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We Swear, These Gentle Exfoliators Are The Secret To Brighter + Smoother Underarms

Use these once or twice a week!
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Hello there! As you all may know, skincare routines aren't just limited to your face now—your underarms need some TLC, too. Committing to a regimen will make your kilikili smooth and flawless. It doesn't have to be complicated, though—just a simple cleanse and tone will do. The heart of that routine, though, is the toning or exfoliating part, aka the step that removes gunk and dead cell buildup to reveal brighter skin underneath.

Below, we list down everything you need to know about underarm exfoliation, plus the best and most gentle products to use to avoid irritation and further discoloration:

What is underarm exfoliation?

Cleaning your underarms with your regular ol' body wash isn't enough—you also need to dislodge the dead cell buildup. This is where exfoliation comes into play. It's basically the process of clearing out the dead skin cells and product gunk (like leftover deodorant) that makes your kilikili look dull and discolored. The result? Smoother, brighter, and even-toned pits!

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How do I *properly* exfoliate my underarms?

Growing up, we've been taught that scrubbing your pits like there's no tomorrow is the way to clean them. Welp, not only will you end up with red and raw underarms, but you'll also run the risk of further discoloration.

The best way to exfoliate your underarms is by *gently* swiping a peeling pad or toner-soaked cotton round on them. Make sure not to rub or tug your skin as you're doing this to avoid any irritation.

How often can I exfoliate my underarms?

It depends on your preference, but we recommend once or twice a week, especially if you have sensitive skin. Doing it every day can irritate your kilikili and you might end up worse than when you started. Eep!

The Best Underarm Exfoliation Products To Use

Because the skin on our underarms is thin and *very* sensitive, we recommend using exfoliating toners or peeling pads. Abrasive scrubs can cause too much irritation and causes friction that leads to further discoloration.

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That said, check out our top ~*gentle*~ picks below:

  1. Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads

    These pads are soaked with glycolic acid, which is known in the skincare world as an ingredient that is effective in unclogging your pores, evening out rough textures, and bringing out your skin's natural ~radiance~. Pro tip: Cut the pads in half so that your stock will last you twice as long!

    Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads

    Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads, P1,395,


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  2. COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads

    If you want a K-beauty pick, this tub of toner-soaked pads from COSRX is one of your best bets! Its main superstars are salicylic acid and willow bark water—two ingredients that work great in sloughing away the dirt and dead skin cells left on your kilikili.

    COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads

    COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads, P900, BeautyMNL


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  3. Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

    These peeling pads have become cult favorites for being effective in dislodging product buildup and removing dead cells while still being gentle on the skin.

    Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

    Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, P1,295, BeautyMNL


  4. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

    Another famous K-beauty skincare product is this toner from COSRX. Its AHA and BHA content will gently clear out all the gunk left on your underarms, leaving you with smoother and brighter-looking kilikili.

    COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

    COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, P680, Lazada


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  5. The Inkey List PHA Toner

    If your skin is too sensitive to the usual acids, we recommend trying out polyhydroxy acids or PHA instead. It can still exfoliate your skin while still being gentle.

    The Inkey List PHA Toner

    The Inkey List PHA Toner, P825, Beauty Bar


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  6. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    This toner offers ~mild~ exfoliation for your pits, thanks to the glycolic acid in its formula. It's also infused with ginseng and aloe vera extracts to soothe red and irritated skin.

    The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, P935, BeautyMNL


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