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Skin Obsession 40% Glycolic Acid Peel for Acne, Scars, Age Spots & Lines

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About the Product

  • Helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles WITHOUT VISIBLE PEELING
  • Evens out skin tone and texture to give a more beautiful complexion
  • Easy to follow instructions and free microdermabrasion crystals are included
  • Significant savings over professional treatments
  • Please read entire item description to ensure this is the right peel for you.

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Product Description

Glycolic Acid has long been a first line product of the finest spas and Dermatology offices for improving the skin. For those of you who have heard the term "Lunch Time Peel", this is the chemical used for it. Now you can do these peels at home safely and with fantastic results After peeling your skin will be feel softer, look smoother, with improved texture and tone and reduced hyperpigmentation (sun damage). With a peel of this strength, a full course of peels (8-10 peels) are needed to see optimal results. This is a 1 fl oz (30 ml) of peel solution. Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring chemical belonging to the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family. Derived from sugar cane, this important AHA is the smallest of the fruit acids and is able to penetrate the skin, allowing it to effectively dissolve the "glue" that holds dead cells on the surface of the skin. The dead skin cells are what cause a dull, uneven skin tone, and the blocking of pores leading to blackheads and acne. This dissolving action of the Glycolic Acid allows the dead cells to slough off, leaving behind a smoother skin surface with clear pores. This also helps stimulate collagen formation under the skins surface which helps plump up the skin from beneath, smoothing out fine surface wrinkles and superficial scars. Our 40% Glycolic Peel is a mild glycolic acid peel and is suitable for all skin types and both beginning and experienced peelers. There may be some redness right after the peel, but generally there is not much if any actual peeling unless your skin is sensitive to the peeling agent. The 40% Glycolic peel is very safe when used as directed, but is a strong, professional strength peel (pH 1.5) and should be used only as directed. As with all products, a patch test is recommended t0 see how your skin reacts to the peel. By purchasing this product, you assume all risk associated with its use and are responsible for all results either intended or unintended from using this product.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0018ZRTZA
  • UPC: 689466077032
  • Item model number: GA40
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
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This item comes with directions for use that should be followed carefully. Please follow the instructions. Failure to carefully follow instructions can result in injury. By purchasing you are accepting all responsibility for the use of this product and agree to hold the seller harmless for any effects which might be the result of either proper or improper use. You may need to contact a professional for your particular skin concern, this is not an attempt to diagnose your condition and we do not provide medical advice. By purchasing, customer accepts all responsibility for use of the product and any results obtained from its use, either intended or untended.

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592 of 617 people found the following review helpful By Mike92 on July 15, 2011
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I am new to chemical peels, and I first want to say that is product is great and certainly worth the price. If you know exactly what you are doing, you can benefit in several ways from this product. After my second peel with the product, I noticed my skin was firmer, smoother, more even colored, and it has **significantly reduced the acne on my face.**

This product is very strong, so be careful. I wipe my skin with alcohol to srip away all oils, wait 2-3 minutes, and thinly apply the Glycolic acid to first face and whatever is left on the cotton pad to my neck. I started out at 3 minutes, and have increased the time 20 seconds with each consecutive peel. Be aware that the product will cause medium discomfort, but that only means it's working! I apply a solution of baking soda and water to my face once the time is up. This will cause increased discomfort for about another 30 seconds, but once the acid is neutralized with the base, all the pain from the peel stops.

Once the acid is neutralized, I splash my face with cool water, PAT (don't rub) dry, and apply vitamin E oil to moisturize. That's all.

You'll need to wear an SPF of 15 minimum on your face for a few days after the peel because it will be fresh, new exposed skin for the top layer.

If you're worried about the discomfort, start with a lower percentage and work your way up. I started directly with 40%, and I couldn't be happier.


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395 of 421 people found the following review helpful By crbrown on January 12, 2013
I'm a 30 year old woman who used this product to remove the red marks left from acne and some fine lines. The product worked great. After doing some research and reading reviews, I'd like to give you a few tips to get the results you want.

First of all, you are literally burning the first layer of your skin off with acid. Let the thought of that scare you into reading all of the directions carefully before you use this product. If you have any questions, be sure to e-mail customer support. They responded to my questions promptly and thoroughly.

Secondly, do a patch test first. This isn't like most over the counter masks that you slather on your face and hope for the best. I did 2 patch tests on my jaw line near my ear, one for 3 minutes and one for 6. The 6 minute patch turned out well, so I used that time when I put the acid all over my face.

Thirdly, make sure the lotion you use after your peel is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). Otherwise, you are just exposing your pores with the peel and then clogging them up with a bunch of junk. A few reviewers reported having extreme acne break outs after the peel. I suspect this was the cause.

Lastly, please don't expect your skin to peel off in sheets. As the directions state, your skin is peeling off in microscopic amounts. If your skin is sloughing off in huge pieces, you should be concerned.

Here's how the product worked for me:
Following the directions carefully, I left the solution on my face for 6 minutes before neutralizing with the baking soda and cold water mixture. It definitely had a sting, but it was bearable. Immediately afterwards, my red skin felt sun burnt and sensitive. I used some good, non-comedogenic moisturizer and within an hour, it no longer hurt.
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218 of 242 people found the following review helpful By Sara on August 5, 2012
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I am using this product to control cystic acne along with vitamins and my skin is as clear as it was when I was a child. For 4 months now, I have used this weekly along with taking 1500 mg Pantothenic Acid (3 500 mg tablets morning and night), 50 mg zinc, 2 turmeric tablets, 1 L-Carnotine, and 1000 mg vitamin C. With this routine, it took me about 2 weeks to clear up my face that had been broken out for 10 years. This Glycolic Peel is erasing years of damage from my face. I only leave it on for 3 minutes, rinse with Baking Soda water, then use Coconut Oil to moisturize, then my normal sunscreen. My face is a little dry after, but my pores are small, and once again have the skin I had so many years ago. I use his peel once a week. Just an FYI...I am 38 and have suffered with breakouts since my early twenties, and the last 5 years have felt with very bad cystic acne that would never heal. I think I have found my own personal cure, and I hope I can help someone out there who felt as helpless as I did.
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309 of 361 people found the following review helpful By Cutest Chicken Farmer on April 21, 2011
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After having spent $150 a pop for glycolic peels at a doctor's office, I decided to try this out at home. Two weeks prior to my office peels, the aesthetician instructed me to use a glycolic face wash and use glycolic cream (Jan Marini brand, the best!) for two weeks prior in order to get my skin prepped and used to the lower level of glycolic acid. I use Jan Marini products religiously (the face wash has 12% glycolic acid), so I felt I was good and ready to give this a whirl at home. I left it on for only 3 minutes, and when I splashed my face off with the sinkful of water & baking soda (FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!), I could feel that this was a deeper peel than I had received at the doctors'. I put on some moisturizer and still felt a little 'sunburnt'. The next day, I could see that my skin looked better, but was tight and dry. More moisturizer and 30 SPF sunscreen (a MUST, especially right after a peel). Will do a series of peels once my face feels back to normal, and then get on a 'maintenance' schedule. Very happy with the results! Also, I barely put a dent in the bottle; for under $20, I will be saving well over $1,000 in doctor's office peels. Wouldn't recommend this strength for someone whose skin isn't already accustomed to glycolic acid use, though.
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