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.
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?