This Exfoliating Wash Has Saved Me From Post-Workout Bacne

Plus, it smells like an absolute dream.

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Courtesy of Kosas.

As a fitness editor, it's no surprise that my day-to-day involves a lot of movement — from my early morning Peloton workouts to walking my dog to tennis clinics at night. While I love the endorphin boost that comes with my high-energy routine, there's one thing I could live without: sweat. More specifically, the body acne that comes from sweating early and often throughout my day.

I knew that my solution would likely involve a switch-up to my shower routine, but I was nervous that exfoliating body washes would be too abrasive on my already-dry skin. Luckily, I discovered the Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash, and ever since, I've enjoyed smooth, clear skin all over my body — no matter how intense my workouts are.

Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash Key Features

  • How I tested: I've been using this exfoliating body wash for over six months every time I shower (so, several times a week).
  • Perfect for: Someone for whom sweat is just part of the lifestyle; anyone looking for smoother, brighter body skin.
  • What you’ll love: The scent is ultra-sophisticated, with notes of jasmine, vanilla, orange flower, and sandalwood.
  • Keep in mind: This product features an AHA blend of glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids to exfoliate, visibily smooth, and brighten, as well as tropical fruit enzymes, which turn over dull skin cells.

Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash

Editor's Pick
Courtesy of Kosas.

Buy It: Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash, $22, sephora.com

Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash Review

Pre-Kosas, my skin often felt tight, dry, and itchy (especially since I'm a fan of extra-hot showers — which, BTW, aren't all that great for your skin). I also regularly faced unsightly pimples on my chest, shoulders, and back, which was likely thanks to sweat clogging my pores and/or occasionally delaying my post-workout shower to take the dog for a walk.

However, I've found the ingredients in Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash to be the perfect blend of strong yet gentle. Alpha hydroxy acids (the AHA in the product's name) are a type of chemical exfoliant, and they exfoliate as well as help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out and brighten skin tone, and stimulate collagen, as Shape previously reported. (ICYDK, chemical exfoliants use acids to dissolve proteins on your skin to remove dead skin cells, while physical exfoliants use bead-like formulas to physically brush off the dead skin.) Meanwhile, the allantoin (a moisturizing ingredient) helps even the most sensitive skin feel soothed post-exfoliation.

Despite using the Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash on a daily basis, my skin has never felt irritated or rubbed raw. On the contrary, it feels more soft and supple than ever before, and I've even noticed a subtle glow upon getting out of the shower, especially if I follow up with a moisturizing body lotion.

Finally, as someone who finds showers annoying and generally tries to speed through them as quickly as possible, using the Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash is honestly something I look forward to every single day. A little bit of the body wash goes a long way, working up a serious lather in my washcloth. Plus, the scent instantly transports me to a spa, thanks to a blend of jasmine, vanilla, orange flower, and sandalwood; the aroma feels much more luxe than your usual drugstore wash. Yes, the $22 price tag is a little more costly than what you'd find at said drugstore, but trust me, your smooth, acne-free skin deserves this little splurge.

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