After much research on this company and peel, this little $3.50 (US) bottle of peel is the thing that seems to do the trick. It's not complicated to apply if you follow the card with the directions on it. . The results are considerably positive and there is very little pain involved. I will update as I progress in the treatments and then re-rate if I need to.
Treatment 1 - Spot treated only. Three clogged pores on temple immediately loosened up. Timed for 4 minutes dark and clogged areas only. Rinsed off and applied Cicaplast. No problems, very little change in skin tone. So far, so good.
Treatment 2 - 3 days later as directed. This time did my whole face with two "dips" of qtip in the acid peel. Focused in chin (hyperpigmentation) and two areas of more hyperpigmentation along upper cheekbones. Note: these are already fading out and not too dark to begin with. Just annoying. Timed for 3 minutes, rinsed entire face. Applied Cicaplast as a preventive measure since my skin is super sensitive, especially in the clear areas.
Experienced a tiny bit of redness above eyebrows, which the Cicaplast took down right away. Hopped in the shower, came out checked skin. Soft, smooth, like baby skin. Forehead shiny like baby skin.
Treatment 3 is Friday. Cannot wait to report results! I'm ready for another bottle already. So far so good. Fingers crossed. I'm 50 and have very sensitive NC40 skintone. I treat it like baby skin. My goal is to be 100% clear by this summer.
Treatment 3 - not much to report in terms of instant changes, however over a period of 4-5 days, the MA seems to be coaxing the clogged pores "awake" and they are coming to the surface. This is not what I'd expected at all and was disappointed at first, then I realized that I just have the type of skin that is prone to clogs; no matter how well I cleanse or stay away from pore clogging ingredients...this is just how it is!
Treatment 4 - Ok. Between the T3 treatment and now I have to admit something...the malic acid seems to be working - even when it's washed off, it is sloughing off skin. Tonight's treatment I went the full 5 minutes and I could tell after minute 3 that something is happening because my skin began to get really warm, something I did not experience right away.
The (large pores) on my nose are cleaner, the hyper-pigmentation area on my chin has broken up. The few clogged pores along my temples (about 3 on each side) are erupting, meaning they are not only darker on the surface, but I can feel that they are still clogged.
The pores that have already been cleared out did not really look infected (red and irritated) but dried up with the contents (white head) dried up and sitting on the surface, waiting for me to wash it away.
I still have more than 1/2 a bottle after using a few Q-tips each time to apply the acid. Under $4.00 a bottle for this compared to the hundreds perhaps thousands of dollars I've spent on skincare. It kind of blows me away.
I went back to the MUAC website and learned how these skin care companies are ripping us off by including only small amounts of the acids, etc. In their defense, they are probably under gov. guidelines (FDA) on how much they can include in skincare items, but now that I know what I know, I will be sticking with my Clarisonic and basic cleanser from TJ's for now.
As for other topicals...still figuring that out. More to come as I continue the peels.
Updated 4.5.2013 - Time for a stronger peel. I want to try the sal. acid/mandelic type next.
UPDATE: I left the top off in hopes of evaporating some water and making the acid more concentrated. This did NOTHING for me, and stank, too. And I even tried leaving it on for a loooong time.
I think this might work better on "thin-skinned" people with not much connective tissue under their skin. My skin is "thick"-I was told by a spa owner that people are either "wrinklers or saggers" and I'm a sagger.
So if you have delicate skin this might work well for you, but I'm going to try a higher % glycolic acid.
I used 3 times and saw no difference before/after. I left on longer than advised, STILL no effect or any peeling or exfoliation.
I left the top off to make any water evaporate and make it more concentrated. I'll see if it works better.
It smells like cat urine to me-very unpleasant.
I got the sample size, and i get several peels from it, so it's cheap.
This is my favorite peel. I have used the glycolic, lactic acid, but this one doesnt burn like they do! I love this for a routine peel and then the TCA 15 % when I want to really do a bolt up from this! My skin looks amazing a few days after I use this and I am 58 years old! Exfoliation is the key! I get more results with these two with less pain, I love it....
Love this product! I have done 3 peels with this so far and I am happy that I finally tried this. My skin has been very problematic for me in the past few months because of hormonal acne and maybe makeup. I have had really big zits that are so red and sore a few times a month. Since I started using this, my skin has been improving. The zits are smaller and come to a head much quicker!
I spot treat with this and it's been pretty great. It is a pretty gentle peel, I leave it on for 3-5 minutes and I have minimal redness and a little stinging. I did get flaking and I am hoping as I do more peels it will really improve my texture and tone. I have a lot of hyper pigmentation that I am looking to fade so I will update after a few more peels.
UPDATE: I have come to the conclusion that my skin hates Mandelic acid (and peels in general). I used this peel three times for 2 or 3 minutes max, each a week or more apart. Each time I experienced quite a bit of stinging and the most awful burning sensation upon rinsing. My skin peeled like crazy around day three and yet I saw no difference in the condition or texture of my skin after it stopped. It did, however, cause irritation bumps that took quite a while to go away. To be fair, I also tried Garden of Wisdom's 5% Mandelic serum and even then experienced what I would consider excessive stinging. If you have sensitive skin, do yourself a favor and get a sample and patch test a couple times first. I wish I had! MUAC is a great company, but this product was a major no go for me.
I have normal/oily skin. I tend to get blackheads easily and a pimple or two sometimes. I've never used any product that actually got rid of blackheads like this stuff does, it literally wipes them away within a few uses, and overall my skin is more clear and smooth. It doesn't make my skin red or peel (though this varies from person to person) but it does sting a little upon application. After thoroughly washing my face, I squeeze a quarter-size amount of the liquid in my palms, rub them together and put it all over my face for a few minutes then rinse it off. I've only used the peel about five times over the last month or two, but I'm hoping if I continue to use it, my skin will look even nicer :)
YES. This is the first "peel" I have tried, mainly because my combo/dry skin overreacts to *everything.* The first time, I applied with gauze, watched the timer closely, and felt absolutely nothing before splashing and washing thoroughly. Saw absolutely no difference but was glad to see no negative reactions. One week later (I deliberately waited several days just in case), I tried it again using a Q-tip and leaving on for 5 minutes instead of 3. This time I felt a slight warmth around minute 4. Still didn't notice much difference, except for some peeling around my nostrils. After four days, I tried it again. Used a q-tip and left on about 5 minutes. The next morning, which happened to be a light makeup day, I used an extra gentle buf-puf and my very mildest cleanser (Cerave Hydrating=only good for am bc it doesn't remove makeup well at all), then moisturized. JACKPOT. Compared to my skin before 1st use, my complexion is brighter with dark spots much improved. I now use the toner (smart move throwing in all those free samples, MUAC) every 2d evening or so, and the peel once a week. I am very, very happy with this product right now. When I do finally run out of this, I will repurchase.
This is one of those products you use, and the next day when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror you pause and try to remember EXACTLY what you did to your skin to make it look so good. That's what it does. It's strong, effective, and not expensive at all.
I did take one lippie off because this peel isn't 100% user-friendly, and you have to be careful with it. This product has the consistency of water, but it isn't water it's ACID. I find it necessary to use cotton for application, not my fingers like the bottle's instructions say. I tried to apply with my fingers the first time I used it and the results were awkward and uneven. I had terrible skin irritation as a result. I still experience a little peeling now, but nothing worse than with Retin-A so it's tolerable. It also stings quite a bit and the smell is sharp and chemical-ish.
However, the results it delivers are unbelievable and I mean it. It gives my skin that even, radiant glow that I'm always chasing after. I'm one of those people who are always trying this-that-and-the-other, so I know from experience that most products out there are okay at best and don't live up to their promises or hype. This is not one of them! This now has a permanent place in my skincare arsenal and I love it.
I have several hyper pigmentation spots on my face, not too much, but they are pretty dark. I have tried a LOT of products and was really hoping that the Mandelic Acid Peel would work. For the first trial, it was working pretty fine (didn't really enjoy the smell though; smells like hair dye except worse), so I decided to keep using the product. As the days progressed, I had noticed that my skin was not becoming what people were raving about, but I continued on with the routine.
Three months later and STILL no difference.
In conclusion, this product did not work for me AT ALL and I will never buy it again.
I've been waiting a long while to review this, to see any long term difference. As this was my first peel, I wanted something gentle yet effective, which is what drew me to this product (based on other reviewer's experiences).
My skin is combination, and probably leans slightly more to the 'dry' end of combination. I have hormonal acne that tends to occur in the t-zone (Primarily on forehead/chin), and I usually see clogged pores as well (tiny flesh colored bumps). I also have a few sebaceous filaments and occasional blackheads on my nose/chin. Light brown spots on cheekbones, and in the winter I find my skin can look dull and chapped/red and dry.
I've been using this product for about 1 year now, twice a month, and I'm just not sure it cuts it for me. The first few applications I experienced a slight stinging, akin to being stung by nettles or scratched by a cat. That subsided, and I left the peel on for the advised 5 minutes and rinsed it off with lukewarm water. I'd apply MUAC argan oil or Cerave AM(I have not experienced clogging due to Cerave) to my face afterwards.
After several applications I began to leave this mask on for up to a half hour, to try and maximize effectiveness out of the peel. I'd say the results are roughly the same as leaving it on for 5 minutes, for me.
I see no visible difference to my brown spots, clogged pores, blackheads or sebaceous filaments. However my skin feels incredibly smooth and soft, and has a more radiant appearance in general. I believe for the price, you receive a generous amount of product. I apply with a q-tip to my face (two q-tips generally cut it).
Unfortunately this hasn't really achieved my desired results, but it still has helped me to achieve radiant skin. Maybe I'm asking/expecting too much in one product; however I'm interested it moving up to something a bit stronger. Perhaps Lactic acid?