I've tried at least five different peels from Makeup Artist's Choice and have yet to be disappointed (their other products are a different story). In my opinion, you can almost never go wrong with their peels. Their customer service is great and I'm still very much in love with the idea that you can buy ample samples that give you more than a good idea if you like the peel.
For the last few years, the skin on my nose has become obnoxiously annoying. I've always had the always appealing whiteheads/blackheads/sebaceous filaments issue but now the pores seem to be enlarging so much so that you can see them from space. At one point, I had a weird raised freckle that I suppose could be considered a mole which I burned off with apple cider vinegar a few years back (yes, that actually works!). Where that weird raised freckle was, I now have what looks like a pock mark. And yes, that does look as good as it sounds! In addition to the pore issue, the skin on my nose also peels and is perpetually dry yet oily. Exfoliating the area just makes everything worse and while pore strips are good, I don't feel like they're really "cleaning" the pores. They're just basically ripping out little hairs and gunk. Those "magic" pore erasers primers don't really cut it on my nose area either. They look nice until I put any makeup on my nose, then they just begin to flake and look awful. I knew I had to basically find a product that would clean out my pores and help to minimize the appearance of them.
I went on MUAC's site, read through all the descriptions of their peels and decided on the mandelic peel because it's suppose to help with blackheads and pores. I went straight to the 40% because I've used peels before and my skin tends to be stubborn. I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you know your skin and are sure about your tolerance. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Other peels I've done have always made an improvement on my nose for a day or two but the gross nose skin issues come right back. The mandelic really does clean out pores and, amazingly, reduces the appearance of big pores. The "pock mark" pore that gives me endless grief is virtually invisible after I do this peel. My nose is actually smooth and clean for about a week!
Since skin is constantly producing oil and other ick, the mandelic is one of those peels that needs to be done weekly. This isn't a huge issue as there is no down time require (ie you're not going to look like a molting snake or have an angry red face after using this). I leave this on for about four to five minutes and simply neutralize it with water. Done! The first few times I used this, it tingled a bit but I've never had issues with burning or frosting. Just make sure to steer clear of skin folds. I also bought the mandelic/salicylic acid peel which I've used a few times and that is much, much harsher than this peel. It's effective but pretty harsh. I've used the mandelic on the rest of my face but I haven't seen any fantastic, visible results mainly because I don't have blackheads elsewhere besides my nose.
If you're having issues with blackheads anywhere, I would highly suggest getting this peel along with the mandelic/salicylic acid peel. The mandelic alone is beneficial on a weekly basis while the stronger mandelic/salicylic acid combo can be used for more issues. As always, I recommend buying the sample size first because you really do get a generous amount that will definitely help you gauge how effective it is. Be sure to always do a patch test no matter what peel you get and for goodness' sake, follow the directions!