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Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea promises to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and impurities. But unlike AHA peel pads (which are some of my favorite products to use once a week, by the way), Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea delivers with alcohol and a ton of soothing antioxidant green tea.
Why I Don’t Mind Alcohol
According to well-renowned DERMADoctor derma
tologist Dr. Audrey Kunin, M.D.: “If I had to pick a single ingredient as the most misunderstood, it would be alcohol. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard ‘I can’t use that product, it contains alcohol and will dry, irritate my skin.’ Is this true? Probably not.” (The DERMADoctor Skinstruction Manual) Alcohol can be drying – yes, this is true. But in a properly-formulated skin care product, it can help increase penetration of key ingredients. Alcohol can also be mildly exfoliating, as it is in Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea.
Green Tea is Amazing
Green tea contains the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to have remarkable preventive effects against photocarcinogenesisand phototoxicity in mouse models. While EGCG comprises only 50% of “green tea extract” found in skin care and cosmeceuticals (Mukhtar), there is still enough EGCG to demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties in most skin care and cosmeceuticals.
In a 2001 study in the journal Carcinogenesis, topical application of EGCG to human skin resulted in decreased oxidative stress and an increase in antioxidant enzymes after UV irradiation. Specifically, catalase and glutathione activity were increased due to the application of EGCG. A further 2003 study in Molecular Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention found that the polyphenols in green tea prevent UVB-induced oxidation of lipids and proteins and prevents against the depletion in antioxidant enzymes experienced after UVB exposure in mouse skin.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea is a great product for anyone with acne and normal to oily skin. It is more gentle than AHAs, and probably not as effective as AHA-based peels against hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, but it will help to soothe irritated skin, take down inflamed skin, and aid redness. Overall, I like Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea for anyone, but especially for acne-prone skin.
Ingredients in Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Benzophenone-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance