Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) • 55% Lactic Acid Peel • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||84%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Ok, I love MUAC. But this peel is a no-go for me. I've used it a handful of times, careful with the timing to avoid any burns and each time I've gotten horrible breakouts following. Yes, I understand that this might be bringing the nasties to the surface. However, I believe "let sleeping dogs lie". I have used other peels from MUAC - the fade, the radiance, and also the mandelic peel, and I truly feel that the mandelic is the best route for me. It always leaves me with gleaming, healthy looking skin. I won't be using this again, or other lactic acid products.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This is a pretty good product. I have noticed diminished appearance of red acne marks and a smoother feel to my skin. I havent yet noticed smaller pores, which i was kinda hoping for. Nevertheless, great product. Def try it!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Black
I used this peel for several years in both 40 and 55% strengths. While it works I had to be extremely careful of burns. I assumed this was normal and stuck with it as I read other peels were "worse". Eventually I found using a brush and NOT using the prep solution helped me avoid burns but it was still harsh.
Then I tried a lactic acid peel that didn't have as many ingredients and it was much more gentle on my sensitive skin. If this peel burns do not assume lactic acid isn't for you. Instead try a prep that doesn't have glycolic and a lactic acid peel that is JUST lactic acid and water. You may find it works as well with much less irritation.
Oh and the plastic bottles... ick. IMO, acid peels should only be stored in glass.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
An age spot just fell of my hand. Yesterday I took a chance, took a q-tip and put a drop on the biggest spot on my hand and left it there until the next time I washed my hands, at least half an hour. There's a very slight pink spot left which I'm sure will fade over time. If you try this, keep the area you've treated covered with Polysporin or a generic equivalent. It really helps speed the healing.
One lippy off for less than adequate customer service. Canadians beware -- I purchased six tiny sample bottles for $33 (including 20% discount). MUAC charged me $17.50 for UPS shipping. When it arrived in Toronto, UPS charged me another $23+ for taxes and customs. When I contacted Kathleen to see if they could mail it next time or find some way to reduce shipping charges, I didn't receive a response. That was over two weeks ago.
Next I'm going to try one of the Skin Laboratory peels that you can purchase off Amazon. Or maybe Garden of Wisdom (they have their Canadian shipping prices posted on their site). Acid is acid, it's not rocket science.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Purchased the sample size. I have been using it twice a week and today is my 5th time using it.
I'm using this mainly to fade the light acne scars on my cheeks and I didn't want something harsh because I do not want my skin to be burnt or peeling.
I wash my face with a soap-free cleanser (Avene), wait for it to dry completely, then apply the prep solution with a cotton pad, wait for it to dry completely, then apply the peel with my fingers. The peel is a gel consistency which is great for me, because I can feel where I have already applied so I don't keep re-applying on the same spots. I leave it on for 5mins then wash it off with Avene again. Finally, I apply my own witch hazel water toner (because I don't want to waste the prep solution).
My skin gets a bit dry & flakey (esp at the sides of my mouth) but it's nothing a good moisturiser can't fix. I do not suffer from any burns or scabs.
Firstly, I've got to say I do break out a little from this. I'm not sure if it's purging. About 2-3 harmless, whitehead pimples each time I use it, which are easy to squeeze. And I notice my cheeks get clogged with small oil bumps from this as well. I apply a lot of benzoyl peroxide on my cheeks to try to avoid this.
However, what I HAVE noticed is that after the breakouts clear (within a couple of days), my skin tone is actually noticeably more even. In other words, my acne scars really are lightening up. My face is also much smoother (after all the dead skin is sloughed off and the clogged oil bumps disappear).
Therefore, I'm willing to put up with the 2-3 harmless pimples because I can notice a bigger improvement on my entire face!
The sample size is really MORE than enough. After 5x application, the bottle is still pretty much full! However, the prep solution finishes more quickly because it's more watery and a lot gets soaked up by my cotton pad.
I am usually a very impatient person when it comes to skincare, if I do not see the results quick, I will stop using the product. However, I've consistently stuck to this product, which says that I'm happy it's working & I want to see more!
4/5 because it does take a while to get the complete results. And if your scars are much much darker, it's going to take a really long while.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
No one product has helped my melasma fade than Lactic Acid peels. I have tried everything under the sun - some worked, most didn't. But this one always works for me. I used lower strengths and made my way to this one. LA peels sting way more on my skin than Glycolic - and my skin is not at all sensitive. They also give me flaky patches for a couple days afterward. But it is worth it for great, clear skin. I spot treat once a week and do a full peel every other. My melasma tends to come and go, as I admit once it goes away I get lazy with SS. This fades it to nothing within a couple of months. Must have product for me and it makes my skin look radiant and clear and clean. Definite rebuy!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I use this peel in conjunction with a 20% salicylic acid peel to improve acne scars, alternating the peels every three to five days. My skin scoffs at most exfoliation attempts so this may be too frequent for some. It's been abut a month and I am seeing results but it's going to take a few more weeks for all scars to be significantly improved.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I have done 2 peels and 1 spot peel and have already noticed a difference in the general smoothness and clarity of my skin. My skin is somewhat sensitive so I was very careful with the first application of this and left it on for about 3 minutes. It slightly stings but it's not intolerable. # minutes seemed more than enough for my skin.
My first peel yielded smoother skin and somewhat smaller pores but nothing significant in the improvement of dark spots on my face or with acne scars. The Second peel seemed to reveal a bit of fresher skin, I did it right before bed. Neutralized the solution with a glycerin soap (Ph balanced, sls free), then moisturized with Jojopba oil and a little aloe. I seemed to purge junk out of my face the next day (I am also on Rx Acne drugs which I just started). Had a new pimple but it went away very quickly as I am on aczone. 3 days later, I did a Spot peel only for 4 1/2 minutes on my Left cheek area where I have a bad indented scar. Within days it looked smoother by about 40%. I will continue to use the LA Peel once a week, with spot treatments in between. My hope is to get my skin tolerant enough to do a 12.5 % TCA This summer. So far, this is working ok and does seem to lighten and brighten my face but I think I may need to step it up a notch to get the skin I really want. The Bonus is I noticed that theNaso/Labial lines around my mouth look significantly better!!
Update4/20: I did another peel a few days ago. This time I left on for 5 1/2 minutes. My skin is pretty flaky today and I had a few spots on my face that turned dark. Basically, my face looks like crap right now. I'm guessing I left it on for too long or it's actually really giving me an actual Peeling effect.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
I'm quite pleased with this product. I'm using it as a spot peel on some old acne scars. My skin is pretty tough and used to Retin A, TCA peels, and AHAs. I use a q-tip and rub it back and forth on just the spots I want to work on, and leave it on for about 10 minutes or so. I won't lie, it burns like a biotch, especially near the end, but what do they say? "The tingle means it's working!" After I neutralize and wash it off, it's usually quite pink. It scabs lightly the next morning and I'm careful not to exfoliate/disturb my skin's healing. I don't moisturize though - I want the skin to peel. Usually at the three day mark, it peels and I'm left with smooth skin and (hopefully) a faded scar.
I've done about three lactic acid spot peels, and I'll say that it is more effective for me than TCA in lightening scars and hyperpigmentation. (The TCA is far better for indented scars though.)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I don't necessarily think this is HG status because I can definitely live without this, but for the purpose of this review I'm giving this 5 stars across the board! I bought this to help push along fading of my red marks and just general skintone. I've been using it for about a month and a half now, doing one peel a week. Here's how it works for me:
1. Cleanse face thoroughly, then tone to remove as much oil as possible to help the peel penetrate better. I think this is more essential for lactic peels since the larger molecules makes it harder for it to break through the oil.
2. Apply the pre-peel toner. I ran out of this after 4 weeks though, but I haven't noticed a difference in peel strength. When I reorder this, I probably won't use it.
3. Pour the solution into the palm of my hand. Spread peel across my face using my ring and middle fingers.
4. Wait 6-15 minutes. I never go above 15 minutes. I have very tough skin that's been through a LOT and isn't sensitive to nearly anything, so I can go 15 minutes with no burning sensation. For sensitive skins, start at the recommended time and work your way up. Don't even think about going over 20 minutes, you guys. You WILL burn your skin off.
5. Wash off with luke warm water. Apply moisturizer!
the day after the peel, my skin looks smooth, luminous, and no flakies. On day 2 of post peel, you will start flaking (at least i do) and any comedones lodged under your skin will purge out.
I'm not sure if this works that great on fighting acne, but it has been working great on my red marks. When I bought it, my marks were about 40% faded after having them for 6ish months. Now they're about 60-70% faded. I'm confident they'll be gone completely by the end of May!
I do love this peel, but once I get my skin completely even and toned I won't really need to use it anymore! Bottom line: if you're really depressed about not finding anything that works to fade post acne marks, BUY THIS. It really, truly works.