Chemical exfoliants have grown from skincare fad to daily essential, and it’s about time you find room in your vanity for products of this nature. If you aren’t dialled in on what they are, here’s the lowdown: chemical exfoliants are a type of active acid-based ingredient that renews your skin in a manner far less harsh than a peel or a physical exfoliant — recall the rock-hard granules in a St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub. There are different strains of it, each designed to remove impurities from your skin in a unique manner. Commonly labelled as AHAs, BHAs, or PHAs on products, chemical exfoliants absolve your complexion from a whole host of issues ranging from acne, problematic pores, visible signs of ageing, and more.

We once delved deep into the category of products, explaining what each acid is exactly, and how they help your skin (read all about that here). Now, with every skincare manufacturer proffering chemical exfoliants in one form or another, it’s time to zone in on the products themselves. Which one should you buy, and which suits your needs best? We suss out the best, qualified by our own experience of the product and user reviews off the Internet. Just remember, your mileage may vary after use.

From cleansing pads, masks, serums and the like, here are the best chemical exfoliants in every format to get you on the road to baby-smooth skin.