The Exuviance Peel Challenge


A few weeks ago I was kindly sent 4 packets from NeoStrata to do their  try their Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 .

Here is what they describe it as :

A 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that exfoliates dead, dull surface layers, and stimulates the process of cell renewal among all skin layers, to reveal healthier cells

Since I’ve got very dry skin as well as some dark spots on my face, I have tried chemical peels before. The one I currently have in my cabinet is Makeup Artist’s Choice – 12.5% TCA Peel. The MUA Choice peel can be a little bit harsh if you’ve never tried chemical peels before. It’s got Trichloroacetic, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids in it. These help to reduce wrinkles, sun spots, acne, scars, and lines.

My only hang up with my current peel is that it does burn a bit because it’s an acidic peel that’s slightly harsh. You can neutralize the burn with a little baking soda in water, which is nice. You have to be choosy about when you start the peel because you’re left with dead skin coming off for about a week. The results, however, are incredible.

I was excited to try this Exuviance peel. I read that Mandelic acid, which comes from almonds, has been shown to help with non-cystic acne and in suppressing hyper-pigmentation. It is much gentler and great for sensitive skin because it gets into the skin much slower than other acids. That sounded great to me!

Here is how you use the peel:


Super simple: Apply to face while avoiding eyes and mouth, let sit for 10 mins, and then use the neutralizing pad when the time is up or discomfort starts to happen. Then, rinse face with water, and put moisturizer on.
exuviance pad


I was a little nervous that this would burn but I was pleasantly surprised that it did not! The peel just felt like water going on my face.

I let it sit for 10 minutes and then washed and moisturized my face and while I was washing my face I realized my face felt SUPER SOFT!! I mean SUPER soft. So nice. 🙂 I won’t lie and say that I saw a huge difference using the first peel or even the second a few days later.. but I will say that I think if I’d tried this for a month, I’d probably see more results. My face felt like it was rejuvenated, so that was really nice to me. I feel like it filled in a little bit of the lines on my forehead as well.


I think if I got the same type of results as my other peel but with less down time and less burning, I’d be up for buying this and keeping up with it.

A box with 12 peels ( a six week supply) is $60 dollars right now, which isn’t too bad.  You can use 2 peels every week. It’s nice that everything is pre-packaged as well so that you can just open it up and use it right away instead of getting out a bowl and brush, pouring your peel into it and spreading it on. Sometimes you can get out Q-tips, too.

I would rate this a B. I think you have to use this quite a lot to get the results you want, but having no harshness, and having soft skin is really nice. It does work to slough the dull, dead skin. This seems to be a well thought out product from fantastic dermatologists. Thank you again, NeoStrata.

Thank you all for reading 🙂 Sorry I’ve not posted in a little bit. It’s been quite a crazy week. What type of peels have you tried? I’d love to know.

Lots of Love!

*Disclaimer -I received this samples free from NeoStrata. All thoughts are my own.



  1. Velvet Blush August 29, 2014

    I’ve tried glycolic acid ones before but they quite a low concentration, and my dry patches are still there. I didn’t know you could get 25% ones, they do sound quite good and I might check them out 🙂 xx

    • prettyloved August 29, 2014

      Oh yeah! I’ve seen up to 80% on some at home peels! Though I would never suggest any one ever try that much concentration! I think that would maybe be too strong. It’s crazy huh? Your skin actually gets used to them sometimes so you have to up the concentration after a few times. I believe you should start out with 8% or 12.5% and then work your way up slowly to 15 or 18% and then higher. I love the at home peels!

  2. jasmincharlotte August 29, 2014

    I haven’t used a peel mask before but I just bought one so excited to try! Great review 🙂 x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • prettyloved August 29, 2014

      Awesome!! Thank you so much 🙂 You’re goin to love it!

  3. Hannah (BitterSweet) August 29, 2014

    How timely! I’ve never done a facial peel before but had started to look into it due to a few bothersome age spot. The burning and harsh chemicals scared me, but this sounds like a pretty safe way to dip my toes into the peeling pool. I’ll look into it further, for sure.

    • prettyloved August 30, 2014

      Awesome sauce! 🙂 Yeah, when I did my first chemical peel with the 12.5% TCA it burned quite a bit. I would sit under my fan til the time was up to just get something to cool my face. The Exuviance peel is great for sensitive skin because it doesn’t have harsh chemicals. It didn’t burn what-so-ever and you’re not going to peel like a snake hahaha. 🙂 Def look it up!

  4. beautyandmi August 30, 2014

    I’ve nominated you for an award! x

    • prettyloved August 30, 2014

      Thank you very much :)) You’re too kind!!!

  5. rachwat September 3, 2014

    I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


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