Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Dr. Song 20% Salicylic Acid Gel Peel

*Disclosure* I received this product complimentary for review purposes. Even though this post is sponsored, all opinions will be 100% honest and my own, like always!

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to be reviewing a facial peel for you that I was able to try out and it's the Dr. Song 20% Salicylic Acid Peel. Facial peels can be scary, but this one is pretty good!

Salicylic acid is used to help treat acne, acne scars, wrinkles, large pores and blackheads, oily skin, psoriasis, razor bumps and warts. My skin personally loves salicylic acid because it's the only "acid" that helps with my skin issues, which are large pores, blackheads, oily skin and I do have mild acne. As a teenager it was way worse, but now at 26, it's more hormonal. Even then, salicylic acid was the only thing that helped calm my skin. Most OTC (over-the-counter) products that contain salicylic acid contain at most 2%. This bad boy has pharmaceutical grade 20%, so I knew this would be potent stuff. 

This comes in a dropper style bottle and you put some on a cotton ball/pad and swipe it on the problem areas of the face, avoiding the mouth and eye area. For me, I put it all on my T-zone and also my cheeks as I do have quite large pores there as well. You start off only using it for 1 minute and as you continue use, you can up the time an extra minute if you want to. I'm currently up to 4 minutes as that's all my face can really handle. After the time is up, I rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry my face, and immediately follow up with a hydrating mask which I leave on for as long as possible. Then I use a very hydrating serum and moisturizer and call it a night. In the morning, You have to make sure you're using sunscreen to help protect from the sun.

When I use this, my skin is noticeably different the next morning. It feels softer, my pores look a bit smaller, and my skin is less oily even though I apply a good amount of moisturizer. It's only recommended to use this peel once a week as it can irritate sensitive skin. I do have sensitive skin, and after using this peel, my skin does get quite red. It also tingles quite a bit as the peel is on my skin. It's said that this can cause your skin to peel after a day or so that it's used, but in all honesty, I have not experienced any peeling at all. That could be because I use a hydrating mask afterwards. 

Each bottle contains between 15-20 full facial peels and only costs $14.99 on Amazon. I honestly think that's an incredible deal considering this is a full strength peel you can do in the comfort of your own home. If you have skin like I do, I would give this a try if you're curious about at-home peels. Definitely do a patch test if you have sensitive skin, because sometimes the tingle can be so strong.

Have you tried any at-home facial peels before?

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