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The 11 Best Exfoliating Pads for the Brightest, Glowiest Skin Ever


Any skin-health expert will tell you that chemical exfoliation is a key part of an effective skincare routine. According to Byrdie's most trusted esthetician, RenГ©e Rouleau, applying anВ alpha and/or beta hydroxy acidВ (like glycolic and lactic acid or salicylic acid, respectively)В several evenings a week can offer a mile-long list of benefits, including an overnight improvementВ in skin texture, reduction in clogged pores and breakouts, increased collagen production, a more even skin tone,В improved discoloration,В faded acne scars, softened fine lines, reduced dryness and flakiness, andВ elevated efficacy of your other skincare products. As long as you don't overdo it, there isВ almost no downside to chemical exfoliation.

Still, for some, addingВ that extra step in the form of a cleanser or serum can be cumbersome. But what about a wipe? Exfoliating pads do the work of a serum, depositing active ingredients onto your skin, but in a convenient disposable form. Looking to add exfoliating pads to your skincare routine? Keep scrolling for 11 options, each containing a different formula and potency so you can find the right one for your skin type.В

Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys $35Shop

Adorable packaging? Check. All-natural formula? Check. These gently exfoliating puppies feature aВ delightfully short ingredient list, including naturally derived lactic acid, nourishing aloe vera, andВ New Zealand rainwater (because American rainwaterВ just wouldn't cut it).В

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads $30Shop

When Byrdie's news writer exfoliates, it's always with these trusty glycolic and lactic acid-containing pads, which areВ gentle enough to use every day.

Trish McEvoy Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads $66Shop

Do beta hydroxy acids agree better with your skin type? Consider these gentle daily wipes,В which have a high-quality formula that contains salicylicВ acid as well as inflammation-fighting willow barkВ extract, chamomileВ flower oil, and lavender,В plus antioxidant-rich camellia leaf extract.

Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling in Lemon $27Shop

What makes theseВ pads unique is that they combine physical exfoliation, thanks to the triple-layer gauze, and chemical exfoliation, thanks to the lactic acid they deposit.

HydroPeptide 5X Power Peel $68Shop

Provide your skin with three times the action with these potent wipes, which contain glycolic, lactic,В and salicylic acid to seriously brighten the skin, shrink pore size, and combat breakouts.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Overnight Resurfacing Pads $52Shop

If you prefer retinol over acids, there's a pad for that. Glide the textured side of one these retinolВ wipes overВ your face before bed, and the formula will exfoliate and resurface the skin overnight.В

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads $13Shop

Brighten your complexion on the cheap with these drugstoreВ exfoliating pads. For $13, you get 60 doses of glycolic and hyaluronic acid.

BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads $70Shop

Few brands takeВ chemical exfoliation as seriously as BeautyRx, a dermatologist-founded line based almost entirely on glycolic acid. These wipes contain a healthy 10% concentration ofВ buffered and pH-adjusted glycolic for a serious dose of glow.

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic To Go $18Shop

If you're a fan of Pixi's Glow Tonic, tryВ it in pad form with these on-the-go wipes. A 20% glycolic acidВ formula is made gentle with the help of aloe and vitamin E.

Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pad 2% Salicylic Acid USP With 5% Glycolic Acid $60Shop

Cane + Austin makesВ exfoliation pads in a variety of different formulas and concentrations, from 30% glycolic acid to this particular combo of 2% salicylic and 5% glycolic (which we personally recommend since it's gentler but still super effective).В

Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel $44Shop

These individually packaged 10% glycolic acid wipes are perfect for travel. (IВ currently have one in my purse as I write this.)

Does your skin irritate easily? Next, check out the eight best exfoliators for sensitive skin.

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