I can't really speak to the gel. I only use natural products for moisturizing. I will say if you're doing this method, which I'm also doing, the key is patience. My peeling process has drastically slowed down but I've been at this for four months. It's important not to get ahead of yourself if you see progress. Also, I had to avoid sleeping on my stomach in order to keep the crusts from falling off. I would always wake up to find pieces that had come off in my sleep if I didn't sleep on my back. Make sure that you drink your liquids through a straw, and don't let the water directly stream onto your lips from the shower head. Also, cut up your food and eat it with a fork.