This celebrity-favourite acid peel sells once every three seconds

Exfoliation has changed greatly over the years. Once about grainy scrubs that had the potential to damage skin, these days chemical exfoliants reign supreme and are the safer, often more effective way to keep skin fresh and glowing. 

One expert that massively pioneered this evolution was Dr Dennis Gross, the skincare maven known for his Alpha Beta Peel Pads. The pads were some of the first chemical exfoliants to become popularised in skincare, and these days, a pack sells once every three seconds globally. 

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DDG’s peel contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids to form the perfect exfoliating combination, which helps to slough away dead skin, target blemishes and enlarged pores, and reduce signs of ageing. It is perhaps best known for giving skin an enviable, instant glow. 

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel The product was created 20 years ago now, at a time when chemical peels were reserved for the dermatologists’ office, and were too strong for at-home use. It was one of the first at-home peels to come to market, and is still to this day the only two-step product out there. It’s a firm favourite of celebrities everywhere, including the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Constance Wu, and Lily Aldridge. 

As well as the original, the peel now comes in a gentle version, as well as an extra-strength option for those looking for that extra hit of exfoliation. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the product, the brand have created limited edition 35-pack reusable tins for each strength, which gives you an extra five pads for free, along with a keep-safe metallic tin. 

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel 20th Anniversary Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, £89, Cult Beauty

You can pick up the tins at Cult Beauty for £89 each. While this may sound like a lot, consider the fact you should only really be using the pads around twice a week, meaning the pack will last you a good few months.

If that’s a little out of your price range however, you can still buy five treatment pads for £19 from the brand – the perfect way to tentatively try before you commit to buy a batch.