Aha 30% + bha 2% peeling solution

Emily Algar is an Australia-based journalist and beauty expert specializing in product reviews. Her work has been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, and POPSUGAR. She's currently a beauty editor at Grazia Australia." data-inline-tooltip="true">Emily Algar

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As most good routines do, I started with a double cleanse to ensure I was free from dirt, makeup, and sunscreen. Then comes the peel. I found this product really light in texture–it’s quite watery, so you have to apply it quickly (don’t do what I did and spill it on your white bath mat). Despite what TikTok might tell you, I suggest dropping the solution into your hands and then pressing onto your face (don’t apply right from the dropper as it can run into places it’s not welcome, like the mouth and eyes). I looked like an extra from The Conjuring, but hey, good skin doesn't came easy.

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To be frank, it tingled. A lot. Not in a painful way but in an “I-want-to-itch-my-face” way. I left it on for exactly eight minutes and rinsed, first with water and then with a gentle cleanser to ensure it was completely off. I used it before bed, so I finished up with a layer of Augustinus Bader The Cream and that was it. Simple.

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Directly after I removed the peel, my skin was flushed and slightly warm to the touch. I was nervous, but a layer of the aforementioned moisturizer took away any redness. I went to bed hopeful, and come morning, my complexion was glowing. Little spots had been blitzed and my skin’s texture was incredibly smooth. Pores looked refined, flakes were gone, and the cluster of tiny whiteheads on my forehead had been flattened.

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I’ve since used it at least five times–typically before a big (Zoom) event or if my face feels like it needs a good refresh. Bonus points for consistency because the luminosity is real every single time. It’s strong, but knock on wood, I haven't had an adverse reaction yet.

Remember when I referenced irritation and an impaired skin barrier earlier? Well, the strength of this product means it’s important to adhere to a few rules. According to Deciem, it’s important to:

Conduct a patch test firstAvoid if you consider your skin to be sensitiveDo not use more than twice a weekDo not use in conjunction with other acids, vitamin A, or vitamin CDo not leave it on the face for longer than 10 minutesAlways wear daily sun protection (but you already knew that)

The Value: Unmatched

At $7 per bottle, it really doesn’t get much better than this. While an at-home product can never truly replicate an in-clinic treatment, this is pretty darn close. For the price of a fancy iced coffee, I highly suggest that the curious folk reading this give it a red hot go (sorry, I had to).

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This formula is notably potent, but there are definitely some similar options out there.

Our verdict: Big results at a small price

Overall, I highly rate this product. It’s definitely not something I use often, but that’s part of the appeal. I love knowing I have this tucked away in my vanity for the next time I want a post-facial glow without the actual facial cost or appointment. It decongests, brightens, and smooths like nobody's business, all for less than $10. What more can you ask for?

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