Carrie Gross of Dr Dennis Gross Shares How To Get Rid Of Breakouts
Find out what’s the one mistake you might be making that’s causing maskne
by Farisia Thang /
October 1, 2020
Dr Dennis Gross
As a dermatologist-founded brand, Dr Dennis Gross delivers clean skincare without compromising on performance and efficacy. Carrie Gross and her husband Dennis Gross are the founders behind this cult-favourite brand. And when we say cult, we mean, cult. Just take a look at the long line of celebrities who endlessly rave about their products. From Chrissy Teigen, Constance Wu, to Selena Gomez, the list is endless.
Using third party clinical studies, Dr Dennis Gross prioritises objective research to ensure that the study is completely impartial. And to ensure that all feedback and findings are as factual and unbiased as possible. Their products are helmed by formulas that are inspired by Dennis’ clinical background and expert research.
In our latest series Skin Deep, we’re talking to women about their favourite beauty secrets, tips, and techniques, what they put on their faces, hair, and bodies and why. Skin Deep goes beyond the surface and explores the relationship women have with beauty and wellness, and what that means to them today.
For those who are new to the brand, which Dr Dennis Gross products would you recommend?
I can honestly say that the Alpha Beta Daily Peels is my number one go-to when recommending our brand to a new client. It does wonders for correcting and preventing against fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dullness and skin texture. But it is so hard for me to only recommend the Alpha Beta Peel. We have amazing serums, moisturizers, cleansers and eye treatments that work synergistically with the peels to give both immediate and long-term benefits.
Beauty secrets or tips that you’ve learned from your experience in the industry?
If you want real results, find products with active ingredients that are proven to work. I always check to see if there are clinical studies that demonstrate the product’s effectiveness. I also stay away from synthetic fragrances and dyes and products that are not clean or cruelty-free. One final thing to remember is that products won’t work when they sit on your shelf unused. To really see the best results, you need to adhere to a diligent at-home skincare routine!
In a time where ‘maskne’ is such a huge concern, what are some of your tips for getting rid of breakouts?
Everyone feels so uncomfortable in masks. They put the skin in an unnatural and uncomfortable environment that traps humidity and heat. It is a perfect environment to breed acne-causing bacteria. To help avoid breakouts, you should cleanse the skin in the morning before putting your mask — do not put any other products on.
It is possible to prevent and put off ageing if you use the right products. Make sure you are using active ingredients like vitamin C to build collagen. Wear a chemical-free SPF 365 days per year to protect your skin. Also, don’t forget the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eating fruits and vegetables and meditating is important for your overall health. Last but not least, invest in a good juicer. Future you will be addicted to making green juice every morning.
Can you give us a sneak peek on what you’ve got lined up for the future?
I can give you a hint for an exciting announcement coming in January next year: head-to-toe glow…. For many years, we have been focused on the face, neck and décolletage. Now, we are excited to share that we will be helping you take care of the skin on your body as well! Next month, we will be launching a new serum which targets hyperpigmentation. It is a huge problem all over the world, but it is especially challenging in warm, sunny climates. This serum addresses all kinds of hyperpigmentation — melasma, sun spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Plus it builds collagen and addresses fine lines and wrinkles too.
Carrie Gross of Dr Dennis Gross Shares How To Get Rid Of Breakouts
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, $135 (30 applications)
Carrie shares that the Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel “has been my favorite for more than 20 years. I use it religiously every single morning!”
Suited for those with sensitive skin or are new to chemical peels, this renewing peel is a safe and beginner-friendly treatment. Using a combination of five acids, the peel helps to rejuvenate the skin by using anti-ageing actives to nourish the skin and keep it glowing.
Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, $115 (30 ml)
The next step in her morning routine, Carrie uses the C + Collagen Vitamin C Brighten & Firm Serum daily. This fast-absorbing gel textured serum combines vitamin C with niacinamide to help build collagen within the skin and brighten up tired-looking skin. It also helps to firm up the skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion, $90 (50 ml)
To finish up her morning routine, Carrie uses the Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion to lock in the moisture. Paraben and phthalate-free, this moisture cushion is infused with Japanese algae harvested from Okinawa. This green caviar is filled with essential amino acids and B vitamins to help enhance the skin’s elasticity and moisture content. The water-like gel makes it suitable for all climates, even Singapore’s humidity.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Meltaway Cleanser, $46 (150 ml)
“I personally like to use it in the evening. I apply the cleanser on a cotton round and cleanse. Afterwards, the skin is dewy, radiant and ready for nighttime serums. The cleanser is formulated with marine algae, aloe, micellar technology and hyaluronic acid. It also has a beautiful, naturally occurring citrus scent. It is perfect for all skin types — dry and sensitive as well as oily. My 19-year-old loves it — and my mature skin loves it too.”
This is the newest addition to Dr Dennis Gross’ Hyaluronic Marine category. As Carrie shares, “It is a super effective, incredibly hydrating cleanser. It leaves your skin glowing and beautiful — almost like you don’t need makeup! You can use it with or without water so it is great for when you are on the go. This is really the perfect cleanser for Singaporeans. With hot and humid climates, your skin more easily becomes congested and pores become clogged. This cleanser is oil-free and deeply hydrating and removes all impurities and all traces of SPF and makeup with one swipe — without the need for water.”
Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, $709
This wrinkle-reducing and acne-fighting LED device has a combination of 100 lights in red mode and 62 lights in blue mode to help improve the skin complexion. “I use my SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED device at least once per day — usually at night, depending on my travel schedule.”
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, $105 (15 ml)
“For my eye area, I use the Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum on my upper and lower lid. The eye area is very important — it is one of the first places to show ageing so is really important to treat it carefully.”
Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask, $21 (1 treatment)
This biodegradable bio-cellulose treatment mask helps to repair dry and damaged skin while brightening the complexion. Carrie likes to use a mask at least once a week, alternating between two. And she’ll go for the C + Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask if her need a boost in brightness.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, $72 (4 treatments)
On days where she needs more moisture, she’ll go for the Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask instead. This deeply hydrating treatment is used in professional spa procedures. It begins as a gel and powder, and the algin and hyaluronic acid help keep the skin supple and nourished with essential minerals and microelements. The mask then morphs to a solid mask through a cooling chemical reaction and helps transform the skin for a more radiant complexion.