And Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, and Selena Gomez all count themselves as fans.

By Susan Brickell
March 18, 2020
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Even after two decades on the beauty scene, Dr. Dennis Gross' peels are still getting a lot of love. Not only does the Alpha Beta Daily Peel (Buy It, $88, sephora.com) have a cult following of celebrities—including Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Constance Wu, and Lily Aldridge—but it's also the number-one best-selling peel at Sephora. Not to mention, one peel is sold every three seconds.

When Dr. Gross first launched the peel pads 20 years ago, other dermatologists and experts gave him a serious ~eye roll~. Why? Because back in the 90s, a chemical peel was known to be harsh on skin—plus, it was a professional service you could only enjoy at your doctor's office. Dr. Gross invented the concept of "micropeeling," and introduced the Alpha Beta Daily Peels to the market as the first-ever, at-home peel to combat acne scars, dark spots, shine, enlarged pores, and signs of aging. (Related: 10 Facial Peels to Banish Dead Winter Skin)

If the word "chemical" is freaking you out, along with the idea of performing a peel on yourself at home, don't fret.  The peels use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate skin (read: won't leave you red and raw). The ingredients in the pads help speed up the skin shedding process, removing buildup, gunk, and bacteria, and keeping your pores free of dead skin—ultimately leaving you with a more radiant complexion.

The two-step AHA/BHA peel pads are pre-soaked with seven acids—including glycolic, salicylic, and lactic—to unblock pores, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and support cell renewal. The anti-aging peel is also infused with mandelic acid (derived from bitter almond) to help remove dead skin cells while improving skin tone and texture. Also great? The pads are packed with antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin C, soothing green tea, willow bark (which helps reduce inflammation), and retinol, a potent ingredient that increases natural collagen production.

To use, apply step one to clean, dry skin and brush the peel in a circular motion around your face until the pad feels dry. Wait two minutes before following up with step two, using the same technique. And be sure you're only using the peel once a day, either in the morning or at night, to avoid irritation and redness. (Related: The Best Retinol Products for Every Skin Type, According to Top Derms)

You can buy Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel on Sephora or Dermstore's websites for $88—which, yes, is a splurge. (Although, you do get a month's supply of daily applications.) But here's a pro tip: You can score the same exact kit on Amazon for just $70. One Amazon reviewer raved about how a past professional chemical peel left her with beautiful results, and now she's able to get the "same results with the Alpha Beta Peel without the pain and expense." Another shopper noticed how it helped to lighten the hyperpigmentation and dark spots on her face: "My freckles appear lighter and my coloring seems to be evening." And two Amazon customers—one age 66 and one age 32—swear by the peel for tackling and clearing acne, calling it "miraculous" and a "skin savior".

A hot tip from reviewers? Amazon shoppers recommend cutting the pads in half if you want to make the product last longer and get even more bang for your buck. Ready to try the celeb-loved product out for yourself? Shop the best-selling peel below.

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Buy It: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel, $88 for 30-count, sephora.com and dermstore.com

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