Are Peel Pads Still A Thing?

You know, sometimes when I’m having a bad skin day rubbing my face with a peel pad slathered in some sort of acid can make it all better. They’re quick, they’re easy to use and are actually quite an effective way to clearer, brighter skin without having to visit a clinic for a peel. And while there seem to be a gazillion and one peel pads on the market, they’re not all created equal – hence why it’s important to tread with caution.

How To Use Peel Pads:

Peel pads are a type of skincare product designed to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Typically, you use them at night after cleansing, before your serums and your moisturiser and you literally just wipe them across your face. Some you wash off, some you don’t and you don’t need to use them every night. Maybe just two-three times a week and eventually you can work your way up.

Whatever your skin type though, there’s no need to use a peel pad, on the same night you use your face scrub AND your facial cleansing brush – it’s way too harsh. Over-exfoliation is the biggest mistake people make with face peel pads so remember, slow and steady. Also: follow up any type of peel pad with a broad spectrum SPF during the day!

What Concerns Have Peel Pads Been Designed To Treat?

Face peel pads can treat a range of concerns. From general ageing, acne, blackheads, blocked pores most peel pads have been infused with some type of acid where the dose is measured out for you in a pre-soaked pad - to make exfoliating/treating these concerns just that little bit simpler.

However, since peel pads are generally made with acids, if you’re prone to sensitive, irritated or inflamed skin then it’s probably best to look for one that’s a little gentler. Plus, these days you can also find restorative peel pads made with ingredients such as antioxidants, aloe vera and even peptides to strengthen the skin which might be better suited for barrier repair. And there are Dr Dennis Gross dupes everywhere you go. 

Can Peel Pads Be Used On Your Body?

Peel pads don’t need to be used only on your face either. Think of the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Resurfacing Body Cloths that were released to help with uneven skin tone, blemishes and dry flaky skin. I personally use these peel pads to remove fake tan off my body all the time. Especially on those annoying areas where fake tan gets stuck like on your knees and elbows. 

The trusty peel pad can even be used to treat a skin condition called keratosis pilaris - which is super common and might even be something you’ve had to deal with at some point. It refers to those dry/rough patches and tiny bumps you usually find on your upper arms. Although you can get them on your thighs, cheeks and even your bum! They don’t ever hurt, but are generally caused by a build-up of keratin in the skin. Keratosis pilaris can also worsen when seasons change making it even more unpredictable…and way not fun.

What Kind Of Ingredients Can You Find In Peel Pads?

The active ingredients in exfoliating peel pads are acids. Generally, either alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA) or a combination of both.

Glycolic acid: will clear, brighten, hydrate and smooth out skin. Best for dry/normal skin.

Salicylic acid: reduces inflammation, redness, minimises breakouts and clears out the pores.  Best for oily/acne prone skin.

Lactic acid: fairly mild, keeps skin soft while assists in cell renewal and skin rejuvenation. Best for sensitive skin - although all skin types will benefit.

And if you are environmentally conscious or are worried about the footprint that using face peel pads can leave behind, then opting for a chemical or physical scrub exfoliant would be a better option for you. Try: Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub or Alpha-H Liquid Gold.

Alternatively, below are our favourite face peel pads for you to check out.

These dual sided glycolic pads provide two different textures to exfoliate your face with, one chemical and the other physical making them super convenient and can be alternated depending how deep of an exfoliation your skin needs at the time. They’re very effective and only need to be used 2-3 times a week.

Murad Environmental Shield Rapid Resurfacing Peel Pads

If brightening, dark spots or pigmentation is a concern then these are the peel pads for you. Formulated with 10% glycolic acid and vitamin C they’ll help to even out your skin tone and alleviate dullness all while helping to fight the signs of ageing. They’re super gentle as well, making them perfect for sensitive skin types or even those a little on the drier side. Add to cart!

Murad Environmental Shield Rapid Resurfacing Peel Pads

Acne/oily/congested skin types take note, because these face peel pads can help clear congestion and keep breakouts at bay. Formulated with 2% salicylic acid, they exfoliate the skin, help remove dirt/oil from your pores and are 100% alcohol free so won’t strip your skin or cause you to flake. They can also just as easily be used on the rest of your body too.

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