Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Exfoliation Heroes

It's no secret that I am a fan of chemical exfoliation for the skin. I had been using products with 8% glycolic acid on a regular basis for the better part of the past year (Alpha H Liquid Gold, Neostrata Toning Solution Level 1) and the results and changes I had seen on my skin were remarkable.
My main skin concern is hyperpigmentation from stubborn acne scars, so that is why I turn to exfoliating products (and I have tried a myriad of different ones) to help even out the skin tone and texture. 
Despite loving my Neostrata toner a lot, it did have one major drawback: it contained alcohol. Alcohol can be super drying and irritating and while I never really reacted negatively to my toner, it always bothered me that it had such a high alcohol content... so I ventured out to the drug store (Rexall, in my case) on the hunt for something new.

Enter Lierac!


I had never tried anything from the brand, but I do know it's from France and that they have a relatively good reputation when it comes to skincare. They had a set with these two "peel" type products on sale - basically a get 2 for the price of one - type of thing so I picked them up. 

Comfort Peel, which is a light cream containing a 5% glycolic acid and salicylic acid mix in a time-released formula that supposedly continues working throughout the day. I've been using this every morning under my SPF (which is a must when you're using exfoliants). It's gentle, absorbs easily into the skin and has a light floral fragrance.
High Peel is the "heavy duty" product of the lineup containing a 10% glycolic and salicylic acid mix. This also has a light lotion texture but with some gritty particles in it that almost make it feel like a gentle scrub when you massage it into the skin. This product does sting a bit on application but it subsides quickly and sinks into the skin. I apply this at night and I don't put anything else on my skin aside from eye cream or my blemish treatment on blemishes, if I have any.

After about 3 weeks of using these products in conjunction I have noticed more improvements in my skin texture than ever before. Those super stubborn old marks from cystic acne that I was never able to get to with other products before are starting to fade. This year I am really focused on keeping my skin in great shape (even if eventually I have to resort to professional lasers on those annoying indented acne scars... woof, acne. I had it bad in my early 20's!!) and these two products are definitely keeping me happy.

Any skincare additions that have been rocking your world lately?

27 comments:

  1. SOLD I have really bad scaring from cystic acne as well and I'm dying to get rid of them! Thank you for the recommendation xx

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  2. I have been using the Vivian Haven home spa products and they are awesome!!! they have a Glycolic Prepping Solution that you apply with a cotton ball and then you apply the Pro Skin Peel gel. My skin has cleared up so good ever since I've been using theese products, I had acne scars and they are gone!!! I don't know if they ship outside the U.S. though.

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    1. oooh that sounds really interesting! might have to check them out :) acne scars are the bane of my existence

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  3. It's funny you talk about Lierac, I just got into this company, I am trying out their Anti-Cernes EyeCream and I really really like it ! They have so many different options of eyecreams, one for everyone ;p

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  4. I wanna try this. I'm looking into getting better skin so I can wear less makeup

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  5. Do you think these would be ok on sensitive skin? Ever since roaccutane my skin has been annoyingly sensitive :( and like you, I'm also planning to get professional laser treatment for my stubborn acne scars and pigmentation!

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    1. I would say maybe just get the comfort peel to start... use it at night and see how your skin is feeling. if it's okay, move up to wearing it morning and night... and if it seems to work well and not cause any irritation you can introduce the high peel!

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  6. Yes finally! Someone who does a review on Lierac products! I've seen them in town when I was passing by and I've always wondered how they were. Thanks for the review!

    Great post! :D

    XO
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  7. Would you say this is working better than your Alpha H Liquid Gold? Have you stopped using it or continue using it?

    Thanks!

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    1. I used up the Alpha H liquid gold and won't purchase again, this is more effective for me :)

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  8. I have the same issues from old acne scars but I've never used anything from Lierac before will look into these :)

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  9. I use the Vitamine C Serum by Lierac and I have to tell you that it is amazing. I love its scent, texture and results! :)

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  10. Wow, these seem extremely promising! I have acne-prone skin with pigmentation that is also quite sensitive, so alcohol-free, chemical exfoliants are a must for me. Will have to check these out!

    Have also been loving Origins Mega Bright and B Kamins Acne Wash lately :)

    -Jen

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  11. I used to have cystic acne, they're long gone now but they left tiny bumps on my nose. Would you recommend these products to help minimize the bumps? :)

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    1. definitely! any exfoliant will help gently slough away at those bumps and even out your skin texture :)

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  12. I used Lierac years ago and it is amazing....

    The biggest difference I have seen lately with my skin has been adding vitamin C (or ascorbic acid crystals) to my serum and primer to pump up the brightening/lightening effect. I purchased mine from Amazon and it has been working wonders on my hyperpigmentation along with mild exfoliation.

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  13. I use no7 exfoliate xx

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  14. I just started using the Elemis peel, it smells really good! It's really gentle, I think I could use it every day.

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love chemical exfoliators as well, so I will have to look into this. x

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  19. Clearance K creme gel from Avene works wonders.

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  20. Sandra, i just purchased High Peel and was wondering how often to use it?? Do you use it just as a weekly treatment? Because 10% glycolic acid seems too much for everyday.

    please get back to me! this is the only post iv found for high peel

    x

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    1. i don't use it every day... you're right.. it is a bit much. i use it maybe 2-3 times a week now :)

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  21. I just buying these product Lierac High Peel and I don't find nowhere in the indication a way o using,they don't say nothing about the quantity and how long we can leave it on our skin,if its necessarily a neutralizer,if we must avoid eyes area and so long...together with these product I buy it also Flavo-C serum and I cannot wait to try it if I will find out how...

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