I used it for 3 months, religiously applying twice everyday — after taking a bath in the morning and after washing my face before sleeping at night. It worked pretty well on me.
During the first two weeks, my face was stinging and i suddenly developed a lot of blackheads and pimples. It resided after two more weeks of constant usage. no. 2 works faster than no. 1 (well, duh). Peeling is observed in the first month of usage (so about 4 weeks for no. 2, while 6 weeks for no. 1).
1. ) The peeling is normal. Don’t get too happy and excited just because you can see that you are exfoliating (and therefore the product is working). DO NOT EVER TAKE THE PEEL OFF. Don’t force it dude. let it peel on its own so no discoloration would happen. I have heard of people looking like victims of Vitiligo because they forced the peeling.
2.) Just to be sure, always put on sunscreen on your face even if you’re not regularly exposed to the sun. I use maxi-peel’s sunblock with spf20. It was fine and my face never got burned (spf20 is even actually quite low. so if you could, buy something with higher spf).
2.) Make sure to not stay under the sun long enough for you to burn. Objectively, that would be about more than a cumulative of 10 minutes (emphasis on cumulative). I would always use an umbrella when i go out. I make it a point to avoid staying outdoors. (Updated) A person commented (thanks for illuminating me Rae) that maxi-peel cream is made up of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and niacinamide. Glycolic acid is a chemical compound with really small molecules that can penetrate skin easily and deeply to facilitate treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, oiliness, etc. However, there are riks to to this like hyperpigmentation, hypersensitivity to the sun, etc. You could read more benefits and risks of Glycolic acid here. Salicylic acid treats mild to moderate acne by shedding dead cells from the top layer of the skin. Read more about the benefits and side effects of Salicylic acid here. Niacinamide is said to help maintain healthy skin. Learn more about it here. Maxi-Peel exfoliant solution, meanwhile, contains Hydroquinon, a factor that inhibits melanin production in the skin. Melanin causes skin browning. It is a natural mechanism of the skin to prevent skin cancer from heat and radiation. Using the solution would remove the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Using this product makes me more susceptible to the dangers of the heat of the sun. but i gambled it all to have fairer skin, which i eventually had. I had to stop though for fear that too long use of the product might lead to skin complications.
A week after i stopped, my past skin color came back that i decided to use another product, Garnier light day and night cream (see my review for Garnier light day and night cream).
*I tried only the 1 and 2 of the maxi-peel exfoliant creams because my face wasn’t really that bad.
OTHER USES (MAXI-PEEL EXFOLIANT SOLUTION)
I think Maxi-peel has potential in erasing blackheads and impurities from any part of the body. My sister uses Maxi-peel exfoliant solution #3 to remove blackheads and scars from her legs. She says it’s very effective.