Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel Mini

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel Mini

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • gluconolactone
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed soy protein
  • mandelic acid
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • vitis vinifera fruit extract
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel Mini"
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WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, glycereth-7 caprylate/caprate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, polyglyceryl-3 laurate, sodium cocoamphoacetate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: peg-7 glyceryl cocoate

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"Infused with Alpha Beta acids to sweep away dead cells and reveal the newer, smoother skin underneath, the exfoliating cleanser also utilizes Willow Bark to delve deep into pores and unclog spot-causing bacteria and impurities."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient 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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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"Going a glowing step further than your usual cleanser, the formula gently sloughs away dead, dulling cells to smooth and tighten skin, without disturbing its delicate balance."
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, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

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
11% - 16%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.3% - 6.5%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.8% - 4.2%
Works as a cleansing agent
2.2% - 3.3%
Used as a cleansing agent. Helps water and oil mix together
2.1% - 3.1%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent. Creates foam
1.7% - 2.5%
1.3% - 2%
1.2% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
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
0.8% - 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
0.55% - 1.25%
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%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.45% - 1.1%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.45% - 1.05%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.95%
0.4% - 0.9%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.4% - 0.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
A mushroom extract that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
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% - 0.75%
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
0.3% - 0.7%
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
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.2% - 0.8%
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
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.8%
0.2% - 0.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.15% - 0.7%
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
0.15% - 0.7%
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
0.15% - 0.7%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.15% - 0.65%
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
0.2% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.6%
Used as a fragrance
0.1% - 0.4%
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
0.1% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%

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