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Thoughts, comparisons, overview: Exfoliating Peel Pads

I don't know if acid exfoliating peels pads have always been around/popular or whether it was the skincare mecca of information, Caroline Hirons, who put them on the beauty map but whatever it was I'm all for them. 

If you don't know what acid peel pads are they are basically little cotton rounds saturated in a combination of acids that are meant to exfoliate the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, promote cell turnover, help with breakouts, and brighten the overall complexion. Sounds lovely right? 

Now this is a very basic explanation and I highly recommend you either do some extended research or take a browse through Caroline Hirons blog here because I'm no expert. 

Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads uses AHA and BHA fruit acids to exfoliate the skin. I found these peel pads to be the gentlest of the three, almost to the point of questioning whether they did anything at all. These get glowing reviews everywhere and after going through the entire jar I'm not all that convinced. These might be a great option for sensitive skin types, but they're not for me. 60 pads for $75 dollars, I think you can get better out there to be honest. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel are a two step system. First you wipe step one all over your face, neck, and chest and hang out for a couple minutes and let the acids do their thing and then wipe over with step 2 to neutralise. Even though these are considered "extra strength" I don't find them too harsh nor did they cause excessive drying. The one thing that I absolutely love about these is the packaging, I wish all other brands would jump on the individually wrapped idea.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads are a hydroxy acid and peptide peel. Out of the three this is the only one you have to rinse with water. I love these and think I've gone through about 3 jars and right after I finished the Alpha Beta Peel pads I went straight back to these and I'm using them now. Out of the three I see the biggest difference in my skin. It's brighter, clearer, and just really nice...I have no complaints with my skin when I have these pads in rotation. Also, I get cystic hormonal acne on my chin every month or so and these are the only thing to actually help that. 

So there ya go, if you're looking into acid toning I hope you found this helpful. If we were going in order I would recommend PTR first and then Dr. Dennis Gross next...and then just forget about Radical's. What are your thoughts on acid toning? Also, I always love trying new skincare so any recommendations are always welcome. 


  1. Ooh such great recs! I have not tried any acid peels before although I do have some samples from Sephora from DDG, but I really don't understand the difference between them and exfoliating acid toners (which I use daily)? Is there a big difference? I haven't been able to find any real substantial info with that, so I've been kind of uneasy about spending the money to get acid peels when I already have an acid regime I follow. But I hear great things about acid peels so I might end up just trying just to see!


    1. Thank you Mika! Honestly, I think they're the same just in different packaging. I was using the Pixi Glow Tonic in between when I ran out of the pads and the claims were the same. According to Caroline Hirons it's all considered "acid toning". I think if you have a regime and you like what your doing and it works then stick with it!



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