MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross • Ferulic Acid+Plus Retinol Brightening Solution • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I have been pleasantly surprised with the results from this product. Although I haven't noticed too much of a difference with my hyperpigmentation, my family definitely has. One day on the weekend (when I wasn't wearing makeup) I was with my dad whom I hadn't seen in two weeks, and he asked I I was wearing makeup. I said no... And he said wow your skin looks so much better! Anyways to get on with it this definitely isn't a miracle product as I still have quite visible acne scarring, but it helps loads with keeping my skin under control, and I haven't had any breakouts since using it, and if you are diligent with it you will definitely see good results! On a final note- it is expensive but I just use it on my cheeks that are the problem areas and have been using it for a month and I have used less than a quarter of the bottle.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I've been using this for about 4 months now, so I figured a fair assessment can be written. First of all, I have very oily, sensitive, rosacea (flushing and telangiectasia prone) skin that has undergone 3 Gemini laser treatment in the past 3 years. In February I also had one session of Excel-V which I felt worked slightly different than Gemini, but enough of the preamble.
This serum has the consistency of water, perhaps with just a hint of viscosity. It has a faint medicinal smell to me, which isn't offensive and doesn't linger. I don't use the pads that come with the serum; instead I just put 4 drops of this serum in my palm and apply it with my finger. Works fine that way.
Now I don't really have fine lines other than a few under my eyes from the inner corners. For those lines unfortunately the serum hasn't done much to eliminate them, but no big deal there. Got a bit of freckles still though the previous laser treatments inadvertently lightened them as a happy side effect - maybe the serum keeps them from becoming darker again, maybe not. I wear Shiseido's SPF38 sunscreen daily so who gets more credit? Your call.
What's astonishing, though, is how much the serum improved my skin tone - we're talking overall lightening of a shade or two. I wasn't the only one noticing that about one month into my usage. Due to my rosacea, I'm not certain how it works: does it "bleach" the skin a bit? Or merely takes my overall redness down and therefore the skin tone I see now is supposed to be my natural tone anyway? I honestly can't say. I just know that nothing I've ever used gave me that much noticeable effect in such a short time.
So for me, no real changes to tiny fine lines and faint spots, but the serum definitely delivers when it comes to brightening. Anything else to justify the serious outlay of cash? Well, I happen to think it smooths the surface of my skin and helps keeping the pores clear (remember my skin is basically an oil slick), too. I definitely can feel the smoothness when I touch my face.
In a nutshell, a product that has improved the OVERALL look and feel of my skin. I'm not one with a need to eliminate every flaw and blemish from my face so this general improvement is something I'd rather have. A brighter, less red face with smoother texture. I'll take that.
(Note: this product is indeed very expensive, with Sephora showing a price of about $100 CAD. I got it from a known skin/beauty site online when there was a 30% off sale and that made it more palatable at about $80 including taxes. If there's a way to get a sample that'll last you at least a month, do that first).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is a very good serum. I have been using this daily for 6 months and my skin has become clearer, smoother brighter and more even toned. It has a light, watery consistency that sinks into my skin well and dries pretty quick. I am more than half way through my second bottle and will definitely buy again (it's pricey but I think it's worth it).
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Wow! In short, very impressed and this a definite re-buy for me!!!!
I am a skincare junkie. I have tried everything from the drugstore to La Mer and I must admit this is one of the best products I have tried. My skin has been acting up lately (both dry and some hormonal chin outbreaks, but in general I have normal/combo skin).
- this serum helped clear my skin in less than a week
- this serum plumps and hydrates my skin - there are nights when I was able to skip the moisturizer on top of this altogether (but if you do use moisturizer, allow 15 minutes for any serum - this one included - to absorb)
- this serum has brightened my skin
- this serum can be used every single night even by sensitive skins - I am sensitive to retinol and normally can only use it a couple of nights per week, but I have no issues using this one every night.
With retinols, slow and steady wins the race. If you can find the serum that you can stick with (i.e. does not irritate the hell out of your skin) use it! Don't assume that you need to use the strongest available concentration to make it work. Persistence and regular use are the key. I think this serum fits the bill for the good nightly retinol/ferulic care.
Two downsides: on the expensive side (albeit not as expensive as Skinceuticals) and I would prefer pump bottle to the dropper.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Been using it for a week. I had a thyroid imbalance so I started getting tons of cystic acne from the hormonal changes from medication. This product has slowly blended deep red scars into shallow lighter ones. It does make skin plumper and firmer instantly. It feels like egg whites and smells like rotten eggs or a dead something though, lol. I use Visionaire by Lancôme so this is cheaper. My normal face routine is super simple..I use an oxygen cleanser, Eucerin daily facial moisturizer, Lancôme Visionaire and Collin eye serum..that's it..I tried this on my neck for a week before I put it on my face just to be safe. So far the smell really bites and I hate it so badly cause I fall asleep smelling my own face yuck.I I'm waiting to see drastic changes maybe in another few weeks. one thing though..my face looks really nice with makeup on..I feel like my skin looks smoother, whiter and former with makeup on, if that makes sense..it does feel like a great makeup primer if you ask me...it fills in or tightens pores..sorta like egg whites haha. More updates to come! I can't say this is better than Visionaire as far as how it makes my skin look, I know Visionaire makes me look good without makeup also!
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I had high hopes for this product, based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews on MUA and the Sephora website. I put off reviewing this product for several months because I kept thinking - I've got to be missing something here! While I do wake up with glowy, smoother skin, this has done nothing for the dark spot on my cheek. In addition, I also wake up to painful under-the-skin pimples on my jawline the next morning! I would wait until these clear, then try the serum again, and like clockwork, I'd wake up with disgusting postules on both sides of my face. Fortunately they're easy to cover up with concealer, but I know they're there because I can feel them :(
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I say the emperor has no clothes. Sorry to break up the happy party, but this did nothing for my dry, over-50, melasma-bedevilled skin.
I got the 1/4-ounce sample from Sephora, as many did. I have a basic skincare routine that I follow whenever I'm testing a product: Mario Badescu cleanser and toner, Bioderma sunscreen and CeraVe cream for moisture. Nothing else. I know how my skin looks if I use only those products, which makes it possible for me to assess whether something new helps.
I used the sample every night. I think it lasted six weeks. And -- nothing. It didn't make my skin worse, but it also didn't make it better. I didn't see an improvement in texture and my melasma didn't change one whit.
Now, this could be because my skin is in general free of breakouts and the texture is reasonably good -- not much improvement is possible. It could be that six weeks isn't enough time (but then the sample isn't much help, is it?) It could be that my problems can't be addressed by this product. It could be that retinol is just not strong enough, and nothing short of an Rx retinoid is worth the $$$.
But if your skin is like mine, I would advise sampling before shelling out $85 an ounce.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I am 66 and have been using this for 2 years. I have flushing Type 1 Rosacea, and my skin is thin, fair, sensitive, normal to dry, with a rare pimple other than a hormonal one on my neck area. I have never been able to use a product with Retinol before. My skin is smoother and a bit tighter, with pores reduced, and there is no increased redness or irritation. I only apply it at night on a bare face under moisturizer. This product is packaged in a brown glass jar with a glass dropper with no measurement markers. The instructions recommend you apply it with a disposable pad which is included. After 1 or 2 times, I just began filling up the dropper to the half mark, put it in my palms, and then I apply it like any other serum. I believe this method makes the product last longer. I recall I paid about $80 for 1 ounce, and I bought the second bottle from Nordstroms, 2 ounces for $120. I poured about 3/4 ounce into my original 1 ounce bottle and am storing the rest, boxed, in my refrigerator. I buy most of my skin care in the drug store (Cerave, SS, moisturizer) but I highly recommend this.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I really love this product and hate it because of how much this serum costs! LOL Take it from someone who has always had super clog/breakout/oily/dehydrated prone fussy skin all her life and has tried thousands of skincare products to find a balance that works, this serum is liquid gold. Those with non fussy skin types can easily use any of the other typical decent mainstream products that are raved like drugstore retinols or Estee Lauder serums etc. I use plenty of antioxidant serums as moisturizers during the day and mainly finding any type of serum or treatment product that isn't full of alcohol, cones, or typical cloggers is such a challenge. So many good products I have had to pass on because they are put in horrible formulas. I am only in my mid 20's so I am not repairing tons of sun damage but I have wanted to try Retinol product for quite some time for age prevention among help in keeping my skin clog free as other actives like aha, bha, etc alone haven't done it for me. The formula for this serum is really just outstanding as having such a great mix of acids along with the retinol fro fading, anti-aging, clarification etc. I have yet to run across such a great formula and why I was equally annoyed that the one I do find ofcourse, lucky me, has to be the most expensive of all serums. However I can't ignore the amazing results I get using this at night as my treatment/serum/moisturizer. It is a bit liquidy but unlike similar vit c texture serums it doesn't leave my face tight, dry, or eve tingling shockingly. It just instantly absorbs and feels so clarifying/hydrating I can use it on it's own. Miraculous product and only wish the truly good formulas like this were more affordable. I can't pass it up as I have yet to ever run across anything that comes close. I will my creeping on Ebay no doubt to find good deals lol. I promise if you ever try a sample of this at Sephora you will be hooked, good for my face, tear for my wallet! :P
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This did not do anything for me at all. No brightening, improvement in skin tone or texture or wrinkle reduction. I like Skinceuticals retinol much better. The Dr. Gross retinol is in a glass bottle with a dropper style dispensor, which I do abhor. A pump dispensor would be better. If I used more than 5 drops on my face, it would cause acne breakouts. For the price of this product, I expected more.