Peels can be scary — we hear you. The idea that a gel, cream, or cotton swab can contain chemicals that could flash off your dead skin (and potentially burn you) is terrifying. Even the words “face peel” and the associated imagery can be a scary thought.
But, according to Mona Gohara, MD a board-certified dermatologist in Connecticut, peels are unflinchingly popular because people are always looking for a little added glow. “The benefits [of peels] can include dark spot fading, evening complexion, collagen building, natural tone-enhancing, and exfoliating,” she tells Allure. For that reason, she adds, plenty of dermatologists use them as add-ons after other procedures.
We’re not about to tell you that you need a dermatologist or a wagon of cold, hard cash to reap the benefits of skin peels. There are at-home versions that will leave your skin brighter, smoother, and even-toned too. Below are just a few of our favorite at-home face peels that will leave you glowy and texture-free, without burning your face off. Just be sure to read the directions on the product of your choice in full before you get into it.
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