I have gone through 2 large samples of AmorePacific's Treatment Enzyme Peel and I have not written a review. Why? Because I'm not 100% sold on the product, yet I keep using it. What The Fark? Maybe I should just write down the things I like and the things I don't like and that will help me decide.
What is it?
AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a non-abrasive exfoliating treatment for all skin types. It is a water-activated powder that uses plant-based enzymes to eliminate dead skin cells and congestion in the pores and seems to reduce the occurrence and appearance of blemishes and scars from blemishes. (At least in me) It does NOT contain Sulfates which can be harsh on the skin. It's also touted as a safe alternative to AHAs, BHAs, and physical exfoliation treatments (e.g. scrubs).
OK. Here is what I like:
- It not harsh on my sensitive skin. I can even use this while being treated with Retin-A and not get adverse effects.
- When I use it (2-3x a week) the skin on my face does feel smoother and my face looks brighter. The next morning my skin looks calm and seems to take foundation better.
- It does exfoliate even though there are no harsh grains or chemicals to peel layers of skin off my face.
- A little goes a long long way. I received 3 sample bottles at .2 oz each. About 1/4 of a teaspoon is needed for your entire face (that's about 0.04 oz...but of course that's fluid ounces and not dry ounces and since I don't know the density of the product I can't give you a true equivalent in ounces....plus I SUCK at math which I why I'm not an Engineer making hundreds of Thousands of dollars a year...but I digress)
- After one month of solid use I noticed a decrease in the tiny bumps on my forehead. After two months of solid use some of my past acne scars started to fade slightly.
- It's foamy (when the powder is mixed with water) and you can re-energize the foam by adding a bit more water. You can control the consistency to make it as thin or as thick as you like.
- It rinses off cleanly and easily.
- After I have rinsed it off my skin is NOT bright red like it usually looks after an exfoliation treatment.
- Extractions (Gross blackheads & clogged pores) are a lot easier AFTER I use this.
Here is what i don't like.
- It has a very, very strong fragrance. I can't put my finger on the scent, but it's very perfume-y. It can be a bit overpowering and down right offensive to those with sensitive noses.
- It costs $60! That's expensive. I guess it's OK b/c you really only use a little each time, but still it crosses that $40 skin care threshold that makes me think twice about ordering a full size.
- You have to mix it yourself. If you don't know what you are doing you could use too much water and end up with a soup of a treatment that doesn't want to foam or do anything.
- 45 seconds isn't long enough to get this product to work. I leave it on for a good 2 minuets and I am lightly massaging my face the entire time...which makes my fingers tired.
- Once rinsed off the skin on my face feels kinda tight and dry and I need to moisturize ASAP. I'm not sure I like that.
- It's not a miracle product. While I did see an improvement in reducing clogged pores and some lightening of acne scars I can say for certain it was the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel or the Retin-A or both.
I don't know if I have convinced you one way or the other to buy this product, I don't think I have convinced myself. I have more positives than negatives but I don't think it's a quantity over quality issue to decide. Know what I mean? I do know that I haven't been as diligent about using the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel and some of my clogged pores have returned. I think I'll be real good, used it religiously for the next month and that will help me decide if I really really want to spend the money on a full sized bottle. I'm this close to buying one right now, but my finances won't allow it at the moment.
Have you tried this product? What did you think? What do you think about enzyme exfoliators in general?