Derms Can’t Stop Recommending These Brightening Peel Pads—And Right Now They’re 20% Off

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Dermatologists and W+G beauty editors alike cannot get enough of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel. Beloved for its powerful combination of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, this daily peel thoroughly exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin to reveal a soft and bright complexion. To find out why it's such a fan fave, let's break down what's inside this skin-care superstar.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula

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First, alpha hydroxy acids (commonly known as AHAs) are used for what board-certified dermatologist Shirley Chi, MD, calls "superficial exfoliation." AHAs are water-soluble, which means they work on the skin's top layer to remove dead skin cells. By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, these AHAs can address concerns like mild acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

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On the other hand, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) are oil-based, and are thus able to work below the skin's surface. They're "lipid-soluble," says board-certified dermatologist Rina Allawh, MD, FAAD, so they can "penetrate into the dermis through the oil-producing glands—known as the sebaceous glands—and can influence oil or sebum production." This means that they really get underneath your skin to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores from the inside out, making them a go-to for getting rid of deep, more pronounced pimples.

Considering the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel delivers a one-two punch of these powerful exfoliants, it's no wonder that it's so beloved—as far as exfoliation goes, you're getting the best of both worlds. "When AHAs and BHAs are used together, you get more exfoliation and brightening than when used alone," says Dr. Chi. The formula's sloughing prowess will not only leave your complexion more radiant, but it will also help the rest of your products penetrate more deeply, thanks to the fact that it whisks away any dead skin cells that might be standing in their way.

Though pads are aptly considered a "peel" (which can be endlessly intimidating for those of us with sensitive skin), their 2-step application process was designed for even the most reactive complexions. Step one is filled with a blend of seven acids that gently exfoliate the skin, and step two is all about neutralizing those acids and giving your complexion an extra burst of hydration.

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