If you asked me what my secret weapon is for skincare, I’d have to tell you that I’m all about glycolic acid. Glycolic acid fights both wrinkles and acne, and it’s what dermatologists use in their offices to do many chemical peels. Unfortunately, the vast majority of over the counter glycolic acid products only contain up to about 10% of the potent potion; only in-office procedures are done with solutions that contain up to 70% glycolic acid. (Now that I think about it… Ouch. That’s a lot!)

I recently picked up the Brazilian Peel from Sephora after eying it for months. It’s a little pricey at $78 for 4 applications, but I was tempted by the idea of combining 30% glycolic acid (which is a lot for an at-home treatment. If you aren’t familiar with glycolic acid, it can really irritate the crap out of your face if not used properly) with açai (super antioxidant) which supposedly keeps the solution from irritating your skin. Eager, I went ahead with my first application: Each syringe, if you will, comes with a double chamber. One is filled with the glycolic acid, and the other is likely the açai and neutralizer combined. After dumping the contents into my palm, I was instructed to mix the two solutions together until I felt it warm up. Sure enough, after a few seconds the cream was warmed up and ready to apply. I smeared the stuff all over my face and neck and waited for the magic to happen. I felt a slight tingling sensation, (which I expected) but no discomfort. After 10 minutes, I rinsed my face and patted dry, revealing a noticeably more radiant complexion. In the morning when I woke up, my skin looked even better! What I noticed most was the texture: My skin just looked smoother, and this was just one application.

One week later, I popped open the second applicator and repeated the process. Once again, smoother and more radiant skin! Unfortunately, the following few days I started to experience the usual breakouts associated with— ahem— the cycle, so it messed up my experiment a little. But I went ahead and used the third applicator last night, and when I woke up this morning, I noticed the breakouts had significantly faded and my skin was super tight! Pores can’t actually change in size, but this stuff actually made my pores appear to, well, disappear! At this point I’m excited to try the last applicator in about a week… Loving the Brazilian Peel! If you’ve been considering using it, I say go for it. And if you haven’t tried a glycolic product yet, this is an excellent one to start with. Low commitment, no irritation, and a big payoff with smoother, radiant, and tighter skin.

Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

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  • Nicole says:

    peels tend to REALLY dry up my skin. Would you rec this product for peeling prone skin?

    • Yes, it’s very gentle. Even though it’s a 30% volume, it’s formulated specifically not to dry out or irritate your skin. Especially since it’s over the counter, they have to make these products very safe for consumers to use. But, as with any product, you should always to a “patch test.” Try it out on your neck or jawline first and see how you react!

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