from the MD Skincare website :
Dermatologist results without a prescription
MD Skincare, conceived by renowned dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, grew out of his passion for scientific research, his vast experience with patients, and his conviction that "with the right skincare products, you can achieve at home what it once took a visit to a dermatologist to accomplish."
Fascinated by the complexity of skin and its importance as an immunologic organ, Dr. Gross began his career as a research scientist. As a cancer researcher, he routinely grew skin cells in test tubes, quickly learning about the different elements of skin. "When you grow cells in culture, you are like a parent to a child," he says. "The cell is totally dependent on you to grow and flourish." By studying both normal and abnormal cells, he soon discovered precisely what makes skin cells healthy.
Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Gross went on to medical school and decided to pursue a career in dermatology. Once he established a private practice, he realized that "it was one large focus group," he says. "My patients were constantly complaining about the products they were buying at cosmetic counters—they never seemed to get the results they wanted or expected. Not only did I listen to their dissatisfactions, I treated the consequences of many of the products—and knew there was tremendous room for improvement."
Dr. Gross was convinced that, with his research background, he could formulate skincare products that were far superior to those that were commercially available. He especially felt that the chemical peels of the early 1990s, based on glycolic acid, produced less than optimal results and were far too irritating.
So Dr. Gross began designing his own formulas "based on natural ingredients and chemistry principles for keeping skin healthy without irritating it." He created a revolution in skincare with his now-famous Alpha Beta® Peel, using gentle-but-effective alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. "The results," he says, "were so profound that I knew I had something radically better than what was out there." Soon, however, his patients began demanding products they could use at home. "And that was the beginning of MD Skincare."
Today, all products in the MD Skincare line stem not only from Dr. Gross's understanding of the biology of human skin, but from his knowledge of the latest scientific research. "I evaluate data from around the world in order to decide what ingredients to use," he explains. Every formulation is unique. All MD Skincare products are multi-functional and use only medical-grade ingredients that work synergistically with each other. Says Dr. Gross, "My goal is to use cutting-edge technology in all of my products and to serve my patients—and the public—by filling any voids that exist."
Dr. Gross received his medical degree from New York University Medical Center. He is board certified in both Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and is a nationally recognized pioneer in skincare. He is also an innovator in dermatologic research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, The Rockefeller Institute, and New York University Medical Center, all in New York City. Dr. Gross is a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, New York Dermatological Society, the Society for Dermatological Surgery and Oncology, and the American Cancer Society.