Gold Standard Exfoliation Treatment | Glycolic Acid + Tranexamic Acid

34 reviews
1 fl. oz / 30mL

Meet Gold Standard — the most potent chemical exfoliator of our acid line. With 30% Glycolic Acid and 5% Tranexamic Acid, Gold Standard sloughs off dead cells for a smoother, brighter complexion. Perfect for seasoned exfoliators looking to level up their routine.

Who it's for: The chemists designed gold standard for the exfoliation experts and pigmentation prone skin types. These are individuals that have been using ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid for some time and need to level up their exfoliation game. 
Directions: For a nightly treatment - add one drop and mix with your favorite serum. For a weekly potent mask - After cleansing, apply a thin layer to skin and wash off after 10 minutes. Avoid eye contact.

This acid booster was designed to give you the freedom to integrate as you need it into your routine. Dilute with your hydrating serum or moisturizer for a nightly treatment or use once a week as a wash-off mask. Gold Standard is at your service!

Gold Standard is tinted yellow using a natural colorant derived from safflower. To minimize irritation, this product is completely fragrance and essential oils free.

Chemical Exfoliants

The Gold Standard pairs the most powerful AHA glycolic acid with hyperpigmentation-fighting superstar tranexamic acid to effectively smooth and brighten dull skin.

30% Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of the AHAs (chemical exfoliant alpha hydroxy acid) family. Its small stature means it penetrates much better than its counterparts for smoother, brighter skin. Acid newbies and sensitive skin types beware! More effective also means a higher chance of irritation. Check out Baby StepsPHA/AHA for Sensitive Skin if you feel Gold Standard is too strong for you.

Additional Boost

5% Tranexamic Acid: This molecule was first used as an oral medicine to treat excessive bleeding. Researchers noticed an overall brighter complexion in patients, and now is a go-to ingredient to tackle pesky hyperpigmentation, giving our Gold Standard an "oomph!" in brightening power.

The Gold Standard's signature yellow color is created using a blend of natural flower and sweet potato extract. The formula is EO and fragrance free.

*Full Ingredient List: Water, Glycolic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tranexamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ethoxydiglycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Anthocyanin (Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract), Maltodextrin

The chemists have formulated each product using ingredients with the best safety & efficacy profiles. Transparency is a core customer value and we're proud to share all the percentages of our actives we put in every bottle. If you still have any question please email us at to get more info about our formulas.

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The only exfoliate I use

I have very dry, sensitive skin and this is the only exfoliate I can tolerate with results!

ellen c.
United States United States

Best skin of my life!

I use this with the balm every night and honestly my skin has never looked better. I’ve been using this combo for a year now. I started with baby steps and the lighter moisturizer but as I got a bit older my skin needs more. I switched to the gold standard and the balm and I’ve never been happier.

Tina E.
United States United States

Gold for Gold Srandard!

I’m on my second tube. I can use it nightly now, mixed with my other pigment fighting serums and have zero irritation. For me, glycolic is key for topically working on pigment while other ingredients work on melanin suppression below the surface. Gotta tackle it from all angles and Gold Standard really helps exfoliate. Love it.

Sherry K.
United States United States

Lovely mask

I am using once per week as a mask, so I have only used 2 times. My skin is soft, glows and any dry flakes are gone. I’m hoping it helps with acne scars (not PIH, but shallow depressed scars - I know they may take many months).

Kimberly L.
United States United States

Lives Up to It’s Name

I’ve used just about every beauty product out from drugstore stuff to high end designer stuff, and this is the best. I was skeptical if just a drop would work, but it does. Wow! I love this line and wish these ladies would come up with an oil-free sunscreen next. I’d buy it in a NY minute.

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