A Glycolic Acid Peel for Every Skin Type (Even Sensitive)
We all love the famous goop glow—healthy-looking, bright, smooth, luminous skin. One of the easiest ways to get it is with our bestselling overnight 15% glycolic acid peel: “The results are just amazing,” says GP. “I swipe it on before bed, and the glow I wake up to lasts all week.” But because the peel’s so powerful, it can be too much for more-sensitive skin. Now, we’ve made a solution.
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“I’ve always had sensitive skin,” says Liz Martindale, a senior graphic designer here at goop (that’s her with GP, above). “I have reactions to certain detergents and fragrances, I developed eczema in my college years, and products with too many acids in them make my skin very photosensitive. So I never really tried exfoliating products. I was tempted and tried the peel pads when they came out, but they made my skin feel too tight.” Every product we make here at goop is a clean solution to a problem we’re experiencing—so we knew we needed a gentler but still effective version of the peel pad for people with sensitive skin.
The secret turned out to be simply taking down the percentage of the glycolic acid to 5%, which makes the pads safe for sensitive skin while still delivering results. What stayed the same? The unique blend of fruit extracts and the moisturizing hyaluronic acid that help power the original, and the same strategy for the pad itself: a rougher texture on one side for exfoliating, a smoother one on the other for polishing. The pads look similar, but the textures on them are different, to optimize results depending on your skin type.
When Martindale tried the new, 5% version, she was excited but a little nervous. “It tingled when I put it on, but it didn’t sting,” she says. “It didn’t feel tight the way the 15% had, so I left it on and went to bed. The next morning, my skin was noticeably smoother and softer. And I love the glow.”