Everything you need to know about skincare from the award-winning brand’s creator. 

Dr. Dennis Gross, M.D., is an internationally recognized and board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who created the award-winning skincare brand, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Today, HOLR is sitting down to chat with the icon and creator himself to discuss everything from skin treatments to light therapy, to new products you need to try from the brand. Dr. Dennis Gross utilizes unique formulations and leading technology to develop innovative skincare products that people can trust. Keep reading to find out Dr. Dennis Gross’ tips on how to get your best skin yet.

What led to you releasing the SpectraLiteTM BodyWare Pro?
Over the last few years, I have noticed a growing shift among my patients looking to treat the body. As consumers we have become more invested in self-care and achieving a “head to toe glow.” Once more, we also value convenience and clinical treatments that can be done at-home. This is what inspired my FaceWare Pro device and new BodyWare Pro – I wanted to provide my patients with LED technology that provides long-lasting results from the comfort of their home.

How does light therapy work in treating the skin?
Just like topical ingredients, your skin cells have receptors for LED. When red LED connects to a receptor, it generates energy in the cell, stimulating collagen production while blue LED kills acne-causing bacteria and regulates oil chemistry. Red and blue LED can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, inflammation and acne on the face and body.

What does the red light target?
Red light therapy activates collagen production – the key to healthy, younger-looking skin. After consistent use, the you will see improvement with fine lines, and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and inflammation. When used for a prolonged period of time, red LED can actually help with mild pain management.

What does the blue light target?
Blue light therapy kills acne-causing bacteria without overdying or stripping the skin. Oftentimes, I’ll see patients use body washes with benzoyl peroxide to treat acne – this can be extremely harsh and damaging to our natural moisture barrier. Blue LED is a fantastic alternative here – it will improve skin clarity and prevent future breakouts without ever stripping the skin.

How often should you be using the device?
For acne and anti-aging concerns, the device should be used once a day for three minutes. If you are using the device for pain management, it should be used as needed and results vary. That said, with consistent use, you will get optimal benefits overtime.

What products from Dr. Dennis Gross pair well with it? Do you use them after the treatment or before?
I highly recommend using my Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment after the BodyWare Pro. This product will enhance the next day’s LED treatment by exfoliating any dead skin cells that have accumulated throughout the day, which allows for the LED to penetrate deeper into the skin for the best results.

What Dr. Dennis Gross products would you recommend for summer months?
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products can be used routinely 365 days a year, including the BodyWare Pro. I particularly love our Alpha Beta Glow Pads for the summer – they give a sunless, safe and natural tan for the face and body. The product’s formulation allows for the skin to gradually tan based off of your natural skin color, creating a natural look.

What kind of products would you recommend for sensitive skin?
With sensitive skin, it is important to look for products that will address natural redness and irritation and will not cause further aggression. Ingredients such as chamomile, hyaluronic acid, aloe and marine algae are all very soothing and will not aggravate the skin further. These should be incorporated into your everyday cleanser and moisturizer, topped off by an all-physical SPF of 30-50.