Horror movie mask for better skin? The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

This peel in a bottle chemically exfoliates the skin for a brighter, less congested complexion. Well, that sounds nice but mostly I was intrigued by the color! The Tasmanian pepperberry lends a rich red hue, while offering a soothing hand amongst the acids.

My skin type: sensitive, red around the nose/ chin area. Mostly clear except for the occasional breakout. Because of my sensitivity I avoid physical exfoliants.

What it is made of:


The directions say to use it ideally in the PM, no more frequently than twice per week.

Check. It’s nighttime.

Clean face and wait for skin to dry. Do not use on wet skin. Apply evenly across face and neck using your fingertips. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes.

I washed my face after hot yoga an hour before this, didn’t use cleanser or lotion. I didn’t wear makeup and I didn’t feel the need to strip my skin. This is my “before.”

Ahhh it kinda looks like blood!

Yep. It looks like blood. I have sensitive skin so I won’t leave it on for 10 minuets, just 5. Also I have preexisting irritation around my mouth from food allergies so I don’t apply it there.5 minutes later you can clearly see I am slightly irritated. This is my clean skin with nothing on it yet.Then I sprayed rose water to calm the irritation. Redness is starting to decrease.Here I am after about 10 minutes of sitting in rose water. Slightly less red.While my skin is damp I apply Evan Healy pomegranate oil and kukui nut oil.Aaaaaand me 20 minutes later pretending like I’m not still slightly irritated. Time for sleep!Time travel! 7 hours later. Just brushed my teeth.So mirror selfies are apparently 100x harder than they look. Thought the camera resolution would be better but it was negated by my less-than-clear mirror.Back to my usual slightly pink cheeks but the redness from last night has gone down.

Final verdict:

It’s pretty cool for the experience but I can’t tell if it’s great for my skin. Even at 5 minutes it was still clearly strong for me and I wouldn’t do it more than once a week. Since I don’t physically exfoliate much this may be the stronger alternative to my lactic acid treatments which are much gentler. I may try to use this on scars though.

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