Skincare Journey: A Review of DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel

My skin has been in a dilemma!   

If you remember, I used Musely's The Spot Cream to help remove my acne scars and dark marks and how it works within a week.

Well, the issue with using this product is that after three months, you must stop usage and can go back to using The Spot Cream after another three months.

I started using The Spot Cream again after a three-month break. However, this caused my skin to break out with terrible rashes, resulting in whiteheads and blackheads. The irritation was so bad that it caused dark marks and scars all over my skin, making it the worst it has ever been.

Dark marks from using Musely The Spot Cream

Not only was my face covered in dark marks, rashes, and scars, but I also was dealing with dehydrated skin.

Don't get me wrong, Musely works great, but I recommend not using it again after three months.

So now, I'm starting over with my face.

Since my skin is now filled with dark spots and uneven skin tone, I knew I needed to start using an exfoliator to help remove the dead skin and impurities.

My go-to is DERMA-E Microdermabrasion Scrub to wipe away dead skin. But I had run out, so I needed to buy some more.

I went to Sprouts to restock, and while I was in the skincare section looking for the scrub, I came across DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel.

This Peel is new to me because I never knew DERMA-E had this Peel, only the Overnight Peel.

While reading the packaging, it says it polishes and evens skin tone, which is just what I needed.

I was sold immediately after reading that.

However, I still picked up a jar of the Microdermabrasion Scrub to have on hand.

Once I got home, I quickly went to my bathroom and washed my face.

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel

After cleansing, I applied a thin layer of the enzyme peel all over my face and rubbed it in a circular motion.

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel

I started noticing that the jelly-like peel begun to turn a light brownish color and became a more clumpy texture.  

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel

What was happening was the peel was lifting up and dissolving the dead skin, dirt, and impurities.

When I was done rubbing the enzyme peel all around my face after 5 minutes, I washed it off with warm water.

Looking at my skin, it was softer and brighter, with a much smoother complexion.

I still have a long way to go to get my skin back to normal. However, this peel helped polish it and soothe the irritation.

Pairing it with the Microdermabrasion Scrub works wonders! It helps heal my skin barrier faster and lightens my dark marks.

Here are the Pros and Cons of DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel:


  • The peel contains enzymes from exotic fruits such as papaya and pineapple that help remove dead skin and even skin tone.

  • Licorice Root and Milk Thistle are also in the peel, which brightens the skin and helps fade dark marks.

  • Works for the face and neck, but I have read about people using it on other parts of their body, like the callus on their feet.

  • Results after just one use.

  • The Gentle Enzyme Peel is an excellent alternative if scrubs irritate your skin.

  • The peel is non-sticky and easy to apply throughout your face and neck.


  • I wish it came in a bigger tube. I can see myself going through this 1.7 oz quickly.

  • The packaging doesn't say if you can use it daily, so just to be safe, I only use it twice a week.

  • This peel is pricey, and it costs over $20! But I think it is worth it since you get instant results.

  • The peel smells like Elmer's glue, especially after rubbing it into your skin.

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel is Great to Add to Your Skincare Routine

Finding the proper skincare routine can be a journey; sometimes, we must start over from scratch. However, we can achieve healthy and glowing skin with patience and the right products.  

DERMA-E Essentials Gentle Enzyme Peel is an excellent addition to any skincare routine, providing instant results that help polish and even out the skin tone. Although it may be a bit pricey, the benefits outweigh the cons, and it's worth trying.

As for my dark spots, my esthetician suggested I try microneedling.

Hopefully, it'll help fade my dark marks just as fast as Musely's The Spot Cream did the first time I used it.

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