I had the same problem the first time I applied, I tried to use less to conserve I realized that it defeated the purpose Odin el it's supposed to dry and peel you have to be generous when applying. Then let it dry off completely the dryer the better I go upwards of 30 mins if completely dry it should peel off with no trouble and it will leave skin soft, clean, and beautiful. Help minimize my huge pores! I love it!!!