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Have Sensitive Skin? Try Using a PHA to Exfoliate

* Perfect for dry and sensitive skin 
* Natural, safe and non-irritating
* Considered the most gentle type of chemical exfoliant

While you may be familiar with the old standby chemical exfoliants, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), you may not have heard of the latest or “next generation of hydroxy acids” known as polyhydroxy acids (PHAs).

PHAs are the second generation of AHAs and are considered the most gentle type of chemical exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells and allows your skin to appear smoother and more even in tone. These natural, safe and non-irritating exfoliants are great for people with dry and sensitive skin who still want to exfoliate but tend to get irritated by AHAs and/or BHAs.

We’ve found a few great options below that were made especially for more vulnerable skin types that contain these PHA’s which will have your skin smoother and brighter in no time.

1. SOMEST Daily Peel Calming Toner

The Somest PHA Calming Toner is a mild daily dead skin cell remover to help even the most sensitive skin feel healthy and comfortable. This formula contains large PHA molecules which help them absorb slower into the skin thus lowering irritation. In addition, these larger molecules also hold on to moisture and form a moist film on the skin that can become dry after peeling. Use daily after cleansing by wiping all over your face and then tapping thoroughly with fingers to help absorb the product into the skin.

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2. COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream

Made especially for dry and dull skin types that are too sensitive for the AHAs and BHAS responsible for intense exfoliation, the COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream is a daily cream that uses gentle PHAs to effectively eliminate dead skin cells while softening the skin. In addition, coconut fruit extract and brightening agents provide moisture and oil-balancing benefits to keep your complexion hydrated and clear.

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3. Zelens PHA Resurfacing Facial Pads

The Zelens PHA Resurfacing Facial Pads takes exfoliation to the next level with their convenient pre-soaked facial pads. Infused with a blend of four different hydroxyl acids, these pads gradually resurface the skin without irritation. This single-step treatment works to gently exfoliate and dissolve the bonds that bind dead cells and grime to the skin’s surface, stimulate collagen and provide antioxidant protection. With daily (or twice daily) use, your skin will have improved texture, reduced fine lines, more even skin tone and smaller pores.

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