The appeal of peels

Beauty neophytes might wonder about the allure of acids, but those in the know recognise these game-changing ingredients for what they are—skin care staples. Chemical exfoliants including AHAs, BHAs and the more recent PHAs can mitigate acne, minimise fine lines and reinvigorate the complexion. The latest versions of these treatments accelerate the skin cell cycle, and fast-track collagen production to leave skin glowing, not peeling. In the colder months, bone-chilling winds and over-heated spaces dry skin out, making it the perfect time to invest in a superior exfoliant.

Gold standard

Fuelled by the vaunted AHA, glycolic acid, this gently exfoliating gel helps to even skin texture and boost skin density, while lesser known PHAs resurface and deeply cleanse the complexion. To use, spread an even layer over your face and leave for one to three minutes before washing off. Use up to three times a week for smooth, radiant skin.

Verso Enzyme Peel

Party trick

When the toll of stress, lack of sleep and a spirited weekend start to show, this multipurpose treatment is akin to a restart button. It exfoliates, resurfaces, brightens, plumps and restores radiance with its potent blend of AHAs and BHAs—glycolic, salicylic and lactic included. Slide it into your nightly routine, between your cleanser and moisturiser, three times a week.

Omorovicza Acid Fix

Double whammy

Exfoliating and moisturising aren’t actions that typically come in the same bottle, but this new powerhouse does exactly that. It’s formulated with a medley of acids to unblock pores and refine skin texture without damaging the delicate moisture barrier. On the contrary, it supports it with Sodium Hyaluronate and firming ceramides. Optimised to be used as a daily moisturiser, morning and night.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

Daily fix

Another addition to the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta range, this cleanser harnesses the power of the brand’s signature acid blend to remove impurities and detox the skin. A cleanser, exfoliant and toner all in one, the gel formula is gentle enough to be used daily, morning and night.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel

Doll face

Acids aren't off-limits for sensitive skin types. If glycolic is too harsh, opt for a milder lactic acid product like this mild gel formulation. It’s designed to treat uneven skin texture and leaves skin looking luminous. Spread a thin layer across clean skin and rinse off after one to three minutes, up to three nights a week.

Goldfaden MD Fresh-A-Peel

People’s choice

A MECCA customer favourite (check out the five-star reviews), even problematic skin will reap the rewards of this resurfacing peel. In addition to deeply exfoliating enzymes, this peel is rich in hyaluronic acid, so skin is left supremely hydrated, plumped and protected. Use it two or three times a week, using circular motions to activate the peel before rinsing.

Radical Skincare Express Delivery Enzyme Peel

Power sweep

Powered by physician grade glycolic acid, these exfoliating pads slough away dead skin. Smooth a pad over clean, dry skin at night, up to three times a week, leave for 20 minutes and then rinse to neutralise. After three weeks, the treatment can be left on overnight to encourage cell turnover and minimise pores.

Malin+Goetz Glycolic Acid Face Pads


This limited-edition kit is genius for anyone making their first foray into acids, or the acid fan who’s always on-the-go. No need to worry about the 100ml liquid limit when you fly with sachets. It contains your AM and PM dosages of AHAs, BHAs and retinol, so it has everything you need to overhaul your complexion.

Dr. Dennis Gross Doctor’s Kit

Words by Alexandra Whiting
June 2018


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