If you’ve ever seen that episode of Sex and the City where Samantha gets a chemical peel just hours before Carrie’s big book release party, you’ve likely associated the treatment with sensitized, splotchy, scary-looking skin ever since. (Just me?) Even the name of this popular treatment sounds a little frightening. (Chemical peel? Scary and scarier!) But the truth is it’s one of the best things you can do to reveal your brightest, most youthful-looking skin. And believe it or not, there are at-home chemical peels that bring the power of medical-grade solutions to your vanity.
To get the scoop on all things at-home chemical peels, I knew celebrity dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD, was the perfect person to speak with. I’ve been a fan of his products for years, ever since skin expert Shani Darden turned me on to his famous Alpha Beta Peels (which have now officially been on the market for 20 years). I used these acid-soaked daily chemical peel pads religiously as part of my targeted plan to help refine my skin after a bout of hormonal acne left my face covered in hyperpigmented marks. I’ve since had the pleasure of meeting the veteran dermatologist for an in-person consult (yes, I’ve joined the ranks of his A-list clientele that includes Zoë Kravitz to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) and was blown away by his skin expertise. I knew if anyone was fit to demystify at-home chemical peels, it was him.
Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about at-home chemical peels and a comprehensive edit of the best ones to try now.