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Found: 8 Gentle At-Home Peels Perfect for Sensitive Skin

With the right ingredients, exfoliating peels can be gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
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At-home peels are a quick way to instantly brighten, smooth and rejuvenate skin. But for those with sensitive skin, it can often lead to redness, irritatation and flakes. Not exactly the glowing look you were aiming for. If you've all but given up on using peels, you'll be happy to know there are several at-home peels for sensitive skin.

Many high-strength peels tend to use high percentages of glycolic and salicylic acids to get the job done. Peels made for sensitive skin favor gentler acids, like lactic and mandelic, and smaller percentages of salicylic and glycolic, along with additional ingredients that help soothe skin. They also tend to be low on fragrance and alcohol, which can irritate sensitive skin.

Ready to give an at-home peel a chance? Here are 8 gentle peels for sensitive skin that will strip away dull skin without harming the skin barrier.

Pro tip: When introducing a new peel to your regimen, leave it on for half the recommended time. Increase the amount of time gradually until you are comfortable leaving it on for the full recommended time. It's normal for a peel to feel a little tingly or even sting a little but if you feel real discomfort, remove the peel immediately and follow with a skin-soothing serum. Peels should be used no more than once or twice a week.

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Formulated with lactic, glycolic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids, you may be a little intimidated to lather this predominantly AHA at-home peel onto your face, but since it's made with all the best good-for-you ingredients to gently and effectively resurface skin, you're in the clear. It's enriched with milk thistle, matcha and apple fruit to calm and soothe skin.

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Designed to physically peel away the dull, outer layer of skin, penetrate deep down to clear pores and nourish as a brightening treatment, this dermatologist-tested, fragrance-, alcohol-, paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free at-home peel is ideal for all skin types — yes, even sensitive skin. The best part? It works even after removing to prevent free radical damage, helping to ensure a healthy, happy complexion.

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Powerful yet gentle, this nourishing microalgae oil-infused peel was formulated specifically for sensitive skin types. Not only will it work to peel away dullness to improve overall skin texture and brightness, but it works to condition deep down to help reverse skin's sensitivity, too.

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Formulated with lactic acid, phytic acid, tartaric acid and glycolic acid, this vitamin-rich at-home peel is an absolute miracle worker for anyone with sensitive skin hoping to reverse the clock a bit. The result? Less visible dark spots, sun spots and acne scars, as well as an overall improved texture.

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