Soft Touch AHA
A hyper-gentle, highly effective exfoliant to reveal smoother, clearer skin.
Get the skin-clearing power of alpha hydroxy acids without the irritation. Many AHAs like glycolic acid can damage sensitive skin; mandelic acid is the exception, providing similar levels of potency with much less irritation. Soft Touch helps clear clogged pores while brightening and firming even the most stubborn or sensitive skin. It’s fortified with skin-soothers like chamomile, aloe, and allantoin to keep your skin calm and healthy.
Clear, brighten, and firm, without the irritation.
Chamomile extract is blended in to provide a soothing, calming counterpoint to this resurfacing treatment.
Gently sloughs off dead skin, stimulates collagen production, and fades dark spots, with minimal irritation.
A potent skin-soother and antioxidant that fights irritation, redness, and inflammation.
Soothes, heals, and moisturizes while stimulating cell regeneration. Highly effective and well-studied.
Water (Aqua), Mandelic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
How it works
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are skincare powerhouses. They dissolve the intercellular “glue” between dead cells on the surface of your skin, revealing the smooth, bright skin underneath.
Many AHAs can cause significant irritation and redness, especially to those with sensitive skin. Mandelic acid is the exception: it is a much larger molecule than glycolic acid, so it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply and causes less irritation.
Mandelic acid can increase cell turnover, fade hyperpigmentation, stimulate collagen production, and firm aging skin. Soft Touch AHA has 10% mandelic acid, along with skin-soothers like aloe, chamomile, and allantoin to give you bright, smooth skin with the least amount of irritation possible. Its light gel formula dries quickly and can be used under makeup and other skincare products.
Is it right for me?
Soft Touch AHA is suitable for a wide variety of skin types, and is especially suited to sensitive skin. To avoid over-exfoliating, it's best to use Soft Touch AHA once every 2-3 days until your skin adjusts, at which point it can be used daily. Like all AHAs, Soft Touch can be photosensitizing, so always use broad-spectrum sun protection when using this product.
NUT ALLERGY CAUTION: Please note that mandelic acid is derived from almonds. Check with your doctor before using.
All Stratia products are free of common irritants like fragrance, alcohol, and essential oils.
- Soft Touch
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I’ve tried several chemical exoliants, such as the aha wipes from Pixi, resurfacing serum from Ren, and The Ordinary AHA mask that’s all red. And they were ok but you had to rinse them all off after a few minutes or my face would become red...especially on my cheeks. I like this cuz I can just put it under my moisturizer at night every few days and go to bed. I think it definitely smooths skin...I have a weird “milia” issue under my eyes, it’s not actually milia but I can’t remember the name...but there’s tiny white bumps under my eyes and I hope this can help with them the way ppl say Paula’s Choice BHA serum does...I’ve only used it a few times so we’ll see but so far I really like it.
LOVE this product. I've used a few acids, and found most of them really irritated my skin without providing any benefits significant enough to make them worth it. This one is clearly toeing the perfect line of gentle and productive and I've already ordered a 2nd so I never run out.
I’ve been using Soft Touch AHA for a little over 2 months now and have no major issues or concerns. It’s incredibly gentle and causes no stinging or irritation after application. The instructions say that it should be applied on dry skin but I spritz a little rosewater on before to make it easier to apply. The texture is gel-like and it dries down pretty matte. The instructions suggest waiting a few minutes after applying to continue in your skincare routine, I’m assuming because the product does dry down pretty well, almost like an occlusive or moisturizer. This does make applying products afterwards a little tricky but not impossible. Overall, I’m really enjoying this as an easy addition to my sensitive skin nighttime routine.
I was first using MUAC's mandelic toner and it was amazing with a huge caveat. The toner reeked of alcohol (so bad you might think you're just applying straight isopropyl alcohol) but I kept going through bottles of it because it worked so well. Found Soft Touch and I can happily say it works just as well, if not better! This is now my main mandelic acid fix.
Great for my dry & sensitive skin!