Best Bet: Malin+Goetz 10% Glycolic Pads

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Dermatologists and facialists swear by glycolic acid for its glow-giving powers. But for those with dry or sensitive skin, applying the stuff can feel like a holy punishment. Malin+Goetz's skin-care collection, which is specially formulated for problem skin (co-founder Matthew Malin has rosacea, eczema, and fragrance allergies) recently introduced glycolic pads that are perfect for those who need a gentler touch. The products have only 10 percent glycolic acid (most in-office peels are 20 percent) and will help even out complexions, exfoliate dead skin cells, and increase collagen production — all without the burn.

Malin+Goetz 10% Glycolic Pads, $48, Malin+Goetz