The Top 15 At-Home Peels for Every Skin Concern
By Danielle Fontana , Associate Editor |
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.
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.” Here’s what to consider before you apply one—plus the best multitaskers on the market.
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Best For: Congested Pores
This two-part peel begins by detoxing the skin, pulling out dirt, grime and oil that stresses the skin, and follows up with a brightening boost from the oxygen foam step. The result? Clear, radiant skin for days.
Best For: A Daily Option
These peels are gentle enough to use daily, but powerful enough to do away with dull skin, dark spots and uneven skin tone.
Best For: An All-Inclusive Treatment
Designed from the popular treatment at the Ole Henriksen clinic, this three-step peel covers all your bases when it comes to rejuvenation. The Almond Polish exfoliates away dry, dull skin to prepare for the Lemon Strip, which brightens and exposes a smooth texture. The Chamomile Comfort soothes and calms after the exfoliation process, leaving behind a youthful glow.
Best For: An Affordable Glow
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($15 for 28 pads; $30 for 60 pads)
These pads use just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make theme gentle enough to use on sensitive skin (although they're designed for all skin types, too). Use them for a quick boost in radiance, for a super smooth makeup application, or for a quick texture polish.
Best For: A Quick, Convenient Glow
These double-sided wipes (one is textured to exfoliate skin and the other is smooth) are infused with glycolic acid to minimize pore size, even skin tone and impart a glow in a flash. While these shouldn't be used in place of your go-to makeup wipes, try using these right after for a quick glow.
Best for: Mature Skin
Five minutes just once a week are all you need to harness the powerful properties in this 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.
Best for: Minimizing the Look of Pores
The potent trio of TCA, glycolic acid and salicylic acid 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.
Best for: More Sensitive Skin Types
bliss that’s incredi-‘peel’! ($49 for 30 pads)
If you have sensitive skin and tend to steer clear of peels, these 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.
Best for: A Natural Option
The pink, jelly-like consistency and fresh, herbal fragrance of this 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.
Best for: A Serious Anti-Aging Boost
Designed to encourage cellular turnover and reduce signs of aging these foolproof 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.
Best for: Brightening Skin
A different take on the typical peel application, this nighttime cleanser accelerates exfoliation and retexturizes skin for instant luminosity.
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 these 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.
Best for: An Instant Glow
About as close as you can get to an in-office peel, this one boasts the power of 15 acids. 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.