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Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths with AHAs
30 cloths for $18
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Last Updated:12.14.2015
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Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths with AHAs are sold with the alleged dual benefit of cleansing plus exfoliation from ingredients like salicylic acid (also known as BHA, for beta hydroxy acid) and lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA). Unlike traditional cleansers, these are not intended to be rinsed off and lack traditional cleansing agents—think of these as akin to cloths pre-soaked with a toner-like AHA/BHA solution. Unfortunately, we suspect the only exfoliation you're likely to get is the mechanical kind that comes from massaging these soft cloths over your face, kind of like using a dampened washcloth.

That's because Dr. Dennis Gross doesn't indicate the amount of BHA or AHA it contains, which appears to be relatively low given its placement on the ingredient list.

In terms of cleansing and leaving skin feeling soft, these cloths are relatively gentle and effective for all skin types, except the extra-sensitive (due to the fragrant plant extracts). The fragrant plant extracts do pose a slight risk of irritation for anyone's skin, as does the additional fragrance, but the risk is reduced due to the higher amounts of soothing plant oil and non-fragrant plant extracts these cloths contain.

When it comes to removing makeup, these cloths do a good job if you wear minimal color, but aren't adept at removing waterproof or long-wearing formulas, lip stains, or mascara—not to mention that the fragrant ingredients present aren't ideal for use so close to the eyes.

What of the "detoxifying veil" the brand claims is left behind to prevent free-radical damage? Although these no-rinse cloths contain antioxidants that will stay on skin's surface, free radicals aren't toxins (poisons); they're rogue molecules that can damage skin cells in their attempt to steal what they need to become intact. This process is what antioxidants work to intercept, but it has nothing to do with toxins. Antioxidants in any product aren't a shield that blocks free radicals; they simply work to inactivate them before they harm skin. For more on the "detox" claim, see the More Info section.

Overall, these cloths cleanse gently, leave skin feeling smooth and soft, and are fine for removing light makeup. Their exfoliating benefits are dubious but the mechanical action of massaging the cloths over your face will promote superficial exfoliation similar to using a washcloth.

The only other consideration to keep in mind is price. You get a months' worth of Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths with AHAs, whereas lots of other cleansing cloths cost less or provide more cloths for your money.

Pros:
  • Cleanses gently.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
  • Provides "washcloth-like" level of exfoliation.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
Cons:
  • Pricey compared to the high quality cleansing cloths at the drugstore.
  • The amount of AHA and BHA ingredients are likely too low to exfoliate skin.
More Info:

Why Beauty Products Can't Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many a cosmetics company, you cannot "detox" your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify which substances their product supposedly banishes—which makes sense, as your skin isn't capable of storing any sort of toxin. An actual toxin is a poison, and we're talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals, insects, ¬or reptiles (think snake venom or bee stings) or other organisms.

So-called toxins cannot leave your body through the pores or through your skin, whether via sweat or other means—they're filtered, broken down, and removed by the kidneys and liver. Heavy metal toxicity, for example, can't be "sweated" or otherwise drawn out of skin; this requires medical treatment to remove them from the body.

Regardless of the skin concern you're battling, "toxins" aren't to blame—and if you're serious about wanting results, stick to what the research says really works (and ignore fantasy claims about "detoxifying" cosmetic products).

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Claims
In Dr. Gross' thriving New York City dermatological practice, all of his patient consultations start with taking skin back to its naturally clean state using soft, sterile cotton soaked with a gentle priming solution. Patients loved the feel of the thick, plush, solution-drenched cotton and were amazed by the results. Inspired by this and concerned by the lack of healthy, rinse-free cleansing products, Dr. Gross developed Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths with AHAs. Drenched in skin-nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, AHAs, and hydrators, these cloths remove impurities, pollution, and makeup while leaving behind a detoxifying veil that prevents free-radical damage.
Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, Polysorbate 20, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citric Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hyaluronic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Almost all of the products are fragrance-free; several serums and moisturizers contain a brilliant assortment of beneficial skin-care ingredients; all of the sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; almost all of the antioxidant-rich products are packaged to ensure stability and potency.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no effective AHA or BHA products (including the at-home peel the line is "known" for); problematic toner; incomplete selection of products to treat acne, and what’s available is more irritating than helpful; a few "why bother?" products.

As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. But Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.

As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?

Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to every Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!

Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159–161).

Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.

For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.

NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Almost all of the products are fragrance-free; several serums and moisturizers contain a brilliant assortment of beneficial skin-care ingredients; all of the sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; almost all of the antioxidant-rich products are packaged to ensure stability and potency.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no effective AHA or BHA products (including the at-home peel the line is "known" for); problematic toner; incomplete selection of products to treat acne, and what’s available is more irritating than helpful; a few "why bother?" products.

As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. But Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.

As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?

Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to every Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!

Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159–161).

Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.

For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.

NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.