Chemical exfoliation is a method of removing dead skin cells and impurities from the skin using chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and enzymes. Unlike physical exfoliation, which involves rubbing the skin with abrasive materials, chemical exfoliation works by breaking the bonds between dead skin cells so they can be removed easily.

AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, are water-soluble acids that work by dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Most effective at improving skin texture and tone, this acid is also good for treating acne and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

BHA, like salicylic acid, is an oil-soluble acid that penetrates deep into pores, dissolving oil and dead skin cells that can clog pores.

This acid is most effective in treating acne and other skin conditions caused by excess oil and impurities.

Enzymes like papain and bromelain are natural proteins that break down protein bonds that hold dead skin cells together. This type of peel is generally milder than an acid peel and is suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Chemical peels can use a variety of products including toners, serums, peels and masks. It’s important to choose a product that’s right for your skin type and follow directions carefully to avoid excessive flaking or irritation.

Chemical exfoliators are an extremely effective way to improve the texture and appearance of your skin, but it’s important to use these products carefully and always wear sunscreen during the day, as your skin will be more susceptible to UV damage after using an exfoliating product.

Here are the top 10 chemical exfoliators in India:

Dr.Sheth’s Basic Brightening Extra Gentle Daily Peel

This gentle peel contains a blend of AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate and brighten without causing irritation.

Pilgrim 25% AHA + 2% BHA + 5% PHA Exfoliator 

This powerful chemical exfoliator from Pilgrim contains a blend of AHA, BHA and PHA to effectively exfoliate and brighten skin tone. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

The Derma Co Peeling Solution

This lightweight gel from Dermaco contains 10% glycolic acid to exfoliate and improve skin texture. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

Plum Green Tea Toner

This toner contains glycolic acid and green tea extract to exfoliate and soothe the skin.

The Regular AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliator


This high potency chemical exfoliator contains a blend of AHA and BHA to gently exfoliate and improve skin texture .

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator 

This popular exfoliator contains salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads.

Pixi Glow Tonic 

This toner contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and brighten skin tone.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser

This cleanser contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Infused with glycolic acid and vitamin C, this serum exfoliates and brightens the skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots.

Innisfree Green Barley Scrub Exfoliating Mask 

This mask contains green barley extract to gently exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin.

Biotique Bio Papaya Anti-Tan Revitalizing Scrub 

This scrub contains papaya extract to gently exfoliate, brighten and eliminate tan.

Forest Essentials Facial Treatment Mysore Sandalwood & Nagkesar Nourishing Mask – Infused with enzymes and natural fruit acids, this mask gently exfoliates and brightens skin while nourishing and hydrating.

It is important to choose a chemical peel suitable for your skin type and to follow the instructions carefully to avoid excessive exfoliation or irritation. After using an exfoliator, be sure to wear sunscreen throughout the day.