Exfoliating Treatment, Remove Pore-Clogging Debris, Minimize Breakouts, Improve Skin Tone, Refine Skin Texture ( Glycolic Acid 20%, Gluconolactone 15%, etc... )

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An exfoliating treatment that you can leave-on, MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads remove pore-clogging debris, help minimize breakouts, improve skin tone, and refine skin texture.

The medical science that makes MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads so effective is a two-tier approach to exfoliation. The first layer of ingredients – glycolic acid, polyhydroxy acid, lactobionic acid, and essential vitamins – exfoliate while simultaneously hydrating skin. The second layer of ingredients is a powerful blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to reduce and control redness, inflammation and irritation while the acids exfoliate skin and provide deep moisturization.

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Oily, Dry, Combination, Pigmentation, Acne skin

An exfoliating treatment that you can leave-on, MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads remove pore-clogging debris, help minimize breakouts, improve skin tone, and refine skin texture.

The medical science that makes MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads so effective is a two-tier approach to exfoliation. The first layer of ingredients – glycolic acid, polyhydroxy acid, lactobionic acid, and essential vitamins – exfoliate while simultaneously hydrating skin. The second layer of ingredients is a powerful blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to reduce and control redness, inflammation and irritation while the acids exfoliate skin and provide deep moisturization.

The sum of this process is that you exfoliate skin without realizing it. Upon application,
there may be a slight stinging sensation. Approximately 20 minutes after application, skin will have an oily sensation; this sensation characterizes a process called skin burial where your skin produces natural oils to seal in moisture.


• Exfoliates and penetrates the skin with effective and powerful ingredients, such as glycolic acid and niacinamide, enhancing the benefits of other skincare treatments
• Purifies the skin by gently removing dead skin cells and resurfacing new skin cells so that the skin is left with a radiant and beautiful glow
• Reduces and calms irritated skin safely with natural plant extracts and vitamins, including chrysanthemums and oats


Apply pad to face, avoiding eyes and surrounding skin areas, and smooth onto skin; leave on. If necessary, skin can be neutralized by thoroughly rinsing treated areas with water two minutes after application. Dispose of exfoliation pads after a single-use.


Exfoliation Done Right

Exfoliating as we know it helps to rid your body of these leftover dead skin cells, making room for the newer, healthier, brighter skin underneath. This is especially helpful in the upcoming winter months when cold outside temperatures coupled with low humidity levels in the air have a negative effect on the health of your skin.

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Why Over Exfoliating Your Skin Can Be Harmful and Signs to Watch For

Exfoliation is a process that removes dead cells from the upper layer of the skin, revealing the healthy skin underneath. Regular exfoliation can be beneficial to many areas of your body, including your face, arms, legs and feet. It helps keep skin looking fresh, removing any dry patches or flakiness.

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Different Skin Exfoliating Methods

Exfoliation is a skin care technique that has been around for hundreds of years. It is, therefore, a word we all should be quite familiar with in 2018. Before learning the best exfoliating methods, it is important to know and fully understand what exfoliation is. It is also important to know why exfoliation is so great for your skin.

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Key Ingredients

Glycolic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Lactic Acid, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, and Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch.

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*Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer’s discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date information, refer to the product packaging.

Professional Review

Through the years, I think FutureDerm readers have come to know that MDSUN are some of the best products out there, in my opinion. I’ve called the brand everything from “Skinceuticals on Steroids” to “Luxe like LaMer — Except with AMAZING Effects From Day One,” and I’ve meant it.

So imagine my excitement when the brand recently debuted its MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads. Replete with all-star ingredients like glycolic acid, lactobionic acid, niacinamidelactic acid, and panthenol, these exfoliation pads help to remove pore-clogging debris, improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots, and refine skin texture with regular use over time. I’m a HUGE fan! For more, read on!

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is the smallest of the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and is a common ingredient in skincare ingredients. Both in vitro and in vivo tests have shown it to increase collagen production, fibroblast proliferation, and cell turnover rates (Dermatologic Surgery).

[Related: Spotlight On: Alpha Hydroxy Acids]

Glycolic acid acts as both a moisturizer and an exfoliator; it increases the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1000 times its weight in water, thus making glycolic acid a humectant. It also exfoliates by increasing the separation of skin cells, a process calledcorneocyte desquamation, resulting in even more cell turnover. And you know what that means: smoother, more elastic skin (Skin Therapy Letter) with regular use over time.

Lactobionic Acid

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads are effective also due to their high concentration of lactobionic acid.  A relatively new alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) on the market, lactobionic acid sets itself apart by being gentler and more effective than other AHAs. Chemically, lactobionic acid has more oxygen-hydrogen groups (called “hydroxyl” groups) than other alpha hydroxy acids. These additional hydroxyl groups make lactobionic acid more hydrating than glycolic acid (Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2010).

In 2010, researchers in London, Serbia, and Slovenia compared the efficacy of 6% lactobionic acid and 6% glycolic acid in a gel and an emulsion.  Twenty-six volunteers applied one of the four different formulations twice daily for two weeks.  The lactobionic acid was even better tolerated than glycolic acid in both forms, with similar results (Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2010).  Considering glycolic acid is proven to refine fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate the skin, and renew collagen to firm skin over time, this is an exciting finding!

In addition, lactobionic acid also has been found to brighten the skin with time, meaning that it should be able to help with uneven skin tone and the appearance of sunspots. In the same study, it was noted that the melanin index was significantly reduced with lactobionic acid use. However, the researchers noted this finding would need further investigation.


According to a study from Bissett et. al.niacinamide reduces hyperpigmented (age) spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing), and increases elasticity.

According to a 2002 study by Hakozaki et. al., a topically applied 2% niacinamide and sunscreen lotion significantly decreased hyperpigmentation and increased skin lightness after 4 weeks of use more significantly than a control lotion.

The efficacy of 4-5% niacinamide — the highest available over-the-counter — has often been compared to a 2% (half-strength) hydroquinone. However, unlike hydroquinoneniacinamide does not run the same risks. Hydroquinone decreases hyperpigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase catalyzation of melanin production (Hakozaki et. al.). However, niacinamide reduces hyperpigmentation by inhibiting 35–68% of melanosome [pigment] transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes (skin cells). These results were affirmed by a study, using a niacinamide concentration of 4%. As such, in concentrations of at least 2% and up to 5%, niacinamide seems to provide a rather unique, effective method in decreasing hyperpigmentation.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, is the only ingredient that is FDA approved for the treatment of dry skin as prescription Lac-Hydrin. Along with the oat starch and feverfew in MDSUN Exfoliation padslactic acid should also help to provide something of a barrier that fights irritation, despite the high concentration of ultra-effective ingredients. Lactic acid also refines, clarifies, and exfoliates the skin in a similar fashion to glycolic acid, but milder, such that it does not thin the skin (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology1996).


Like many ingredients ending in “-ol,” panthenol is an alcohol (don’t be frightened by that!) that helps other ingredients penetrate skin and hair.

[Read More: Why Alcohol in Skin Care is Safe]

It coats skin and hair as a humectant moisturizer — which means that it draws in moisture from the environment (International Journal of Cosmetic Science). Several studies done on mice also show that panthenolic acid increases the production of cell fibroblasts. It’s effective in aiding wound healing and for this reason has been shown to work well in anti-aging products (Drug & Cosmetic Industry). In a study on 30-60 year old women, a combination of panthenol and niacinamide improved signs of aging, such as hyperpigmentation and redness (Indian Journal of Dermatology).

Bottom Line

MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads are an exceptional product designed to fight hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging. I highly recommend using them, and will definitely be incorporating these into my own routine!


Ingredients in MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads

Glycolic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Niacinamide(Vitamin B3), Lactic Acid, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5),Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, and Avena Sativa (Oat) Starch. *Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer’s discretion.

4 reviews for Skin Exfoliation Pads

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  1. Amy T

    I use this pad in the night time every single day. My skin is clean and glow after one week!

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  2. Michelle

    I’ve only been using them for about a week, I really don’t see how these have 20 percent glycolic acid in them. I’ve used other exfoliating wipes before with glycolic acid and I always had instant results and I would get a tingling sensation when applying. And they were at lower concentrations and percentages. Last ones i used were 10 percent. There is no tingling at with these, not even in the slightest, and with being a higher percentage supposedly, you would think there would be. Also I’m not getting the oily skin 20 or so minutes after application like I have with other pads as well. Either there is no glycolic acid in these or it’s old and not active anymore, but they aren’t expired so that wouldnt really make sense. So far I’m disappointed since I’ve had no improvement so far with the texture of my skin. I’m used to exfoliating pads having immediate results for me and this is the first time I have not. I can still feel all the sebaceous filaments on my chin and neck which have always disappeared after one use for me with other pads. Maybe these just take longer to take effect, but with such a high percentage of acids I thought they would work way better than others I have used in the past. Also it doesn’t list any kind of fragrance but yet it smells like roses, which I do not like. So I won’t be repurchasing unless some miracle seems to happen over the next 3 weeks.

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    • MDSUN Shop Manager (store manager)

      Thank you for shopping with us and sharing your review.
      The philosophy of creating and formulating the product “Skin Exfoliation Pads” is to let everyone who even has sensitive skin use to improve the skin cells and skin texture.
      This product contains high concentration of 20% Glycolic Acid, 5% Lactic Acid and 5% Phytic Acid. Along with these clinically proven exfoliants, we added over 35% of clinically proven antioxidants including Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid and Epigallocatechin Gallate, plus Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B5. These combinations make the product resulted in soothing redness, reducing inflammatory and calming skin with reaction to acids.
      The ultimate goal of this product is to maintain skin’s sebum balance while gently exfoliate and metabolize old skin cells. Therefore, it’s safe to be used lifetime. Some users may encounter the oily sensation in about 10-20 minutes after using it because of dry or dehydrated skin. Before launching this product, laboratory test results and statistic showed that this product, as a hypoallergenic product, would not give a harsh or tingling sensation, unlike other brands.
      Regarding the scent you mentioned, this is a natural scent from the ingredients of Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract and Epigallocatechin Gallate. We would like to emphasize that there’s no artificial fragrance, paraben, alcohol and artificial color additive to be added to the whole product line.
      We are sorry to hear that you did not like the original, non-artificial fragrance scent of this product.

  3. Ed

    This product has truly made a huge difference in my skin condition over the past year. It’s by far the most impactful part of my skin care regimen. I have super sensitive acne skin, and this is the only product that I can use without pain and redness. It’s gentle and effective. They clear away the dead cells and smooth out the skin, my face feels invigorated after each use. I am IN LOVE with these pads and I would definitely recommend this product to my friends and family!

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  4. Vivian

    I love this product. It helps to smooth my skin and feel younger. Highly recommended this for all skin type.

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