Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Clinic-At-Home Pore Edition

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Clinic-At-Home Pore Edition

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
  • Cleansing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • retinol
  • ascorbic acid
  • adenosine
  • glycolic acid
  • gluconolactone
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • lactic acid
  • retinol
  • panthenol
  • urea
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carnitine hcl
  • copper pca
  • glycerin
  • hexylresorcinol
  • hydrolyzed soy protein
  • jojoba alcohol
  • jojoba esters
  • mandelic acid
  • phospholipids
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • quercetin
  • resveratrol
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • tocopherol
  • ubiquinone
  • vitis vinifera fruit extract
  • zinc pca
  • +33 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
91 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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"100% agreed the product thoroughly cleansed their skin ."
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin.

The following cleansing agents are typically mild, but still can cause an irritation or allergy for some people peg-7 glyceryl cocoate.

Keep in mind that cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

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What does the product description say?
"2 oz/ 60 mL Alpha Beta® Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel ."
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This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol, salicylic acid. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: gluconolactone, glycolic acid, mandelic acid, zinc pca

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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MEDIUM
meets threshold
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"The iconic Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel gently exfoliates skin to quickly reveal the appearance of radiance and reduced visible lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: gluconolactone, glycolic acid, mandelic acid, retinol, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
12% - 17%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
5.2% - 7.8%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
3.1% - 4.7%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
2.2% - 3.3%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
1.8% - 2.7%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
1.5% - 2.3%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.95% - 1.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.2% - 1.8%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
1% - 1.5%
Helps shed the upper layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin revealing smoother, brighter skin. It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation. It has anti-bacterial properties, and might help to reduce blemishes, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It is considered to be gentler than glycolic acid
0.85% - 1.25%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.55% - 1.25%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.5% - 1.15%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.45% - 1.05%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.5% - 1.15%
Plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.5% - 1.15%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.45% - 1%
0.4% - 0.95%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
A compound that combines zinc with a hydrating ingredient PCA. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Can help calm down inflammation in skin. Could be helpful in reducing the formation of free radicals in skin. Might help to reduce fine lines in wrinkles, but solid evidence is missing
0.35% - 0.8%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.9%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps regulate the product pH
0.4% - 1%
Helps neutralize free radicals in skin and might help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as even out the skin tone
0.35% - 0.8%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.35% - 0.8%
Coenzyme Q10. It helps neutralize free radicals in skin, improves skin hydration and might be helpful agains fine lines and wrinkles. It can be an allergen
0.35% - 0.8%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.35% - 0.85%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.35% - 0.8%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
Plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.95%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.4% - 0.9%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.35% - 0.8%
A compound that combines zinc with a hydrating ingredient PCA. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Can help calm down inflammation in skin. Could be helpful in reducing the formation of free radicals in skin. Might help to reduce fine lines in wrinkles, but solid evidence is missing
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Works as a cleansing agent
0.5% - 1.15%
Used as a cleansing agent. Helps water and oil mix together
0.85% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent. Creates foam
0.55% - 1.25%
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps shed the upper layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin revealing smoother, brighter skin. It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation. It has anti-bacterial properties, and might help to reduce blemishes, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It is considered to be gentler than glycolic acid
0.35% - 0.85%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.35% - 0.8%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.35% - 0.85%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.85%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.75%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
A mushroom extract that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and skin lightening properties, but solid evidence is missing
0.35% - 0.8%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
0.4% - 0.9%
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.35% - 0.8%
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.35% - 0.85%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.4% - 0.95%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.75%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.9%
Used as a fragrance
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin, but is less potent than the extract from the seeds
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps to improve the product consistency
0.35% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Might be helpful in decreasing sebum production making the skin less oily. Is claimed to be able to support ceramide production in skin that leads to better hydration, but evidence is lacking. Is able to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps shed the upper layer of dead cells from the surface of the skin revealing smoother, brighter skin. It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation. It has anti-bacterial properties, and might help to reduce blemishes, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It is considered to be gentler than glycolic acid
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.35% - 0.8%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.35% - 0.85%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.85%
A fungus extract that can help to create a temporary tightening feeling on the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.35% - 0.8%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.3% - 0.7%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.4% - 0.9%
Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.35% - 0.8%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
0.35% - 0.8%
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.4% - 0.9%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.45% - 1.05%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
0.4% - 0.9%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.4% - 0.95%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.3% - 0.7%
A very irritating fragrant ingredient
0.3% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Rarely causes irritation
0.3% - 0.7%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.3% - 0.75%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.2% - 0.8%
A fruit extact. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.4% - 0.9%
0.3% - 0.7%
Used as a fragrance
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.65%
Used as a fragrance
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.5%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.1% - 0.4%
A berry extract. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%

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