April 28, 2010

Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel Review

Like a lot of people who are tired of trying masks and skin care lines that promise the world but does little to nothing other than smell good, I have finally found a new love of my life- the Glycolic Acid Peel. I discovered this peel at a spa getting a facial. The peel works like a mask: you put it on your face, wait a few minutes and wash it off. Except this peel does more than every other masks I’ve tried- It actually diminish pimples and improve your skin texture.

What is a Glycolioc acid peel?
It’s a none-threatening way to remove blemishes and acne. It can refine the texture of your skin and improve your complexion.

How does it work?
The peel exfoliates and strips off the top layer of your skin getting rid of older and damaged cells making room for the younger ones to grow.

How much does it cost?
These peels can cost between $50 - $80 per treatment in a spa, but you can easily purchase a peel kit and do it yourself at home for a lot cheaper! The difference between spa treatment and at home kit is that the home kit is not as strong, but still does the job just in smaller doses.

Does it hurt?
No, but stronger glycolic acid peels may make your skin peel for the first few days which is good and normal. Just make sure you really moisturize for those few days.

So what does it actually work on?
If you read up on glycolic acid peel online there are a bunch of promises that the peel make such as getting rid of wrinkles, sun spots, acne, scars, enlarge pores, uneven skin tone and even stretch marks if you apply it on your body. If you believe all that you might as well sprinkle fairy dust on your body and face.

I’ve been using the at-home glycolic peel for 2 months now and here’s what I’ve noticed on my face:
- it does get rid of discoloration from pimple scars
- it doesn’t get rid of my enlarge pores, but it does heal my damaged pores from years of exfoliating causing me not to have to use blotting paper as much.
- it helps with my pimples and I seem to break out a lot less now.
- it does not work on stretch marks on my body, scars on my face or gets completely rid of wrinkles.

Where did I buy it?
You can get the peel from a lot of online places but I bought my home kit at Naturalskinshop.com, it’s a bit on the pricey side but it does lasts you quite a few peels.

I started out with 20% since I wasn’t sure how sensitive my skin is/have never performed a DIY chemical peel before, and now I’m up to 40%. Over time your skin builds tolerance but it’s best to start low to avoid damage, but if you start out with too high of concentration it might sting your skin.

If you decide to use it, follow the instructions! Don’t apply the peel more than once every other week, and only leave it on for the instructed amount of time. You know what happens when you over-exfoliate…

So if you have oily and pimple prone skin like me, try this out! It doesn’t smell great, actually it smells acidic, but this is a chemical treatment rather than a usual mask you find in drugstores. And hey if it works, who cares about the smell! :D


  1. Oooh I so want to try this! I am hating my skin atm, maybe this would help. Well couldn't hurt anyway :)

  2. I want to try it too! Thanks for the tip!

  3. thanks for the tip.
    maybe this will make me like having facial treatment :)

  4. This only costs about US$25 in where I live (at the dermatologist clinic). I used to get it 1-2 times a month but it's been 3 months since I last went! My skin has been behaving pretty well though :)

  5. That sounds interesting. It's so expensive doing facial in spas ><" I never did facials in spa before tho. Thanks for the tip, I'll keep that in mind ;)

  6. Wow! It sounds like a great treatment from home! I hear that JUICE beauty has a nice apple peel though it isn't glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy instead)

  7. I've never heard something like this. Thanks for sharing, I really wish to try it too :D

  8. ooh must try!! thanks for sharing <3

  9. Love the review. I've always wondered what really happens with these DIY masks, and I'll have to definitely keep this in mind!

  10. sounds interesting!
    it might work for me...
    though i'd try the home ones first

  11. I've been looking for a glycolic product, this sounds great! I can't believe you use it at 40%!

  12. OoO.. this product sounds amazing. I've use/used a glycolic toner and it worked pretty well but sometimes it felt like it was a bit too drying. I still have a little bit left but haven't used it recently.
    I'd love to give this a try but I recently purchase a Clarisonic Mia. Still testing it out. I don't know what I think of it just yet. =/

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  13. I don't use any peels, scrubs and creams... should I start? O.o My skin looks ok, methinks :P

  14. I've always been a little scared to try this, but I'd be tempted to if my skin starts acting up. I have some pretty good regular facial masks, but I find peelings to be relatively ineffective.

  15. Oh wow, that treatment at the spa sounds fab. One of these days I shall treat myself to a spa =D

    You should definitely check it the gwp at the Bay this weekend! It's still on until May 9th!

  16. i really wanna try this!
    i tried so much for my skin... but nothing ever works. why the heck is that?! LOL.

  17. Wow! It is quite expensive here on our place. =( Thanks for sharing it anyway. I am using now the Korea white nose pack. And it works for me. =D

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  18. Sounds like a great product, I definitely want to try it!

  19. You know, sometimes I feel like all the effort that goes into my skincare is useless...but I still keep it up! So I know what you mean about skincare saying it'll do fabulous things when really I still look the same after finishing the product.
    Thanks for sharing about your glycolic peel experience. I haven't gotten one before. My skin is really sensitive so I guess if I were to do this I would definitely start with the lowest dose. Good thing you noted to listen the instructions - I usually get product happy and use too much of something or use it more often than it should :\

  20. Now that you mention this, I actually miss my glycolic acid sessions . ^_^. You are right, I can really see the beautiful effect after. ^_^