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    Here’s The Deal With The Magical Peeling Face Gel Everyone Loves

    It's deeply satisfying to use and makes your skin glow.

    Hello, friends! I am here today to tell you about the amazing $14 skincare product that many BuzzFeed employees and friends are obsessed with: Dr. G Gowoonsesang Brightening Peeling Gel.

    Note: this isn't an ad and we weren't given any products for free. We just all really love it and wanted to share it with the world!

    The obsession began when our former coworker Arabelle gave it a glowing review, wherein she said her skin was "extracting noodles of filth."

    I mean, sold, right? A bunch of people read the review and decided to buy the peel, and then word of its magic spread around the "shut up and take my money" Slack channel, so more people tried it, and suddenly, we were all singing its praises. Myself included!

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    To use, you rub the peel (which feels/operates like what you may think of as a "scrub") over your face (and your neck if you want). It feels wonderful and smells great, and generating those noodles of filth is extremely satisfying. (FYI, I only get them on the oily parts of my face, not on the dry spots.)

    The first time I used it, I had my head down as I was rinsing it off, and when I finished and raised my head up, I actually said "holy shit" out loud to the mirror. My skin was straight-up glowing and I expected a chorus of angels to show up behind me at any moment. No other skincare product I've ever tried has produced an effect quite like this. I was shocked.

    Don't want to take my word for it? Here are a few testimonials from my fellow Dr. G devotees:

    "My eternal skin dream is to just have my whole face be so perfectly smooth that there is nothing anywhere I could possibly pick at or fuss over, and for the beautiful few hours right after Dr. G-ing, that dream is REAL. So satisfying. I do recommend moisturizing or masking after you use it; otherwise I get a little dried out." —Rachel S.

    "I always thought I had a face full of extremely stubborn blackheads, but then I discovered Dr. G and learned that a) they weren't blackheads, and b) that they weren't stubborn at all, they just needed a good-ass scrubbing from a mysteriously named and branded Korean skincare product-cum-biological weapon." —Ellen C.

    "I am eternally grateful to Arabelle Sicardi for putting me on to Dr. G and this peel. It’s the perfect mixture of satisfyingly gross and cleansing; every time I use it I feel like I’m purifying myself. In the dumpster fire that is 2016, I love knowing at least my skin’s grime is removable." —Hannah G.

    "Take it from someone who used to revel in examining the blackhead strips she peeled off her skin: This stuff is a million times more satisfying. You just peel, peel, peel. Plus, it's not as long of a commitment as your typical exfoliating/resurfacing mask — five minutes tops!" —Megan P.

    "It makes me feel clean!!!!!!!!" —Jess T.

    I'm not really a pricey skincare person (give me my $10 micellar water and some store-brand Cetaphil and I'm good to go), but this scrub is worth it.

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    I was actually so impressed that I bought this Dr. G face wash, and I love that too. I've also been following the peel up with the Goodal "whitening" mask, which feels amazing anytime, but feels extra great after using the peel.

    Do it to it!