Facial Products that work on my acne prone skin!

Growing up, I did not have problematic skin. I had my occasional breakouts, nothing I couldn’t deal with. Now, my face is inflamed and it has been like this for more than a year. I believe my acne is likely to be associated with adult hormonal changes and poor digestion.

Even after going to my esthetician it would provide temporary relief but the problem still remains. She suggest I take probiotics. She tells me my acne is a sign of my body purging. She says the first step to clear skin is to cleanse your insides. I’ve been using Jarrows probiotics.

Probiotics is good for the tummy and good for the skin.

Probiotics is good for the tummy and good for the skin.

I think it made a slight difference to my skin. I was getting fewer Godzilla sized pimples. The probiotics was helping my digestive system but I need a solution to target my outer shell too. So my esthetician suggested Dr. Dennis Gross

I went to Nordstrom because they carry Dr. Dennis Gross, and I love how the sales reps are so knowledgeable on the products they sell.

My skin has hyperpigmentation as a result of the acne, the sales rep suggested the Alpha Beta Peel in the Extra Strength formula.

The product is a bit expensive but I was sold on the product after the sales rep gave me samples. He gave me a 5 day sample of the pads and some purifying serum to go along with it. The first time I used the pads, I felt a tingling sensation on my face but it was tolerable. After a week of usage, I saw a difference to my skin. My skin looked brighter and it kept the acne at bay.

Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peeling Pads

Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peeling Pads

Alpha Beta Peeling Pads

Alpha Beta Peeling Pads

The peeling pads is a two step process.

Step 1 has alpha beta hydroxl acids, mandelic acid and willowbark extracts to cleanse, treat, and remove dead skin. (Resurfacing)

Step 1 Resurfacing

Step 1 Resurfacing

Use in circular motion, look at the yucky outcome.

Use in circular motion, look at the yucky outcome.

Step 2 nourishes and soothes the skin with anti-aging ingredients. This step helps with the hyperpigmentation.

Deeper Treatment

Deeper Treatment

Deeper Cleanse

Deeper Cleanse

If you have normal/combination skin, you can use the Original Alpha Beta Peel. The clearing pads are said to be Paraben-free, Cruelty-free, and Vegan.

I also bought the Color Smart Cleanser & Mask. The sales rep gave me a mini facial using the Color Smart Cleanser & Mask with a Clarsonic Brush. The outcome was fantastic. My skin felt so soft and it brightened my dull looking skin.

I’ve been using the Color Smart Cleanser & Mask daily with my hands (the sales rep would always tell me dry hands to dry face). Once a week I use the cleanser with my Clarsonic Brush. Once the cleanser changes color to orange you can wash it off or leave it on for 3-4 minutes as a mask. The mask contains Citrus Enzyme Beads, Papaya Enzyme, Citric Acid, and French Rose Clay.

Color Smart Cleanser

Color Smart Cleanser

Wait until it turns oompa loompa orange

Wait until it turns oompa loompa orange

I got the Purifying Booster as a gift during one of the events at Nordstrom. You can use this mixed in your facial lotion, foundation, or the clearing pads. I don’t think I notice a difference with this, and I wouldn’t be purchasing this on my own but it was a neat gift.

Purifying Booster

Purifying Booster

Booster applicator

Booster applicator

Overall, my Dr. Dennis Gross face regimen has keep my acne at bay, no huge zits.
I am still dealing with the small bumps (clogged pores), but since I started using this the small bumps have been kept at a minimum.


  • Jum

    Very informative! Great review. :3

    • Ro

      Thank you! I hope it helps 🙂