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.
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My skin is prone to clogged pores, but it has very poor tolerance to most AHAs that are typical on the market, like glycolic and lactic. I was optimistic when I ordered this, since the product is designed for skin like mine that needs a gentler AHA, but I was dubious as to whether it would even be effective enough to justify keeping it as a step in my routine. Y'all. This has become my favorite skincare product of all time. I use it twice a week or so; usually when I take my makeup off and discover a small whitehead or closed comedone is when I will be prompted to reach for it. Overnight, those blemishes are gone. No dry spots, discoloration, nothing, it's literally like they were never there. It's so incredibly effective but gives me none of the side effects that other AHAs have given me, such as peeling and skin barrier damage. AND it has helped with my hyperpigmentation, which is my main skincare concern. This, along with a double cleanse routine and basic moisturizer, as well as a 2% BHA a couple of times a week, have become the most effective and simple skincare routine I've ever had. I do want to mention that this product smells like a sort of acidic almond extract (it's fragrance free, it's just the scent of the ingredients), which I personally actually like but your mileage may vary. It's also super, super sticky and shiny on the skin. Like, scotch tape sticky. This stickiness completely goes away once moisturizer is applied, but it still leaves a coated feeling on the skin. If you aren't used to a 'heavier' feeling face of skincare products at night you may struggle to adjust to it. If you've gone through the rigmarole of trying skincare routines over the years and have come to love that glazed donut feeling at night, you'll probably be fine.
Very gentle and effective You just need to be consistent for it to work and as instructed I had no irritation
The first one I boughts pump broke and it stopped pumping it out so ive had to take off the lid to make it work but its been a good exfoliator that isnt too harsh :)
Very gentle. A step above TO. Thank you, Mira @skincareandbeauty101 for recommending.
This whole line is wonderful. My daughter started using it and recommends it to everyone she loves with good reason. I use this 2-3 nights a week and can feel the difference when I wake up in the morning. The scent is an added bonus. I really love this product.