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Let’s talk about Chemical Exfoliators

Let’s talk about Chemical Exfoliators

If your ultimate skin care goal is brighter, more even tone skin, look no further than Chemical Exfoliators:

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids aka. AHAs are chemical compounds that help slough away dull, dead skin cells and eliminate dark spots. AHAs are water soluble with large molecules which means that they are unable to penetrate below the upper most layer of the skin surface, however they can be effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles fine lines and cell turnover, perfect for glow-boosting properties. Some examples of AHAs are Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic Acid.

Beta Hydroxy Acid aka BHA is oil soluble and can penetrate deep into the skins surface, removing excess sebum from pores and reducing oily skin. Perfect for blemish prone skin! The famous and only BHA is Salycilic Acid.

Polyhydroxy Acids also have large molecules which means that they are unable to penetrate the skin as effectively as BHAs. For those with sensitive skin, PHAs are likely to be the best option with popular acids being Gluconolactone and Lactobionic – look out for those in skincare products!

How to use Acids

Many skincare formulas with acids are designed for daily use. For those who are new to using acids, it’s wise to build up the usage slowly by using an acid once or twice a week and then increasing the concentration once the skin is ready. Acids should normally be used during the evening routine, followed by cleansing and if used in the morning, an SPF is a must for the final step.

Leading UK based dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting recommends, those with sensitive skin should restrict the use of chemical exfoliators to no more than three times a week. Over-use of acids can cause sensitivity as too many peels can thin the epidermis (the top layer of your skin), so always precede with caution and take a ‘less is more’ approach. 

Below are two of our favourite Able Skincare chemical exfoliators to get your started on your path to renewed skin:

Our Mandelic Acid Expert Age Spot Corrector combines powerful anti-ageing and anti-blemish technologies to help cover imperfections, lend the skin an instant glow and target many different types of hyperpigmentation, including age spots, blemishes, blotches, freckles and uneven or sallow skin tones.

 The science: The Mandelic Acid Expert Age Spot Corrector infuses Mandelic Acid with Coralline algae and Squalane. Mandelic acid targets hyperpigmentation including age spots, blemishes, blotches, freckles and uneven skin tones whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Besides Coralline algae aims to combat skin ageing, hydrates whilst purifying, revitalising and improving skin texture and elasticity. Squalane, added in the formula, contributes to lightly coat the surface of the skin to soften and smooth it without irritation.

The benefits: - Prevents and reduces breakouts - Diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles - Suitable for oily, spot prone skin with fine lines and wrinkles


Our Anti-Ageing Retexturing and Resurfacing Duo Moisturiser has been formulated with Cosmetic Drone™, the most advanced delivery system for active ingredients.

The science: Harbouring signature ingredients, the Anti-Ageing Retexturing and Resurfacing Duo Moisturiser is infused with an anti-ageing Cosmetics Drone™, Shea butter and Cottonseed oil Cosmetic Drone™ technology entraps powerful ingredients into biocompatible polymers. In the form of X50 capsules™, this revolutionary technology targets specific cells releasing active ingredients such as Glycolic acid and peptides where needed to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Clinical studies have shown reduction of signs of ageing including wrinkles and fine lines up to 67%* *30 women during 28 days

The benefits: - Tightens skin - Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines - Softens skin - Retextures and evens out skin tone - Intensively hydrates skin

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