Incredible Pumpkin Peel
1.2 fl. oz. for $26.69
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products
Last Updated:10.05.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
Pumpkin (and its ferment) is the main ingredient in this specialty peel, but there’s no legitimate research anywhere proving it is preferred to established ingredients for exfoliation such as AHAs and BHA. Plus, the pumpkin wine this contains has a high alcohol content and that causes irritation, which is a problem for all skin types. This peel also contains several potent irritants that no one’s skin needs. This product smells like dessert, but that won’t help your skin. The claim it can detoxify skin is bogus; there are no ingredients that can coax toxins out of the skin; toxins are handled by the liver and kidneys, not the skin (and contrary to popular belief, sweat doesn’t contain toxins). This product is potent irritation waiting to happen. A well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant is a much better bet, especially if you’re concerned with signs of aging or are struggling with breakouts.
This unique exfoliating, super nourishing peel will dazzle your skin with natural acids and vitamins, including healing vitamin A. Great for rejuvenating sun damaged and dull skin. Blemish prone skin also benefits greatly from this special treatment by exfoliating dead skin cells and allowing for ultimate tissue respiration and detoxification.
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Aqua (Water), Lactobacillus/Cucurbita (Pumpkin) Ferment Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Wine, Honey, Gluconic Acid (Glucose), Aminoguanidine HCL, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Stem Powder, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract , Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Plant)
Brand Overview

MyChelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: MyChelle provides complete ingredient lists on their Web site; one good sunscreen for sensitive skin; sheer coverage stick foundation for dry skin.

Weaknesses: A natural product line that overemphasizes what their products don't contain yet offers no conclusive proof that their list of allegedly bad ingredients is harmful; almost every product contains one or more irritating ingredients (most notably lavender oil); ineffective routines for improving acne and skin discolorations; only one sunscreen and no facial sunscreen is recommended for any of the daytime routines; no pH-correct AHA or BHA products; jar packaging; most of the makeup is difficult to blend due to its high wax and oil content; no makeup options for oily or blemish-prone skin.

Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.

Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.

Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.

Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.

For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.

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Wow Paula, have you even tried this product? I find it funny how you underrate every other skincare line but your own. Have you read the reviews of this product by actual real people who have tried the product? Say MakeupAlley? An average of 4 stars!!! Hmm. I find you listing of ingredients helpful, but I am sorry you are totally from the old school and your knowledge seems just a little out dated.

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hi Heather! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The Beautypedia Reviews team have a specific approach to reviewing skin-care products, which is defined by what current, published scientific and medical research demonstrates is true about the ingredients used.  The best part about scientific research is that it is true whether anyone agrees with it or not—and the fact is that there isn’t any research demonstrating pumpkin a legitimate replacement for the benefits of AHA or BHA exfoliants. 

There is substantial research demonstrating that leave-one products containing high amounts of alcohol are damaging to skin (in both the short and long term).  Also, there is no research anywhere that backs the “detoxify” skin claims made in the marketing of the Incredible Pumpkin Peel (skin doesn’t hold on to toxins, as we stated in the review).  If we rated products solely upon our personal use, that would absolutely be biased, as personal feelings about products isn’t science—for example, just because someone professes their love for cigarettes for weight control doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to run out and pick up a pack! On the contract, there is ample research showing cigarettes are quite harmful to your skin and health in general. 

Regarding the tired claims of Beautypedia being biased, that would only be true if you ignored the hundreds (and hundreds) of BEST Rated Products in the Best Products section of the site (and the hundreds and hundreds of products rated GOOD in Beautypedia).  No other brand anywhere works so diligently to recommend products from other brands.  And given all that we know about skin-care formulations, why on earth would we develop a product that didn’t meet the standards we hold for other brands?  We hope that helps clarify how Beautypedia Reviews rates products, and address your concerns of bias.  Have a great day. - PC

Fabulous. Disagree with cosmetic cop review

Other than the price, which is a little high for the amount you get, this product works great. Does what it says. And yes, the skin does release toxins through sweat.

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Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you for your comments! Sweat can eliminate some trace substances (by-products like urea), but these aren't toxins (nor is urea or its by-products a toxin, it’s just a natural body chemical).  A literal toxin is a poison, and we’re talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals/­insects/­reptiles (think snake venom, or bee stings) or other organisms.  We're glad to hear this product worked well for you!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
My beauty secret!

I highly disagree with this products poor rating. This little gem is the number one secret to keeping my 41 year old combination skin healthy dewy fresh and hydrated. I use it twice a week and it takes all the dead skin cells off revealing fresh healthy skin that is able to readily absorb whatever serums or masks you then want to use. If I skip a week I notice my skin looks dull and tired and flaky. It's potent and you only need to leave it on a few minutes that is why I love it. It's the only peel I have been happy with and I work at a top end spa with very expensive stuff and I always come back to this one, after 12 years since discovering it.

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