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Treatment Diaries

* Testimonials appearing on this site are the individual experiences of those who have used our skin peels. However, they are individual results and results do vary. (Please refer to our 'Testimonial Disclaimer' at the bottom of the page)

Diary of a Skin Peel (Nicky Hambleton-Jones) *

Review of the Skin Culture Peel 3000 treatment. Taken from the website of TV presenter and Anti-aging expert, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, former presenter of Channel 4 program "10 Years Younger".

I have never tried a chemical peel and I’m very apprehensive. I’ve had my lips plumped, my cellulite pummelled and injections in the soles of my feet, but a skin peel is well, on my face. I may not be going for an all out clinical peel, but as far as DIY peels go, this is as serious as it gets.

However, Michelle from Skin Culture assures me that as long as I follow the instructions to the letter and do a patch test (which I do), nothing can go wrong. So after a couple of weeks of ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ I take the plunge.

Day one: I feel nervous yet excited as I apply the first day’s pot of peel onto my face. It smells medicinal but looks like something you would spread on your toast. And it stings like hell. I grit my teeth and after ten minutes or so the burning sensation subsides. After 90 minutes I scrape it off and rinse my face the following morning.

Day two: My face is slightly red, and when I apply the paste today the pain is so unbearable I want to cry. Fortunately I know that this is normal and it only lasts for ten minutes or so.

Day three: Looking rather tanned today which is all part of the process apparently. I can still leave the house without scaring anybody although my skin is starting to feel rather tight. The paste is less painful today and it’s the last application.

Day four: Not only am I looking tanned but my skin is starting to look like a two-week-old apple which has put about 30 years on me!

Day five: My skin as started to PEEL! If I thought the stinging was bad, that was nothing compared to the temptation to pick at my skin. I’m told that if I do I can cause infection and scarring, so I resort to snipping the loose skin off with nail scissors.

Day six: My face looks like a prune and I’ve decided not to leave the house until I look a bit more human. I shocked the postman this morning when I answered the door.

Day seven: Part of my face is still flaking, especially on my forehead and cheeks, but the new skin on my nose and chin is particularly fresh and glowing. I’m not allowed to apply any products until all the peeling has finished.

Day eight: I have new skin! It feels so soft and plump and I have that fresh-faced look you get from a long walk in the countryside. I have to make sure I wear a sun cream with at least SPF30 for a month, but I put on SPF50 just to be on the safe side. My mother tells me I look positively glowing and even my husband notices a difference. Now that’s what I call a result.

Amber - Peel 4000, My Experience *

By: Foreveramber. Taken from

Day 1: After cleansing my face thoroughly and letting it dry for 5 minutes, I opened one of the little pots of cerate 39XXX. I found myself staring at the contents. It didn't look pleasant. Inside is a putrid yellowish looking paste with an even worse smell emanating from it. After tying my hair back, I took out the spatula and spread the paste all over my face, while taking care not to rub it in.

The smell is all encompassing and any one venturing near you will recoil in horror. It's best to go through this part while you're alone. As indicated in the instructions, as soon as the paste was applied over my face, I began to experience the hot and stinging sensation as described. It was bearable but after 5 minutes I wasn't looking forward to 90 minutes of this feeling with another 3 nights to go through. However, after 10 minutes, the stinging subsided and I couldn't feel it at all. Unfortunately, the smell remains as strong throughout.

What a relief once the 90 minutes is up and I could scrape off the paste. You mustn't wash it off, just scrape it off with the spatula. Then, any remaining paste has to be removed with Vaseline. I'd made sure I bought a small jar of Vaseline before I started. I rubbed Vaseline over my face then wiped it all off with a piece of cotton wool. You then must wait at least 8 hours before washing your face with warm water followed by cold water. It's suggested that you do this procedure before going to bed, which is what I did. In the morning you just wash your face and leave it. You don't put any creams, lotions or potions on.

My face feels very tight and looks slightly red on the first day and I can still go out and about and face the world.

Day 2: I repeat last night's scenario. The same hot stinging sensation again and this time when I remove the paste, my face looks redder than last night. The following day my face has taken on a somewhat robust look, redder than yesterday but still not too abnormal.

Day 3: the same process again. Face stings for 10 minutes then it subsides. My face has become very red now once the cream is off. I feel a bit self conscious the next day when out and about.

Day 4: Thank goodness it's the last day. Once tonight's paste is wiped off, my face is very red, like I have a bad sunburn. I can still go outside although I have begun the peeling process around my mouth. It's starting to flake off in tiny amounts, but it's still not noticeable enough to prohibit me from mixing with the great wide world.

Day 5: Thank goodness, tonight I can smother my face with normalizer cream. Now this barely has any perceptible smell at all. It provides a welcome relief to my poor tortured skin. This cream is white and very thick and glides easily over my roughened skin. Again I must leave it on for 90 minutes before wiping off any excess. I mustn't wash my face until the morning.

My skin is peeling more around the mouth area but nowhere else. The rest of my skin now looks like it's covered in a layer of cling film. When I smile or pull extreme facial expressions, the look of my skin is quite terrifying. In fact, it gives me a glimpse into the future where I can see what I might look like aged 80. I try not to make too many facial expressions because it scares my kids. Actually, they're very accepting and take it all in their stride. Mum has warned them that her face will be falling off in a few days so they must be prepared.

Day 6: Still not much in the way of peeling. The instructions say the peeling mainly occurs on days 5 and 6. In some cases it completes over days 7 and 8. I fall into the category of some cases, whereby my facial peeling is nowhere near complete on day 6. This is annoying as it meant I had to cancel visiting plans over Christmas.

The shedding of my skin is working up from around my mouth to the sides of my nose. I must continue using the normalizer cream until all peeling is finished. I'm no longer in any fit state to present my face to the outside world. I'm now confined to my house, which is no bad thing seeing as it's the school and Christmas holidays so I don't need to do the school run. Friends are banned from visiting.

Day 7: The peeling is spreading out much more now. Most of my nose is done, and half of my cheeks.

Day 8: Still peeling and not finished yet. I got my first real glimpse of the effects of the peel today. One of my greatest hopes of the peel were to achieve a more even skintone. I suffer quite badly from uneven pigmentation as well as a couple of quite bad sun spots. That's due to growing up in Australia and spending years and years in the sun playing tennis. Anyway, today I was helping the peeling process along a bit. It's just too hard to resist sometimes. The instructions warn you NOT to peel or pull at your skin and to let it shed naturally. I found this impossible at times but I didn't ever pull skin that wasn't ready to be removed.

Day 11: Today I have exfoliated the last remaining flecks of skin, mainly around the edges of my face and top of my forehead. I've been able to face the world for the past three days and am back to normal now.

I'm very excited at the results in my under eye lines. I wasn't expecting anything very much with regards to wrinkle or line improvement, but after a bit of skin came off from under one eye, there was barely a fine line to be seen. Blackheads and a couple of whiteheads are non existent and my skin tone is greatly improved. 

Two weeks later and I'm very happy with the results. I know once (if) summer arrives, I'll need to take extra care when out in the sun but I won't be avoiding it altogether. I'd certainly recommend this treatment as the ultimate exfoliation kit. You do need to be aware of the time it takes and that you'll likely want to stay hidden away from the world while you shed your skin! But once that's over and done, the fantastic results speak for themselves.

Matthew - Skin Culture Peel 4000 *

By: mattconnect. Taken from

My journey begins. I wanted to read about the peeling process of a real person when I was considering purchasing this product, so I have written about mine. If you don't want to read this, skip straight to RESULTS. 

I followed the instructions and did a patch test. I anticipated feeling a really strong burning sensation having read the only other review of this product on Dooyoo. I started with a very very tiny bit of this skin peel and touched the bit between my chin and neck, and waited. Nothing. I got a bit more and applied it there. Nothing. I dipped the applicator stick into the jar and got a bit more and applied a thickish blob on my chin and spread it out over the instructed area of 2x2cm and still, nothing. I decided not to do anymore, and just left it there and resorted back to my normal activity. Then it came. It was a slight stinging hot sensation which lasted about fifteen minutes. It was not unbearable and not the deathly pain described by "foreveramber". After 90 minutes I removed it as instructed.

Day 1: I did the full face peel about two weeks later, and this time, I felt the hot stinging sensation. It was painful!! It wasn't unbearable but it was very noticeable but it subsided after about 10-15 minutes. I applied it at night so I could sleep it off... I removed it after 90 minutes... The smell is quite strong- some people may find it unpleasant- it doesn't really annoy me but it was noticeable for other people in the same house.

Day 2: My skin was slightly darker than before as if I have a very light tan. It feels slightly tighter. I got on with my daily activities without a problem, although someone did notice but just thought I had a tan. I applied the cream again at night to more stinging sensation, and removed it 90 minutes later.

Day 3: The colour of my skin wasn't much darker than the day before... it was slightly redder and I could feel it being more itchy... And skin appeared to have a light film over it- so any big facial expression, the face wrinkles up... I followed the instructions and again applied the peeling cream over the face to leave for ninety minutes... This time, the pain isn't as obvious, probably because I am now used to it!!

Day 4: My skin feels much tighter, and it is starting to flake around the mouth area. There is a thin film around the whole face which is obvious when smiling or other facial expression. I am on the verge of not being able to go outside, I am anxious as to whether my face will be in an acceptable condition!! Going out today, no one said anything about my skin... Plus, it is the last peeling scream application day today, I will apply the peel once again and that will be it! 
I didn't really feel the pain at all, or at least it wasn't at all noticeable.

Day 5: It has started peeling more around the mouth and whole face feels much tighter... I don't want to go out today because it is obvious with the flaking skin and the patchiness of it... but I must! Everyone noticed my skin and were asking about it... I guess if I went out not to see people I know, it would be fine... At late afternoon, it started peeling around my nose... At night I used the normalizer cream which is really smooth and smelt of butter cream (which is nice) and it felt good on the skin... making it nice and soft... I can't wait for it to just all peel away now!!!

Day 6:It has started peeling around my nose and I am not in a state to leave the house. I have to go out tomorrow to meet people, so I am desperately hoping it would have mostly peeled by tomorrow afternoon... The pack says it should be a six day peel, but the peeling has only really just begun! Anyway, I put normalizer cream on... which really seems to smoothen and soften skin!

Day 7: More obvious peeling around jaw area, cheeks starting to peel... and really not in a state to go out- as I look like some monster, but I must today- so dreading it, and trying to find a way to hide it. I was actually quite surprised because no one said anything to me about my skin. They may have noticed but no one mentioned it. It has peeled a lot more now after a shower... once again, normalizer cream...

Day 8: My cheeks feel really itchy and are slightly red... The guide says itchiness and redness is normal, so I hope it is... it is quite a nuisance- can't stop thinking about it! Anyway, It has peeled pretty much all of my cheeks and started peeling above the eyes on the forehead... The tip of my nose has yet to be peeled... the results are starting to show... I think another night of normalizer cream... this might be the last?

Day 9 : Red all over face where peeling cream was applied and quite itchy- not a happy bunny. It has mostly peeled only tip of nose, top of forehead and side of face, near the ears, that have yet to peel... I look like some sunburnt alien. . . and shall not be using the normalizer cream- I think it might be that which is making my skin unhappy... will just use cool water to wash face until it gets better. I have applied a thin layer of E45 cream, which has eased the itching and makes me feel MUCH better. . .

Day 10: I have officially finished the peeling process- but still red where it has peeled, and I'm getting a slight rash on my chin which is unpleasant and itchy... I have not used normaliser cream and switched for E45, which I'm continuing to use to ease the itchiness...

Immediate results after the whole peeling process is over was that my skin is SO touchably smooth. It is almost addictive. The bounce in the skin and the softness, you just can't resist. Another thing I have found is that my face is noticeably less oily compared to before which is amazing! Pores on the nose and cheeks appear reduced, and a majority of blackheads on the cheeks have also been deep cleaned (although still visible). 

Even though the peeling process is over, the skin seems to naturally do its thing for a while after. For example, I'm getting a slight breakout of mini spots but they seem to heal quicker and the dirt in the pores are removed through this natural process. 

The redness has also ceased after a few days- I suspect it is due to my rushing of the peeling and kept peeling at the flaking skin whilst it was still peeling. I will know next time NOT to do that at all. 

It has been a week since the peel has finished, and skin does look SO much better than it did before.

Diary of Peel 3000 Facial System *

Day 1 of my Peel Facial System. Cleansed my face and put on the contents of Jar 1 over my entire face. Boy oh boy oh boy - the burning sensation was so intense tears came down my eyes. They warned on the package that it was normal for the first 5-20 minutes to have a "hot stinging sensation" but I didn't expect it to be that hot and stinging and it went on and on like my entire face was on fire. I immediately had to sit in front of a fan and cool my face down for 20 mins as it was unbearable for me. Tears were still coming down as the burning sensation was so hot. I had to keep the cream on for 90 minutes. During that time it was still hot but less so. Even removing the cream after 90 minutes the burning sensation continued. I wasn't allowed to touch my face after the cream came off and I wiped my face with tissue to remove any excess cream. Eight hours later and it was okay to wash my face with warm and cold water, though I left it longer.

When I woke in the morning my face looked like it has a sun tan - all healthy albeit slightly red. There was no greasiness or anything considering I hadn't washed my face - just looked like I'd been in the sun a bit too much. I haven't used anything on my skin all day and it just looks a healthy tan. I have to use Jar 2 and Jar 3 tonight and tomorrow and then wait for the peeling to start. I'm glad that the burning sensation only lasted the 90 minutes the cream was on and no longer.

Day 2 of the Peel. Still hot burning acid like sensations when I put the cream on my face and tears come streaming down and it's ohhh so hot, hot, hot! I had to sit in front of the fan the full 90 minutes as I couldn't take the heat when not in front of the fan. I read the Skin Culture Peel official website and saw that this is usual in one of the. Some people don't feel much heat at all apart from the first 5 minutes - lucky ones! They do say the more you feel the better it is - so it says. Today waking up my face still looks sun tanned albeit slightly redder. Getting drier around the lips and mouth area, which they say to expect. I'm not sure if I could go through this process again once this is over ... maybe the pain would be worth the results - will have to wait and see what the results provide (smiles). Hardly any oil on my skin - only a wee little around the crook of the nose and that's it. The advert says it causes minor breakouts and I've got a wee minor spot coming out by my nose and that's it.

Day 3 of Peel 3000. Upon application of the third tub of cream, it was hot, though less so. This time I applied it in front of the fan and stayed in front of the fan the whole 90 minutes. But no tears this time. I must be getting used to it - whew! Skin was already starting to peel around the lips and mouth area before I put the cream on - i.e. like a suntan and it's peeling. Temptation is to peel (grins). On waking this morning my face looks like the redness from the sun has gone into a tan and my face looks brown but with tight skin. More flaking and peeling around the lips and mouth area. Able to use the Normaliser cream tonight and then the proper peeling should start. Only a couple of whiteheads appear around nose area, which is slightly oily. Otherwise skin is clear and looking good. I haven't used any applications since Saturday - i.e. just the creams and haven't washed my face since Saturday (under strict instructions and I thought this would make my face breakout but nope, it hasn't). Looking forward to the results of the next few days. Still uncertain whether I'd do it all again. Will have to see if the results are worth it.

Day 4 - Face still looking brown (like a suntan) and peeling around mouth and lip area plus sides of cheeks like a suntan would peel. The rest of the face looks really tight skin wise and I can't smile too much or open my eyes too wide or open my mouth too much for fear that the skin will crack. Used Normaliser cream last night for 90 minutes which was soothing - not sure what its purpose is - probably to make the skin peel. Still no spots and I haven't washed my face since Saturday (under strict instructions) and have only been using their cream products and once a day splashing with water. Just a wee bit of greasiness around the nose and forehead but it goes. The whiteheads have gone and only a couple of small spots under the nose (where it was greasy but it's going). Technically 2 days left to go and the Peel is over! Whew!

Day 5 and more skin is peeling off like a sun tan from the brown sun kissed looking skin. Only about 4% of skin has come off mainly around the lips and mouth area and some on the sides of the cheeks and forehead and a little peeling around the nose area. The rest of the skin on the face is brown and tight, waiting to peel off and ripening underneath I guess! The skin also is tight and pulling like I'm an old wrinkled 85 year old lady (grins) and is very tight. Some spots around where the skin has peeled. My skin is getting wrinkly and tighter by the day. The Normaliser cream helps stop spots, acne etc and I think also adds to the skin falling off. I'm not supposed to peel the skin off but ohhh it's so tempting (grins). My eyes look like Chinese eyes as the skin is pulled so tight. I am dying to wet my face so that the skin gets softer - ah hah I just remembered I can use a little of the Normaliser cream if my skin gets too tight and uncomfortable. I hope that tomorrow, Day 6 will be it as I'm tired of hiding in the house and feeling like I can't do anything much with a face as tight like it is. I hope I can start using a little make up after as I have friends round on Day 7 (argh!) and I'd like to use a little make up - hoping the skin will have come up more completely by then.

Day 6 of my Peel. The day everyone is waiting for (grins), myself included. Well a lot of the skin has peeled away though some has yet to come off on the sides and the forehead and nose etc. I still haven't washed my face since Saturday. Spoke to Skin Culture yesterday to ask some questions and they were very helpful. Skin is turning up in the strangest places and just when I think not much has come off, I look down on my T-shirt and woah, there's a lot of peeled skin there! I'll reserve judgement till the next few days. So far from what I can see, my skin texture is different, the laughter lines around eyes have disappeared, and the skin looks fresher and younger. The frown mark on forehead seems to have disappeared or looks less noticeable, the colouring of the skin is much smoother and fresher and younger looking i.e. more smooth and supple. I am still contemplating whether I'd do it again and if I did I may go for the Peel 4000 which is the strongest Peel.

Day 7 of Peel Facial System. Most of the skin has peeled away today and it's looking GOOD! I had friends round last night and didn't wear any make up and I felt great. My skin tone looks even all over and the acne scars are not noticeable. I wasn't self-conscious like I would normally be without any make up and my skin looked great. I had a couple of spots from the peel (i.e. breakouts) but it was okay as it just looked like small spots and not something horrible. Today I didn't wear make up either and my skin wasn't oily all day. I was still using the Normaliser cream from Skin Culture. I looked at my skin closer today and noticed that an old acne scar which seems imbedded under my skin has completely disappeared and I had that scar for years - probably since I was 12 years old and I hated it so much but it's now gone. My skin tone looks even and though the scars are still there they are not noticeable and the redness has gone and it's just marks on the skin, which you can only see if you look really closely. My laughter lines around the eyes have gone, the frown lines on forehead have lessened, and I feel and look younger (not that I looked old in the first place!). I feel like I was when I was 12 years old! I never would have thought I'd be able to spend 2 days with people and in a public restaurant with no make up and not having washed my face! Argh! But I did and I felt great!

I now would hand on heart definitely recommend the peel. I will definitely be doing it again to go a bit deeper and use the top peel (i.e. Peel 4000) including the stuff you have to use after to keep up the good work as my skin is in such good condition now. I don't ever remember my skin feeling this good or looking this good - even with a suntan. It's done wonders for my self-esteem and I don't cringe anymore when looking in the mirror. I can look at my acne scars in the mirror and think, it's okay - you can't really see them, as they're white looking and not red and terrible looking like before. I still have some red scars - not much - and those are the ones I want to remove with my next peel(s).

Kerry Ross - PEEL 3000 *

My SKIN has never been my best feature. From the age of 13, my family nickname was 'Spotty Muldoon' and, apart from a few months during pregnancies, I have had spots continuously.

So when I saw a new facial system that claimed to improve skin tone and clear spots, blackheads and large pores while reducing the appearance of sun damage, acne scarring and fine lines, it sounded too good to miss.

Skin Culture's Peel is a chemical peel. This sort of treatment is normally carried out by doctors in hospital and involves burning off the first two or three layers of the skin. A mighty risky procedure, you might think.

(Skin Culture note: our Peeling treatment actually works by starving the top layers of skin of oxygen which then die and gently peel away. The treatment will not burn the skin or cause the skin to blister or bleed.)

Newly introduced into the country (UK), Skin Culture's Peel is done over a six-day period at home or in a beauty salon. You have a choice as to the strength of the peel, but this simply involves applying it in the same way for an extra one to four days.

The impressive packaging made me feel that I was at the forefront of skin science. The instructions seemed very thorough and I relished the thought of stripping off my old skin and exposing the young, spot-free skin underneath.

So after donning my white lab coat, I picked up the spatula and dabbed the tar-like substance over my face and neck.

It felt like I had put my face in a bucket of acid, which is effectively what I had done. This is where the 'instructions and questions people ask' section had got it horribly wrong. Unbelievably, to the question 'Is the treatment painful?', they had replied 'no', and suggested an 'inconvenient, deep warm sensation' instead.

I spent the next 20 or so minutes before the pain subsided swearing obscenities. My children rushed around trying to calm me down. They were unable to grasp the idea that what I was doing was voluntary.

It was an enlightening experience and I seriously questioned whether I would rather be covered with oozing pustules after all. I have never encountered such pain. Give me childbirth any day. I was in so much pain that my mouth watered. But it did ease as they had said 'the sensation' would, after 20 minutes or so.

(Skin Culture note: You will experience a hot stinging sensation lasting for 15-20 minutes after the peeling formula is applied. The sensation felt will vary from individual to individual. Some will apply the treatment and just feel a warm tingling sensation whereas others will feel an intense (burning like) sensation. On average you will feel a hot stinging sensation that will last for about 15-20 minutes after the peeling formula is applied. Fanning the facial area will relieve any discomfort felt by up to 75%. Also, it should be noted that the more you feel the treatment, the better the results will be.)

After an hour and a half, I removed the peel. You should not use any other products during the treatment and should leave the residue, a rather strong smelling substance, on your skin for eight hours before washing it off with water.

I woke the next morning with a healthy glow, feeling much better about my experience, and resolved to perform the second part of the peel. They say that after you've had a baby, your memory of the pain dulls, otherwise no one would have more than one. It was only after I'd put on the second coat that the reality of the pain hit me once again.

This time I thought I'd better check it was normal and that I hadn't missed the instruction to dilute it or something, so I rang the help line number.

On reflection, the fact that there was a help line should have been a clue. A kindly gentleman explained that what I was experiencing was quite normal and that I should try to relax, perhaps listen to music or watch television to take my mind off the fact that my skin was being burned off......

By the third morning, my skin had started to dry out and was noticeably red. People said I looked as though I'd spent too much time on the sunbed, or asked if I'd been skiing. If only I had.

After the third application of peel, I applied Normaliser cream which greatly eased the tightness and helped lift some of the bits of skin hanging off my face.

You are strongly advised not to pick at the trailing skin, but I'm afraid I couldn't resist. It came off easily but it took a good four days more to stop peeling completely. During that time, I really looked like something out of a horror film.....

Despite all the trauma, the end result was fantastic. I don't think my skin has looked so good since I was about 12. If only it hadn't been so painful, I would be performing the procedure every 30 days as recommended.

My face is not completely clear but the instructions warn you to expect this because the ingrained debris is released to the surface. They also advise that it can take several applications before it will stay looking really good.

There is vigorous cell renewal activity as lower layers of skin replace those that are stripped off. It makes sense then to repeat the procedure until you have the freshest skin 'moved up' to the top.

Will I do it again? I'll have to see if vanity overcomes my cowardice. What is certain is that the odd nasty relative I have to buy a Christmas present for will be receiving a highly recommended beauty treatment with my love.


* Testimonial Disclaimer:
Individual results will vary. We cannot guarantee our treatments will work for everyone, as each person's skin type is different. Results from the Skin Culture Peel differs from individual to individual and no claims and promises are being made or implied about the average, typical or expected results of the skin peel.

The results described on our Testimonial and Client Review pages, and elsewhere on this site, are the individual experiences and personal opinions of those who have purchased the Skin Culture Peel. Skin Culture does not claim these stories, opinions and results described represent the typical result that someone who uses the skin peel can generally expect to achieve.


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