The Top 9 At-Home Peels

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At-home peels may seem like the no-brainer, super powerful protocol for perfect skin. But, like most products, not all peels are created equal (nor do the at-home variety come with the extra advantage of having a professional administer them), so it’s essential to know what to look for, and how exactly to use them before they start confronting any of your skin concerns. Here’s what to consider before you apply one—plus the best multitaskers on the market.

What the Dermatologist Says
Like most at-home versions, at-home chemical peels are not as strong as in-office chemical peels. “The at-home variety very slowly improve texture and tone and may help to improve acne and fine lines,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. “But, the directions are to be followed carefully, as you can still burn your skin.”

Best for: Mature Skin

Five minutes just once a week are all you need to harness the powerful properties in StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel and majorly renew your complexion. The formula contains one of the highest levels of glycolic and other alphahydroxy acids available for at-home use, which makes it a must for more mature skin types. $89,

Best for: Minimizing the Look of Pores

The potent trio of TCA, glycolic acid and salicylic acid in Peter Thomas Roth 40% Triple Acid Peel mixes together in this ampoule-powered product to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out rough texture and uneven skin tone, and diminish the look of large pores. $88,

Best for: More Sensitive Skin Types

If you have sensitive skin and tend to steer clear of peels, bliss that’s incredi-‘peel’! glycolic resurfacing pads will deliver results, minus the redness. Like the name suggests, glycolic acid helps target fine lines and retexturize skin, but the real secret is in the calming witch hazel and licorice extract that work in tandem to soothe skin instead of stressing it out. $49 for 30 pads,

Best for: A Natural Option

The pink, jelly-like consistency and fresh, herbal fragrance of Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask certainly isn’t your typical peel presentation. But, the instantaneous, glow-inducing results (the formula is rich in pore-minimizing pomegranate enzymes, detoxifying pink clay and cell-stimulating white willow) will make you an immediate believer. $55,

Best for: A Serious Anti-Aging Boost

Designed to encourage cellular turnover and reduce signs of aging, Proactiv+ Skin Revitalizing Pads feature an exclusive blend that combines the proven anti-aging power of retinol with the soothing properties of green tea, chamomile, cucumber and aloe. Together, the active-meets-skin-soothing ingredients help lift away dull surface cells to reveal a radiant, youthful-looking complexion. $65 at

Best for: A Fast Fix

The two-step, vitamin C–infused philosophy the microdelivery peel promises to tackle the aging offenders of sun damage and hyperpigmentation in just three minutes, as skin-firming peptides help smooth out any roughness. $70,

Best for: Brightening Skin

A different take on the typical peel application, Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Peel Wash (PM) is a nighttime cleanser that accelerates exfoliation and retexturizes skin for instant luminosity. $25,

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin

Aging skin isn’t the only type of skin that can benefit from a peel. Perfect for combatting existing blackheads and blemishes, June Jacobs Anti-Aging Blemish Control Peel Pads use 2% salicylic, glycolic and alphahydroxy acids to treat and prevent breakouts. Besides the superconvenient pad delivery system, there’s also a high concentration of antioxidants and a unique blend of broccoli, blue daisy, willow bark and tea tree oil. Together, they up the ante to detoxify, soothe, and even help absorb oil. $48,

Best for: An Instant Glow

Boasting the power of 15 acids, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel is about as close as you can get to an in-office peel. Not only does the two-step product utilize a high level of skin-transforming active ingredients, but it also uses a special peptide milk to help neutralize skin for even better results. Plus, it comes with a headband to keep your hair out of your face and easy-to-understand treatment protocol for those who appreciate some extra pampering. $110,

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  • Heather Scoggins

    It really scares me how many bad pictures, and high doses of chemical peels are out on the internet. All you have to do is watch YouTube and you will be scared to try what some of these people are doing. I would think they would regulate this market more being that in Texas licensed skin care specialist's can not apply over 30% concentration without a doctor being present.

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  • Jennifer Hunter

    There are many at home peels. All provide benefits to your skin. It’s important to understand your skin type and condition before purchasing over the counter products. One of my favorites of an over the counter peel is Renewal for Mature Skin by Reviva Labs. The active ingredients are: Purified water, 10% glycoloic acid polymer (extracts of sugar and rhubarb), extracts of pumpkin, peach, sage, comfrey, chamomile, witch hazel, vitamins A, D and E, safflower oil, sunflower oil. I use this on my face three times a week. The product improves texture of aging, sun-damaged or blemished skin for a smoother, younger look. Renewal night cream is an exfoliating product, please be sure to wear sunscreen during the day to prevent hyperpigmentation when using any peels. Jennifer Hunter Aesthetician, Skin Care Specialist

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