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.

1.7 fl.oz./50ml

Clear, brighten, and firm, without the irritation.

Chamomile extract is blended in to provide a soothing, calming counterpoint to this resurfacing treatment.

Chamomile extract is blended in to provide a soothing, calming counterpoint to this resurfacing treatment.

Mandelic acid

Gently sloughs off dead skin, stimulates collagen production, and fades dark spots, with minimal irritation.

Chamomile extract

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.

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Cynthia G.
United States United States
  • Skin Type CombinationNormalDry
  • Age Range 18- 24
Love this!

My skin is on the sensitive side, but this wasn't irritating at all. I leave it on for about 10-20 minutes before moisturizing, and my face is noticeably smoother the next day.

Kara B.
United States United States
Gently Effective

Very gentle, yet effective AHA. It smells great too!

United States United States
  • Skin Type DrySensitive
  • Age Range 25- 30
Gentle, effective product but could improve packaging

I love it! Most AHA products are too harsh on my skin, but this one is gentle enough to not irritate my skin, and yet it is effective enough to leave my skin more glowy in the morning. The one feedback i'd give is that the dispenser kind of shoots the product out once the opening gets a little clogged. I've lost some product because it shot way past my hand and onto the floor. I just try and carefully pump it into my hand, but it would be helpful to have a more gentle dispenser. But otherwise, the product itself is great!

karla m.
United States United States
  • Age Range 18- 24
  • Skin Type CombinationBlemish-prone

My skin didn’t turn red or felt weird it just felt nice. I see a little improvement on my skin texture not much since I’ve been using this for a few weeks. I really hope I see more improvement. The texture of the product doesn’t bother me it could be a little sticky but after moisturizer you don’t feel it.anymore.

United States United States
  • Age Range 18- 24
  • Skin Type DryBlemish-prone
effective and gentle

I bought this because it was too cold and windy in the Northern Michigan winter to use my Paula's Choice 2% bha; I needed something nondrying and more gentle that would still help me exfoliate and manage my acne. I found that this was great at calming inflammation from any angry pimples I would get, and brought a very subtle general glow to my skin. Now that it's summer, I alternate it with the BHA, because this mandelic acid is gentler and anti-bacterial, while the BHA is more intense and better at getting rid of non-inflammatory acne. I love this product because it's easy and pleasant to use. It's non-drying, and has a pleasant, medicinal scent. It feels soothing on the skin. It helps with exfoliating when my skin is sensitized from the cold and/or when I have inflammatory breakouts, because it's both gentle and good for acne. I've also found that I think it has helped me be less dry in general, though that could be another factor/ my imagination.