Review: SkinFood Pineapple Peeling Gel + Peeling Mask Recommendations


I felt so bad about me ragging on this product so I wanted to do a review on this product right away with my revised opinion and experience ^^ There is actually a whole line called the Pineapple Peeling Line but I've only tried the Peeling Gel. 

Cost: I picked up the Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel in Korea for about 11000W (~$10, I think).  You can get it on for $12, though it's OOS right now.

Scent: Strong, rather sharp scent of pure pineapple.  It's not a sweet scent, it's pineapple with an edge.   Not bad though :) Very fruity.

Texture: It's a smooth white gel with little white eraser shavings floating in the gel. You can barely see the "eraser shavings" when you first squeeze it out so it may appear that it's dead skin coming off your face but I don't think it is (more on this later).


Besides Pineapple and Apple extract (hence the tartaric acid), there is also Aloe.  As for other peeling agents, there is Lactic, Citric, Glycolic, and Malic acid (lactic acid is one of the "trendier" chemical peeling agents nowadays, it's found in the Philosophy Microdermabrasion set).  These acids are pretty frequently used in chemical peels nowadays.

Tartaric acid was something unfamiliar to me so I had to look it up.  It's an AHA and primarily found in grapes, apples, pears and tamarinds. It has anti-aging and smoothing properties, and works as an exfoliant. It unclogs pores and stimulates production of collagen and elastin which helps in formation of fibers over the skin layer and prevents the skin from sun damage and aging effects of skin. It is the best natural chemical for people who are concerned with uneven skin texture, blotchy or uneven skin tone, the way the skin feels, and aging gracefully. Tartaric acid is most recommended for almost all skin types, including those with sensitive skin or those with certain skin conditions, such as rosacea or eczema can consult with their dermatologist or physician.

There's alcohol in this product so it may be a bit drying. This also contains parabans and preservatives for those who are sensitive to such things.   Overall, there are a surprising variety of chemical peeling agents in the ingredients, which makes for a rather effective peel.  I suspect the cellulose acts as a manual peel as well (more on this below).

This is my foot btw ;)

Experience: Out of the tube the product is a white gel with a faint graininess. When you spread it out it's clear with faint semi-opaque eraser shavings.   After a few minutes of massaging, the gel will soak into your skin and you will be left with just the eraser shavings.  Some people may think the shavings are "dead skin" but I really think that the shavings are cellulose that was already in the gel.  In other words, I'm not certain this gel was "effective" just because I got a lot of eraser shavings.  But then  Cosmetic candy's review says that she "tried rubbing the gel with a latex glove onto a plastic surface to see if it would ball up anyway and no, it didn’t so it must be my dead skin." So, I'm not sure....

After massaging for 10-15 minutes (until all the slickness of the gel is gone), I rinsed my face.  My face had a soft glow and my face felt remarkably hydrated and smoother.  I can't comment on my pores because I don't have enlarged pores.  The one thing I wasn't crazy about was how I felt it left some kind of oily residue behind.

My brother has used this 2x and I've used 3x (once before the allergy incident, twice afterwards to help slough away my flaking skin after the allergy).  This works exceptionally well on my brother - he seriously gets 1-2 shades lighter and his pores seem smaller.  He's quite a bit tanner than me though, around an NC35+ if that makes any difference.  He has some acne but overall his skin is decent.

As for me, I was impressed most by how moisturizing it was despite having so many peeling agents. It's surprisingly gentle and my face felt very moisturized. It did get rid of some flakiness I had but I did not feel "refreshed" after washing my face because I felt that there was some kind of residue.  In the end, for me this was not amazing. My face felt soft but I don't think anything had been peeled off my face - maybe just gently exfoliated...if that makes any sense. It did not get rid of my blackheads at all.

Note: Your face has to be clean but dry.  I once used this on a damp face because I forgot and the peeling wasn't half as effective.

For $12 it's a good price; the bottle is quite large and it does seem to work.  The scent is strong but not unpleasant.  I have sensitive skin and I did not react to this so I would say it's gentle enough. "Peel" always makes me think of heavy duty exfoliating and this is not heavy duty at all.  This also does not get rid of blackheads as far as I can see.  I would say this is good to try since it's fairly cheap but this is not a favorite of mine and actually just let my brother use it. I only recommend this to people with sensitive skin, no blackhead problems, and looking for a gentle exfoliater. 

For a gentle chemical/manual exfoliator, my favorite is actually the Tony Moly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream.  It smells like granny smith apples, does not leave a residue, and still leaves my face very soft and moisturized.  It's very gentle (I can use it as often as I like) so this does not get rid of blackheads either but to me, I would rather use this over the Pineapple Peel.  For a more effective manual scrub I really like the SkinJourney Microdermabrasion Scrub, which I reviewed here

For heavy duty peeling the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is excellent.  Fuzkittie gave this excellent reviews and I agree.  It's very powerful though and should be used maximum once every 7-10 days but it gets rid of blackheads and whiteheads like no other.  The downside is that if you have a lot of acne the Boscia mask will be too harsh, it will peel off the top of a pimple, make it bleed like crazy, and you will get a scar (plus it hurts like a mofo) :\ I know this from experience ><  If you have only a few pimples though, you can just go around them ^_^


  1. Great review! I like the packaging and the creative names for skinfood products. But most the time they won't work for


  2. Aww it looks good. Thanks for the review! I love aloe!!! Elle! You have over 100 followers!!! Congrats!

  3. hello elle! new follower here! discovered your blog through Jennifer's! anyhoo, this sounds so cool and yummy! LOL

  4. smells of pineapple = yummy!

    and congrats on 100+ followers too :)

  5. good review but it doesn't appeal to me as much as it did when i first heard the results on your brother...
    but i might try it nonetheless because for some reason my face is like 2-3 shades darker then my neck, hands body... etc... lol and if it doesn't work... i can always give it to my brother XD haha

    oh but i really want to try the Boscia Luminzing Black Mask!!! sounds good~ will have to watch the review another day to make an informed decision =p

  6. Lovely review, and i think for the price of the product, it is worth it haha :)!

  7. Ohhh! Your blog is so cute! And very helpful :)

  8. I was dying to try out a few items from Skinfood. Maybe this will be the 1st product I lose my virginity to? LOL Anyways great review as always. Also I really like Thefaceshop's white mud nose pack peel but I heard its discontinued.

    :( so I will love to try Boscia's.

    Elle, seriously. You are truly one of the bloggers who I actually consider a really good blogger/ friend. :D And I love you even more after translating that Taeyang's speech for me. Thanks for doing that for me. It totally made my morning. I'm beaming with joy from ear to ear.

    Are you sure you didn't hear him thanking "me" in his speech. I am Mrs. Taeyang afterall...LOL.....

  9. Thanks for the very thorough review! I've been wanting to try this since ages. It sounds pretty good but I think it'll be similar to my current peeling gel :)

  10. I wanna Eat it!!!!!!! Sounds yummy haha


  11. i like peeling gels.. they make my face feel softer without being too harsh. :)
    and yes i do work in the hospital lab!
    i dont get to go home this xmas.. :( not till early jan. but its still good :)

  12. Great review and $12 dollars isn't expensive at all !! I would buy it ! haha.. I have never tried skin food products before, would love to try it once ^^ they don't sell it here , too bad =(

  13. thanks for telling me about the broken link!!! i was too excited when i was posting it. hahaha! ;P

  14. Thanks so much for the review! I've been looking for a good exfoliator, and really like the Skinfood line, so maybe I will give this a try next :)

  15. I wanna Eat it!!!!!!! Sounds yummy haha


  16. Thanks for the very thorough review! I've been wanting to try this since ages. It sounds pretty good but I think it'll be similar to my current peeling gel :)

  17. Ohhh! Your blog is so cute! And very helpful :)


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