These Exfoliating Pads Clear Up My Worst Breakouts Overnight

No, seriously.

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The Splurge is our recurring column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Peter Thomas Roth's Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads, despite the $52 price tag.

Whenever I get a bad breakout, the first thing I want is for every single blemish to be gone within the next five seconds. Sadly, however, even though we're in 2020, there's still no instant solution for clear skin — but there is one that can help you get there overnight: Peter Thomas Roth's Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads.

While the brand recommends using the pads one to three times a week, I try to save them for when my skin really needs it — usually around the time my period's on its way and my skin decides to freak out. That said, whenever I feel a breakout brewing, I start by washing my face with Boscia's Clear Complexion Cleanser, then I take one pad and apply the solution all over my face in a circular motion. I typically leave it on for one to three minutes, depending on the severity of my skin at the moment, then rinse with water and carry on with the rest of my nighttime routine as usual.

To buy: $52;

By morning, I always wake up with much clearer, glowing skin — which is exactly why these pads have been a mainstay in my bathroom cabinet since they launched in early 2019.

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What makes this product so effective is its multi-purpose formula, which includes phytic acid, salicylic acid (a key acne-fighting ingredient) and sodium lactate, which all help to exfoliate; along with antioxidants vitamins A and E, as well as chamomile and green tea to help calm and soothe skin. Bonus: It also helps to even out skin tone, reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth texture over time.

Sure, the price tag may be a little hefty, but if you're looking for clearer skin overnight, this is the one product you should definitely consider treating yourself to.

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