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8 Best Glycolic Acid Soaps for Exfoliating Rough and Uneven Skin

Get rid of dead skin cells without the harsh scrubbing.
8 Best Glycolic Acid Soaps for Exfoliating Rough and Uneven Skin
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ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
Get rid of dead skin cells without the harsh scrubbing.

Looking for a way to cleanse and exfoliate in one go? A glycolic acid body soap is exactly what you need. Aside from helping unveil your skin’s radiance, it reduces the appearance of blemishes as well! In fact, you can also easily use glycolic soaps on your body to address breakouts and rough skin. Overall, it's a great way to slough off dead skin without any hard scrubbing! Scroll ahead for everything you should know about using AHA-infused soaps!

What is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) that is derived from sugarcane. It is the most widely used AHA ingredient because it’s made up of very tiny molecules that’s easy for our skin to absorb, making it effective in breaking the bonds between dead skin cells, to speed up cell turnover. The reuslt? Smoother and more glowing skin.

How often should you use a glycolic soap?

Since this ingredient is determined to get rid of dead skin cells, it’s best to use your glycolic acid soap just three times a week if you’re still a beginner because your skin may get overwhelmed, or worse, end up overexfoliated. In a week or two, you can slowly build the use of glycolic acid every day, as long as its concentration in the soap is below 10%. You will also have to remember that this ingredient is best used at night because it makes the skin quite sensitive to sunlight. Last but not the least, when using an exfoliating soap, don't forget to protect your skin from UV rays by wearing SPF daily.

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Now that we have tackled the basics of glycolic acid washing, it's time to squeeze in a new addition to your shower lineup—a glycolic acid soap. Here's a list to add to your shopping cart!

8 Glycolic Soaps for a Smoother and Glowing Complexion

1. Belo Prescriptives Glycolic Soap-5

This simple yet highly effective soap from Belo that has low concentration of 5% glycolic acid that allows the skin to be renewed with no peeling involved. It will also remove excess oil and ward off dead skin and dirt, revealing a much brighter and clearer complexion.

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Glycolic Soap-5, P550, BELO PRESCRIPTIVES, Belo Shop

2. Dr. Sensitive Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Soap

If you are dealing with acne and dullness, this soap boasts of all the good stuff that can help your improve your skin. It contains niacinamide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin C which all work well together in lightening dark spots, diminishing pimples, and lifting the gunk off your pores.

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Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Soap, P139, DR. SENSITIVE, Watsons

3. Innoderm Teranex Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Soap

Formulated by dermatologists, the Teranex glycolic soap provides a gentle yet thorough cleanse that won't give you that dry and tight feeling. Aside from decongesting your skin, this product also aids in eliminating fine lines, preventing premature aging, lightening any dark spots and unevenness.

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Teranex Gentle Exlfoliating Beauty Soap, P179, INNODERM, Watsons

4. Aivee Glycolic Soap

If you’re looking for another dermatologist-approved soap, this The Aivee Clinic pick is worth checking out. Its benefits include gentle exfoliation from glycolic acid and deep cleansing, so both your face and body can feel as refreshed as can be.

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Aivee Glyoclic Soap, P350, AIVEEThe Aivee Clinic

5. Luxe Organix Miracle Solutions Face & Body Soap

Have acne-prone skin? This "miracle soap" from Luxe Organix has you covered. Its ingredients list houses hard workers like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tea tree, lactic acid, and niacinamide, so you can banish and prevent acne, bumps, blackheads, and clogged pores in a single wash.

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Miracle Solutions Face & Body Soap, P149, LUXE ORGANIXWatsons

6. S-Skin by Snoe AHA Glycolic Face and Body Soap 

This coconut oil-based soap lathers into a satisfyingly creamy and thick bubble foam that allows its active ingredients be absorbed deeper into your skin. It will surely make bath time quite fun while, of course, giving you smoother, healthier skin in the process!

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AHA Glycolic Face and Body Soap, P179, S-SKIN BY SNOE, Shopee

7. Quick Fx Pimple Eraser Cleansing Bar

Just as its name suggests, this product was made to clear any stubborn pimples. It'll have you saying goodbye to unwanted dirt, redness, enlarged pores, and excess oil, too, thanks to its acne-clearing roster of ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and niacinamide. It also contains vitamin C for that extra skin radiance!

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Pimple Eraser Cleansing Bar, P109, QUICK FX, Watsons

8. Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap

The glycolic acid in this exfoliating liquid soap is joined by fruit enzymes that will help in decongesting, retexturizing, and brightening your complexion. You and your entire bathroom would smell like a succulent grapefruit right after, so it's definitely everything you'd want in a body wash and more!

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AHA Botanical Body Soap, P670, MARIO BADESCU, Sephora

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