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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Salicylic Acid 20% gel peel
Oct 22, 2012 by S. Sims "proudAFmom"

Ordered this for my daughter who has daily breakouts that stays for weeks at a time and leave red scars. She tried this for 3 weeks doing it only once a week because she didn't want to over do it to begin with. It did not stop the acne. Her face was a mess. She stopped using it and now we are trying something else. Maybe it would have worked if she did it more often or had a higher % acid, but she didn't want to keep making it worse. She had as a teenager used the over-the-counter salicylic wash, but it never worked and the Proactive did not work either. I can tell everyone from my own experience with acne that the only products that work for me are the prescription ones with sulfur in them but you have to use it twice a day everyday. Everyone's face is different but this just did not work for her.

Better than Professional Peels
Oct 22, 2012 by anne0136

I have really bad sun damage on my chest which was made worse by my dermatologist freezing off rough spots. Where my dermatologist had done her work the skin is completely white and makes my dark spots look worse. Basically my chest looked like I had been in an awful fire. A plastic surgeon gave me laser treatments which worked but each treatment cost $300 and would lighten an area about the size of the dime. At that rate I would be spending $30,000 on my chest! I have been using the Salicylic Acid for about 6 weeks now. I clean my chest with alcohol first and then dab it all over my chest. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. My chest is still not perfect by it certainly has made a huge difference. The dark spots are definitely lighter and the contrast between the light and dark areas in considerably less noticeable. I plan on ordering more and continuing the therapy. I have high hopes that this product will continue working and that I will be able to wear something other than turtlenecks all winter!

Great Product! Helps My Acne!
Oct 20, 2012 by AllisonMD

I love this peel! I'm a peel novice, so I've never used one before. After a horrible breakout in September due to hormonal imbalances--my entire face was covered, I decided to give this a try. Years of Accutane and prescription medication obviously did nothing, so what's one more try? For the first two weeks, I wasn't really hopeful. It seemed to be working better as a spot treatment than an overall mask. I wasn't peeling, and my acne wasn't going anywhere. Also, it never "burned" my skin. It just made me itch a lot. Then I decided to up the time I had it on from 3 minutes to 5, and it worked! I finally peeled, and with that, my acne subsided. I currently only have 3-5 pimples on my face, all of which I'm confident will disappear in the next week or so. I can't believe that this little bottle is all it took to help my acne. I wasted so much money going to the dermatologist over the last few years. This amazing!

Used for acne
Oct 17, 2012 by Jack

I have suffered from acne since adolescence, but a year ago started to break out more aggressively. The break-outs were occurring on my cheeks in addition to the T-Zone area that has more commonly plagued me. In addition to acne, I have acne scarring, a

I have a comment and a question, if anyone can help!
Oct 15, 2012 by GreekPrincess80

First, let me say, that I have acne (pink/red) marks on my skin from pimples. After using this product, I notice them getting ligher! which is great. My face (except for maybe my cheeck-bones) feels ok with this product on, especially my forehead and neck. It's a little sensitive on my cheecks and definitely near my eyes. My question is, for the first time yesterday, I applied this under my eyes with a Q-tip on my fine lines and had to remove it immediately (about or less than a minute). My skin under my eyes were slightly pink and my fine lines now look like wrinkles!! My questions are: Will this go away? my fine lines are prominent and when I use this prduct, should I continue using it under my eyes or no? I get that this product is good for acne scars and pimple prevention, but I was also hoping it was good for fine line removal. Thank You.

Oct 11, 2012 by HITLR WAS FRAMED

1st day: I dabbed some on my cheeks and nose with a cotton swab, left it on for about 4 minutes. IT BURNED A LOT. I felt like Bane when Batman tried pulling his mask off (I'm exagggerating, it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't a fun 4 minutes). After submerging my face in water, I noticed some white frosting (not the donut kind, the dead skin kind, unless you're into dead skin-iced donuts, in which case, eww) on my cheeks. 2nd day: Wanting results fast (and wanting the frosting to go away), I dabbed some on my face again, left it on for about 8 minutes. I would compare the pain to the feeling you get when your older brother gets a better toy in his happy meal... seriously, it stings for all 8 minutes. After liberally applying water, I noticed my skin was a lot darker/redder. 3rd day: Peeling. So much peeling. If I were an orange, I'd be naked. So much dead skin came off my face. As the skin peeled off, my face was very soft and sensitive. At this point, do NOT put more on, wait a few days... or maybe even a week. You should NOT use this every day, your face needs time to recover. Also, do NOT put it on for more than 4 minutes or so, you WILL get dark patches of skin. TL;DR- if you use it more than once every 3-4 days, you will get dark patches on skin. don't use it before any social events. use it sparingly, and moderately, and you will get good results.

Gel Peel
Oct 11, 2012 by RSL1

Had a few small round brown spots on my face. One of those things that happens when you get old. I put a small spot of this stuff on each one and it burns. Washed this off after about ten minutes. Tried this three times so far, it looks like it will take a week or two but will work.

Burns so GOOD, Acne removal and clearer skin!
Oct 04, 2012 by Jimmy "Jimbo"

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 sun 2. Do not Pick at your skin 3. Use plenty of water 4. DRINK a lot of water 5. 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 pores Cons: - None so far Value: 5/5 Price: 5/5 Effectiveness: 5/5 LOOKING SEXY AND BEAUTIFUL: 1000000000000/5

Oct 03, 2012 by Michelle "Meesh"

I have just begun using this product. The product arrived promptly and as described. I was concerned that it would be harsh and potentially burn my skin...was delightfully surprised that it is very gentle and my skin tolerates it easily. I think that for me 200 is superior to AHA for my skin-type and I am using this to held reduce blackheads. I have realistic expectations and hope for a little more glow in my skin and slightly cleaner looking/easier to clean pores. Will update in a few weeks. -- Update: I am planning to do a TCA peel in a couple of months and I am priming my skin with Retin-A and Salicylic Acid peels. Just started up the Retin-A again this week, so my skin is a bit sensitive. Last night I decided to skip the Retin-A and do a Salicylic Acid peel again on my face, hands, arms, and chest :). Well, I really felt the sting on my face this time! I could only tolerate it for about thirty seconds with the fan on my face. With only 30 seconds, you cant expect much; my skin was a bit tight; when I woke up, it had a very even tone and looked lovely, which is a word I would rarely use to describe my skin :) To be safe, I am going to wait a week and then do another peel. I will try to leave this one on longer (I will take Ibuprofin first to help the stinging) to help myself work up to the TCA, which is supposed to sting like a mother! :) Really excited about the process. The neck, chest, hands and arms didn't hurt a bit; left them on for the full eight min. a little pink in the morning, but very even toned :) could probably use a stronger % for those areas, but not too worried about it. ADVICE FOR NEW PEELERS: If you are thinking that you might try a peel for the first time, I would like to encourage you to spend some time getting to understand how chemical peels work so you have an idea of what to expect. Some of the reviews I see from freaked out people have a great deal to do with them not understanding how chemical peels work. For me, the AHA 20% stings a tiny bit, the 200 (sal acid) MUCH more. If you educate yourself first, you will feel so much better and not freak out if you frost, scab a bit or peel. Its your face and it is really an emotional thing to go through, especially if you dont know what to expect.

same as a peel at an aesthetician's office!
Oct 02, 2012 by MDn

I am very pleased with this product and have been using it for a couple of years. I have adult acne prone skin, been on Accutane 5 times (i know, too many!), antibiotics, etc, etc. I use Glytone exfoliating wash and toner, la mer lotion, and this as often as i can remember it (once per week to once per month...time eludes me easily!) I went to a plastic surgeons office that also has a skin care clinic and decided to try a "real" chemical peel. I didn't peel much or see much result the first time, so i tried a second one that was stronger and added TCA and Lactic acid. They asked what i used at home and when i explained what it was the aesthetician was curious, and mentioned even though the % might say it was the same (at 20%), the pH likely wasn't the same as a professional peel which would affect the results and how much it works. So i showed it to her on my iphone. Then she looked up the brand on her laptop and kept looking more confused. She finally said she didn't think you could purchase this strong of a product as a non-professional and that the pH was at a good level. Let's just say, I have since saved my $100+ dollars and get more regular peels at home! She even said that if i used this regularly, I would only need to come in a couple times per year to get the other acids (there was one she said no one can buy other than someone affiliated with a physician but i forgot what it was). Let's just say I ma thrilled and happy with my home peels and don't have an aesthetician any longer :)

Helped clear my skin
Oct 02, 2012 by k

I have been using this product off and on for ten years. I have also suffered from acne since the age of 15. This product has helped to clear my skin and improve the clarity as well. It is safe and effective if used in slow progression to 8 minute time f

Great for controlling oily skin
Sep 28, 2012 by AmazonAddict

I moved to NY from Scotland during the summer months. My skin had a really hard time dealing with the humidity and the pollution - not something I'd had to deal with before. I've never had the best skin; it's always been oily and I suffer from blackheads and large-ish pores. Arriving in NY my skin became so oily it was disgusting and lots of tiny little spots started forming across my forehead. I now use this once or twice a week for just a few mins at a time and then follow with a benzoyl peroxide cream at night, which I use most nights and a light oil free moisturiser. All these three things combined have really helped the oil control, my skin is nowhere near as greasy, I've less black heads and my pores are definitely smaller. Buy it!

Sep 22, 2012 by Michelle

Since I was a teenager I have had problematic oily skin. It started out with deep cystic acne and spread from there. Like many of you I have tried almost every prescription, over the counter, many all natural and any other type of product you can think

satisfied - using for rosacea and sun spots
Sep 22, 2012 by JB "jb6606"

I've been using this for about 6 months and find it to be ok on melasma and sun spots, but surprisingly good on my rosacea. I was diagnosed with rosacea 8 years ago and used Finacea for several years. I developed melasma about 5 years ago and tried TriLuma cream for a year or so, but it never did much for me. I stopped going to the dermatologist a few years ago and have been trying to treat my skin problems on my own. I bought this product hoping that it would help fade my sun spots and melasma, which is mainly on my forehead and under my eyes. I used to have rosacea outbreaks at least a few times a week, which consisted mainly of redness and flushing. I had persistent redness and splotchiness on my cheeks and one red spot from rosacea on my nose that the dermatologist told me was permanent. The first few times I used this peel I was only able to tolerate it for a minute total. I'd start on my forehead and do my cheeks last. It burned so badly that my eyes teared up, and after I washed my face, my skin was left very flushed. But by the next day my skin was back to normal. I used this once a week for a few weeks and noticed that my rosacea outbreaks stopped completely. Even using Finacea twice a day I'd have flare ups occasionally, was very surprised that it stopped entirely with this peel. I used this peel once a week for about six weeks, then cut back and only applied it every few weeks. I started getting rosacea flare ups a month ago and realized that I hadn't used this peel for several weeks, so I started up again and the flare ups stopped. I put it on my forehead first, then wait 2-3 minutes to apply to the rest of my face. I can tolerate it for 2-3 minutes now on my cheeks, and have no redness afterward. It has faded the darkness on my forehead and the splotchiness on my cheeks, but very slowly. I didn't notice any fading at all until very recently. I look in the mirror now and often don't see any of my horrible rosacea splotchiness at all. Maybe a more aggressive dermatologist would have done some sort of treatments to fade my redness, but my doctor was very nonchalant about my skin, told me that I was basically stuck with the redness. I used a green tinted powder to tone down the redness, but thought that I was going to have to live with it the rest of my life. This peel has done more for my rosacea than Finacea, TriLuma cream and all those trips to the dermatologist. My bottle is almost empty and I will definitely buy more. My skin is very sensitive to sunscreen, and it's important to apply sunscreen after using this peel. Neutragena and Aveeno can burn my skin, so I normally use Vanicream sunscreen after this peel. It can be heavy otherwise, but my skin is dry after the peel and the Vanicream works well for me.

Helps to clear black heads and exfoliate skin
Sep 20, 2012 by Bridget

I have been using this for 3 weeks and it is working pretty good. I have sensitive skin but have not had any bad reactions to this product besides the normal peeling which is not very bad. I am satisfied with this product and it is a great value. You can use this product without going to a spa and spending $100 or more.

Works Well but not complete miracle
Sep 11, 2012 by margaret c

I often get acne under the skin which causes large red bumps that are extremely painful. These, then lead to scars and redness that do not go away. I found this online and gave it a try, and I am currently on my second bottle. The whole first bottle really hurt every time I applied. Because I do use harsh skin products, I thought I would be able to handle it, but please be aware of the intense stinging you will feel.Now that I am on the second bottle, I can keep the treatment on for a few minutes without discomfort. I am happy with this product as it does make my face smoother and more bright but I am not sure it is helping the acne/red scars. I think it is a great boost to use every once in a while, when skin becomes dull. I usually use it during a time of a breakout to help refresh the whole face.

Sep 11, 2012 by maven "JC"

I was once skeptical that I can do a peel like this at home myself, but this product is really amazing! This is the first salicylic acid peel I bought, and I'm so glad I did. I read the simple to follow instructions and gave it a try. Wow! The first time I used it, it stung really bad and I had to rinse it off right away. But, even after such a short contact, I saw an improvement. So I decided to stick with it. Sure enough, my skin tolerated it better with each subsequent use. I have now been using it regularly for several months, and these days, it's just a tingly feeling when I use it and I can keep it on for the maximum length of time without a problem. In fact, I have purchased and tried a deeper peel with great results. I'm so glad I decided to get this! My skin has never looked better! My complexion is more even, the greasiness has eased, the pores are much smaller, and even some of the noticeable sun spots I had are gone! Never again am I going to a derm spa. Why pay an exorbitant amount for professional peels when you can get better results at home with these products?

The best acne control
Sep 07, 2012 by Renee "multitaskingmom"

I am a 44 year old mom and grandmother who still had to deal with acne...It WAS terrible. I have tried various regimens that worked to some degree but never always or consistently until now. I love using the Salicylic Acid Gel Peel. I use it once a week followed the next day by either a??Glycolic Acid 50% Gel Peel, 100ml??or??Lactic Acid 50% Gel Peel, 30ml (Professional). After doing this for three weeks I began to notice that I was not breaking out anymore, AT ALL! I have continued to use this regimen with magnificent results with no acne, much fewer and smaller blackheads, and my skin tone is so smooth and even. I have given up on foundation all together because I love the way my skin looks. I use??Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer SPF-15, Fair to Light 1122 1 fl oz (30 ml)??and a translucent face powder and I get compliments on my skin which use to never happen.

Be careful!
Sep 07, 2012 by Becky

I had an 18% salicylic peel done by a professional. The healing process was not bad at all. Some frosting during the peel and moderate dry skin with light brown patches for about 3-4 days after. I got this product based on the rave reviews. I figured I would try it out. I did 4 spot treatments on my face (2 on cheek, 2 on chin) just to see how I would react. Thankfully, I did not coat my entire face. I used a Q-Tip to apply. I left it on for 2 minutes. I had some frosting and moderate tingling, but not bad at all. I washed it off with cold water and a little bit of baking soda to neutralize (I did not scrub with the baking soda). The patches were red and irritated. Fine, ok, that means it worked. To my dismay, I woke up in the morning with significant brown patches. The skin is very dry as expected, but the brown patches were much more noticeable than my professional peel. Luckily I have some Obagi Hydroquinone cream! I am applying that first, then Polysporin then Cetaphyl. I just hope there is no permanent damage. For all those acne sufferers, go get your peels done by a professional. The gal I went to does the same peels to her face as the ones that she applies on her patients. Good luck and much caution recommended. I will never use this product again. Waste of money.

It really works
Aug 29, 2012 by SatisfiedCustomer

I'm in my mid 30s and still break out. After using the product for 2 weeks the break outs almost disappeared and my complexion has been so much more clearer. The product is strong and stings my skin so I can't keep it on my skin for more than 5 minutes. The Bottom line it works.

Simply works
Aug 25, 2012 by Chloe

Background: I have what the doctors call "problem" skin. I have active acne, acne scars, sun damage, and the beginning of some not-so-fine lines. In short, I have a hate-hate relationship with my skin. Like many people, I have truly tried every product out there. Prescription, over the counter, every acid you can think of. This is one of the best "over the counter" product I have ever used. Now, keep in mind it is not a miracle worker. Salicylic acid has been used for years to "exfoliate" the skin, that is, to increase cell turnover. The great thing about this product is its potency, but that also means it will sting like the dickens. I have also seen a lot of misinformation out there about how often this can be used. The truth is, you can use this every day (the company itself will tell you this). It is not actually a peel. Your skin may peel a little bit after the first couple of times using it, but for the most part there will not be visible peeling (unless you have incredibly sensitive skin and/or have never used an exfoliant. Like, ever). Additionally, I am one of the people who don't wash this product off. It will absolutely self-neutralize after anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Finally, I hate when people tell you that some skin product is a miracle worker after just one use. Nothing will change your skin after one use. But when used consistently, this is a great product to increase cellular turnover, which will keep your pores more clear and will reduce inflammation. This means that you are likely to see lesser breakouts after extended use. And, salicylic is the only acid that can be used, rather is encouraged to be used prior to other, stronger peels. Considering how expensive most products are with salicylic acid, I think this is a great deal and can totally work for you.

Had two TCA peels now using this...
Aug 20, 2012 by D. Portillo "shahnaz"

I have experience with TCA peels (Blue peel) and retin A .5 and my skin takes it. I recently got some cystic acne and stupidly picked and scarred. I decided to give this a try and after a week of doing it every 2 days I see a fading of the scar, flattening of milia and other bumps plus very smooth skin. The blackheads are gone but I have had very minimal peeling. Probably because of my peel history. I want to emphasize that peeling may not be apparent to many but it is exfoliating. I may go to 30% and do a Jessner in January just to even out. Need to wait and see how this product works out.I recommend this product as it has made my skin very smooth and clear. I think the scar will fade away with time and there may still be something to extract. I did go to a esthetician and she did get a lot out but I still see something. I am hoping this product will make that come out. I am very patient about seeing results as I have been on Obagi for 10 years and love it. But after a while, you need a little boost and this product definately delivers that way. I think if you have virgin skin as far as peels, it will do wonders. For me, since I have peeled my face twice with TCA, the effects are a little milder than what I am used but still very positive.

Excellent product
Aug 14, 2012 by Autumn

This is one of the best products I have ever purchased. I am over 40 and have been out in the sun a lot through the years. I've been trying different products to try to counter the effects of aging. I have spent a lot of money and, ironically, this product (which is by far the least expensive) has done the most to improve my skin's appearance.I was hesistant to purchase this but it got such good reviews that I decided to give it a try. I know that some of the reviewers let it burn their face and then let it heal which almost made me not purchase the item. First, I have sensitive skin so I was worried about what it would do to me. Also, I work every day and cannot be in hiding for a few days while my face heals. However, when I got the bottle and read the instructions, they specifically say to not leave it on until your face burns. It recommends starting out with leaving it on for one minute and then only doing it once per week, increasing your time up to eight minutes. I did that and increased by one minute per week. I did learn to only wash my face by hand before I apply the peel; when I use a Clarisonic first, it makes my face too sensitive and I start to burn.When I first started using this, my acne (which didn't even develop until I turned 35) got worse but now I have not had a blemish in months. The real improvements this peel provides don't show immediately but come after using the product consistently for a few weeks. I have had many people ask what I am doing and I tell everyone about this. It has really improved my skin. I am now ready to increase to the 30% solution.I really do recommend reading and adhering to the instructions that come with the bottle. I think that is the safest and most effective way to use this product.

works for me
Aug 13, 2012 by Youhoo

My problem- 30 year old female with tan skin- started breaking out in pimples for first time since I was 14- dark patches of skin near mouth and cheek due to mineral deficiency and hormonal imbalance- no other creams, masks, etc... were helping with either of these thingsWhat happened with the product- left it on until I couldn't stand stinging- next day after a 2 hour drive home, looked in mirror and my face looked normal but the dark patches mentioned above were all peeling totally off.- peeled off skin with my fingers, washed my face, and scrubbed more dead skin off.- dark patches are now much lighter, pimples still there but smallerConclusion- worked for me although I have no idea why or how

Aug 13, 2012 by R. Esche (Fairfax, VA )

My friend sent me the link to this and said I should try this, it has totally made a difference in my skin complection! It's smoother and more even. I've used it about 3 times already and have noticed such a difference and I can't wait to see how much mor

Reduces Acne By Next Day and Exfoiliates
Aug 09, 2012 by Rose

Reduces Acne By Next Day for my teen. Proactiv wasn't enough, but with this product, his acne was 80% better by the next day. We now use it weekly on him and also spot treat any big ones in between treatments. I use it weekly and my skin exfoiliates by 3rd day. After 3 weeks of treatment, my skin is smoothing and my poores seem to be diminishing. I will continue to use this product and now my 20 year old daughter is too.

my oily skin
Aug 09, 2012 by Keisha

This a miracle product on a roll. Within one month of applying my skin texture smoothed and my skin tone evened out. Im really enjoying this product on my ebony oily skin

Pretty Good
Aug 08, 2012 by TMS

I have moderate acne and I get big scars easily. I'm a black woman with tan/brown skin. I get really dark spots left from the acne. I just received my bottle Friday and tried it two times. The first time I used a cotton ball and it was very little burning so I left it on for 10 minutes. I didn't really see any results. I tried again the following Tuesday and I had received my brush that I ordered. I used it instead and I felt a major difference. It began burning immediately. I was able to distract myself for 10 minutes. I didn't get red but I didn see the white spots that others spoke about. I used the neutralizer and my skin was so smooth. I also noticed that I only had a shinny nose where my entire face is usually oily. I think if I keep using it twice a week, I will see more results and the bumps will completely clear. I'm satisfied. I will change my rating to a 5 if I'm able to use Amby on my dark spots without reoccuring break outs.

Very satisfied
Aug 08, 2012 by Oolon Colluphid

I bought this peel to improve the texture and tone of my skin. After three peels done weekly, I have seen remarkable improvements in the superficial scarring on my cheeks and a definite evening out of the pigmentation of my skin. My acne has almost completely disappeared as a result of these peels as well. I really wish I had tried salicylic acid sooner!

Didn't work for me :(
Aug 05, 2012 by F. Funkybookworm

I have combination oily & dry skin & I used this product 3-4x/week starting the 3rd week & used it regularly for almost 6 weeks & didn't really see any results. Had to stop when I moved because the new place has almost 0 humidity & this peel made my skin super dry. But my main complaint is that unfortunately for me, it didn't seem to have made much of a difference after 5 weeks. But then again, other products haven't really worked either, so I think it may be a hormonal issue & I'm trying birth control pills to see if they will help control my crazy hormone imbalance (my acne actually got worse now in my 20s). I may try it again whenever I visit friends & family in humid areas just to see if it'll work later, or just to maintain my skin when it's finally clear.

effective and cost effective for acne scars
Aug 03, 2012 by Laila Milanian

I have used this product once a week for the past three months. I have had problem skin for years, very oily and frequent break outs. I purchased this product for the scars the acne leaves since I heard it works great for this purpose. While it hasn't completely eliminated the scars, it does peel some skin off the scar, and has made them almost invisible. Not quite gone, but barely noticeable anymore.For past six weeks or so I have also been using retinol cream, Retinol Cream (Vitamin A 100,000 Iu Per Ounce) - 2 Oz. + FREE Herbal Authority - Roll-On Blemish Stick with Tea Tree Oil. I have been applying it every night and lately my skin has not only cleared up but also looks and feels much smoother than it has been for awhile. The combination of these products are working wonders for my skin, and for the low cost, it would be my first recommendation for anyone with skin problems

salicylic acid/gel peel
Jul 30, 2012 by pretty

Ive used this twice a day, faithfully. I've had it maybe 3 weeks now so I really can't give it 5 stars as of yet. I see on my skin, as far as the sun spots go, just a little bit of improvement. Not much yet though. Oh, how I want this to work on me! I've heard very good things of this product. The cost certainly is a great value. When it has done what it says it is supposed to, I WILL be singing its praises! I will be excited to write a review that would be worth 10 stars to me. I've even taken the "before" pictures. Then I'll do the "during" and hopefully the final "after" pictures. Wish me Luck, Guys! Thanks!

Didn't work for me
Jul 29, 2012 by HeatherGnarGnarlyy

Ive used this product for about 3 1/2months and didn't see a lick change my acne stayed horrible the entire 3 1/2months of use and I used it twice a week I kept in denial thinking it'll have to start working soon! Also I'm not one of those other reviewers saying "boohoo I'm too much of a puss to handle the pain so in giving it no stars" that's not it, trust me in a female mix martial artist in conditioning, so i can handle pain.With all the raving reviews i thought it has to work soon! I was wrong. But as soon as i stopped using it my acne slowed down tremendously, I'm starting to think it was the reason my acne never left those months, I understood that other reviewers said you'll break out before it gets better, well, I broke out but never got better! I kept ATLEAST 6-13 pimples every single day for 3months straight using this product. I was so sure it was going to work i took pics of my face 1-2 times a week to track the "progress" I thought was going to happen, instead i just have 3months worth of horrible acne pics of my face! I was going to make a youtube video of the progress but Since their wasnt Theres no point. If you've used salicylic in the past and it didn't work for you, it probably won't now, What really cleared my acne up to this day is's regimen &their products, benzoyl peroxide works for my face,not salicylic, now that I know that I won't be touching this product. &i did follow the instructions on this too, also I believe it made the acne scars on my cheeks even darker! Horrible product to use, if salicylic acid based products didn't work for u in the past don't buy this!! Try benzoyl or AHA. If you still plan on buying this I will say if you applying it and having it on your face is a painful bitch wait till you splash water on your face!! It's more painful getting it off then having it on!! Something I saw no other reviewers really put.

Immediate gratification
Jul 29, 2012 by Priscilla

Arrived on my doorstep in a padded envelope embedded within another envelope. I've been wanting to use a facial peel for so long to combat sun damage, MANY acne scars,current acne, and general dullness.After reading the instructions, I wiped down with alcohol and used a gauze pad to apply the peel all over my face for a minute. It stung a little but was totally bearable and not bad at all. After a minute, I rinsed with cold water and you could actually see little flakes of skin.Immediately I had glowing skin - it definitely faded some very light scarring on my cheeks. The larger and more defined scars, however are still visible and hasn't changed much at all. Throughout the day you can see subtle patches of skin peeling off. So don't expect a drastic change at once, but I'm sure with continued and controlled use my scars will look much better.Definitely a buy. I plan on using this once a week. I'm already super happy with this product. CHYEA!

Jul 28, 2012 by PC

I've used products in the past that would clear up some of my acne but my biggest problem was always the deep scarring and the damaged/irritated skin that my breakouts would leave behind. The reviews on here really encouraged me to give this a try and I am amazed at the results! I do have to admit that it is uncomfortable to use at first. After I would apply it, my whole face would start rapidly heating up and it is a bit to endure, but the results are well worth it! I've used it about once or twice a week for the past three weeks now and my scarring has tremendously gone down and my skin feels extremely smooth. Before using this, I wasn't able to leave the house without caking on layers of foundation and now I honestly have no problem going out without any at all!.

Caution to those with sensitive skin
Jul 27, 2012 by blazers4life

Let me start by saying that I am in my early 20's and have very sensitive caucasian skin. My skin is neither too oily nor too dry, though perhaps a bit more oily in some places than others. I have had moderate/occasionally severe acne since I was 18. I have never tried an exfoliation product of this potency ever before. I have used salicylic acid before, but only 2.5% or less.Based on the sheer number of positive product reviews, I thought this was going to be my acne cure. I used the product twice a week for the first week (Mondays and Fridays). My skin was dramatically better at the end of the first week, albeit a little dry. The second week I continued to apply it just twice a week, yet my acne appeared to be coming back. I was puzzled as to why it initially cleared my face and then subsequently failed to prevent future breakouts. During the third and fourth weeks, I started using the product once every other day, thinking that increasing the frequency of application would render it more effective. I was wrong, though. I started breaking out even more with inflamed, cystic zits that were painful to the touch. I was forced to go back to applying it once every 3-4 days midway through my fourth week. I was still not seeing noticeable improvements and abandoned this product after 5 weeks.Perhaps I could have given this product more time. However, it was giving me arguably worse acne than I had before starting the product so I figured there was no point to continuing. Also, I followed the instructions well and still did not see much improvement after 5 weeks. Per the manufacturer's instructions, I gently washed my face with a mild cleanser (Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser) before applying the Salicylic Acid and used moisturizer (a small amount - a little more than the size of a green pea) at the end of my routine. I will admit that the only instruction I did not follow as well as I could have was to wash it off after just one minute during the first couple of uses. I left it on for 4, maybe 5 minutes and this irritated my face beyond belief. Yet, I was still breaking out even when I was leaving it on my skin for 2 minutes or less.Given my experience, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT for people with a skin composition similar to mine. Without exaggeration, I have NEVER had a harsher product on my skin. After completely abandoning this product, I have been using a vitamin b5 supplement after reading it about online. After a couple of weeks of use, I am already seeing noticeable improvements and I hope to see completely clear skin with consistent use.Feel free to ask me any questions - thanks-BlazersFan

Not for the faint-hearted
Jul 25, 2012 by GoDawgs15

I've never really thought of myself as having sensitive skin, but this peel HURT. The burning was tough to handle, so I would only leave it on for about 2 minutes each time. (The directions say to start off with 1 minute at a time so it's not like I put on an inadequate amount.)I used this product for 5 weeks, once a week, and didn't see much of a difference in my skin. Perhaps the people giving this 5 stars are putting it on more frequently and for longer, but they have extraordinary tolerance (or fried facial nerves.) I have now stopped using the peel, and there hasn't been any change. What a flop.

LIFE saverLove this product, changed my LIFE. i hide when i have breakouts but now i feel alive again when i have clear skin. se
Jul 21, 2012 by stef08

Love this product, changed my LIFE. i hide when i have breakouts but now i feel alive again when i have clear skin. seriously, anyone with skin issues of any kind would benefit from this stuff. worked better than any acne meds from the dermatologist, and helps more than birth control did too. it really has been the only solution to my acne. i feel so thankful to have found this (by recommendation from my sis). in photoshoots, i have perfect skin and don't have to wear a bunch of makeup to cover up and make the acne worse. i posted an unretouched pic from my last shoot to show how clear my skin was. i didn't have to cake on makeup, it was so nice

Jul 21, 2012 by A. Prater (Abingdon, VA)

This is amazing stuff! I have suffered with oily skin for most of my life and in the last few years millia as well. After just one use, the millia are MUCH smaller and my face is hardly oil at all. I love it!??

Jul 20, 2012 by Kmaz

I have the worlds largest pores, it makes my skin look uneven and makeup doesnt glide on well :-/ After using this product i noticed that the pores were actually lifted out from my skin immediately after rinsing off the peel. blemishes were brought out from under my skin that were invisible before the peel and were gone the next day. Seriously worth it!

really helps
Jul 20, 2012 by Debbalie "snow queen"

my son's acne is a real problem. Have tried a popular "by mail" acne treatment that includes several steps that did not help a bit. This stuff has, at least, improved his condition and lightened some of the redness left by the acne.

too strong for my skin
Jul 20, 2012 by Sara

use this if your skin can handle the burn. I literally left it on for 2-3 min and burned my face. Maybe i'm just too sensitive so i don't recommend it for eveyone. caused alot of peeling and dryness.

So far so good
Jul 19, 2012 by Cris

Ok so I got the product mailed in today, tested it under my chin, inner forearm, and on this ugly white cyst pimple on my forehead. I waited about 3 minutes and washed it off with cold water, then used a wet cotton ball to wipe it off, then used a dry cotton ball, and to my amazement the WHOLE white nasty cyst came off with it!!, and there wasn't any left inside the pimple. Im so glad I can use it on the white heads and just wipe it off so easily without having to pop it. I will start using it on other parts of my face in the next few days.Oh BTW I tried Proactive and prescription acne medications, and none of them worked. This is definatly worth a buy.

Jul 19, 2012 by A. Robinson (Jacksonville, FL )

Love this product. Great for at-home users, instructions easy to read/understand--but DO read them! I have definitely noticed a difference--and my skin has many years of sun damage (I am 45, Caucasian, and with a very light complexion). I would also recom

Great Product..worth the try
Jul 14, 2012 by Alissa

After a recent breakout (of the kind I had not seen since my early teens), I was left with little pimples and some dark blemishes. By blemishes, I mean dark awful scars that come from frustrated nights of picking and popping! Anyway, I was looking for something and anything that would reduce these 'blemishes'. This stuff works! The secret is to use a Q-tip to dap on pimples and scars. Do not rub the solution in a circular motion, DAB it on with a tap,tap,tap motion. Rubbing causes a burn and it seemed to make the dark spots darker. Also, I kept the solution only until it started to feel like it was beginning to burn and then I washed it off, and used the neutralizer (VERY IMPORTANT STEP), after I dried my face, I dabbed on a little Tree Tea Oil. Don't use this product everyday, because it will make your condition worse. Your skin needs a few days between to heal. Miraculously, the pimples dried up almost overnight and the dark spots have begun to shrink, dry up and flake away. I definately reccommend this product! I didn't give it 5 stars because they need to provide more instructions with how to use the product and if you aren't careful, you can really burn yourself.

Chemical peal time!!!
Jul 14, 2012 by Pharnuk Suthipinijtham

I've been using this once a week for the past month and it's working great. After each use my face is pealing for 1-3 days. So far so good...

Jul 12, 2012 by noi619

Great product!!! It takes time but worth using it. My acne scar dissapear after 2 months of using it. The skin starts to peel off a day after applied the product and become very dry, but I put moisturizer and sunscreen on after. Great product garantee!

Jul 09, 2012 by J. Greening (Philadelphia, PA)

This works really well. I have had blackheads on my nose and chin for most of my life and I could never find a product to help clear them until now. If you have sensitive skin, I would emphasize using extreme caution. For one, it will dry your face out. A

Good for Acne
Jul 07, 2012 by Morgan

I've suffered from pretty severe acne problems for about four or five years now, and my face hasn't been free of a breakout since before my teens. I also have pretty oily skin, resulting in blackheads and large pores across my "T zone" area. I've been to multiple dermatologists to try and solve my problems but with my insurance the most they'll give me are antibiotics that only upset my stomach. I was weary of purchasing this, but I knew that salicylic acid was in a lot of drug store acne treatments and the company advertises this as a "level 1" peel, meaning the least irritating. I figured this peel was a good place to start.When I first got it I was using the peel once a week for fear my skin was going to fall off. I was seeing some results in my acne, but nothing to really say it was a great product. I took a break from using it and when my acne was starting to get really bad again I decided to give it another round, but this time using it once every four days. Once I was doing it more often, I was seeing more improvement in my skin. Does that mean using it once a week won't give you great results? No, probably not. I just saw them faster using it more often, and who doesn't like that? Their website states that you can use it as often as every 2-3 days. I'd say how often you use it really depends on your skin.As for my results, again, they have been great. For literally a year and a half I had this stubborn pimple on my left cheek that just would not go away. After using this for a few weeks I noticed that the pimple had turned into a white head. Needless to say, the stuff that came out of it was disgusting, but it went away! I also have gotten completely unsolicited comments from my friends and family (Some of whom I hadn't told about the peel) saying how good my skin has been looking, so I know it isn't all just wishful thinking on my part! Unfortunately, I dropped the bottle while doing one of my peels, so I can't say what consistent results past two months really looks like. I have seen the most improvements in my acne, but not so much with any large pores or scarring.My tips to anyone using this would be...1. Don't use it right after you get out of the shower. Your skin will be far more sensitive.2. Purchase a neutralizer with this. A lot of water will do the job to get it off, but strong acids like this will be better neutralized by something specifically designed to do so. (This has a pH of 2.3)3. Use a cotton or gauze pad to apply it. I tried using a fan brush as suggested and I found it wasn't a very controlled application-not something you want when dealing with acid.4. Buy an SPF moisturizer. My skin got extremely dry between applications. You'll be very uncomfortable without some on hand. (I recommend the Neutrogena brand)I won't be repurchasing this simply because I'm looking for something stronger for my acne. If you only have slight acne or the occasional breakout this strength should work beautifully. For my skin I'm going to try the 200+ chemical peel next.

Great results so far!
Jul 04, 2012 by acat29

I've suffered from adult-onset acne off and on for the past 3 years - which mainly has been along my jawline. I've tried multiple products, either online or in store with such positive reviews, but never worked for me. After 2 applications of the salicylic peel, I can completely see a difference - my face looks and feels smoother, I have no new acne and the acne scars are fading quite nicely. I read another review that stated to use a baking soda and water paste to neutralize, which works really well! I would highly recommend 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