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Product Review: Kinerase Pro+Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel

Although I've been hearing about the Kinerase line for a few years, I've only recently tried one of its products. Available only in dermatologists' offices, Pro+Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel ($85) is an at-home treatment meant to exfoliate dead skin and reveal more radiant skin. (I know that sounds like marketing speak, but after using the peel, I can't think of a better word than "radiant" to describe the results.)

The kit includes 15 lollipop-shaped applicators with sponges, each one pre-moistened with a blend of pharmaceutical-grade lactic acid, citric acid, and soothing ingredients such as algae extracts. You're supposed to use one a day for five days in a row, which was my original intention. It didn't work out that way, though. To find out why,

The first day I swabbed the sponge on my face, I didn't feel any of the tingling you'd expect from a lactic acid exfoliator. After using it, my face did have a slight layer of stickiness on it, but that was it. But the second day was different. When I applied the peel, I could feel a slight stinging, and when I later put on my night cream (which has glycolic acid in it), I felt a little more.

After the third day, my skin was noticeably smoother and brighter. It was soft and glowy, with all of the blah dullness completely gone. I could have gone on to do the third and fourth days, but honestly, I was happy enough with the results—so why not save the remaining applications for another time? $85 is steep for a product, but considering the fact that I'll be able to get five treatments out of it, it winds up being about $17 per peel. That's downright cheap compared to an in-office peel, and it's still a small fraction of the cost of the average facial.

If shopping with a dermatologist isn't your thing, there's also Instant Radiance Facial Peel ($75). The difference is that the Pro+Therapy version contains the plant hormones Kinetin and Zeatin that work together, while this has only Kinetin. It's a little less potent, but you don't need to buy it at a doctor's office.

See reader reviews of this product and add your own here!

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imalifeguard imalifeguard 9 years
if it comes with 15 applicators and you only use one a day, why would you only get 5 applications?
binkthy binkthy 9 years
Does anyone know how well this would work on acne scarring? I've been trying 10% glycolic acid peels with some success, but it doesn't have quite enough power...
imalifeguard imalifeguard 9 years
if you liked the results enough to stop after 2 days...imagine what it would look like after 5...
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Does this reduce the appearance of scarring at all? I'm using a 10% citric acid peel right now every other day, and it's working, but, I kind of want something stronger and different.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
Sounds like a good product.
xtigressx xtigressx 9 years
i'm so glad you reviewed this product. my sister has very sensitive skin and after she used a few wands, her skin was smooth and radiant. she bought me a box and i haven't used it yet .... but i may just start tonight!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hmmm sounds like a pretty good produst :P
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Em1282, I think they are great for acne-prone skin. If your skin is sensitive, I would try a patch test first. Just about any kind of peel will make your skin sting a little bit (or a lot!), so it's best to try it on a tiny bit of your skin before going the whole nine yards. I did have a little bit of pinkness—which was even-toned, rather than blotchy—after using this product, but it disappeared within 10 or 15 minutes. And the results are definitely noticeable.
YAYitsErin YAYitsErin 9 years
i love the kinerase line and have been a fan for about a year. my dermatologist recommended it to me because i have really sensitive and acne prone skin and now i can't live without it!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My skin is super sensitive too-I'd hate for it to make my skin all irritated and blotchy.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Do peels work for sensitive/acne prone skin? I've always wondered.
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