Looking to take your skin care routine up a notch? The Universal Daily Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross is one that I have been using on and off for years when my skin needs some extra TLC. Years ago when I first started noticing more hyperpigmentation (mainly due to sun exposure and hormones) in my esthetician recommended this product.
I honestly can’t say enough about this product. It has helped my skin feel and look great over the years. And it defiantly is a great alternative to use in between professional facials if that is something you are into! Because I love it so much, I am sharing some of the peel deets and discussing the difference of Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) on the blog today.
Deets on the Dennis Gross Daily Peel
What is it recommended for: These at home peels are know to help improve uneven skin tone (discoloration, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring) and texture by removing dead skin, oil and other impurities
Dr. Dennis Gross has 3 different types of peels for sensitive, normal, and oily skin. You can take the Peel Quiz here to find out which might fit your needs. It might also be beneficial to consult with your dermatologist or esthetician if you are unsure.
Disclaimer: My skin is acne prone, oily, and hyperpigmented (sunspots and melasma) and I am currently suing the universal peel, but have used the extra strength in the past. I highly recommend trying a less potent peel so your skin can acclimate to the product. You will thank me later.
Price: These peels tend to be on the pricey side at $88 for a 30 day supply and that price tag might be hard to commitment to. I definitely think it a product worth it’s price, but don’t take jus my word for read some of the views. Or, better yet try them out with their 5-pack which is only $17. (I linked the Universal, but they have them in sensitive and extra strength as well).
How to use it: I use the Alpha Beta peel every other day, if not daily to help with some of my skin concerns such as my Melasma and acne scarring. The peel is a 2-step system. You prep your skin by washing first and then applying Step 1 until the pad dries out (about 2-3 minutes). Once you apply Step 1 you wait 2 minutes and then apply Step 2. Then again you wait about 2 minutes for it to dry before applying that rest of your skin care routine products.
Why is it so effective: These at home peels have AHA/BHAs plus different antioxidants and vitamins that help turn over dead skin cells. What are AHAs and BHAs, you ask.
Well here is an overview of both types of acids……..
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are acids that are found in substances like sugar, milk, grapes, or almonds. They work by helping to speed up the natural process of cells turning over or shedding. AHA typically only work at the surface level and love water so they are great for skin concerns like evening out skin from acne marks or scars, reduces fine lines and hyperpigmentation, and is great for dry skin. One common AHA is glycolic acid which is known for its cell regeneration properties. Another AHA is lactic acid which helps to lock in moisture into the skin.
- Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) do exfoliate the top layer as well but they penetrate deeper into the skin are typically used with skin concerns like acne prone skin. So while AHAs love water, BHAs love oil. They breakdown the oil that clogs pores and help clear up or stop acne from forming. BHA also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. One of the most common BHA is salicylic acid which is often found in acne cleansers.
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist so if you want to know about which acids are right for you, please consult a professional.
How to use the peel: I use the Alpha Beta peel every other day, if not daily to help with some of my skin concerns such as my melasma and acne scarring. The peel is a 2-step system. You prep your skin by washing first and then applying Step 1 until the pad dries out (about 2-3 minutes). Once you apply Step 1 you wait 2 minutes and then apply Step 2. Then again you wait about 2 minutes for it to dry before applying that rest of your skin care routine products.
Well there you have it the ins and outs of the Daily Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross . And more information than you ever wanted to know about AHA and BHA acids. I know these peels are pricey, but so worth it. Give the 5-pack a try, it’s only $17 and if you don’t like it then you won’t be committing to the full sticker price.
I also want to say that there is one other product that has been raved about and that is the The Ordinary Peeling Solution AHA 30% + BHA 2%. It is more affordable at $7.20 and can also be found at retailers like Sephora and Ulta. I have never used The Ordinary, but recently purchased this Solution try as either a replacement or to alternate between high end and more budget friendly alternatives. So stay tuned on my thoughts and if it hold ups to the peels.
Hope this was helpful and I convinced you to at least pick up the 5 pack to try out! If you try them or already have tried them leave me a comment would love to hear from you. If you loved this post make sure to check out some of these other posts.
Until Next Time,