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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Everyone seems interested in the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel that I featured in my skincare wish list post. As I explained in that post, I do like this peel. In fact, I like most peels because they give you the most bang for your buck for exfoliation, hydration, etc.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel
Dr Dennis Gross Peel

Light Peel

These daily peels are considered a light peel. So they won’t do as much for you as a medium peel but you don’t have the downtime either. You don’t have to worry about the peeling of dead skin that is visible or going without makeup while you heal. In fact, your skin will be glowing and ready for makeup application after using this peel. Yes, the glow is noticeable. That is probably why Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel is highly rated.


This peel stimulates cell growth and exfoliation of dead skin that is pretty evident right after you complete the peel. The effects are temporary that is why you can use them daily to achieve cell growth and keep dead skin cells from building up in the first place. Keeping the skin exfoliated is amazing for mature skin because our skin tends to look dull with the slowing down of skin regeneration. It is also great for helping our serums get down further into our skin where it really needs to be without it fighting to get past the dead skin cells.


While there really are no dupes for this product that I have found. You can try Nip + Fab pads to see if you even like this type of exfoliation. Just know that the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel have different ingredients for exfoliation and this peel has a much more elegant formulation. It also has two parts, the peel, and the neutralizer. Both with dermatologist formulations.

Irritation or Drying

I haven’t experienced any dry, tight feeling with this peel. Actually, my skin looks pretty hydrated and plump. Still, I would be unsure about using it every day with my skin. I actually use it every week at present. I do switch around between these and my Peter Thomas Roth Peel Pads. Just because I like to switch things up and give my skin a variety of exfoliation and skin-loving ingredients.

Can you overdo it with this peel? Of course, you can. Your skin is constantly changing. The different environments it is subject to every day can take a toll on your skin. One day it can get irritated for a number of reasons. But if you over-exfoliate or your skin is just irritated don’t’ fret it too much. The irritation will go away quite quickly after you discontinue use. As I said there are ingredients in this peel for cell growth as well, which will help your skin heal even after you discontinue their use for a bit.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel: Step 1 and Step 2

Step 1 of the peel ingredients

The Dr Dennis Gross peel pads contain multiply acids and some other skin-loving ingredients, as I call them.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Dr Dennis Gross Universal Daily Peel, Step 1
Yes, I did steam and wash my face first. I believe most come from my neck and chest. Might have more of a build up of dead skin cells

Acids in Step 1

Multiple Acids: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, and Malic Acid. Different acids work on different levels of the skin depending on the size of the molecule in the acid.

Glycolic Acid – is the smallest so it will penetrate the deepest in the skin. It has been shown to stimulate collagen and elastin for that reason it has been used in a number of products for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. I even use it in a small percentage in my nightly toner.

Salicylic Acid – This acid helps remove dead skin as well as cleanout pores. It is used in several acne treatments. Salicylic acid is also used in skin cleansers, because it doesn’t need to sit on the skin very long to work. It is also gentle enough to use every day.

Citric Acid – It is considered a weak acid, but it does a great job of evening out the skin tone. It also can be used as an antioxidant for the skin.

Lactic Acid – Has qualities of all of the other acids, but it adds more hydration to the skin than the other acids. Now I know Glycolic does a great job at hydration as well. But it is stated that Lactic is better at it. This acid comes from milk, which is why some people like milk baths for hydration of the body with exfoliation.

Malic acid – this acid is a humectant as well. It is also a PH balancer for the skin. Malic acid is one of the most gentle acids for the skin.

The best thing is about having all of these acids in this peel is that they all have different weights so they all penetrate to different levels of your skin. Dr. Dennis Gross is known for the peels that he does at his office. This peel is simply made for home use.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peel - Step 2
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peel – Step 2

Step 2 ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

Step 2 – what it is

Step 2 is a neutralizer for the peel. Some peels need to be neutralized to stop the acids from doing damage to the skin. Water and Sodium Bicarbonate (or Baking soda) are the main ingredients in most neutralizers. In fact, when I do my 40% glycolic peels, that is what I use to neutralize it. This towelette has more ingredients that are very helpful to the skin.

Including Vitamin C, retinol (a form of Vitamin A), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, probiotics, Copper, and Zinc (copper and zinc are in both steps of the peel). These are some seriously good ingredients for the skin. This step neutralizes and nourishes the skin.


I should probably use this peel more often. It is $88.00 for 35 treatments and $17.00 for 5 peels (so you can try it out without too much investment). That isn’t a bad price when you consider the cost of going to the dermatologist office. It is only around $2.60 per peel and the ingredients are worth it. Also, it is convenient, you can use it whenever you wish. You know better than anyone what your skin is needing for the day and if you need to use this peel. Even if you haven’t used it in a while and decide to, on just a wimp, you can’t deny the glow you will get from it.

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