Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: Dr Song 20% Salicylic Acid Peel

It's no secret I suffer from acne problems. I've tried literally everything from aggressive skincare routines to medication. At this point it is fairly under control but I'm always looking for the answer to get smooth skin and something to help lighten my acne scars. When I was contacted with the opportunity to try out Dr. Song 20% Salicylic Acid Gel Peel I was eager to try out something different to see if that would work for me. The idea of a chemical peel is a little frightening so let me start out with some background information before I get to my own thoughts and experiences.

Salicylic Acid is a commonly known chemical used to treat acne. It is derived from willow bark and as a fun fact, it is a main constitute of Aspirin! All those myths about crushing up Aspirin to dot onto pimples has scientific backing to it. It is highly fat soluble so it is attracted to and breaks down lipids and oils. It has the ability to get right into pores so that is what makes it such a great acne fighting ingredient. It works to clear and prevent blackheads, pimples and cystic acne and there are also studies that show it is beneficial in reducing acne scarring.

These peels definitely require a lot of research before you start using it because there is a lot of things you need to know in order to use it correctly! Improper use could result in permanent scarring and damage to your skin. Some quick need to knows is that when working with peels of a 15% concentration or higher, it should be used no more than once a week and it's very important to avoid direct sunlight 24 hours before and after your peel! This is literally sloughing off layers of your skin so the sun exposure is very dangerous for you. Also you must do a test patch before applying it all over because everyone will react to it differently and if it is something your skin cannot tolerate there will be disastrous results. The peel can stay on your skin for a maximum of 5 minutes and even so that is an interval you need to slowly work up to. Typically you can use the peel once a week for the first month, once every two weeks for the second month, and then once a month after that for maintenance. You should be able to start noticing results within the first month and then really see a difference after two months. Also it is important to note in order to take off the peel, use a mixture of baking soda and water to neutralize the acid. Anyways let's get to what I thought about the product!
As I mentioned briefly before my breakouts are very limited now. Cystic acne is very rare to the point where I may get one or two big ones ever six months or so. I used to get huge clusters of pimples all over my face and now it is pretty much limited to some small bumps on my cheeks and along the jawline but nothing much larger than a pinprick. At this point it's more of an annoyance rather than a really noticeable blemish. I also have a good amount of scarring because I was really bad and always picked at the big ones and I know that is something that will eventually fade with time but I'm always willing to try this out that will speed along the process.
This peel comes in a really nice frosted 1 oz glass bottle with a dropper. The peel itself is a thick gel-like consistency and you can easily cover your entire face with just one dropper full. There is probably enough in the bottle for about 20 full face peels and more if you are just concentrating certain areas like I am. With freshly cleansed skin I drop the peel onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. I mostly concentrate it on my cheeks and jawline where I have the most problems and wipe any excess onto my forehead. Be very careful when putting it on because you must stay at least 1/2 an inch away from your eyes, nose, and lips. I accidentally got it on my lip the first time and that was bothering me for a good three days after. Once on my skin it started burning right away, it was almost uncomfortable to wait out the whole minute but I got used to it. After I rinsed it off my face was red all over and I had to follow up with a thick moisturizer to soothe it. Right away though I could feel that my skin was a lot smoother and softer. 

I've been testing this out for about a month and a half now and I'm happy to report that even though I haven't really noticed my scars lightening, my skin is definitely a lot smoother and I'm getting a lot less bumps in the usual places. I haven't noticed a reduction in oil either but I'm still pleased with the results I have gotten. I'm happy I got the chance to try out this product and I think I will continue doing at home chemical peels since they are effective with my skin and very low maintenance since it isn't a daily procedure.

If you're interested in this product you can buy it here on Amazon for $24.99! Feel free to leave any questions below in the comments, I'll be happy to answer them!

**Disclaimer: products were sent to me free by the company through Tomoson. All opinions and thoughts are my own, I received no compensation for my honest review. No affiliate links were used.

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