The key ingredient in this powerful exfoliator is salicylic acid. A beta-hydroxy acid, it breaks through oil buildup to unclog pores and help balance the skin’s sebum levels. Other ingredient perks include anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties–in other words, it’s a godsend for zit-prone skin like mine.
Applied after cleansing and toning, the lightweight exfoliator can be put on the skin with your fingers or a reusable cotton pad–my preferred method. Once on the skin, it dries so quickly that you’ll barely notice the leave-on formula is still there (and working overtime). What you will notice is how your skin feels noticeably cleaner and clarified, almost like you just did a facial steam.
Typically, I only use the exfoliator at nighttime, but its lower strength of acids means you can safely apply twice per day, according to the brand. Just be sure to apply a healthy dose of SPF during the daytime, as the freshly exfoliated skin is more prone to photosensitivity. It’s also worth noting the exfoliator contains butylene glycol, in case that’s a skincare ingredient that you avoid.