Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

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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+ Rating Product Brand Category Price Size
Average Ferulic & Retinol Eye Cream Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Eye Moisturizers  $68.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Hydra-Pure Firming Eye Cream Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Eye Moisturizers  $90.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Two-Step System Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Exfoliants  $85.00 30.00 pads
Poor Hydra-Pure Intense Moisture Cream Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $125.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Ferulic + Retinol Fibroblast Anti-Aging Moisturizer Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Moisturizers/Anti-Aging  $72.00
Poor Hydra-Pure Smart Spray Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Toners  $18.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Good Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Serums  $85.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Exfoliants  $110.00 16.00 treatments
Best Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Serums  $95.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor All-Over Blemish Solution Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare BHA  $42.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Oil-Absorbent Masks  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Two-Step System Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare BHA  $78.00 30.00 applications
Average Alpha Beta Glow Pad Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Self-Tanners  $32.00 20.00 towelettes
Poor Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Cleansers/Soaps  $24.00 7.00 fl. oz.
Poor Lift & Lighten Eye Cream Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Eye Moisturizers  $60.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Blemish/Acne Treatments  $28.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average EZ4U Facial Towelette, all skin types Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Cleansers/Soaps  $22.00 20.00 towelettes
Poor Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Blemish/Acne Treatments  $32.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Best Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Eye Moisturizers  $65.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Good Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare AHAs  $68.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Alpha-Beta Body Peel Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Specialty Skin Care Products  $78.00 30.00 treatments
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