Salicylic Acid 20% Peel


4.46 out of 5

Ideal for acne, hyperpigmentation and premature aging, unclogs and reduce appearance of pores

SKU: S20 Category:
Expert Tip: Can be used in combination with glycolic and lactic peels to increase results and depth of peel.

Advanced Treatment for Improving Skin

Salicylic Acid is the new generation of products for improving the appearance of aging skin. Dermatologists now agree that Salicylic/20 peel is a superior exfoliate that improves the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin

Being Oil Soluble, Salicylic Can Penetrate the Outer Layer of Our Skin

Salicylic can be used several times a week, because it is oil soluble. The outside layer of your skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the Salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However, under this outer most layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. Oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis. This is what makes it safe to use several times a week, and for some even daily.

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Can Be Used More Often Than Other Peels

Salicylic/20 peel breaks down the protein bonds between the layers of skin, which is why a much quicker peel can be achieved. For acne, the Salicylic acid has several properties that make it a very effective treatment for acne. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps to immediately reduce the inflammation of the acne. Salicylic Acid Peels are effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall facial texture because it exfoliates both the skin surface and within pores. It has been found that Beta Hydroxy, Salicylic Acid is effective with as little as one-fifth the concentration typically found in products containing Glycolic Acid.

Very Effective Treatment for Acne

Salicylic acid is highly effective for acne and oily skins. It is oil-soluble and lipophilic so it penetrates sebum filled follicles and helps to unclog pores, loosen and lift out blackheads, even out skin tone, and prevent future outbreaks. Salicylic acid blends powerful skin exfoliation with skin soothing actions. It has ultraviolet absorbing properties that help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun. It can be used more frequently than the other peels without much risk for irritation.

A Safe, Controlled Peel is the Way to Go

The goal with a safe peeling regimen is to cause the skin to come off in a controlled way, with each peel taking off a few more layers of accumulated skin. With each application of the peel, the results are incremental. You should notice results within the first couple of applications, and the tone and texture of your skin will continue to improve as the layers of old skin are slowly removed to reveal new skin beneath. If you have many years of sun damage accumulated on the skin, the progress will start off slow.If you apply the peel after bathing it will penetrate more deeply as the protective oils will have been washed away, so be careful as you run more potential for causing irritation when applying.

Healthy, Beautiful Skin is not Achieved in One Night

Remember to not get frustrated…exfoliation is a process that takes some time. You are beginning your treatments with pores that are clogged with embedded dirt, dead skin cells and sebum. As you begin your treatments the sebum just under the surface will likely emerge as blemishes. This is normal. Breakouts may seem more pronounced since the acid is cleaning the pores more quickly than with regular cleansing products. Typically within the first 3 weeks, the skin begins to show improved clarity with very few breakouts. Deep cleansing and exfoliation is a ‘process’ which takes some time to work. After the skin has cleared, It is also important to continue weekly treatments to keep the pores from becoming clogged.

Weight .1 oz
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in

30ml, 100ml, Roll-on

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Give it some time
Feb 06, 2013 by A. Walton

Initially it did little. After a while I broke out. Then, after a few weeks of use once a week or so, after the many layers of my cruddy skin had broken down--I was cured! Clearer and smoother than ever. Very few deep blackheads now. Its not perfect but it's worked well.

Not So Happy
Feb 06, 2013 by GErardo

So, It's been about a month I've been using this product and I haven't noticed any noticeable results in fact last week I left it for around 5 minutes on my face and my hyper pigmentation turned darker. So frustrated right now.

Quality Product
Feb 05, 2013 by O.Owen

Does what salicylic acid is supposed to do. I am mad at myself for using glycolic before, because all glycolic acid does is burn the top layer of the skin and thins it out. Salicylic has many benefits described above. Having a 2% content is not enough, as in some face washes (Clinic). Don't waste your money on expensive products. I started using regular Dove soap and Cetaphil wash, and salicylic acid twice a week at first, and it's all that's need to clear the face. The initial break out was ferocious. I stayed home for two weekends feeling like I got the plague, which made me very depressed. The problems went away and the texture of the sking is still getting better (pores are smaller).

great starter peel
Feb 05, 2013 by tsunderekko

I average at home peels bi-monthly with peel types ranging from lactic acid (40%), glycolic (10%), and now this salicyclic acid peel. I've had one TCA peel done professionally a couple years ago and that was the deepest peel I've ever had (and did that thing hurt like none other). The problem I'm trying to solve with this peel is scarring on the sides of my face and these bumps on my right jawline that I think are dormant cystic acne lesions. They are usually not inflamed but they are bumpy, as if there's something underneath each one. Once in a while they will get inflamed and swell up as active cysts. I've never had any good advice for this problem, not from derms nor various estheticians. I hope to use this peel to wear down the bumps and purge the cysts. With that background, this salicyclic peel is rather mild for me. I've done this about three times. There's a bit of stinging but it's about the same as the lactic acid peel. It's not unbearable at all for me. My routine starts with a double-cleanse; the first one to get rid of my make up, and the second to clean as if from scratch. I've used my Clarisonic on one occasion. I did not notice any difference with the peel in that instance. I first apply to the thicker areas of my face that coincidentally need the extra peeling -- sides of face, jawline -- then I do the T-zone starting with the forehead them the nose area. The skin around my nose is much thinner and that's where I notice the tingling the most. I leave it on for about 5 minutes, then I add more to the jawline area where I have cystic acne and some bumpy scarring. I leave it on for another 5 minutes or so and then I neutralize with a baking soda and water solution and wash with water. I don't find that I need to use a cleanser afterward, but I do moisturize. I do not get any sort of frosting whatsoever but my skin does get red so it only looks marginally better immediately after the peel. The next morning, my skin looks much smoother and even. It's most noticeable in my forehead where the skin there is smoother and has minimal spots to begin with. The bumps do feel a bit flatter after the third peel. I'm hopeful that they'll continue to get flatter or come to head with continued treatment.

Spot Remover
Feb 04, 2013 by Lynn Dee Walther

This product reduces visible sun spots within two weeks time. Excellent product for people that want to reduce the spots and light wrinkles. I will use this seller again.

Feb 03, 2013 by xvjazz

would buy again ..a little goes a long way ..does the trick with non messy quick drying action. liked it a lot

how come I never knew about this before!!!
Feb 02, 2013 by HS

I really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product. It has helped tremendously with new acne outbreaks! I can't wait to get the next strength up. Maybe I was just living in a cave for too long, but I didn't know how effective these peels really are. All the money II'd spent on past acne products was all just cash down the drain in comparison to this. I wish knew about it before!

Lives up to the hype
Jan 30, 2013 by Vincent Adreas

I am a 21 year old female (using my boyfriends's Amazon account, of course) with stress-induced acne and plugged pores on the nose and chin, as well as unevenness under nostrils and acne scarring on either side of my chin. I just got done using this peel, following top commenter Elane's steps 1 - 8. I very highly recommend using her steps for the use of this product, as it will greatly help with the pain. efore anything, I washed my face with a bar of witch hazel soap in the shower, then I poured a pot of boiling water into my bathroom sink and steamed my face for five minutes. I then applied a lavender witch hazel toner generously and waited for that to dry. Once the toner had absorbed, I took a cotton ball and quickly applied the salicylic acid (don't get too close to the sensitive areas underneath your eyes!) and was able to leave it on for the maximum time of 8 minutes by sticking my head in the freezer...I wish I were kidding. This stuff is intense. Do be sure to rinse with cold water for a minute and then use a baking soda/water paste to VERY GENTLY wash your face. If it weren't for the freezer and baking soda cheats, I'm not sure how I would have gotten through this treatment. Had I not resorted to sticking my head in the freezer, I would have only lasted about a minute. As I'm typing this comment, I have on a raw honey/coconut oil mask (1/2 teaspoon of each) which I plan to leave on for 30 minutes. After rinsing off, I plan to apply a mix of my usual moisturizers which include lavender oil, argan oil, and olive oil (one drop of each). I will continue using this treatment, and highly recommend it so far.

I like it a lot
Jan 30, 2013 by ttnyc

I like it a lot. I've been using it on my permanent eyebrow make up . I use it once a week. The tattoo is getting lighter but you need to be consistent. I recommend it.

WOW love it
Jan 30, 2013 by Jessica

I never write reviews on wow, this is making my skin clear up and I have had a weird acne thing on my chest (forgot the term te dermatologist gave) for years and have been trying to get it off my chest for YEARS and this stuff makes it fade every day and so far it has done more in a week than I have in those years!!! totally see why people rave about this. Here's hoping it keeps helping me!

pretty good
Jan 26, 2013 by Jasmin C. Scott

I have 37 year-old African American skin that is the color of toast or almonds. It is oily and I get small acne on my forehead with larger blemishes on my cheeks and jawline. I've been using this off and on (from once a week at the start to once or twice a month now)since August and I like it. I have some hyperpigmentatin from past cystic acne which this hasn't done anything to clear up but I haven't gotten any more large pimples since I started this peel which is awesome. Any pimples that I do get tend to go away faster than they used to. My skin feels so smooth after I rinse. I'm considering the glycolac for my next purchase to get rid of the old dark marks. Note: I started off applying this with a fan brush but now I just tip my fingers over the top and use them to spread the peel. The product lasts a lot longer this way because it's not soaking into the brush. But be careful, you are really NOT supposed to rub it into your skin. It burns after about 2-3 min and then I rinse in the shower. Wash your face first then follow with toner to remove excess oil which helps the peel to penetrate your pores. There is usually no redness after unless I had any frosty areas which then turn brown and peel after a few days with no residual scarring beneath. Also, I have milia around my nose and on my chin which it hasn't gotten rid of completely but it is much easier to extract after this peel. Definitely worth the money.

spot treatment
Jan 14, 2013 by longhornfashionista

We use this as a spot treatment on acne spots before we go to bed. I have tried it on blackheads, whiteheads, and those deep painful cystic feeling works particularly well for the whitehead and cystic types (especially the swelling). Sometimes it also helps to cover them with a spot bandaid after the gel has been applied. I wouldn't recommend using it on the same spot more than a few nights in a row otherwise it can dry out the skin too much and cause it to...well, peel. Unlike other acne products, it does not discolor your sheets!

Working well on giant pores & old acne scars
Jan 13, 2013 by Shawna Mullins

I am so happy I bought this. I saw improvements right away in how much smoother my skin looks. I've worked my way up to the full eight minutes, and the burning isn't to terrible. I highly suggest instead of buying a PH stabilizer, use baking soda. Baking Soda is a natural acid neutralizer. Way back in the day it was drank to help with heartburn (it tastes nasty by the way, but better than tums). I make a paste out of it, and slash it on my face. For the first second it will burn like fire while its neutralizing, however after that all the burning will be gone. For moisturizer I use thick coco butter. Then during the rest of the week I combine the butter with Retinol cream. I wait a day after the treatment to put anything harsh on my face. Let me tell you your skin will itch after every treatment. It's not a bad itch, it's mild and wont last past the first day. All of this might vary for you. My skin is not sensitive at all due to years of worthless Acne treatments. I suggest giving this a try. Good luck to you!

Jan 13, 2013 by carrieline

I used to work at a spa and they would use this and charge you $65 per peel!! I buy this at home and my husband who is acne prone loves the immediate results. It won't cure your acne completely but it helps to control breakouts! I have pretty good skim skin and i use this once in awhile for a deep cleanse and my skin comes out nice and clean. Happy with the product, shipping time and price!!! :)

The ONLY thing that has ever worked for me!
Jan 11, 2013 by Renee

If you are like me, you have struggled with acne from the time you were a tween and well into your 20s. I have had acne since I was about 13 and have tried literally everything under the sun. I mean EVERYTHING. As a teen I went to our family physician and was given topicals. I have also tried every brand of acne abrasive soap, gentle soap, scrub, toners, lifters, tighteners, clay masks, rubbery peel masks, over the counter pills...ect. I even tried doing nothing to my skin for an entire summer. No makeup, no special soap, just bare natural. You get the idea. I tried everything. Nothing worked! I had all of given up at ever having clear skin at the ripe ol' age of 25. On a whim I decided to give it one more go. I hopped on Amazon and started looking for products that focused on evening skin tone rather than getting rid of acne (I was more or less convinced that I will simply never get rid of my acne). In my search I stumbled across acid peels. I was very skeptical about using something so drastic and abrasive, but the customer reviews were raving about the product, so I decided to do a bit of research. The product is a bit pricy for purchasing on a whim, but I was desperate. Besides, I have spent 100s of dollars over the years on products that didn't work, so what is another $18? Right?I am very glad that I took that fateful chance. Using this product is still a love/hate relationship, but for the most part it is love. My skin is much more even toned since using it and it looks much more fresh and youthful. It is also the ONLY thing that will clear up my face with record speed. Now for the hate part - When using this product be mindful that your skin is going to look horrible for about a week after using it. I mean horrible! It dries everything out and you will have very dry, flaky, gross skin that will make you want to hide in your house for 5 days. To combat the effects, I have a few pointers. Lotion, firming masks, rubbery peel masks, hot showers followed by rubbing the dead skin on your face, immediately followed by lotion. Oh, and liquid make up. Powders will just magnify the dry skin. Trust me, once all of the dead skin is gone, you'll love how fresh and beautiful your skin looks. It is worth the effort.

Wort Remover
Jan 09, 2013 by Thomas Hackworth

This acid doesn't dry up after two weeks in the container and is strong enough to kill skin abberations. It kills worts and skin tags.

Eh, ok?
Jan 06, 2013 by pmhavoc

It seems this is not as powerful as some of the other ones I've ordered. I don't know if it was the manufacturer or just a bad batch. It gave me lack luster results, and I expected more, since it was 20% compared to the 10% I used previously.

Be careful
Jan 03, 2013 by Michaela Louv

This product is really great. But BE CAREFUL. I have been consistently using once a week for about two months now and I still don't use it past a minute and 30 seconds. Rinse with A LOT OF WATER. My skin definitely looks way brighter and clearer with this though :)

Great Product
Jan 03, 2013 by A. Pierce

Cellbone Technology is a great product! I use it often and many of their products! Just don't over sue the acids!

works but stings like heck
Jan 02, 2013 by Evelyn Ryan

I would recommend this product because after the dry skin went back to normal I noticed the marks got extremely lighter but the process of putting this on your skin Im not too thrilled about but that has nothing to do with the buyer.

best acne product on the market
Jan 02, 2013 by Sarah P

I had finally resigned myself to Acutane - this was my last attempt before going to the dermatologist to get started and it works GREAT. Absolutely incredible, and my acne problems were fairly severe. Almost completely gone in 2 weeks.

Too soon to say for sure, but so far so good.
Jan 02, 2013 by Sarah

I just received this product yesterday, and I immediately did the patch test. Much to my relief, the product did not burn like I expected it to. This morning the area wasn't in the least bit red or dry, so I decided it was okay to use on my face. When applying, it feels warm immediately. For me, it tingled about 30 seconds in, and then by a minute it was a warm stinging. Unpleasant, but nowhere near intolerable. I left it on for three minutes and it didn't sting any worse than the one minute mark. However, when I went to rinse, the second my skin made contact with water it burned a surprising amount. Luckily, I read around a lot before purchasing, so I had a mixture of baking soda and water ready. I splashed that over my face and the burn stopped immediately, along with the initial sting. (You can purchase the neutralizer it suggests, but why spend the 20 bucks (S&H) when baking soda works just as well?) I rinsed for a minute or two, making sure to be 100% thorough, then followed the directions by patting dry with a cotton pad and applying Cetaphil. Now I've applied the moisturizer about three times in the six or so hours since using, but my face isn't flaky or red whatsoever. If anything, it already looks better! I'm excited to see the long term effects of this product and as of right now, I highly recommend it. UPDATE 1/18/13: I've now used this product three times, once a week since I got it. So far the burning has increased with each application, but I'm assuming that's because my skin isn't as tough as it was the first time. It's still not an intolerable burn though, as long as you use the baking soda and keep up on applying the cetaphil whenever your face feels even a little bit dry the day you use the peel. My skin isn't perfect, but I've only done three applications - it does look noticeably better, so I'm standing by my initial review.

Love It???..
Jan 01, 2013 by Jason

This product does what it says it would. Definitely would recommend this product to friends. Took about 2 weeks for my skin to clear up completely

works well
Dec 31, 2012 by sporty

This product works exactly how it says it will! If you have serious skin problems then you should not play with this stuff at home. If you just want to do some light peels or use it for spot acne treatment...then this is your product. Note that it is a chemical and it can burn your skin if you are not careful or do not do your research before you use this product. I have had not issues with it but I can see where people could go wrong!

Must Have
Dec 29, 2012 by RwarrenN

I ordered this product to help with my acne. Wow, zits be gone! Be careful, it will burn and sting...but it does a number on pimples. I use it once a week and my acne is, after trying everything over the last 20 yrs, finally going away. Now, I get like one pimple a week...totally manageable. I will be ordering again.

Dec 29, 2012 by Pamela Phillips

Seems to be helping and I love the fact that it isn't white colored (like the kind you buy in the local drugstore!)

effective but stings
Dec 29, 2012 by nirvanalovr01

This is an effective product. If you know your skin's trends, you should apply this following the directions on the insert before you usually have breakouts as well as any time you have a breakout because this treats mine. First bottle is almost done and lasted a few months; WILL order a second soon. Only downside is this sucker STINGS! So have something to do to distract yourself for a few minutes. It also stings pretty bad whenever I wash it off with water; I don't stop rinsing until all the stinging goes away. For some reason, the first few times I used this product it didn't sting as bad, but maybe that's because when you have a breakout it stings more or maybe even with your skin during different seasons... DOES work as advertised though! Would recommend because let's face it, if you're interested in a product like this, you will do anything to get rid of acne, including taking on some facial stinging ;)

Wow, what a difference
Dec 29, 2012 by RwarrenN

I use this one and the salicylic acid peel by the same company. My skin is so soft after I use this, my acne is *significantly* better, and the acne scarring is fading. I will never be without this again!

great !!
Dec 29, 2012 by moimeme

Loved the way it peeled the skin and gave a good clean complexion when the peeling was over. I hated the peeling process however,cos it was so noticeable,no makeup cover I used could do a good masking effect,the peeling was brutal,but the after effect was worth it. Would buy again!

Uhmmm, okay...still waiting for something good
Dec 25, 2012 by Dandy

I bought this based on the many reviews. It does sting a little when first applied. Sitting in front of a fan like one reviewer did, does help. The "itching" is a little bothersome. But if I get busy with something else and get distracted, it is tolerable. I am 56, fair skinned, freckled with oily skin, large pores on my nose and at least 5 small hypertrophic sebaceous bumps, left side of my face. I heeded the other reviewers caution regarding time. Two minutes to start. I started using it 2-3 weeks ago, at least twice a week. Now, I can leave it on for 15 minutes until it is completely soaked in and don't even notice it. I really don't notice any difference except my skin feels "tighter" after I wash it off. Still oily later on. I might get a pink flush after I put it on, but I am very fair and have some roscea on my cheeks and chin. I will continue to use it until gone and then make a final decision on whether it has helped pore size, sun spots, fine wrinkles. I am thinking maybe next time a strength of 30%? We will see.

Salicylic Acid Peel -- Jury still Out
Dec 19, 2012 by Yolanda Ballantyne

Bought this peel to see if it would remove or reduce sun spots on my facial cheeks. I have been using the OTC spot remover with some success but it takes continuous use of 30 or more days. I've only used this item once so the jury is still out. However, at the first try, I felt a burning sensation right after application. I'd suggest following the guidelines as suggested in the directions: not leave on for more than 8 minutes although I think that would be much too long a time. I removed it within 1 minute of application which required lots of rinsing off with water and followed with a soothing face cream.

Miracle in a bottle!
Dec 18, 2012 by Nic

Stats about me: 19 year old Caucasian female. Struggled with severe acne during puberty and moderate acne these past few years. Had acne, acne scarring, large pores, oily skin, and two fine lines on my forehead when I bought product. Has never before written a review on Amazon, but was so satisfied with product that I simply HAD to. I can't remember how I came across this product on amazon, but once I did, I decided to give it a shot (20 bucks isn't that painful to spend on an experiment). All I can say is WOW. Immediately after using this product, I noticed that my skin looked fresher and clearer. I gasped when I saw it because I wasn't expecting such an immediate change. The next day, the true extent of the effects was seen (I think skin continued sloughing off throughout the night). Many of my pimples had become unclogged and were shrinking, many light acne scars had disappeared completely, the stubborn scars had noticeably faded, and my fine wrinkles became even finer. Talk about fast results! I've continued using the peel every 5 days (I've used it six times now) and now, my pores don't even have the chance to get clogged and develop pimples. The only zits that I get nowadays are on the edge of my face--either my hairline or along my jaw--because those are the parts of my face that I am not as thorough with when applying the peel. The fine wrinkles on my forehead are virtually undetectable unless if my face gets oily, which only happens if I go without show. My skin has gone from being rather unremarkable--you know, not bad enough to notice, but not good enough to notice either--to beautiful. I now have the type of skin that is clear more often than it is breaking out... something I haven't experienced since I was 12. I also have scars on my arm from self mutilating when I was young and stupid. I read online that chemical peels are used to professionally remove scars and so I decided to try out my salicylic peel on mine. This was the thing that finally pushed me into writing a review. The results were way above my expectations; all of the fainter scars have faded into being practically nonexistent and the not-so-faint ones have become faint. I cannot wait to see what my arm will look like after I use this peel on it more that once. This is coming from a girl who has bought countless scar-removal creams and has never seen much improvement. At 20 dollars, this peel is half as expensive as mederma and has given me the results in 1 use that 3 tubes of mederma have been unable to. I am so happy because I was always asked about my scars and I was very self-conscious, but now I don't think they are noticeable enough to attract anyone's attention. For all of you who have scars of your own or who know someone who can't get their's to go away, recommend this product PLEASE. It is simply amazing. I think the reason that so many people on here have had unsatisfying results with this product is because they do not allow the peel to work on their skin long enough. I've kept it on for the maximum 7 minutes every single time I've used it, even the first time, and that's probably why I've had such great results so quickly. TIPS: It really burns like hell when you first apply it; but the longer you keep it on, the less it burns. At the end of the 7 minutes, I can't even feel it on my face anymore. So... if you can just get yourself through the first 3 or 4 minutes, you're good to go for the full 7! I've also found that fanning my face with something heavy-duty, like a plate, takes away the burning sensation and makes it much easier to get through those first few minutes. I don't know how long I could stand to keep it on if I didn't fan my skin. I go into the shower to rinse it off because I feel like it is safer to stand under a jet of water in order to remove acid from my skin rather than simply splash some onto my face. After you remove the peel, your skin will get super dry. At first, I just used lotion because that was what was recommended, but when I did so my face stayed dry for days (even when I applied it generously). I had some vitamin E oil in a drawer (a failed scar removal attempt) that I got from walgreens for probably 7 bucks. I rubbed that onto my skin instead and have found that it keeps my skin much better hydrated than lotion. I think the reason for this is because, well, it's pure oil (it feels like olive oil), so its like returning the oil to your face that you had stripped away (but it doesn't look oily after it has been absorbed). Normally, doing this to your skin would result in waking up with a break out, but since your pores are so clean after the peel, I've found that they do not get clogged even when I rub oil into them. The vitamin E oil combined with the effects of the peel also leaves your skin feeling like a baby's butt, which is great. Make sure that you read the directions of the peel and use a toner beforehand to help open up your pores so the peel can dig deeper. Also, I've noticed that the peel burns A LOT more when your skin is very dry when applying it. Make sure your skin is hydrated before putting on the peel because it hurts much less then. I know this is a long review, but I just had so much to say about this true miracle in a bottle. I love it so much that I'm even giving bottles away as Christmas presents. I highly recommend that you try it and try all of the tips that I've provided, because I've had amazing results using them and I hope you do as well!

Dec 15, 2012 by Amazon Lover

I have so many great things to say about this product! I will just give you a few things that I've learned though. Do not leave this on for very long the first few times you use it, it will burn your skin.Build up to the 8 minute max. Be careful around this skin near your eyes. Use a good moisturizer afterwards.I know that sounds crazy, especially when you've been use to keeping your skin free of anything like that. I use neutrogena wrinkle repair, it is not greasy and leaves just the right amount of moisturizer without leaving my oily skin feeling greasy. My skin has a whole new look and feel after decades of severe acne. I use it often times when noticing a new pimple or cyst forming, applying a dab with a q-tip

Not what I expected
Dec 14, 2012 by Geneen

I was hoping this would work just as good as the doctor's office peels but it does not. I was expecting the same results. I've had several peels in the past and I wanted to save some money so I ordered this. I peeled for days and my skin looked fried. I wasted my money.

I'm not blown away
Dec 13, 2012 by AlisonKathleen

It definitely burns so I never leave it on for longer than a minute and a half, but I'm definitely not blown away by the results. I notice a glow to my skin afterwards, but it's nothing permanent. It also doesn't help my blemishes which is why I bought it.

Great product
Dec 12, 2012 by Verseus Deparistian

This is the first time I bought a salicylc acid and I wasn't sure what the effect is going to be look like when I put them. It was really hurt when I put them, in the next day my skin was start feeling a little bit also I had a dry skin so I put some olive oil or vitamin E oil on it. but after 3days I can see that some of my acne scar feed out ^^ I will continue this product

Makes your skin unbelievably soft
Dec 07, 2012 by bitobubbly "Cheers!"

Wow am I happy that I bought this! I was having acne issues along with chapped cheeks and dry itchy skin from the harsh winter winds at my high-altitude (endlessly winter seeming) college. I started using this as a mini-peel 2 days a week leaving only until it starts to tingle only slightly. Lathering on tons of moisturizer afterwards is the most rewarding part, your face feels incredibly baby-soft and smooth! I won't ever probably leave on long at all but I definitely notice the effects. The first time I looked in the mirror after a treatment I was literally shocked because my pores were so smooth they were practically invisible! Not to mention my acne has cleared up entirely and my complexion is again glowing (think - post salty sunny beach trip shower:) Not only will I be purchasing this, I'll probably experiment with their other varieties of peels.

Salicyclic Acid 20% Gel Peel
Dec 06, 2012 by Chris

The Salicyclic Acid 20% Gel Peel, is great for somewhat sensitive skin. With subsequent use any skin problems you may have [acne, pigmentation,roughness] totally disappears.

Professional Grade....seriously, they MEAN THAT!
Dec 03, 2012 by Spree

This stuff works so well on my skin. I am african american and I get dark spots very easily. This peel is very much professional grade and burns like .... well you know. I've had a chemical peel at a spa and this peel burned much....MUCH more than those but it is also more powerful. When I use it I do see immediate results but it is WORKING, believe me. The next day I get dark spots that are as big as a quarter and it resembles a chemical burn but then it begins to peel. I help my skin heal by using hydrocortisone cream 2-3 times a day and this helps the skin peel itself to reveal your new, baby-soft skin underneath. Be sure to do it well in advance of a big day.

Smoother skin!
Dec 01, 2012 by toogood4aol

I read some reviews before I bought this product and the majority of people like it so I gave it a try. I am 28 years old and have battled acne for the past 10 years. I've tried many many products - over the counter and prescription. I used Proactive for years and then that stopped working :(I have been using the peel about every 5 days or so for over a month. My blackheads are still there but I have noticed that my skin is smoother and is less likely to break out! (After I do a peel I don't break out after, my skin does the opposite thankfully!) Like another reviewer said, its a process. This isn't going to solve all of your problems in one application.This product is NOT for everyone. I do NOT have sensitive skin. This product does NOT make me bruise, incredibly red or make my skin turn brown like other reviews. If you know you have sensitive skin I would say this isn't for you. I had no problem applying it to my entire face right from the start. You should gradually ease into the product by slowly increasing the amount of time you leave it on every peel you do. Yes it burns badly but you have to do something to distract you while its on lol. My face still burns after I rinse it off, apply a ph balancer, rinse that off and apply a is pain!I'm glad I read other reviews because I created my own ph balancer for after I rinse the peel. Like other reviewers I created a baking soda paste (just add water) and I apply that to my skin after I rinse the peel off. It is gritty so you can't rub it in, it'll irritate your skin. I just apply it with my fingers and let it sit for a couple of minutes then rinse it off. It helps with the burning! I actually mixed the baking soda and water and put it in a small plastic container and keep it in my fridge so I don't have to make the paste for every peel. It keeps in the fridge just fine and its nice and cold on my face after the peel!I like the product and will continute to use it! It hasn't eliminated scars or blackheads yet but I'm hoping. My goal is to have clear skin so I don't have to wear makeup..maybe thats a lofty goal. Even if it doesn't, its still a great product for people prone to get blemishes. I'm mad I didn't find it sooner!

Is it 20% as advertised?
Dec 01, 2012 by Sharron F. "minipans"

I have had to use this product more frequently than the instructions in order to achieve desired effect. I is just beginning to work, and I wonder if it is truly 20%, or if it possibly my skin. I am using it for age spots and I noticed that these spots seem to be "thicker" than other unaffected areas of my face.

Works great for me
Dec 01, 2012 by C.T.R.

I have some acne scars and sometimes breakouts. I have used Salicylic Acid peels in the past with great success. After the first two times using this product there is a very big difference in the appearance of my face. I caution everyone because this product should be used EXACTLY as directed, and everyone should try a test spot first. Everyone's skin is different so a great success for one person may not mean everyone will benefit from this peel. My face is somewhat resistant to Salicylic Acid because of regular extra strength face washes and creams every day for the past 10 years so I don't turn very red at all when using this mask, and I really don't feel irritation on my face; however, I decided the second time that I used the product to do my upper neck (under my chin) and that area of skin turned bright red for about a day. After using this product it is important to use some type of non-comedogenic moisturizer with an SPF of 30. I can't stress that enough. My experience with most peels, especially salicylic acid, is that it is VERY easy to get sunburn after use even during the winter months. The moisturizer with SPF 30 is worth using even if you don't think that it is needed. It is very unpleasant to get sunburn/extra irritation to a recently treated area of your skin.This peel can also be used for reasons other than your face, but you should avoid using it in large quantities, over large areas of skin, or too frequently. In the past I had noticed headaches and upset stomachs when I used too much salicylic acid. If you're unsure about the peel or if you become overly sensitive to the peel it may be best to talk with a dermatologist, but the most important thing is to follow the instructions EXACTLY. Also, use a face peel brush to apply and not your hands. It is important to have control over where the gel is applied, and letting using your hands will likely lead to skin irritation and drying on your hands. Face peel brushes are pretty cheap and they are fan brushes so it is easy to control the application and get the peel on evenly and fast to avoid an uneven result. Overall I feel this is an AMAZING product that is very cost effective. When I don't use the peels I use face washes and lotions to prevent breakouts and reduce scars, but the face washes and lotions easily cost me over $80 per month. I still have to use moisturizing lotions and other products each month, but when I use this peel I am only spending about $10 per month for face wash and lotion, and I have found that this size bottle of peel is good for a few months. I think this is a great buy.

Burns so GOOD, Acne removal and clearer skin
Nov 20, 2012 by Jimmy Kim

I use this product twice a week and this has done WONDERS for me.I use cotton swabs to dab over my face and let it sit for about 2-4 minutes at MOST and it burns so good.I then use cold water and flush out the chemical peel. I then pat dry and use a noncomedogenic sunblock face lotion if I have to step out.I had bad acne and uneven skin but now it is clear and the pores are a lot smaller. So I look sexy now.Things to remember:1. Avoid the sun2. Do not Pick at your skin3. Use plenty of water4. DRINK a lot of water5. When having the chemical on face please do not put on longer than 5 minutes ( start with 1 minute and work your way up to 2-4 minutes per session).**HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**Pros:+ Effective+ Great value and cheap price+ Beautiful skin and poresCons:- None so farValue: 5/5Price: 5/5Effectiveness: 5/5LOOKING SEXY AND BEAUTIFUL: 1000000000000/5Pros:+Effective+Great price/value+Burns great/TolerableCons:-Bad smell but meh-Skin might be a little more flaky than the other peels

Great Product
Nov 18, 2012 by Sr. Helga

This product is great. I am a 34 year old hispanic woman with a tn or mediterranean complexion. I never experienced acne until I turned 30 years old and when it came, it really came. I suffer from cystic acne that is terribly painful but not disfiguring, thank God. It has only left dark spots all over my face. Recently, some of the cysts, if left alone, would kind of dry out but leave hard bumps underneath. And other would not dry out no matter what. I had tried everything, saw about 10 different dermatologists but since it isn't disfiguring they would just stick to topical medicines.I tried this as a way to even out my tone, but right before I received the product I got an episode of cysts.I tried the salycilic acid on the forehead, where I didn't have a breakout. I followed the instructions but only left it for one minute. I didn't want to burn my skin. It tingled but didn't burn. It did not frost it just felt tighter, and my pores looked remarkably small and smooth. I was going to wait one week but then, all these pimples starting coming to the surface, and cysts too! I went back to the review and people said it was normal. I decided to wait.Then, on my chin I had a bad breakout and the sulfur drying cream was drying my skin but not the cyst. So, in desperation I dabbed some of the salycilin acid and left it for 40 seconds. It felt like it burned, it forsted and the next day it was completely dry and scabbed. It didn't leave a hard bump. I must add that the process of scabbing was a lot faster than it would have been normally.I am also using vitamin E oil and tea tree oil. I can't say if it will continue to work for me, but it did work this one time.

Not sure...
Nov 17, 2012 by Loren

I've noticed that SkinLab will respond to comments on Amazon, so this review/question is directed toward their representative:I've been using the Salycylic Acid peel for about a month now with one application a week, and at this point I don't know if I should continue the treatment.My goals for the peel were to speed the fading of past acne scars on my cheeks, reduce the size of the pores in my T-zone and improve overall complexion. With that said, I've found that the peel is not painful for me -- it just barely stings -- but the results I've gotten so far are the complete opposite of my goals! My skin is now *extremely* dry, flakey and old, and I've developed acne!! I have acne in areas on my face where I NEVER get acne, and it just won't stop. I looked in the mirror this morning and nearly cried at how blotchy, bumpy and spotted my skin is. I've also noticed that a dark patch of skin has developed over my past acne scars.I've read reviews that state that skin will get worse and may develop acne before it gets better, but I need to ask for a professional opinion. Judging from my current state, should I tough it out and continue the use of this peel or stop now while my skin is still salvageable?(FYI, the acne developed around the third week of use. From what I can tell, it is not cystic acne and is not painful.)

Great product but must be used with caution
Nov 17, 2012 by MeOnACloud

I would have given this product 5 stars for the formula but I only gave it 4 because this really should be a medical grade product to be applied by a professional. For those with sensitive skin, it will make you feel like your skin is on fire!!Even when you wash it off, the stinging lingers. Be cautions and extremely careful if you choose to use this product.

Nov 16, 2012 by Jennifer

I love this stuff, I really do. I was looking at my skin this morning and almost cried because I never thought my skin would look so normal. I have had horrible acne since I was 10 and I am now 30. A few months ago I developed the worst hormonal breakouts along my jawline. I had 20 + cystic zits at a time. I found this online and ordered it because of the reviews, though I must admit some sounded too good to be true. I purchased some witch hazel and cotton balls and always use that first. My first application I only left on for two minutes. Which is fine, please don't have the warrior mentality about this stuff because I honestly believe that you get better results by gradually easing into it. After rinsing with lots of water I apply Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30. This is a great sunscreen/moisturizer to followup with as it has a little skin tone evening/ brightening effect and it smells so nice and fresh. I do not wash my face with any harsh cleansers the day I do the "peel". I did this routine once a week for one month and all of my pimples and deep zits cleared up. Completely. In between treatments, I wash my face ever day with an Oil of Olay ProX using Olay Total Effects Blemish Control Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser with it. I spend a good two minutes letting it work its way all over my face. I follow up with the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer. Sometimes if my skin gets a little dirty feeling I'll swab some witch hazel on my face. That's it. Really low maintenance. Now I do the peel once a month. My skin looks so much better. I know I can't promise results because everybody is different but I know that it worked for me and I had tried everything. Since I started using this I have not gotten a single cystic acne flare-up and have probably only had about 5 or so little pimples here and there that came the day after wearing BB cream or powder. So, buy it, its so worth it and I haven't even used half the bottle yet. You can't beat that!

This stuff is potent, and "frosting" gave me scars
Nov 10, 2012 by NJ Guy??

I used this a few months ago, left it on for about 3-4 minutes and then washed off with copious amounts of cold water just like the instructions indicated. I'm an Asian-Indian in my late 20s with tan/oily skin and mild acne. I would *HIGHLY* encourage washing off this peel with normal BAKING SODA mixed with water. I don't know why the instructions don't require the use of baking soda, but water alone will NOT wash this off quickly enough. Therefore, if you have 'frosting', the baking soda will neutralize it rather than allowing it to burn/blemish/scar deeply.After washing off, there was some small areas that 'frosted', meaning that it was still WHITE. I tried to wash it more and more but it wouldn't come off. Eventually, I developed a DARK, DARK, DARK blemish on the right side of my nose.The blemish still remains almost 4 months later. I can't get rid of it!Also, this leaves my skin feeling and looking very 'wrinkled' the next few days. Some reviews indicate that the skin will peel afterwards, but mine didn't peel properly so the damaged skin remained.Now I read some reviews suggesting that the entire face should 'frost'. Are you guys serious?! My experience with frosting is that it's equivalent to burning and scaring.**For those who have good results with 'frosting', please elaborate in the comments and indicate your type of skin, ethnicity and skin color. These are personal details but very important when using this product. This product can otherwise be very dangerous, even if left on for a few minutes!**

So far so good and a warning
Nov 06, 2012 by Kathryn P.

Okay so I've only used this product for two days and I will come back in a month when I feel I can update (with pictures). I have had acne since I was about 8. It died down a lot now that I'm in my 20's but my main problem is every pore on my face is big and clogged. Not only that I have what I call "chicken skin" on my chest and inbetween the girls, it is flesh colored raised bumps which I'm guessing is also clogged pores as well. I waited 48 hours to do my face because I did just get a waxing done but I tried it out on my chest. There were no visible improvements the same day (obviously) but the next I noticed the bumps had gone down just a bit in size. Also i had small stinging in certain spots nothing that I really noticed because that skin is way different from my face so I could leave it on the full 8 minutes. In the instructions it says that chemical peels will give you cold sores if you are prone to them, I thought well it's not on my face so I didn't have to worry, wrong. I woke up the next day and had one in the corner of my mouth (ouch). So BE AWARE that you will get one if you are prone to them or carry the virus (not the std kind). Second day I did my face, I lasted about 5 minutes and it started burning but not too bad so I rinsed, WORST PART. I felt like the water activated it and my whole face burned so bad, but as I have read other reviews it does go away in about a minute so keep splashing water on your face till it does.So far so good. Will update again in 30 days.

I have seen some improvement.
Oct 26, 2012 by Boobookittyfuk

The first time I tried this it burned like hell, and I think I have a good tolerance to pain. It definitely takes a few times to build up a tolerance to this product. The first time I tried it I put it all over my face, and the sides of my nose were raw and peeling really bad by the next day. The next time I just did it on the spots where the acne scars were and that seemed to work a lot better for me. After a couple of days I was looking in the mirror and one of the scars literally disappeared in front of me. I saw a dry piece of skin ready to fall off and it peeled right off along with the scar. That was enough for me to keep using this product. It does dry your face out, but that's the whole point. I have gone through a ton of moisturizer while using this product but it's totally worth it. Probably not for everyone, but it worked for me and I'm very happy. I also purchased the skin PH balancer which feels awesome after rinsing off the peel. I'm Hispanic and have medium to dark skin so I tend to get really dark scars, especially around my mouth, chin, and jaw line. This really minimized that. Sunscreen also does wonders. You have to used it everyday, especially when you're using a chemical peel. Good luck to all using this product. :)

4.4 5.0 835 835 The product would have been better if the thixotrope had been increased. It is too low in viscotity and has a tendency to run. Salicylic Acid 20% Peel