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Misleading Glycolic % Listed
on September 1, 2011
I dislike a product taking advantage of people by marketing their product as something it is not, and I also dislike that this product may mislead users into believing they are accustomed to a 30% Glycolic Acid when a real percentage of that ratio might cause some serious damage! I left Brazilian on my face 10+ minutes two days in a row w/o any incident, but my 1st use of a 35% Glycolic Acid Peel was close to damaging my skin in the most sensitive areas after only 2 minutes! BEWARE OF FALSE ADVERTISING!
Here's why I rated it low: This peel is marketed as a 30% Glycolic Acid level peel, but they add a neutralizer to it (the other side of the syringe), which severely reduces the actual acid strength. I read a review somewhere suggesting it might be as much as 10% strength in reality, but I'd be shocked if Brazilian Peels is even THAT strong. I found it to be very weak, and for the price ($20 per application? Are you kidding me?), I cannot justify buying this when I was able to purchase a 35% bottle from Skin Laboratory through Amazon for only $18.95. The SL peel is a 30ml size bottle claiming at least 15 peels, and it really is full strength. Considering the tiny amount I used for face, neck, & decolletage, I think I might get about 30 peels out of the SL bottle (NOT Brazilian), which would mean anywhere from $300-$600 worth of equivalent applications of Brazilian. You do the math: would you rather pay $19 or $600 when the $19 version is the exact strength it is advertised to be? I could barely leave the serious peel on my face for 2 minutes, unlike the weak Brazilian Peel. I was able to leave it on my neck/decolletage for 6 minutes w/o incident since I do not use Retin-A there.
Brazilian was my first AHA peel, but not my last. I got a syringe as a free sample from Sephora, which was great because I was planning to buy it anyway. I was excited to try it, but scared at the same time. I have moderately sensitive skin, and I use a low-dose of Retin-A nightly. Since I have heard horror stories of people burning their faces off with Glycolic peels, I was very intimidated by my first self-peel. I used half the tube b/c I was only doing my face (instructions say to use full tube across neck and decolletage area). I barely experienced any tingling or warmth, and I was able to get through the full 10 minutes easily, even stalling a minute or two before rinsing. After rinsing, my skin was smooth. I liked that it got rid of any small, dry, scaly spots I had from the Retin-A. That was about all that I liked. This alone earns it 1 full star. I was able to repeat the procedure with the second half the next day, and I still didn't experience anything close to a true AHA peel.
I would suggest saving your money and either using a real 35% peel for full effects (I used SL, but there are other great peels available for low prices), or if you are worried about burns, buy a good PH neutralizer to go with the 35% peel and mix them together in a small glass cup before applying so you can get the gentleness of Brazilian Peel w/o the outrageous price tag.