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Whether you’re looking to clear up acne, improve skin texture, smooth wrinkles, or fade scarring and hyperpigmentation, exfoliating serums are a great way to achieve your skin care goals.

However, active ingredients like retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can be harsh, so many serums often feature blends with these ingredients to buffer the skin from potential irritation.

“Exfoliation is wonderful when it’s light and controlled,” says dermatologist Dr. Lily Talakoub of Mclean Dermatology and Skincare Center.

How do you know which acid is best for your skin type? Check out our recommendations below:

Sundari Honey and Enzyme Exfoliating Serum $44

The serum uses AHAs, salicylic acid, and enzymes to brighten up your skin and reduce wrinkles.

Skin Design London Retexturising Serum $125

Encapsulated retinol, lactic acid, and sea algae improve skin texture, even pigment, and treat signs of aging.

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion $62

The unique serum works its green magic via fruit-derived acids, Kakadu plum, and hydrating aloe and rose waters.

Arcona Advanced A Serum $85

This formula delivers retinol, vitamins A and C, lactic acid, and AHAs to slow signs of aging and even tone.

BeautyRX Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum $65

“Glycolic acid is the best for oily skin or hyperpigmentation,” says Talakoub, so opt for this expertly-formulated glycolic acid blend that works to treat dark spots, sun damage, and more.

Omorovicza Acid Fix AHA BHA Treatment $125

The serum offers a powerhouse trio of salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids from an award-winning, luxury skin care line.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow $58

The 14% AHA and BHA blend contains lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids with hydrators and honey to give your skin a deep pore-cleanse.

IS Clinical Active Serum $135

Glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids make up one of the top-selling serums on the market. This serum will help impart surface-level brightening.

Vivant Skin Care 8% Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Serum $60

“Mandelic acid [works] for sensitive skin,” says Talakoub, and this super effective 3-in-1 serum addresses hyperpigmentation, acne, and anti-aging concerns.

Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster $30.60

“Azelaic works best for rosacea,” notes Talakoub. Try this to clear up stubborn bumps and scarring, especially if you have redness-prone skin.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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