. Luckily it comes in a tinted bottle and a box. I think if you keep it sealed in the bottles, boxes, and in a dark place that should increase it's life. I had a bottle on my bathroom counter for 3 months and opened the lid only to use it- I noticed the product seemed to change color from clear to yellowish, so I threw it away. I think it had lost it's effectiveness by then.
answered 1 month ago
Etcetera7
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
This serum is good for about a year if left unopened. After this is opened, this product will last about 6 to 9 months.
answered 6 months ago
RandeeBT
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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 1 year, 7 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 1 year, 2 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 2
It helps a lot with breakouts less harsh than retin a
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ngm135
(Sarepta LA)
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What would be a good moisturizer to use over this serum at night?
asked 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 2 months ago
Ktnewbs
(Tennessee)
answer 2
It completely depends on your skin and what it needs.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
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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, 1 month 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, 5 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 1 year, 8 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
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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 1 year, 11 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, 1 month 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 1 year, 10 months ago
ReviewbySherry
(HB, CA)
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How long does it take to work?
asked 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 7 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 1 year, 8 months ago
zootndingo
(New York, NY)
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