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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of AXIS - Y PHA Resurfacing Glow Peel versus COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on October 29, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe exfoliators. They have a total of 3 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Exfoliator Brand
Exfoliator South Korean Brand South Korea

Exfoliator

Exfoliators are used to exfoliate the skin, or remove dead skin cells from the skin. Exfoliators may be chemical or physical.

Exfoliator

Exfoliators are used to exfoliate the skin, or remove dead skin cells from the skin. Exfoliators may be chemical or physical.

Price

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
ph level
4.85

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

PHA
Vitamin E

Benefits

Hydrating
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging
Brightening (2)

Notable Ingredients

BHA
Niacinamide
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin (2)
Redness Reducing
Reduces Irritation
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Dark Spots
Acne Fighting
Brightening

Concerns

Rosacea
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Ingredients Explained

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Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

AXIS - Y PHA Resurfacing Glow Peel contains this as ingredient number 2.

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid contains this as ingredient number 2.

2
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

AXIS - Y PHA Resurfacing Glow Peel contains this as ingredient number 6.

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid contains this as ingredient number 5.

3
What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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AXIS - Y PHA Resurfacing Glow Peel contains this as ingredient number 9.

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid contains this as ingredient number 9.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

60% are loved or liked
15% have mixed ratings
15% are disliked or very disliked
10% have no rating yet
60% are loved or liked
30% have mixed ratings
10% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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AXIS - Y PHA Resurfacing Glow Peel 20 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 review
RyannCook's Avatar'
Apr 5, 2024

This is a really great little mask. I use it every other day before I tone and it improves my color and texture.

This is a really great little mask. I use it every other day before I tone and it improves my color and texture.

Great Value
Drying
Works Well

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 10 ingredients

4.0 /5
from 22 reviews
tsmeu's Avatar'
Dec 21, 2023

This was only the second BHA product that I ever tried and got this because I just don't enjoy the skin feel of the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid (which I used on/off for years), and this was recommended by fiddysnails who has a similar...

This was only the second BHA product that I ever tried and got this because I just don't enjoy the skin feel of the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid (which I used on/off for years), and this was recommended by fiddysnails who has a similar skin type and concerns to mine. I do like that this leaves no residue but I just don't find this to be very effective.

I have dry combo skin and very rarely deal with breakouts - the only reason I use BHA is to help keep the pores on my nose and chin clear of sebacious filaments. I also use peptides in my routine so I don't want a BHA that I need to use every day, as I haven't been able to find conclusive information on whether acids really make peptides less effective and for now choose to use them on alternate days. I find that this product when used every other day just isn't enough to keep my pores clear of gunk. Maybe my skin just responds better to salicylic acid than to betaine salicylate which this uses.

Light
No Scent
Doesn't Work
sword's Avatar'
Dec 20, 2023

Gently Exfoliates
I decided to try a leave-on exfoliator rather than an exfoliating cleanser because I noticed I kept getting irritation from exfoliating cleansers. This Cosrx one is really gentle and pleasant. It takes a few minutes...

Gently Exfoliates
I decided to try a leave-on exfoliator rather than an exfoliating cleanser because I noticed I kept getting irritation from exfoliating cleansers. This Cosrx one is really gentle and pleasant. It takes a few minutes for it to absorb into my skin, but afterwards I get very little irritation and my skin texture and pore appearance have definitely improved.

Great Value
Light
No Scent
Works Well
kyniwi's Avatar'
Jan 28, 2024

I love this! It’s such a mild exfoliant but it does the job. It’s not irritating and honestly can be somewhat hydrating (as hydrating as an exfoliant can be). It’s not fungal acne safe BUT it has not broken me out in that way so far....

I love this! It’s such a mild exfoliant but it does the job. It’s not irritating and honestly can be somewhat hydrating (as hydrating as an exfoliant can be). It’s not fungal acne safe BUT it has not broken me out in that way so far. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my texture and redness since I started using this!

Great Value
Light
Absorbs Well
Works Well

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