This $12 Peel From Target Left My Skin Brighter, Smoother, and Less Congested
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A good exfoliator can work wonders for your skin, whether it's in the form of a toner, face wash, serum, or wash-off face peel. They can brighten, tighten, and smooth the surface area of your skin, no matter if your skin type is acne-prone, oily, or dry, or whether you experience dullness, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines. Using a chemical peel with a generous concoction of AHAs and BHAs can be a beneficial addition to any skin-care routine.
I like to get my exfoliation from chemical peels, whether it's in a dermatologist's office or trying out at-home versions. While I would describe my skin type as normal and not particularly reactive, I've tried potent formulas like the Obagi Clinical Blue Brilliance Peel and the viral favourite The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, and have found them effective but very strong. Knowing that peels can cause more harm than good if used incorrectly, I knew I needed something more forgiving and gentle but just as effective. I came across the Pacifica Clean Shot BHA/AHA 25% Peel Solution + Mandarin on my weekly Target browse and had to try it out, especially since my skin has been looking dull and congested.
After just one use, I immediately noticed a difference in my skin's texture and tone — it was subtle but still quite telling. The best part? It's on the gentle end of the spectrum, given the strength of the ingredients in the formula. I had a slight tingle that went away after a few minutes, unlike its stronger counterparts that make your skin feel sensitized. Keep reading for my in-depth review.