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Glycolic Acid Serum

BeautyRx Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum

For Combination, & Oily Normal skin.

0.20 OZ / 6 ML

Contains 8%, starter-strength buffered and pH-adjusted glycolic, enhanced with Tetrafoliant

Gently yet effectively removes top layer of dead, clogging cells

Reveal the skin that you’ve always wanted: even-toned, glowing, and younger looking

Lightweight, spreadable serum perfect for even the oiliest skin

Previously known as the Daily Exfoliating Therapy Serum


The Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum (previously known as the Daily Exfoliating Therapy Serum) is a starter-strength, lightweight, oil-free 8% glycolic treatment that removes dulling dead cells to reveal brighter, softer, healthier looking skin. This buffered and pH-adjusted glycolic serum, enhanced with BeautyRx complex Tetrafoliant, provides gentle yet amazingly effective exfoliation.

Skin will be left glowing, more even-toned, and younger looking. This glycolic serum will reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, fade brown spots and blotches, and can even soften the appearance of fine lines with regular use.

Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum Ingredients

Water, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Phytic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Polysorbate 20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Glycerin, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, and Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract.

Paraben free. Fragrance free. Dermatologist tested.

Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum Key Ingredients

8% Glycolic Acid: Alpha hydroxy water based chemical exfoliant dissolves accumulated superficial epidermal cells responsible for dull, matte and tired-looking skin; stimulates collagen production; smoothes and brightens skin; prevents acne; removes early abnormal cells that can contribute to pre-cancers; current “gold standard” for controlled and effective chemical exfoliation; studied in two separate clinical trials by Dr. Schultz

Tetrafoliant™ (only available from BeautyRx):Our proprietary complex of four reciprocally enabling exfoliating ingredients - Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Phytic Acid - improves texture and tone.

Willowherb: Absorbs free radicals that can cause oxidative cell damage; helps prevent inflammation and soothes irritated skin

Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract: Provides antioxidant protection against free radical damage; helps reduce signs of aging and sun damage

I've suffered from painful cystic acne for years. I ran across this product while doing some research and I'm loving the results. My skin feels smoother after a week and I haven't had any flare-ups. The bottle is very small, so be mindful of how much you use.
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Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum Directions

In the evening after cleansing, apply enough drops (4 - 6) with fingertip to cover entire face.

Using With The Progressive Peel

For use with The Progressive Peel, please see The Progressive Peel directions. If you’ve never used a BeautyRx exfoliant before, we recommend beginning with The Progressive Peel.

Using With Another Exfoliant

For best results, use nightly for two weeks. Then alternate with Advanced Exfoliating Pads every other night.

WARNINGS: NOT TO BE USED ON SENSITIVE SKIN. Mild temporary tingling may occur. If tingling persists or irritation develops, discontinue use and contact your physician. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not use if pregnant. Keep out of reach of children. This product may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Apply a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.

Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum FAQ

Why do you recommend starting with The Progressive Peel?

The Progressive Peel is the optimal way to take advantage of BeautyRx exfoliants. It includes the entire range of exfoliants, and acclimates your skin to maximum glycolic exfoliation, without irritation.

Why is the Essential 8% Exfoliating Therapy Serum smaller than the other products?

All BeautyRx exfoliants are sold in sizes intended to last approximately one to two months. While the Serum is small, less is more when it comes to this product, and it only takes four to six drops to cover your entire face. That means that there is enough serum in the container for a month and a half to two months use.

Do I have to use this product with another BeautyRx exfoliant?

While the Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum offers amazing results on its own, its offers even better exfoliation when used in conjunction with other BeautyRx exfoliants and in the progressive technique of The Progressive Peel.

Can I use a moisturizer with the Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum?

Yes, you can use a moisturizer with the Essential Exfoliating Serum if you feel that your skin is tight or flaky after application - or if you enjoy the temporary improvement that moisturizers provide in the appearance of fine lines. Apply your moisturizer after the Serum has set (i.e., is no longer tacky or wet). This should only take a few seconds. If it takes longer than a few seconds, you may be using too much of the Serum, so use a little less the next night. If you are oily or acne-prone, be sure that your moisturizer is labeled “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” to help avoid breakouts.

How do I decide if I should use the Essential Exfoliating Serum or the Essential 8% Exfoliating Cream?

The Essential Exfoliating Serum is appropriate for all skin types, especially since it is a starter-strength exfoliant. However, if you have extremely dry skin, you may want to use the Essential Exfoliating Cream, which has a more moisturizing base.

Have other questions about glycolic exfoliation? Visit our Glycolic Acid FAQ.

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