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Barefaced Pads Breakdown

All about Toning Pads, Toning Pads II and Glow Peel Pads. Who, what, when, where, why + how to use them.

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Barefaced Toning Pads
Barefaced Toning Pads: Every swipe reveals clearer, brighter skin.
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Why We Swoon Over Skincare Pads

Barefaced skincare pads are 100% cotton pads formulated with some of our favorite acids (AHAs and BHAs), antioxidants, and soothing ingredients to treat a wide variety of skin concerns. They combine several steps of a skincare routine into one simple swipe! (We swear multi-tasking is a love language.)

 Barefaced Skincare Pads

All of our pads are chemical exfoliants, meaning they include AHAs and BHAs to chemically loosen the bonds between dead skin cells so they can shed more easily. We prefer chemical exfoliants because they’re less abrasive than physical exfoliants (i.e. scrubs, clothes, brushes) and can penetrate deeper into the skin providing a more effective exfoliation…and we are all about efficiency!

The benefits of this type of exfoliation?

    1. Products work better
    2. Prevents clogged pores
    3. Smooths uneven skin texture
    4. Reveals glowing skin
    5. Minimizes fine lines

The Three Types of Barefaced Pads

There are three varieties of treatment pads in the Barefaced lineup:

To understand them a little better, this episode of Skincare School breaks down the differences between Toning Pads and Toning Pads II.



Toning Pads and Toning Pads II

We believe everyone needs Toning Pads (or Toning Pads II)! That’s why they’re included in The Bare Necessities. We strongly believe they are a staple across all skin types and routines.

So what’s in them and why are they so universally needed?

These pads are formulated with Witch Hazel Water and more to:

    • Improve skin tone
    • Tone the skin while removing the last traces of dirt and excess oils in the pores after washing the face
    • Minimize the appearance of pores
    • Calm inflammation
    • Be a natural solvent (able to breakdown other ingredients so that they perform better)
    • Help minimize razor bumps

AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), like glycolic acid, lactic acid and mandelic acid, work OUTSIDE the pore. These help with:

    • Sun Damage
    • Dehydration
    • Dead skin
    • Dullness
Infographic AHA Example

BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), like salicylic acid, work INSIDE the pore. These help with:

    • Uneven tone
    • Whiteheads
    • Blackheads
    • Smoothing textureInfographic BHA Example

So which ones are the right fit for you?!

Toning Pads:
Recommended for first-time skincare pads users.


Toning Pads are the ideal starting point for all skin types. If you've established tolerance or if breakouts persist, then consider moving up to Toning Pads II for their higher percentage of acids.


Toning Pads II:
Recommended for seasoned skincare pad users (who have established tolerability to Toning Pads).


The higher percentage of acids in Toning Pads II are great for treating concerns across all skin types, and especially for oily/combination skin types prone to breakouts.


It's important to note, Toning Pads (II) are so much more than a toner, they’re full treatment pads! Many times 'toners' are an unnecessary part of a routine whereas Toning Pads are working on the skin to do so much—not only to prep the skin for subsequent product application, but to gently exfoliate, brighten, smooth the skin and help prevent clogged pores.

Toning Pads Usage Tips

    • Designed for use on the face, neck and chest following cleanser.
    • Make sure you apply all the way up to your hairline where dead skin cells can collect!
    • Start with once a day (in the AM) on alternating days until tolerated. Then increase frequency one day per week until using daily.
    • Then increase usage to 2x per day (AM and PM) as desired and tolerated. If it’s too irritating for your skin, sticking with 1x a day is totally cool!

When to graduate from TP to TPII

So, you introduced Toning Pads slowly into your routine and you’ve worked your way up to using them 1-2 times every day…way to go! You now have two options:

1. Stick with Toning Pads because your skin feels clear, has even tone + texture, and is on the drier side (where a higher percentage of acids is too drying/irritating.)

2. Bump up to Toning Pads II, where the greater concentration of glycolic acid can further help treat any oil, breakouts, uneven tone or texture that remain after using Toning Pads consistently.

The Power of Glow Peel Pads

Glow Peel Pads are recommended for anyone who wants a weekly treatment/at-home chemical peel to provide deeper exfoliation, a smoother, more even skin tone, minimize fine lines, wrinkles and treat dark spots. They have 15% glycolic acid (holy grail for exfoliation) to help achieve smoother texture and brighter, more even-toned skin. They're also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which in turn, nourish and protect the skin.

Glow Peel Pads Ingredient Breakdown

Glow Peel Pads are best for:

    • acne-prone skin
    • oily skin
    • dull skin
    • mature skin
    • hyperpigmentation
    • melasma

They're not just for the face, though–they can be used on the body to treat bumps like Keratosis Pilaris and ingrown hairs...anywhere!

Glow Peel Pads Usage Tips

  • Gradual introduction is still best! Start with once a week, after cleansing, in place of Toning Pads/toner.
  • When used on the face, aim for 1-3x/week.
  • Don't use a retinoid on the nights you use Glow Peel Pads.
  • First time users: if this feels a little too 'spicy' for you, try rinsing or splashing your face with cool water after 5 minutes. It may take a few uses to be able to tolerate.

The good news–they can be used daily on the body. Score! If using one pad for everything, always use on the face first before moving on to the body. (Or use two 😉.)

Using Toning Pads with Glow Peel Pads

Use the Toning Pads in the AM and PM after cleanser. Use the Glow Peel Pads 1-3x/week in the AM or PM in place of Toning Pads–and don't use any other skincare pads that same day.

Aside from Toning Pads, you don't want to use any form of exfoliation more than a few times (~1-3) a week. Over-exfoliation can lead to a damaged skin barrier, causing redness, sensitivity, dryness, and increased breakouts.


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