REVIEW | Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel

K-beauty sure introduced and popularised a lot of new concepts to the beauty market such as the concepts of ampoules, essences, sleeping mask, bubble sheet mask, 7-skin method, and many more. Peeling gel is definitely one of them! Peeling gel is a form of physical exfoliation that even sensitive skin type can enjoy.

According to koreankiwibeauty.netblogs:

Peeling gel is a genuinely Asian product. Its concept lies in two actions:

  • Delicate dissolution of dead skin cells with the help of cosmetic acids (fruit, salicylic, lactic and others);
  • Absorption of dissolved skin cells with cellulose particles. The cellulose particles capture the dead cells and contaminants, rolling them into numerous balls.

Unlike scrubs, peeling gels contain no traumatic particles (microspheres, crystals, pieces of apricot kernels, etc.) So, while aggressive scrubs won’t suit for inflamed, sensitive, dry and thin skin, peeling gels are perfect for these skin types! They are safe to use and their abrasive effect is very mild. You just cleanse your skin by gently rubbing it.

I first tried peeling gels in 2017, and it’s from the brand Dr G. I went to Sasa and asked the SA for a gentle scrub for my face full of whiteheads and acne and she handed me this:

“This type of product is called a gommage peel, “gommage” means “to erase” in French, and these formulas gained popularity because they’re more sustainable than many other physical exfoliants.”

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Dr. G guarantees a healthy and beautiful skin by continuously developing safe and effective products that are suggesting solutions for various problems based on genuine sympathy and consideration for those with skin problems.

Love how it conveniently comes in tube type packaging which is really easy to squeeze and less hassle. It also has an opened date on the packaging and in 2017, this was the first product with such label on its packaging that I have ever owned.


Water, Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark Extract, Honey Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Chlorophenesin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Capylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oi, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta

This is free from alcohol, and is formulated with natural cellulose as the exfoliating agent. It contains ascorbyl glucoside as skin brightening agent, licorice root extract which helps to even out skin tone, black willow extract to clear pores and acne, and aloe leaf water and allantoin as soothing ingredients. This also has trehalose, honey extract, and hollyhock as moisturising agents.

Texture and Smell

This has quite a distinct herbal plus medicinal smell to it but it is not overpowering to me. The texture is a quite creamy gel texture that is concentrated with a slightly grainy/gritty feels, which is due to cellulose in it

As you rub it into the skin, it balls up

And as it balls up, the grainy texture is no longer felt. After washing it off, skin feels so smooth

How To Use

I prefer to use this in between my double cleansing rituals which is after first cleanser (cleansing oil, micellar water, or cleansing water), before my second cleanser (the usual water-based cleanser). You can use this in the cleansing step, and try to explore all ways and see if you like it before or after cleansing.

Experience and Performance

There are people saying that peeling gel doesn’t really remove dead skin cells as the balled up waste is just the product build-up and I do not disagree, neither do I agree with that. After using this along this year, I really think that it is great great alternative to facial scrubs out there. It’s gentle, not at all abrasive, and the ingredients are full of moisturising stuff. If you love how smooth scrubs make your face is but hates how it can be quite abrasive, peeling gel is a great substitute.

 This one is definitely gentle and I really feel like it takes off grimes and excess sebum and dead skin cells off the skin (together with the product build-up) and I love how smooth it makes my skin feels. This would also be a great pre makeup prep so makeup would adhere better after.

I experienced no redness after washing it off, no itchiness during or after, and no breakouts. It doesn’t make my skin feel dry too. The end result is really a pleasant one. I used this when I had a lot of pimples on the face and I rubbed it so very slowly and gently and I love the feeling after. It was not irritating and my skin feels better!

The price is slightly above average but it is 120ml so it’s quite okay for me. I would give this 5 stars if the price is cheaper and besides, this can be quite messy as you have to clean up all the balled up residues and it is better to do so in the bathroom so you don’t have to pick them up on the floor or vacuum/sweep them.

My rating: 4/5. I repurchased this three times.


Dr.G Brightening Peeling Gel

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