How to make your own strong skin peel at home

Skin peel treatments are designed to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids, found in citrus fruits, milk and sugar, remove dead skin layers to smooth the skin and control blemishes. Beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, is effective for oily skin that is subject to blackheads and whiteheads. Chemical skin peels tighten the skin and increase the production of collagen, giving the skin a more youthful appearance. Many skin peels are made from natural, organic ingredients commonly found in your own home kitchen.

Mix together unflavored gelatin and sugar in a small saucepan.

Add 1/2 cup water. Heat and stir until gelatin and sugar are thoroughly dissolved. Allow to cool.

Pour cooled gelatin mixture into your blender.

Pour 6 cups water into a two-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Using a large slotted spoon, lower a ripe tomato into the water. Leave the tomato in the boiling water until the skin bursts and begins to curl.

Fill your kitchen sink partway with cold water. Remove the tomato from the boiling water and drop it into the cold water. When the tomato is cool enough to handle, peel off the skin.

Place the peeled tomato on a saucer and cut it into quarters. Put the tomato and any spilt juice into your blender.

Add sugar, orange juice and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a small plastic container with a self-sealing lid.

Wash your face with a gentle skin cleanser to remove any grease.

Smooth the skin peel onto your face. Begin with your forehead and apply to your cheeks, chin and nose. Avoid getting close to your eyes.

Sit back, close your eyes and relax for five to 10 minutes.

Rinse your face with tepid water. Pat dry.


Repeat the strong skin peel weekly.


Before using a new skin peel, test the formula on an inconspicuous area of your skin, such as behind your ear. If a rash or other allergic reaction occurs, do not use the skin peel.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp granulated cane sugar
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Small saucepan
  • 2-quart saucepan
  • 6 cups water
  • Slotted spoon
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • Saucer
  • Blender
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Skin cleanser
  • Small plastic container with self-sealing lid
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For Judy Kilpatrick, gardening is the best mental health therapy of all. Combining her interests in both of these fields, Kilpatrick is a professional flower grower and a practicing, licensed mental health therapist. A graduate of East Carolina University, Kilpatrick writes for national and regional publications.