Gold Standard Exfoliation Treatment

17 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 Standrd is tinted yellow using a natural colorant derived from safflower. To minimize irriation, 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 Gold Standard

I love this exfoliator. I use this along with my moisturizer twice a week at night. I find it is comfortable and non drying. I will buy again.

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Noticeable Results

I’ve been using Gold Standard for two months after receiving it as part of the Chemist Recommended offering. I use it nightly, mixed with my moisturizer. The difference in my skin texture is definitely noticeable. My face is smoother, brighter and more even. I’m happy with the results and how easy it was to incorporate this into my skincare routine.

Daniela C.
New favorite acid

I like how this can be used in different ways. I like to use this as my night routine. I add a drop to my moisturizer and have an awesome glow in the morning. It stings my face at first but then it’s fine.

Not for beginners, but so great!

I was looking for a weekly peel/AHA treatment to help with exfoliating and preventive anti-aging. I trust and love everything that CC makes, so I decided to try this. I have done a decent amount of chemical exfoliating in the past, but never tried a concentration as high as this. I tried it as an overall mask for 10 minutes, and it was SUPER tingly and moderately painful at first....I got a little worried. But I've been using it once per week and my skin looks wonderful. It does a great job of exfoliating and exposing the glowy new skin underneath. Even though it stings at first it got better after the 9-10 minutes and there was no redness or irritation after. This is not a beginner product but anyone who wants a peel to compliment their routine: This is a must!

Sammi M.
Quick Results

I got this product to see if it would help reduce my large pores. I’ve only been using it a week and seen real and significant results. I’m very happy with this product and plan to repurchase!

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