Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • lactic acid
  • retinol
  • panthenol
  • urea
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carnitine hcl
  • glycerin
  • hexylresorcinol
  • jojoba alcohol
  • jojoba esters
  • mandelic acid
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • quercetin
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • tocopherol
  • +16 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Silicone-free, pore-treating serum that delivers a filtered appearance as it tackles existing pores and helps prevent new blackheads from forming."
WIMJ summary

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: glycolic acid, mandelic acid

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"Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, and Oiliness Formulation."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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"glycolic, lactic, malic, citric and salicylic), this serum lift dead skin cells from clogged pores while encouraging cell renewal for a smoother, more even tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

In addition, this product contains glycolic acid, mandelic acid, salicylic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: hexylresorcinol.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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What does the product description say?
"Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting & Refining Serum"
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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: glycolic acid, mandelic acid, retinol, salicylic acid.

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"Empowered by a potent blend of hydroxy acids (think."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: jojoba alcohol, jojoba esters.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol, urea

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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - hexylresorcinol, quercetin also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
4.5% - 5.5%
Helps to improve the product consistency
3.8% - 4.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.9% - 3.6%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.2% - 2.7%
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
1.9% - 2.3%
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
1.6% - 1.9%
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
1.4% - 1.7%
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% - 1.15%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.8% - 1.2%
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
0.7% - 1.05%
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)
0.6% - 0.85%
0.55% - 0.8%
A fungus extract that can help to create a temporary tightening feeling on the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.7%
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% - 0.65%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.45% - 0.7%
0.4% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
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% - 0.55%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.6%
Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
0.3% - 0.55%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve product formulations
0.3% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A very irritating fragrant ingredient
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Rarely causes irritation
0.25% - 0.5%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.25% - 0.5%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.25% - 0.45%
A fruit extact. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.35% - 0.65%
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.15% - 0.25%
A berry extract. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%

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