Dr. Dennis Gross Brightening Solution
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Dark spots. Sun Damage. Acne scars. Some of the banes of my existence. Whether on my face or on my hands… alright, face bugs me more, but I notice those dark spots. Scars usually fade with time, but sun damage seems to just stick around and get worse. Is there a product out there that can actually reverse sun damage? I haven’t had luck yet finding one, but I’m about to start testing one out.
Truth be told, I’ve only ever tried a few products before that claim they will brighten dark spots on skin. I’ve never tried the big hitters, like Clinique. But this caught my eye on the Sephora website. Dr. Dennis Gross, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist and board certified dermatological surgeon. A pioneer in skin cancer prevention research, Dr. Gross looks to fill the gap between visits to the dermatologist and clinical treatments. His goal is to develop at home treatments that truly keep skin healthy and damage free.
His formulations are cruelty free and packed full of skin loving ingredients that will calm inflammation, firm, and hydrate. The particular product I’m testing, the Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($85 for 1 oz.) claims to do the following:
- Repair Signs of Aging & Sun Damage with Ferulic Acid & Retinol
- Fade Dark Spots with Azelaic Amino Acid & Bearberry
- Minimize Appearance of Pores with Salicylic Acid & Willow Bark
- Upon Application, Skin Immediately appears more Radiant, Luminous and Firm
Alright doc, I’m ready. I’m going to use this product for a month on some acne scars and sun damage (before & after pics will be shown in final review) and see how it goes. Some observations right off the bat; the solution is very watery, but has a slightly viscus nature, so it won’t just run all over the place. It smells, for lack of a better term, woodsy and smokey. Kind of odd, but that can happen with natural ingredients. The scent dissipates quickly. There is no type of burning sensation or irritation from the acids that I’ve experienced thus far. Plus, I’ve been using the product for five days now, and I swear some of my scars are already brightening. Only time will tell if this is actually true. And after five days it doesn’t even look like I’ve put a dent in the bottle, so that bodes well to how long it will last. $85 is a lot of money for one fluid ounce, but if this elixir is as magical as it claims, it might be well worth it.
Stay tuned for a revisit in late February!