Today, I'm going to discuss the award-winning Exuviance Performance Peel AP25.
Does this product live up to its claims? Let’s find out. ⭐
For more stubborn hyperpigmentation such as melasma, Exuviance's award-winning Performance Peel AP25 might be just the solution for you (as seen in Harper's Bazaar: 150 Beauty Must-Have's).
These individually wrapped 2-step peel pads are infused with a powerful blend of 25% Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Gluconolactone (a gentle acid molecule known as a polyhydroxy acid).
Studies show that one of the best at home chemical peels for melasma is 30-50% glycolic acid which helps fade common symptoms like brown spots & gray patches. (source: Chemical Peels in Melasma: A Review with Consensus Recommendations by Indian Pigmentary Expert Group, 2017)
While Performance Peel AP25 only uses 25% glycolic acid, it's also boosted by mandelic acid and gluconolactone for additional exfoliation to reduce skin discoloration.
Given the strong concentration of this product, Exuviance recommends using it only twice a week.
Make sure to do a patch test first to ensure no irritation or discomfort occurs within the first 24 hours (this is included in the 13 treatments per box, so you have 12 remaining sets for a total of 6 weeks).
In terms of results, Exuviance cites the following from their 30-day clinical study:
However, it is worth noting that participants used Performance Peel AP25 in combination with other Exuviance products, which means these statements aren't necessarily reflective of AP25 on its own.
Having said that, Performance Peel has received outstanding reviews on Exuviance and Ulta Beauty where there's currently over 600 ratings with an impressive number of 5-stars on both platforms.
Many customers reported reduced signs of melasma, more even skin tone, softer wrinkles & fine lines, smoother skin texture, and smaller pore sizes.
Again, don't just take my word for it: have a look at some of the user feedback.
On the other hand, most of the negative reviews were due to unauthentic products from third-party Amazon sellers (always a risk with popular items). For this reason, I recommend buying AP25 directly from Exuviance or from Ulta Beauty which is an authorized retailer.
My Verdict: For stubborn forms of hyperpigmentation like melasma, the Performance Peel AP25 offers a powerful solution with 25% AHAs & PHAs, strong clinical results, and outstanding reviews.