From last year’s 3, I’m down to 2 chemical exfoliators.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
I only use this on the areas of my face that are prone to blackheads (i.e., my nose). It’s gel-type, and feels and dries like raw egg whites. I wish The Ordinary products have a more elegant texture. I guess they have to sacrifice something to keep their prices low.
It took me a while to finish this because I prefer Alba Botanica AcneDote Lotion that also has 2% Salicylic Acid but comes in a cream-type moisturizing base.
Anyway, I recently started using this on my pits (1-2x/week) and I think this product helped make it smoother.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This is probably the only Glycolic Acid product I tried that didn’t break me out granted, it’s a rinse-off product, but I’m surprised considering the strength.
I don’t use it regularly, just on days when my face feels rough.
I once left it on for 40 minutes because I fell asleep. I thought I erased my face but I survived. My face didn’t turn red or feel raw. I don’t understand how it’s gentle. 30% AHA seems like a lot. When I finish this, I might try Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner.
The only thing I don’t have from last year is COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol. I shared the bottle with my husband but we can’t tell if it did anything.