4 Hero Acid Toners


Some of you may be thinking, "Acid?!? On my face?!! No way, José." If that's you, let me direct you to these resources that explain acids used in skincare and what they do, what is the difference between AHA and BHA acids and which is right for you, and how to incorporate them into your skincare routine. If you have any questions please leave it in the comments down below.

If you already know the drill on acid exfoliants, skip over all that and read on to learn my thoughts on these 4 "heroes" in acid exfoliation. I use these acid toners at most once a day, at night after a full cleanse.

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir is a great light AHA peel with 8-10% glycolic acid. My dry skin definitely needs a moisturizer after applying, but the formula includes glycerin so this may be the last step for some skin types. I love that it has a serum-like texture, is fragrance-free and includes antioxidants. Glycolic acid makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so remember to use sun protection.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads contains a boatload of good ingredients: 2.8% glycolic acid (AHA), hyaluronic acid, glycerin, witch hazel and more. I like that the pads are evenly soaked, don't dry out and contain other beneficial ingredients to refresh and reduce redness. Fellow Canadians can find these at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Clearasil Daily Pore Cleansing Pads contain 2% salicylic acid (BHA) which targets acne and clogged pores. I apply these pads only on problem areas, not over my entire face. These pads are slightly better value than the Nip + Fab pads (90 vs 60 pads, more saturated, cheaper), but they certainly aren't interchangeable (not everyone needs BHA exfoliators, refer to the links above).

I'm a loyal Clarins fan, and the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has lived up to all of my expectations. It contains glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acid so it really exfoliates the skin, albeit gently. Read Caroline Hirons' review as she explains its benefits perfectly. 

Finally, remember that acid exfoliants should tingle, not burn. Keep in mind your own skin type, sensitivities and allergies before using any of these products. 


Do you use acid exfoliators? What are your go-to's?