This past fall, I decided to stop taking birth control pills after developing some symptoms I was unhappy with, and my skin promptly started to flip out. I’ve historically had fairly clear skin with only an occasional hormonal breakout but more recently I’ve started trying out a few products for troubled skin in an attempt to keep things under control as much as I can, and the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel is one of the products I’ve been experimenting with.
This peel is part of Andalou’s Clarifying range and includes grapefruit kombucha (if you’re not familiar, kombucha is fermented tea), pineapple, and papaya enzymes to exfoliate the skin’s surface and improve clarity, tone, and texture. There’s some willow bark extract in there, which is a natural source of salicylic acid-like ingredients, as well as nourishing aloe, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and Andalou’s BioActive 8 Berry Complex.
This is a completely clear gel that’s meant to be smoothed onto skin in an even layer and worn for 10 minutes. The box recommends that you use the peel 1-3 times per week.
The gel smooths on thinly, and I usually end up using a good nickel-sized dollop for my whole face. I never get any tingling from it, and it seems pretty gentle overall. I can leave it on for a bit over 10 minutes (sometimes I wear it for more like 15 minutes) and I get no ill-effects. It dries somewhat on skin in those 10 minutes but it rinses off really easily. I find it easy to use and it’s never irritating.
I will say that this isn’t an emergency treatment for acne, as it doesn’t instantly reduce skin congestion and shrink pimples. However, I’ve been using it consistently about 3 times a week for over a month and I think it’s made a noticeable difference in the longer term. The severity of my breakouts has been lessened, my skin in general is definitely smoother to the touch, and my pores generally seem less congested.
Because the peel isn’t too strong and won’t result in drying out or shedding skin, I think this would work nicely for someone with sensitive or irritable skin who also may be acne-prone. Although I was initially disappointed that it wasn’t the instant cure I was hoping for, I’ve definitely learned to appreciate the safe, gentle, and more nourishing path to better skin that this product helps to pave. And heck, I don’t think you don’t have to have acne-prone skin to appreciate and enjoy this product.
The other thing to keep in mind is that this little guy is really affordable. Enzyme masks can be really expensive! This one is $14.95 on the Andalou website and $11.99 on Vitacost, which is where I purchased it. Andalou is really good at making awesome products that are still really affordable. Their stuff is also available at natural grocers, though this particular product is not carried by my nearby Whole Foods.
From the website:
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis and Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Juices*, Saccharomyces Xylinum (Kombucha) Black Tea Ferment , Pectin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Papain, Bromelain, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lauric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extracts*†, Arginine, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oils*
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Have you tried this one? Do you have any awesome acne-fighters you love? I’d love to hear about them!