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Written on Monday, February 26, 2018

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The popularity of acids in skin care routines is still there and there's nowhere to run. You don’t have to visit salons and do chemical treatments anymore. Plenty of products are available for use at home now. The Korean products are especially popular in this area.

Today I’d like to share my experience with the famous Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum. I purchased this product on a whim, although I don’t usually do this… I couldn’t help it, especially when I saw a discount.


It comes in a small package with a metal-like design.

There was also a tamper-proof sticker.

On the back you can see the list of ingredients in English, which is really good. I love Korean products, but I can’t understand a word in Korean.

The plastic tube has a metal-like cap. The design reminds me of medicine. It has nothing in common with all these cute and bizzare Korean packages.

The serum provides a dropper with quite an extraordinary mechanism. When I screw the cap, the button protrudes. By pressing it, the product comes out (it’s the same as with a common rubber dropper.)

By the way, the dropper picks up the serum when you just screw open the cap! It’s super convenient!

You can get the hang of it quite quickly and dispense the product easily.

The dropper itself is thin and made of glass. The bottle is quite heavy, although it’s plastic. Moreover, it’s not transparent, so it is an issue to see the amount left. The shelf life is alright.


Reveal a smoother, clearer and more even-toned complexion with this resurfacing formulation. Loaded with a powerful cocktail of chemical exfoliants, balanced by hydrating, soothing and anti-inflammatory agents to balance skin. A blend of 8% glycolic acid and papaya enzymes come together to brighten, resurface uneven texture and tone and fade the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots whilst aloe, panthenol and portulaca oleracea extract calm and minimise inflammation.


Water, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Water, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Alcohol, Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Water, Carica Papaya(Papaya) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Panthenol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance


Color: Transparent

Smell: It has a synthetic and a little bit sour smell. I wouldn’t call it off-putting, but it’s not ‘sweet’ either.

Texture: It has a watery and gel-like texture that distributes really well.


Firstly, a few words about my skin:

I have combination skin with large pores (I clean them regularly) and rosacea.

Before using I had a few under skin pimples that were not planning to go away and a few acne spots (I got them after my naughty fingers popped some pimples.)

Cut a long story short, my cheeks looked obviously bad without makeup. I don’t like to put on much makeup really, so such an appearance was a frustration. I couldn’t go outside without a foundation.

So, this serum had something to work with.

It applies and spreads out easily, because the gel-like texture is perfect for that. My skin feels a little bit sticky after absorbing, but this feeling disappears in 5 minutes.

Sometimes I felt a slight sting on my face, especially where the acne spots were. However, my skin didn’t get red and felt quite comfortable.

Before talking about the results, let’s talk about 3 main rules when using this serum the right way. The things the manufacturer forgot to mention:

  • Apply the acids to dry skin. I prefer this way with all similar products.

  • It is a peeling serum, so don’t cover it with creams or any other products after use. Wait around 30 minutes and then continue your skincare routine.

  • It’s better to apply this serum every night. At daytime, use a sunscreen to avoid hyperpigmentation. In the morning I prefer using moisturizers.

So, now to my impressions:

  • The serum is nice to use. It doesn’t feel tightening or uncomfortable on my skin. A slight sting is not factored in.

  • I thought that my skin would feel dry after peeling, but I was wrong. My skin feels really well, especially when I moisturize it as usual.

  • The product makes my skin smooth and kind of polished.

  • It doesn’t have any impact on my blackheads, which is quite understandable because you have to use BHA products for that.

  • The effect is visible, but it comes out gradually. Initially the serum even caused a few small breakouts on me, but after a while my skin tone got smoother.

This is how my skin looks after a month a half. I’ve been using it regularly every day:

Bottom line:

It’s quite a gentle peeling scrub that does a good job! The only thing is that you shouldn’t overestimate it. I mean it neither diminishes the existent breakouts nor causes new pimples. It just removes acne spots and restores your skin. Highly recommended!

Now a picture for you to compare:

Feel free to ask me any questions!

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Type: Serum
Brand: Mizon
Category: Skin Care
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