Best of: Exfoliators

Who doesn’t want glowy, fresh, plump looking skin? A product that can reduce the appearance of pores, help with balancing out the production of oil, and get rid of any flaky dry skin? Yes, please! Let’s round these babies up! From Deciem to Paula’s Choice to Biologique Recherche, they’re all here. I’m going to list these AHAs and BHAs from least favorite to most favorite for your ease.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This is a good AHA toner for beginners! It’s suitable for all skin types and it’s very effective. It works great to acclimate your skin to get used to Glycolic Acid. Pixi Glow will definitely give your face a brighter appearance. Don’t overdo it, start by using it 2-3 times a week. I dislike some of the ingredients in here like the castor oil,  the fragrance, and the artificial color. But I do like how affordable and accessible it is. You can buy this at Target starting at $15.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel

What an amazing product. I love using this! It immediately soothes and exfoliates the skin. Definitely tingles straight away, and the results are very visible the day after. Pores are smoothed and minimized, and blemishes seem calmer and less red and irritated. I love that it comes with a pump and that it has soothing ingredients. Glycolic acid is the main acid in this treatment along with soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera juice and Green Tea extracts. It’s $29 and comes with a generous amount of product, it will last you forever.

Deciem’s The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% and 10%

A lot of people prefer lactic acid over glycolic acid as a chemical exfoliator. It’s milder on the skin, and there’s less of a probability of irritation. I’ve never had irritation with glycolic acid, so I like both AHAs equally. The Ordinary makes a 5% and 10% Lactic Acid treatment for $6.50 and $6.79 respectively. You can’t beat this price, seriously. The 5% is great to start with, but consider upping to the 10% if you’re already familiar with acids. I love how gentle yet simple and effective these products are. Comes in a dropper bottle and lasts for good while!

Deciem’s The Ordinary AHA 30% – BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Was this product hyped enough in 2017? I think so. Everyone and their mom had a bloody selfie with this mask on! There’s definitely a reason why. This product contains some powerful acids, including glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. This claims to fight acne, give clarity to the appearance of the skin, and ultimately eat away the top surface of your skin layers. It does just that. There’s something so gratifying about applying this red gel all over my face and feel it react with the surface of my skin. But be careful, don’t overdo it. I usually do this once or twice a month. It’s so inexpensive and it works better than any other exfoliating mask I’ve ever tried, including Drunk Elephant’s TLC Babyfacial. You can find it at Beautylish, Sephora, or Deciem’s website for $7.20.

Krave Beauty Kale-lalu-yAHA

This is a new product on the market, but I must say, I am so impressed with it. I prefer this over the Pixi Glow because it has better-suited ingredients for my skin type as well as a lower pH which makes it more effective. Packed with aloe, kale, parsley, green apple, and other lovely vitamins, it ranks up to my top 3. It’s $25 and it’s alcohol, fragrance, and dye free.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

This is a product I use every single morning before doing my makeup and it absolutely makes all the difference. It smooths pores, keeps them clean, gets rid of any flaky skin, and balances out my oils. It’s also very soothing and hydrating at the same time. I’ve transferred mine into a glass bottle with a dropper and I apply it with my hands for maximum effect. It’s $29, and you can find it on Amazon or Paula’s website.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

My ride or die! The hype is real and yes it is Jesus in a bottle indeed. I chose the P50 version without phenol because I don’t want to risk too much. When I use this, I feel good the next morning. I see my skin brighter, I see my acne pigmentation scarring is lighter, and if I have any breakouts they heal faster. I don’t ever want to use anything else, because why would I? I’m obsessed! The ingredients are unconventional, a cocktail of acids that includes lactic acid, citric acid, phytic acid, salicylic acid, malic acid, sulfur, onion, and vinegar among others! No alcohol, no fragrance. It’s just perfect for my oily, acne-prone skin. It helps with everything. No cons. No irritation. I use it for 2 days, then take a break, then 2 days, etc. Starts at $28 for a 1.7 fl. oz and if you’re in the US you can purchase from Rescue Spa or Paul Labrecque.

I hope you enjoyed this, friends! I love chemical exfoliators more than anything. They are the most important part of my routine, and I wanted to share with you the ones that have worked best for me this year.



Pixi Glow Tonic and Krave KalelaluyAHA were sent to me as pr gifts, however all opinions are my own and not sponsored.