And the Best Chemical Peel for Brown Skin is…..?

mirror girlEvery woman deserves to feel beautiful, and flawless skin is the foundation of beauty.   That is why I strongly feel that women should not use make-up as a crutch, and start taking care of their skin underneath.   Me personally, I invest a lot more in my skin care products than I do my make-up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to experiment in my make-up stash!   I still love to create looks using my M.A.C, Revlon, NARS, and E.L.F.   But wouldn’t it be nice to walk in public without feeling self conscious about your skin?   Wouldn’t you love to finally have a cost effective product that could make up for the other treatments that never worked?

Chemical peels are an effective way to deeply exfoliate the skin to help peel off the layers and get rid of acne, scars, fine line, wrinkles, etc.   With ethnic and darker skin tones, however, some dermatologists recommend certain types of chemical peels that may only help depending on the person’s skin type and condition.   Many simply do not feel comfortable treating darker skin with the stronger chemical peels like TCA- which helps with removing acne scarring- since darker skin is more prone to keloids (raised scars). Using a chemical peel like that on dark skin could cause further damage if used improperly, a risk that a dermatologist isn’t willing to take.

So, what exactly is safe and effective for darker problem skin?

Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds, and is an excellent alternative to glycolic acid, which can cause some discomfort when applied- especially if you have sensitive skin like me.   The salicylic acid helps those with acne, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and acne scarring issues.   When you combine both of these acids, you have a product called the Mandelic / Salicylic Acid peel (15%) that can handle the above mentioned skin problems, and is one of the few combinations of acids that is safe and effective to use on brown skin!


I decided to buy the peel from an online site called Make Up Artist Choice.   I was happy to see that they offered samples of their products for a low price, plus I did some research on the ingredients, so I gave it a shot.   I mean, I tried everything under the sun, and everything failed to deliver the results.   Now, I very rarely write reviews on products, but when I say this product exceeded my expectations, I was not exaggerating.   This product is wonderful because it is all natural- and it actually works.   No amount of words can express my satisfaction!


Just to give some back story on my condition:   I have dry and sensitive skin that gets worse as the seasons change.   This product drastically reduced the appearance of my spots and would stop acne in its tracks.   Whether you suffer from hyper-pigmentation, scarring, acne -or all the above- it only takes about 4-5 days for you to see improvement in your skin!   Of course, you have to keep doing this over time to get the best results.   I have been using this for about a month now, and my skin has done a complete turn around.


The actual application of the acid varies, but for me, I felt a slight burning (but tolerable) sensation.   After about 5 to 8 minutes, the area where I applied the acid began to “frost”, or turn white.   This is normal, and it lets you know that it’s working.   In about 3 days, the dead skin peeled off!   If you have less sensitive skin, you may experience a “warming” sensation, or slight tingling.   Some people will see actual peeling of the skin, while others will just notice the excellent exfoliation benefits and a brighter, more glowing skin tone.


Post peel care is vital to maintain the results from your treatment.   Don’t even think about doing any type of chemical peel without using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30+, even in the winter.   Not doing so could irritate the fresh and delicate skin from the peel, and all of your hard work (and money) would go down the drain!   Use Neosporin, shea butter moisturizer, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.   Doing this speeds up the healing process and makes the dead skin slough off with no problems.

You can go to the makeup artist choice website  to check out their selection of products.   You may order a sample of the peel from their website for about $9, plus free shipping.   I have finally found something that works for me, and wanted to share the wealth.   I am happy that I didn’t have to spend a huge amount of money at the dermatologist’s office to do a procedure that I did on my own vanity table.

Oh, and MUAC, you have earned a customer for life!

Author: Shannon Morris

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  1. I’m a dark skinned complexion and I 34 and this will be my first peel I’m wondering what peel should I try glycolic, salicylic. Please refer me as I ready to try a chemical peel I have really nice skin and no acne just some light spotty hyperpigmentation… thanks ladies

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  2. I have used a peeler which has no name or direction and my right hand has turned to black. i really need your advice on what to do as i am really ashamed to bring out my hand for people to see.

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  3. How can I find you on utube to see your before and after pics.

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  4. THANKS for this post. It helped me a lot when deciding what peel to use. Quick background I have adult acne. Real bad along jaw line and acne scars. I purchased the sample mandelic/salicylic peel and I did my third peel in 3 weeks today. I am a licensed cosmetologist who knows a little about skin care so I know I need at least 4 to 6 weekly treatments of this. And so far so good. The burning tingling sensation is bearable but can make you think as your rinsing it that its not coming off. Kinda scary. Thats normal for me as I have sensitive skin along with eczema and acne. I have never left it on for more that 5 min. My skin frosts immediately but I just apply vaseline and sunblock and after about a day my skin gets dark in patches where it is going to peel. By the third and fourth day Im peeling and by day 7 ready to do another one. Its definitely working. My scars are fading. Some of the acne bumps have cleared completely and some have not. But I am confident I will have clear skin after my series of treatments.

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  5. I’ve tried out other salicylic acid peels in the past but they were way too strong and made my skin red. Instead of the peels, I switched to the Citrus Clear Grapefruit Spot Treatment – it has a 5% concentration of Salycylic Acid and is gentle enough to use multiple times per day. It does not make my skin red, and has the same results as a peel!

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  6. Wait, you said you mixed the Salicylic acid and the Mandelic acid?? I have brown skin (caramel complexion if you’d like to call it) and I’m looking for a full body peel because I have discoloration and hyperpigmentation as well, so I wanna make sure I get the best feedback, please help, thanks!

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  7. Hello am looking for something for my dark spot on my legs can you please help me it’s really bad I can’t wear short

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  8. Nice blog,but I’m light skinned and I’m African,so obviously my skin is different as that of African-Americans.So I was wondering if I do the chemical peel,won’t it darken my skin?

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    • I am a light complexioned African American and did ALOT of research prior to deciding on which chemical peel to use. Mandelic/Salicylic acid peel is the best and SAFEST choice for African Americans who range from light skinned to the beautiful deeper chocolate hues! To be clear, this peel contains both acids! Some suggest using bakingsoda and water mixture to neutralize skin after rinsing the peel (especially when you may get frosting and a slight burning will be present…)…but I played it safe and purchased the post peel neutralizer from MUAC, which worked EXCELLENT! I applied it after I washed with facial cleanser twice. After neutralizer, I applied A&D ointment the first day and overnight then used Neosporin for healing as the peeling exposed pink skin we want to keep from infection or irritation. I am a huge fan of Makeup Artist’s Choice – they give great info on the how to and are available should you have questions concerning use of their products. My frosting (which I NEVER had when getting a professional chemical peel) was around the mouth and nasolabial folds only. These were areas that I was always concerned the aestheticians were afraid to really treat, thus the chemical peel applied directly to the areas revealed smooth, glowing, smoother, brighter skin beyond any of the services I paid prof to do over the past 6 years of microdermabrasions and over the past year, 10% salicylic chemical peels after the microderms which I grew tired of paying $75-180 for. Thus, my research of the most appropriate peel for my skin to avoid damaging skin and indepth info on the ‘how to apply chemical peels to African American skin’. I will be posting the before/after photos and you can visit my youtube channel to see the video diary…I hope this info was helpful and good luck! i encourage you to use a cotton swab to apply the peel to an area near your hair line to ensure you do not have an adverse reaction. Love ya to life! FFF xo

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  9. Can this Peel be used on body parts?

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    • No it can only be used for hands, neck, and face.

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  11. In comparison to the time and money I spent on professional Chemical peels, I prefer the slow, gentle process of using Made from Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Wash. It works slower than a peel, but i use it daily and slowly it has been clearing my dark spots. Without being harmful to my sensitive skin. . Can be a littel drying, but use under a good night time moisturizer.

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  12. I would like to know will this peeling be effective on brown skin and dry skin? How do i choose the right peeling cream from makeup artist choices? Can u suggest me the good one?

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  13. Can I use this peel all over my face?

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  17. ALONG with a skin peel, you need a good serum that will penetrate your skin to MAKE RESULTS. I’ve used the Lady Soma Renewal Serum morning and night along with bliss sleeping peel and I’ve noticed dramatic results. I have gotten so many compliments on the glow and even tone of my skin. My breakouts had completely cleared up and my skin was sooo smooth! I ran out about a month ago, and sadly, the compliments went away, and instead I’ve even got a few concerned comments from my mom about my new breakouts. While I still am using what’s left from my sleeping peel, I know that you ALSO NEED a serum like the Lady Soma Renewal Serum to get under there and product new skin cells.

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  18. How many times Should I do the peel in a month? Does the skin look bad while it peels?

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    • You can do this type of peel twice a month. Everyone’s skin is different- some people’s skin will look really bad, and others will barely peel.

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    • Twice aa month, at most.. These are chemicals your putting on your face so you don’t want to over due it. Start at the beginning of the month that way you can gradually keep up with. They days you did it and time the frames within your session. To clear up my skin, I did it the first week and day of the month. So let’s say you start on a Monday. You should start peeling that same week. That following week, the skin should be healed. So I did it every other week within the 4 weeks in a month.

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