Minimalist Skincare AHA 25% + PHA 5% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review: PRICE, PROS & CONS

About the Brand

Minimalist skincare is an Indian brand that is completely based on chemical skincare formulas. The brand faced some severe backlash from beauty bloggers and the audience because of their idea to copy the formula and packaging of the brand “The Ordinary” but we will be giving an honest opinion keeping this controversy beside. This review is based on the results we saw after 8 weeks of continuous application of the AHA 25% + PHA 5% + BHA 2% peeling solution. Although, the brand is quite transparent with the ingredient source and list, which is a very good thing.

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Product Information


Price: INR 699
Suitable For: All skin types (patch test recommended especially for sensitive skin)
Rated: 3.5/5
Texture: Thick gel-based.
Smell: Fruity.
Quantity: 30ml
Other Essential Information: Fragrance-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, oil-free.
pH: 3.4/3.8



Aloe Vera Juice, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Mandelic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Propanediol, Ethoxydiglycol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Pullulan, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Lecithin.

About the Ingredients


1. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice helps in soothing the skin. It helps to reduce redness from the face. Well, talking about the composition, Minimalist AHA BHA PHA peeling solution is aloe based as the first ingredient you see is aloe vera juice. So, if you are allergic to aloe vera then do not use this product.

2. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic peels are very commonly used by dermatologist for skin brightening but now such peeling solutions are easily available in the market. Glycolic acid helps to break the bonds of the outermost skin layer which results in peeling of dead skin cells. This way the new skin layer looks brighter and even.

3. Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is very good for treating hyperpigmentation, dark spots and age spots. Lactic acid is actually a bit milder than glycolic acid. It helps in improving skin texture and also helps in reducing pore size.

4. Gluconolactone

Gluconolactone makes the skin barrier stronger. It is safe to use for sensitive skin as well.

5. Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is very mild as it does not penetrate deeply but it helps in calming acne skin. It is also good for treating hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and fungal acne. So, overall there are no side effects of mandelic acid.

6. Dimethyl Isosorbide

Dimethyl Isosorbide helps in keeping the skin hydrated as it provides moisturization to the skin. It also helps in reducing skin irritation and redness.

7. Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide is used to balance the pH level of the cosmetic product. It is highly alkaline and is commonly used in cosmetic products to balance the pH of the product.

8. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid works amazingly on acne, pimples and dark spots. It helps to peel dead skin cells revealing the new skin layer which is much brighter and glowy.

9. Propanediol

Propanediol helps to increase the absorption of ingredients such as salicylic acid. It makes the ingredient penetrate deeper into the skin.

10. Ethoxydiglycol

Ethoxydiglycol helps in preventing dry skin and also helps in delaying the signs of ageing. It keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated from inside. Studies say that Ethoxydiglycol is safe to use in hair care and cosmetic products.

11. Curcuma Longa Root Extract

Curcuma Longa or turmeric root extracts helps to brighten the skin. It also reduce acne scarring and dark spots caused by acne and pimples. Also, it is anti-inflammatory which helps in reducing redness from the face.

12. Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium Hyaluronate attracts water which ultimately helps to reduce dryness and flakiness of the skin. It is same as hyaluronic acid but it has a higher potential of locking water into the skin.

13. Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that helps in controlling bacterial and fungal growth into the product. Well, phenoxyethanol is safe to use in skincare products.



Minimalist AHA, BHA and PHA peeling solution comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. The quality of the bottle is very good. Overall, the packaging we receive at this price range is very good and we will rate the packaging 9/10.

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Product Claims

  1. Provide multi-level exfoliation.
  2. Clean the pores from inside.
  3. Provides healthy, plump, and glowing skin.
  4. Brighten the skin.


  1. Affordable price range as compared to other brands.
  2. Fragrance-free.
  3. Paraben-free.
  4. Oil-free.
  5. Silicone-free.
  6. Exfoliates the skin.
  7. Clean the pores.
  8. Make skin glowy.


  1. Can make skin sensitive.
  2. It can irritate skin because of strong chemicals used in the composition of the product.
  3. Does not show results within one use. You need to wait for at least a month of regular using. (once a week)
  4. Does not work on dark spots and marks.
  5. Do not use this on active acne as it can irritate inflamed skin badly.

How to Use?

  1. Wash your face nicely.
  2. Apply a thick layer of the peeling solution all over the face except eye and mouth area.
  3. Keep it for about 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off with warm water.
  5. Use it once a week and increase to twice a week if your skin can tolerate it.


Minimalist AHA 25% + PHA 5% + BHA 2% peeling solution is actually great for chemical exfoliation. We will rate the product 8/10 as it takes too long to show results on the face. You cannot see visible results in one or two weeks. You need to use it for at least 8-10 weeks. Overall, the product is nice and you can give it a try if you are looking for a chemical exfoliant.

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